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55% Say Those Who Receive Food Stamps Should Be Required to Work

Some Republican members of the House are crafting legislation that would include a work requirement for those who receive food stamps.  Most Americans are on board with that plan.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% of Adults say the government should require those who receive food stamps to work.  Only 19% disagree with that statement, while 27% are not sure.

Perhaps that's explained in part by the belief of a plurality (41%) of Americans that it’s too easy to get food stamps in this country now, a finding virtually unchanged from December of last year.  Only 17% disagree and feel it’s too hard to get them.  Twenty-four percent (24%) say the level of eligibility is just right, and another 18% are undecided. 

When it comes to welfare, 50% say it’s too easy to qualify for that government program in the United States.  Twenty-two percent (22%) feel it’s too hard to get on welfare, while 12% say the qualification is about right.  Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.  These findings show little change from July 2007.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 2-3, 2011 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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