Naples, FL — According to a new poll, a majority of voters support welfare reforms that promote work, including food stamp work requirements and reforms that would eliminate work requirement waivers. The poll found that 82 percent of all voters support requiring able-bodied, childless adults to work, train, or volunteer part-time to receive food stamps.
The poll, distributed by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), also found that a majority of voters support reforms that would eliminate waiver abuse and close exemption loopholes. Although federal law requires able-bodied, childless adults to comply with work requirements, regulatory loopholes have allowed states to waive the requirement in many areas. Nearly 80 percent of voters support prohibiting waivers in areas with less than 10 percent unemployment.
Another recent poll found that the majority of voters support increased eligibility checks for those enrolled in food stamps or Medicaid. More frequent and in-person eligibility checks would help preserve program integrity, preserving resources for the truly needy.
“Work is the best way to lift Americans out of dependency, and the results of this poll show that voters—regardless of political party affiliation—realize that. With millions of open jobs and record-low unemployment, now is the time to advance proven reforms that will move able-bodied adults from welfare to work,” said Sam Adolphsen, vice president of executive affairs at FGA. “USDA can take the first step towards change by moving forward with a rule that would close food stamp work requirement waiver loopholes, ensuring more people are experiencing the power of work.”
The Foundation for Government Accountability is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that specializes in health care, welfare, and work reform. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.