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Questions - Poverty I - September 18-19, 2012

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National Survey of 1,000 Adults
Conducted September 18-19, 2012
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How severe is poverty in the United States today?

2* Are you currently living in poverty?

3* The U.S. government establishes an official poverty line. People who live below that level are considered to be in poverty. For a family of four, is the official poverty line today $9,000, $17,000, $23,000, $31,000 or $35,000?

4* Regardless of government policy, should the official poverty line be $9,000 or less, $17,000, $23,000, $31,000 or $35,000 or more?

5* If a family is adequately fed and is living in a house or apartment that is in good repair, is that family living in poverty?

6* How effective are government programs designed to help people get out of poverty?

7* Are there too many Americans dependent on the government for financial aid or not enough? Or is the level of dependency about right?

8* Think for a moment about immigrants who follow the law and enter the United States legally. How long should legal immigrants have to wait before collecting welfare benefits in the United States?

9* If immigration laws were enforced, would there be less poverty in America?

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence