ERIC Number: ED462525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Public Views on Welfare Reform and Children in the Current Economy.
Lake Snell Perry & Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
A recent national survey of U.S. adults examined public opinion about welfare reform and measured support for specific policy recommendations. Respondents report ambivalence about the success of welfare reform, though they agree on what the goals of welfare should be and what shape future reforms should take. They favor welfare policies that help improve the lives of low-income children, funding for quality after-school programs in low-income neighborhoods, and helping low-income working parents find and finance quality childcare. They are concerned about welfare reform's possible effects on children. Respondents recognize the importance of families, enthusiastically supporting efforts to encourage non-custodial fathers to support their children. While respondents consider it vital to move beneficiaries from welfare to work, they want help for those on welfare to obtain the education and skills they need to get better paying jobs with opportunities for growth. Respondents are increasingly supportive of efforts to help low-income families through difficult economic times. They report being willing to make sacrifices in order to help those in need and favor providing additional assistance to working poor families with children, even if it means providing less tax relief to people like themselves. (SM)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Children, Low Income Groups, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services, Working Poor
For full text: http://www.futureofchildren.org/usr_doc/lsp_welfare_survey.PDF.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.
Authoring Institution: Lake Snell Perry & Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.