The 96 Percent

What the data reveal is striking: nearly all Americans — 96 percent — have relied on the federal government to assist them.

That is from a piece by Suzanne Mettler and I have at the New York Times. Drawing on some data that Suzanne collected, it examines the “47%” notion and in particular how people do or do not use government social policies of various kinds. Simply put, the experience of benefiting from federal social policies is nearly a universal one, not one that cleanly divides the electorate.

For more on this subject, see Suzanne’s book The Submerged State.

[Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]

John Sides

John Sides is an associate professor of political science at George Washington University.