National Survey of
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?
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