Thursday, August 22, 2013

Polls Continue to Show Support for SNAP!

A new review of recent polling results, 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:
  • Despite an improving economy, hunger and food insecurity remain serious problems for many American families. 
  • Americans still feel strongly that the federal food stamp program is very important for the country. 
  • Despite concerns about federal spending, there is a strong and stable consensus that cuts to the program are the wrong way to reduce government spending. 
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.

Share this review with your members of Congress!

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