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FRAC poll shows support for hunger-ending efforts

More than three quarters of American voters oppose cutting food stamps as a way to reduce government spending, according to new poll data released today by the Food Research and Action Center.

Seventy-seven percent of voters say that cutting food stamps — now officially known as the supplemental nutrition assistance program or SNAP — is the wrong way to reduce spending, and only 15 percent favor cutting such assistance, according to the poll of 1,013 registered voters taken by Hart Research Associates between Jan. 11 and 17.

The poll showed that majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents oppose cutting food stamps, but there were some differences among Americans over the issue.

The poll showed that 92 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents, and 63 percent of Republicans say this is the wrong way to reduce spending.

Only 9 percent of those polled said they would be more likely to support a candidate who favors cutting funds for the food stamp program; half said they would be less likely.

FRAC, an anti-hunger group supported by foundations, food companies and grocery stores, noted that opposition to food stamp cuts is even more overwhelming than in polling data FRAC released in November 2010, when 71 percent said it was the wrong way to cut spending.

Food stamp participation has grown strongly during the recession, with one in every seven Americans now enrolled in the program.

FRAC Public Opinion Poll On Food Stamps And Hunger In America