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Forty percent of America’s jobless have simply given up on trying to find work under Barack Obama.

That’s from a new Harris poll of 1,553 working-age Americans conducted for Express Employment Professionals.

One culprit is unemployment benefits. Many Americans are finding it easier to just accept a nominal check for doing nothing rather than go to work for more money.

40% of those polled say they “haven’t had to look for work as hard knowing I have some income to rely on.”

89% said they would “search harder and wider” for work if they weren’t collecting a benefits check.

69% said benefits were “giving me a cushion so that I can take my time in searching for a job.”

36% say the government checks “allowed me to turn down positions that weren’t right for me.”

59% say unemployment checks have “allowed me to take time for myself.”

Many of them are the very young voters who propelled Obama into office.

35% of the unemployed surveyed are between the ages of 18 to 29.

The prospects of finding work under Obama aren’t getting any better. An increasing number of Americans are finding themselves jobless for an extended period of time.

“More than two out of five unemployed Americans have been jobless for more than two years. That represents an increase from 2014, when 32 percent said they had been out of work for more than two years,” the poll reports.

Not working is the new normal under a president who vowed to “fundamentally transform” the United States.

Under Obama the civilian labor force participation rate, the number of working-age Americans able to work and with a job, is at a low unseen since the Carter administration.

It was at 62.8% last month. The number when Obama took office was 65.8%.

In raw numbers that’s over 92 million Americans. That’s a historic record for joblessness.

“This survey shows that some of the troubling trends we observed last year are continuing,” said Express Employment Professionals CEO Bob Funk. “While the economy is indeed getting better for some, for others who have been unemployed long term, they are increasingly being left behind.”