Study: 96 Percent of Americans Have Been On Government Assistance
Everybody needs a little help.
Have you been on government assistance before? Don't worry, you're not the only one.
A 2008 Cornell University study has revealed that 96 percent of Americans have been on government assistance at some point in their life.
Think Progress reports:
The survey asked about people’s policy usage throughout their lives, not just at a moment in time, and it included questions about social policies embedded in the tax code, which are usually overlooked.
What the data reveal is striking: nearly all Americans — 96 percent — have relied on the federal government to assist them. Young adults, who are not yet eligible for many policies, account for most of the remaining 4 percent.
On average, people reported that they had used five social policies at some point in their lives. An individual typically had received two direct social benefits in the form of checks, goods or services paid for by government, like Social Security or unemployment insurance.