Friday, November 15, 2013

67% of Republicans Approve Food Stamp Cuts

Republican voters strongly approve of the cuts to food stamps that reduced benefits for all 47 million Americans this month, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

  • By a 67 percent to 25 percent margin, most Republicans said they approved of the cuts.
  • But by a 67 percent to 28 percent margin, most Democrats said they disapproved of the cuts.
  • And by a 48 percent to 40 percent margin, most Independents also said they disapproved of the cuts.

Together, Americans appear evenly divided: 46 percent disapproved of cuts to food stamps and 45 percent approved (I suppose 9 percent didn't care either way.)

Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a top party strategist and the ranking member on the House Budget Committee, told the Washington Post (regarding the upcoming budget talks)

"We’re going to be focused on stepping up our investment in infrastructure, on replacing the job killing sequester, and on extending unemployment compensation. If we don’t address that issue, more than a million Americans who are still looking for work will have no means of supporting their families."

Senate budget chair Patty Murray continues to insist new revenue through the closing of loopholes must be part of the talks. But the GOP has been steadfastly against any new revenues, and only wants more cuts.

When asked if there is any scenario under which Democrats would accept a deal without new revenues, Van Hollen said: “We’ve not heard any reason why we shouldn’t be closing these tax breaks. The burden is on Republicans to show why they want to preserve them.”

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