Center for American Progress

Voters Strongly Back Federal Assistance for Those in Need

Voters Strongly Back Federal Assistance for Those in Need

A comprehensive new survey of American voters finds widespread support for anti-poverty programs and new steps to improve economic security of working families.

The coronavirus pandemic has deeply affected low-income communities and other vulnerable populations across America. As Congress and the Biden administration consider new legislation to address the crisis and direct national recovery, the Center for American Progress and GBAO Strategies surveyed 2,000 registered voters, from February 2–7, 2021, to examine their current personal and family financial situations; assess basic values and beliefs about the economy and the role of government; and measure voters’ support or opposition to a range of proposed federal policies to enhance the economic well-being of low-income people in all parts of the country.

A slide presentation of the data is here and the full results are here.

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John Halpin

Former Senior Fellow; Co-Director, Politics and Elections

Nisha Jain