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Monday, May 1, 2017

AMERICANS WANT MORE MONEY, MORE LIMITS FOR SNAP


The majority of Americans support increasing the amount of money SNAP recipients get each month, and they also very much support limiting what people can buy with those benefits, according to a new survey. The national survey included more than 7,000 voters and was part of a broader effort to gauge public opinion on a variety of anti-poverty programs. Participants were told that SNAP recipients who live alone earn on average $542 a month in income and get $140 a month in benefits. Overall, 81% of respondents said they favored raising the monthly benefit for such recipients. Among Republicans, 66% supported raising benefits. Among Democrats, it was 93%.  Those surveyed also expressed strong support for prohibiting soda and candy purchases using SNAP benefits. More than two-thirds favored banning such candy purchases (among Republicans, 85% supported, among Democrats 68%); 73% of respondents wanted to ban soda purchases (Republicans, 82%, Democrats, 67%).

Source: Voice of the People, 4/26/17, SNAP Survey