More than three quarters of conservatives say the poor “have it easy”
The Pew Research Center is out with part two of its huge survey of American politics and the difference between the right and left is striking in how the two groups think of the poor. Perhaps it’s an indicator as to why Conservatives object to Medicaid expansion.
The Washington Post reports: More than three quarters of conservative Americans – those in the steadfast conservative, business conservative, and young outsider typology groups – agree that “poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything.” Only seven percent of steadfast conservatives say that the poor “have hard lives.” Even a not-insignificant share of left-leaning groups say that the poor have it easy. But overall the widespread agreements among conservatives on this point is what’s really striking here. There are reasonable, well-intentioned arguments on either side of many poverty-related issues – about the causes of poverty (see the right half of the chart), or whether government benefits provide a leg up or simply perpetuate poverty, for instance. If by having ‘it easy’ republicans mean no health insurance, living in high crime rate areas, food scarcity and obesity, and stereotyping by the same aforementioned party, then Continue reading →