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A new review of recent polling results (pdf), compiled by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), continues to show high rates of public support for government efforts to combat hunger, high rates of support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), and high rates of opposition to SNAP cuts.
The review provides data on the following points:
The review also reveals the extent of food insecurity across the country — many families still struggle to put food on the table despite reports of a recovering economy. For example, a just-released study by the Associated Press indicates that 79 percent of Americans experience “economic insecurity” by the time they turn 60, defined as a year or more of periodic joblessness, reliance on government aid such as food stamps, or having an income below 150 percent of the poverty line.
Given the economic challenges that continue to face households across the country, support for SNAP remains consistent among polls taken over the past three years. Nearly three-quarters of American voters indicate that SNAP is important for the nation. And recent polling shows that Americans believe that the government should be spending more to address hunger, not less.
Yet despite this broad support for SNAP and broad opposition to cutting this program, some in Congress continue to propose deep cuts to the program. The polling data reveal that Americans oppose such congressional plans to slash the federal food assistance budget, and that it is time for Members of Congress to listen to their constituents and reject attempts to cut SNAP.
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