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Are Too Many People Still Dependent on Government?

According to a Rasmussen Reports poll reported yesterday, "Americans continue to feel that too many people are getting financial help from the government and that anti-poverty programs just make the problem worse."

Here's how the polling firm put it:

"A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% of American Adults think there are too many Americans dependent on the government for financial aid, although that’s down from the mid-60s in surveys over the last four years. Only 13% say not enough people are being helped by taxpayers. Nineteen percent (19%) believe the current level of dependency is about right, while another 13% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)"

Links available at the Rasmussen website. Survey methodology is available at the web link. In addition:

"The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on March 20-21, 2017 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."

In a related poll, or survey, reported a day earlier, Rasmussen Reports said:

"Most Americans still think welfare programs in this country are being abused.

"A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 56% of American Adults think the bigger problem with welfare programs in the United States today is that too many people are receiving welfare who should not be getting it. Just half as many (28%) disagree and think the reverse is true: That the bigger problem is that too many people who should receive welfare do not. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)"

Meanwhile, they also reported on Tuesday, "A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% of American Adults think the government spends too much on poverty programs. That’s up 13 points from 38% in April 2011. Just 21% feel it doesn’t spend enough, while 20% say the amount spent is about right."

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