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Should Government Do More To Help The Needy? — Pew Study Shows Huge Partisan Divide 

Interesting article posted at Pew Research — “The Partisan Divide on Political Values Grows Even Wider” — reports on its findings about changing views of the citizenry on government aid to the needy. From the article:

Screen Shot 2017-10-26 at 10.53.33 AM“Over the past six years, the share of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents saying the government should do more to help the needy, even if it means going deeper into debt, has risen 17 percentage points (from 54% to 71%), while the views of Republicans and Republican leaners have barely changed (25% then, 24% today). However, Republicans’ opinions on this issue had shifted substantially between 2007 and 2011, with the share favoring more aid to the needy falling 20 points (from 45% to 25%).

The result: While there has been a consistent party gap since 1994 on government aid to the poor, the divisions have never been this large. In 2011, about twice as many Democrats as Republicans said the government should do more for the needy (54% vs. 25%). Today, nearly three times as many Democrats as Republicans say this (71% vs. 24%).”

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