Forty-five percent of Americans say anti-poverty programs increase poverty

Pessimism about the impact of government anti-poverty programs is widespread, according to a new poll released by Rasmussen.

45 percent of poll respondents said that anti-poverty programs actually increase poverty. In a September version of the poll, 43 percent gave the same response.

The poll found that 18 percent believe that anti-poverty programs reduce poverty, and 24 percent believe that they have no effect.

In a separate inquiry, respondents were asked to rate the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs. 71 percent found them ineffective, 24 somewhat effective, and just 3 percent very effective.

Rasmussen found that 69 percent believe that poverty has increased over the last ten years. 80 percent indicated that they knew someone who was unemployed and looking for work.

Despite profound skepticism of anti-poverty programs, less than half of respondents said they believed people could work their way out of poverty. Rasmussen notes that polling found 48 percent believe it is possible to work out of poverty, down from the 51 to 56 percent rates of 2009.

The apparent skepticism of current endeavors is not reflected in respondents’ beliefs on current spending levels. 38 percent said the government is spending too much on the programs, 34 percent said too little.

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  • SummerRain

    OK, now we know the other 55% polled are the ones on the poverty rolls.

    It’s the 45% taking care of the 55% nowadays.

  • american10

    OF COURSE IT DOES….It cultivates and nurtures poverty, to give fat cats something lucrative to do!!!!! They proclaim more poverty, they receive more money to resolve the problem…They increase their wages and feel more important and the poor still has to remain fluent in the art of scavenging!!!

  • baal

    I worked for a while with men transitioning from long term prison back into regular life. The saddest ones were the ones raised in the projects, the public schools, and then the prisons. For some of them it was multi generational. I can say this with no doubt–our welfare state destroys people.

    I know its hard to sympathize with criminals, but what we’ve done is create a system that destroys the individual and destroys the family. These men I worked with were adults but had the minds of 8 year olds.

  • alpha_male

    Of course it increases poverty, they have to take the money from someone. Gov’t dosen’t create wealth, it only takes it and “spreads it around”.

  • Ledger

    As we all know, these programs are for buying votes and growing government. If you look at the amount of money that is spent administering these programs and see the percentage that actually makes it to the intended recipient, I believe it is about 20 percent at the max. Most of it is spent with layer upon layer of bureaucratic staffers such as computer programmers, social workers, accountants, middle managers, administrators, political operatives, etc.. The intent is not to solve the problem, it is to get credit for trying to solve the problem.

  • hologram5

    DUH! They’ve never been poor and don’t have a frakking clue.

  • tombt

    What you subsidize you encourage. Furthermore, if young Jane knows that she can get foodstamps, medicaid and other benefits for having a baby out of wedlock, well then why not?

  • Dakota54

    OMG…it took them how long and how many $Trillions to figure this out? Un-freaking-believable!!

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