A recent survey of more than 7,000 registered voters says most Americans are in favor of restricting purchases using food stamps.
Voice of the People, a nonpartisan group advocating a “Citizen Cabinet Initiative,” commissioned a survey about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, citing current legislation calling for increases in SNAP benefits, and incentives to encourage SNAP beneficiaries to eat more fruits and vegetables.
The survey was conducted by the Program for Public Consultation of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, based on a nationwide sample recruited by mail and telephone. It was fielded during November, December and January, and weighted by age, income, gender, education, race and geographic region.
- When presented typical levels of SNAP benefits, 80% of respondents favored raising them;
- Those in favor of raising benefits cited increases from 19% to 43%;
- Two thirds of Republicans favored increasing SNAP benefits when presented typical levels of SNAP benefits;
- “Large bipartisan majorities” favored disallowing sweetened sodas and candy;
- 73% of all respondents were in favor of disallowing sweetened soda, 76% want to dump candy purchases;
- A majority overall, but not a majority of Democrats, favored disallowing cookies, cakes and doughnuts;
- A majority opposed disallowing chips and snack crackers and ice cream;
- An overwhelming majority – 9 out of 10 respondents, including 8 in 10 Republicans – favored providing discounts on fruit and vegetables bought with SNAP benefits.
Want more? Download a copy of the survey.