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Most Still Question Government Dependency But Less Critical of Food Stamps

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Trump administration is planning to tighten requirements for food stamps, potentially cutting more than three million current recipients. Americans agree there are too many who depend on government benefits, but they’re less critical of the food stamp program than they have been in the past.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of American Adults still think there are too many dependent on the government for financial aid, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey. But that’s down from 61% in January of last year and a finding that had run in the mid- to high 60s for several years prior to that. Thirteen percent (13%) say there are not enough Americans getting government aid, while 19% say the level of dependency is about right. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 23-24, 2019 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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