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Chelfi asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

What percentage of Americans are actually on welfare?

People on here keep talking about "welfare Democrats." But I'm pretty sure that 53% of the country isn't on welfare. What's the actual number?


If it was the welfare vote that got Obama elected would it be fair to say that the millionaire vote got Bush elected?

Update 2:

Anybody actually have statistics, like from government websites? So far all I see is speculation.

8 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Welfare does not really exsit on a Federal level at all and is a propaganda tool used by the Neo Nazi far Right Republicans etc.


    Washington, D.C. welfare caseworker Angela Perkins talks to Cynthia Harris. (Juana Arias, Washington Post)

    Welfare's Changing Face

    By Dan Froomkin Staff

    Updated July 23, 1998

    Welfare as we knew it no longer exists.

    The 61-year American tradition of guaranteeing cash assistance to the poor came to an end with the signing of legislation in August 1996.

    Under the old system, founded during the Great Depression, the federal government provided fairly uniform benefits to the nation's poor – mostly mothers and children – without regard to the details of their personal circumstances, and with no time limit.

    But over time, the system became increasingly unpopular. Political opinion turned against the idea of anyone getting rewarded for being idle. Social critics said welfare was responsible for a permanent underclass of people living off government checks because the incentives to go to work were so weak.

    Now, a federal system that was once fairly consistent has been turned over to the states, where programs are diverging widely. And it is far from clear whether the poor will be better or worse off.

  • 1 decade ago

    Actually, Former President Clinton along with a then Republican Congress done an excellent job in reforming welfare into a work first program that concentrates on getting the less fortunate back into the work force, Most remain underemployed but you can't solve everything. Today their is a 5 year lifetime limit on welfare so these welfare boogeymen that the Republicans are stuck on, are like all the other things they whine about, Nonexistent.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Way to many. As to welfare democrats, that not only includes welfare recipients but entitlement recipients as well. I am sure that number is well over 53% of the population. If not, someone is getting over paid with the massive amount of tax money spend each year on welfare and entitlement programs.

  • 1 decade ago

    You forgot to count GM, Chrysler and all the financial institutes that took the tax payer dollars.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It was the Welfare Vote that got Obama elected.

    But it was also the Elite Ruling Class Democrats' MONEY that got Obama elected.

    And, of course, Obama received Millions and Millions of dollars from Mideast Muslim Countries, for His Campaign.

    (That helped some, too.)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    more like 6 or 7%, which is still very high.

    You here a lot of things on here that are no where near true, just skip it over.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    well there are over 300 million people in america and only 60 million working so you do the math.....if 5.5 million unemployed = 8% then what is the total employed?..........over 50 % of americans are on some kind of government program....disability, welfare, ssi, etc.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Note: Not working OR not paying your taxes is the same as being on welfare.

    Hence, 99.9% of democrats are on welfare.

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