May 2, 2007

Surge in Support for Social Safety Net

Sympathy for the Poor and for Government Aid Programs Returns to 1980s Levels
by Richard Morin and Shawn Neidorf

Support for government programs to help disadvantaged Americans, as well as sympathy for the plight of the poor, have surged since 1994 and returned to levels last seen in 1990 prior to welfare reform, with gains occurring among virtually every major social, political and demographic group.

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