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Poll: Most Blame Welfare For Persistent Poverty

From NBC News:

Many Americans blame ‘government welfare’ for persistent poverty, poll finds

By Erin McClam | June 6, 2013

Two decades after President Bill Clinton promised to "end welfare as we know it," Americans blame government handouts for persistent poverty in the United States more than any other single factor, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday.

Given a list of eight factors and asked to choose the one most responsible for the continuing problem of poverty, 24 percent of respondents in the poll chose "too much government welfare that prevents initiative."

Whether Americans are too dependent on government was a flashpoint of the presidential campaign last year, and shrinking government has been a focus of the Tea Party movement, which has risen since the election of President Barack Obama.

And yet Obama still won.

"Lack of job opportunities" was the second most popular answer, at 18 percent, followed by "lack of good educational opportunities" and "breakdown of families," with 13 percent apiece.

The other four options in the poll, in descending order, were "lack of work ethic," "lack of government funding," "drugs" and "racial discrimination." Eight percent of respondents said that all eight factors were equally responsible.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll asked a similar question about poverty in September 1994, during a congressional campaign that focused in part on personal responsibility and the role of welfare.

That poll asked about poverty "in our nation’s inner cities," and did not include welfare as a possible response. The leading answer was "lack of job opportunities," at 31 percent, followed by "breakdown of families," at 23 percent.

Between the two polls, the shape of country’s approach to fighting poverty has changed markedly — particularly after welfare itself was overhauled in 1996 under Clinton…

What a laugh.

Moreover, despite NBC’s claims, welfare was overhauled by the Republican Congress, not Bill Clinton. Unfortunately, however, even those modest reforms were rolled back by Obama when he did away with the work requirements in both the food stamp program and welfare in general.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Poll: Most Blame Welfare For Persistent Poverty”

  1. Astravogel

    Also, children cannot learn useful things which would prepare them for the
    job market, unless they are lucky enough to have parents who own their own
    business or farm. Back in the day, I had a morning paper route (up at 4 AM)
    before school to run on my bicycle, then collect on Saturday from the patrons,
    pay the newspaper for their product, and keep the necessary records. I was 11.
    Nowadays, you only see folks like I was then in TV commercials. That’s because
    laws have been passed to prevent employers from offering work like this, and
    lawyers have pretty much ended kids mowing lawns through injury suits. I won’t
    let a kid cut my grass due to the possible liablility if they were hurt. Unless a kid
    gets some training in the various youth groups, they won’t be ready at 16 to
    enter the restricted job opportunities available. When they come out of high
    school, they’re simply not ready or worth what the law says you have to pay them.


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