Strong majority oppose reducing eligibility for food stamps - 656 participants

Mar 08, 2017

SB 7 would make changes to eligibility for food stamps, bringing the state into line with federal work requirements and income levels. The move would constitute a reduction in current limits for eligibility. Read more about this issue. On March 8, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH reduce eligibility for food stamps?”

“Should NH reduce eligibility for food stamps?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Food Stamps New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 656 participants gave 1,866 responses

A total of 88% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 656 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,866 responses or reactions to this question.Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 64 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority, at 73% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to reducing eligibility for food stamps.  

  • “Food insecurity is a real problem and I will not support taking the benefit away from people that need it because a small percentage abuse the system. Target fraud, don't cut benefits.”
  • “The cost to the average taxpayer for supporting this program is negligible. But the effect of people going hungry is a detriment to productivity in learning or working.”
  • “No, but they should regulate the kinds of food that can be bought.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 27%, were in favor of reducing eligibility for food stamps.  

  • “We are handing it out too freely to many that shouldn't be getting it and it is preventing them from getting a job.”
  • “If you can afford cigarettes, alcohol, tattoos, pets, cable, big screen TV and smart phone, you can afford not to apply for food stamps. I’ve seen multiple people living with all these things and then claim they "need" to be on food stamps.”
  • “Government was never set up to be a charity. Time to get rid of these socialistic programs.”

Other: As noted above, 12% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Immigration: “If you’re here illegally, you shouldn't be able to get food stamps or any other services.”
  • Wages: “Increase the minimum wage, then people can afford food.”
  • Drug testing: “I do believe they should have to be drug tested to receive benefits.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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SB 7 (2017)
Bill Status: Passed Senate
Hearing date: Apr 12, 2017

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