Republicans are getting a reputation for opposing any benefit that helps real people who work for a living. Their opposition to raising unemployment insurance falls under this category and people are beginning to realize that and it is going to jeopardize chances for reelection for many in Congress who hope to stay.
Republican opposition to raising unemployment insurance will hurt their election chances in 2014. This is because there are a lot of people out there who are registered voters and are currently unemployed. This means that most of the unemployed voters will vote democratic, and that will hurt their change at getting elected.
Yes, Republican opposition to raising unemployment insurance will hurt their election chances in 2014, because election in the United States have become about which party will promise more. People do not care about which party will actually make the country better. That the Republicans will not agree with promising large handouts from the public treasury means their election chances will be lowered in 2014.
The Republican base are people who are on the far right and would want the unemployment insurance benefits to run our and not be raised. It will not hurt their election chances in 2014 because their base, not the rest of the country, truly believes that it is the right thing to do.
I think that Republican opposition to raising unemployment insurance will not hurt their election chances in 2014. People who vote republican will still vote republican. People who are democratic or liberal, the ones who support raising unemployment insurance, will continue to not vote republican. The only people it may influence is the inbetweeners.