New polling data released this week by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), show that registered voters oppose cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) as a way to reduce government spending.
Among the findings:
- Seven in 10 voters say that cutting food stamp funding is the wrong way to reduce government spending and nearly three in four (73 percent) voters believe the food stamp program is very or fairly important for the country.
- When voters learn that Congress is considering cutting billions of dollars from the food stamp program to reduce government spending, 70 percent say this is the wrong way to reduce spending—more than half (51 percent) feel strongly about this—while just 30 percent favor the cuts. Women oppose cuts by 73 percent.
- Voters in rural communities and small towns reject cuts decisively, by 68 percent to 32 percent. Support for food stamps also crosses generational lines—67 percent of both young voters (under age 35) and seniors reject food stamp cuts.
- Rural and small town voters also are more likely to favor greater government spending to address hunger (39 percent) than less (31 percent), as are voters with children under 18 (48 percent to 23 percent).
- Republican support for cuts is modest at best: 37 percent of Republicans say that the federal government should spend less, while 63 percent of Republicans want to see current spending levels continue (34 percent) or increase (29 percent).
“Any cut to SNAP means less food in the refrigerator for struggling seniors, families with children, veterans, people with disabilities, and unemployed people in Connecticut. Voters recognize the harsh impact of such cuts, and it is time for Congress to come to the same conclusion,” said Connecticut Food Bank President & CEO Nancy L. Carrington.