49% Say Current Government Programs Increase Level of Poverty in U.S.
Nearly half of all Americans believe the government overspends on anti-poverty programs and continue to feel those programs actually increase the level of poverty in this country.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of American adults think the government spends too much on poverty programs. That's up nine points from 38% in April of last year. Thirty percent (30%) feel the government spends too little fighting poverty, while 15% say the amount spent is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 16-17, 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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