Do Poor People Have an Easy Life?
Fully a third of Americans (34%), in a January 2008 Pew survey, agree with the statement that “poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return,” a number that has remained relatively constant in recent years… Overall, however, the number in the public taking this view has declined since the last decade; in 1995, a majority (54%) agreed with the statement. Today, however, a majority (52%) agree instead that “poor people have hard lives because government benefits don’t go far enough to help them live decently.”
The emphasis on “government” is mine. I wonder what results the survey would uncover if we replaced “government” with “church?”
Obviously, anyone who has seen poverty at its worst would never claim that such a life is easy. It’s a ridiculous premise. But the point I desire to make is that many times we automatically think of the government and not the church when providing help to the poor. And I pray for the day when this general perception shifts.
What do you think about this statistical snippet?