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29% Think Poverty Very Severe in America Today

Sunday, September 23, 2012

An overwhelming majority of Americans think poverty is a major problem in the United States today, and just one-in-four think the current government-set poverty line is right.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 80% of American Adults believe poverty is at least somewhat severe in the United States, although that includes only 29% who say it is Very Severe. Just 16% think poverty is not severe in the nation, with four percent (4%) who believe it is Not At All Severe. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on September 18-19, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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