Most Americans See Homelessness as Primarily a State and Local Issue
President Biden has promised billions of dollars in new federal spending to fight homelessness, but most Americans believe the problem is primarily a responsibility of state and local governments.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 26% of American Adults say homelessness should be primarily a responsibility of the federal government. Thirty-eight percent (38%) see homelessness as primarily a responsibility of state governments and 23% say local governments should primarily be responsible. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 18 and 21, 2021 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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