Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters nationwide have close friends or relatives who lived for years without enough income to provide for the basic necessities of life. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 77% of them have provided financial assistance and 78% have spent time helping them find a good job and escape poverty.
Younger adults are more likely than their elders to know people in such financial difficulties (see crosstab results).
To help people escape chronic poverty, 61% believe it is Very Important for charities like Food Banks to get involved. Fifty-nine percent (59%) say the same about both state and local governments. Fifty-five percent (55%) consider the involvement of civic and community groups as that important and 54% see federal government action as Very Important. Forty-nine percent (49%) also think churches, religious groups, and local businesses have a key role to play.
These results are consistent with data release earlier showing that 77% agree with the following statement: “For America to succeed, we need an all-hands-on-board approach that unleashes the creativity and resources of individual Americans, families, community groups, churches, entrepreneurs, small businesses, local governments, and more.” Only 3% disagree.
Democrats are more likely than others to see a major government role (see crosstab results).
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted February 8-9, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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