(Harris 2013) Why some people agree with benefit cuts

Harris, John. We have to talk about why some people agree with benefit cuts [Internet]. Guardian (UK). 2013 Mar 31. Available from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/31/we-have-to-talk-why-some-want-benefit-cuts. Accessed 2013 Apr 2. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/6Far1i9ny.

Harris adduces evidence from recent polls, and from his own canvassing of opinion, that substantial fractions of the UK public (often large majorities, depending on the specific question at issue) tend to take a negative view of welfare recipients as lazy and undeserving, and of the welfare system as inefficient and subject to rampant fraud. They also tend to favor cutting benefits and imposing stricter work requirements on recipients. Contrary to conventional wisdom on the Left, these tendencies are more pronounced in the lowest socioeconomic strata and among those under 30 years of age. Harris urges the Left to try to understand why such opinions are so widely held by the very social groupings most likely to be hurt by their political implications.


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