The 96 Percent

by John Sides on September 25, 2012 · 15 comments

in Campaigns and elections,Policy,Public opinion

What the data reveal is striking: nearly all Americans — 96 percent — have relied on the federal government to assist them.

That is from a piece that Suzanne Mettler and I have at the New York Times. Drawing on some data that Suzanne collected, it examines the “47%” notion and in particular how people do or do not use government social policies of various kinds. Simply put, the experience of benefiting from federal social policies is nearly a universal one, not one that cleanly divides the electorate.

For more on this subject, see Suzanne’s book The Submerged State, which Henry wrote about here. Suzanne’s earlier guest posts are here, here, and here.



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