Just over half of Americans now blame the large increase in the number of food stamp recipients on the economy, but a sizable number still think it’s because food stamps are easier to get.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% of American Adults think more people are receiving food stamps because of tough economic times. That’s up slightly from a year ago but below the 55% who felt that way in July 2012. Basically unchanged from last year are the 42% think the increase is because government rules have made it easier to get food stamps. That’s up slightly from 38% who felt that way two years ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 26-27, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.