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Should able-bodied, mentally capable adults who receive welfare be required to work?

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Welfare Poll Results for Republicans

Yes

697,883 votes

97%

No

24,656 votes

3%

Distribution of answers submitted by Republicans.

3 Yes answers
4 No answers
0 overlapping answers

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Yes, if they are able to, and/or be actively looking for work or enrolled in education or job training. Break the cycle of families that remain reliant on the system for generations! They deserve more than that!. 7mons ago from a Republican in San Clemente, CA.

Yes, unless they have children. Then they should be required to stay home and take care of their own kids and not put them in substandard day care programs. It is cheaper to stay home and take care of your own children rather than work to pay for someone else to raise them poorly. 8mons ago from a Republican in Saint Joseph, MO.

Should be drug tested in order to receive any benefits. Should be required to reapply every year. Limit benefits to all those capable of working to the same time frame as unemployment benefits. Limit the number of dependents that can be included in any one household, at the same address. No benefits to any man or woman who refuses to identify their mate of their offspring. Stop the automatic enrollment of all those who become adults while living with a recipient. 8mons ago from a Republican in Mount Wolf, PA.

Required to volunteer, do community service, clean the streets, minimum 25 hours a week. 8mons ago from a Republican in Greencastle, PA.

No, but they should be looking for a job AND enrolled in education & training programs AND their benefits would expire after 2 years of unemployment. 8mons ago from a Republican in Denver, CO.

No, but in order to receive benefits they should be looking for a job or enrolled in education and/or job training programs. 8mons ago from a Republican in Chipley, FL.

Yes, AND in order to receive benefits they should be looking for a job or enrolled in education and job training programs. Bobby Kennedy, the liberal's Liberal, railed against Welfare in the 1960's. In many ways it has become just what he professed back then. That we, as a society, will indoctrinate continual generations of Americans reliant on the system and not of their own opportunity. People should get a hand up, not a hand out. 8mons ago from a Republican in Madison, NH.

They should pass drug tests and work unless they are single parents of children under 16. 8mons ago from a Republican in Killeen, TX.

People who can work, should work. People who can't work and need the assistance should be a priority. A person who can't stand, walk, or perform any type of work that is capable of producing a living wage should also be able to collect disability benefits without as much difficulty. 8mons ago from a Republican in Claymont, DE.

I think there are special circumstances to this. Even if a person does get a job, like at mcdonalds; chances they are getting paid minimum wage. Minimum wage does not support a family sufficiently even before taxes. They would still need assistance with something one way or an other. I dont like how the government doesnt take transportation into consideration when applying for benifits either. Some places dont have public transportation to get to and from, also for some people it is easier to get approved by a bank to get in a new car compared to a used car. No matter what the inflation is so high that even a person making 12$ an hour barely supports a family of 4 and thats without having anything to put towards savings. 8mons ago from a Republican in Lexington, SC.

No, but in order to receive benefits they should be actively looking for work and be enrolled in education and job training programs and the benefits expire after 52 weeks. 8mons ago from a Republican in Alexandria, VA.

They should not be penalized for working. and ALL should pass a drug test. 8mons ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.

Yes, but they shouldn't be penalized by working part time - it should subsidize their income. Also encourage temporary jobs; incentives to volunteer work to earn their money. 8mons ago from a Republican in Florissant, MO.

No, but unless they are working their benefits cut off after twelve months. No job hopping, no more than three different jobs in three years. MUST TAKE and PASS DRUG TESTS to be eligible for ANY Government assistance. 8mons ago from a Republican in Granbury, TX.

Yes. There should be a cut off of 1yr for unemployment, they should have to work for the gov in some way, and they have to prove they are looking for jobs or enrolled in education and job training programs. If I have to work for my money than you have to work for free gov money. 8mons ago from a Republican in Columbus, OH.

Requires that you must be looking for a job, not on drugs, you can only be on it from 10 months, and you must have been employed at your last job for 10 months. 8mons ago from a Republican in Lovejoy, MO.

No. able-bodied capable adults shouldn't receive Welfare at all. 8mons ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.

Yes! Why are they receiving Welfare if they are able? Look for work and give them a timeline, one year!. 9mons ago from a Republican in Garden City, ID.

Yes, they should complete a minimum number of community service hours to remain in the program. 9mons ago from a Republican in Shrewsbury, NJ.

Yes, within a reasonable expectation of their capabilities and with opportunity for training. 9mons ago from a Republican in New Baltimore, MI.

No but there should be a two year expiration on benefits and they should be seeking employment, receiving education and or training during that time and be able to pass drug tests to receive said benefits. 9mons ago from a Republican in Marion, TX.

They should work if they want to. But "Able bodied, mentally capable" adults shouldn't be allowed to take advantage of a gov't paycheck, AKA free money. That system is in place for folks that need temporary help. It's not a permanent paycheck. 9mons ago from a Republican in Nashville, TN.

No, but in order to receive benefits they must be actively looking for a job, enrolled in education/job training programs, and must also pass a drug test. If they fail the drug test, they are automatically eliminated from receiving benefits and may reapply in several months. 9mons ago from a Republican in Miamisburg, OH.

Unemployment benefits should start out at double what they currently are and taper down each month, reaching zero after 6 months. They should also be limited to once every 10 years at most. 9mons ago from a Republican in University Park, PA.

Not if they need to care for an infant, sick relative, or elderly relative--in those cases, the care they are providing is a community service and should count as "work.". 9mons ago from a Republican in Saint Louis, MO.

No, but in order to get benefits they should be looking for a job or enrolled in education and job training programs. Also should have drug screening. 9mons ago from a Republican in Lincoln, NE.

All Welfare recipients who are able bodied and mentally capable should be in job training programs and get a paycheck instead of Welfare check by working at low-level jobs for the government - receptionists, assistants, maintenance, janitorial, as "runners" or messengers, national and state park services, road 7 bridge maintenance, etc. 9mons ago from a Republican in Hickory Hills, IL.

No, but to get benifits it should require looking for a job, or going to school and a drug test to get benifits, as well as benifits should end after two years of unemployment. 9mons ago from a Republican in Bentonville, AR.

No, but in order to receive benefits they should be looking for a job or enrolled in education and job training programs, they should also have to pass a drug test. 9mons ago from a Republican in Fairport, NY.

Financial assistance should be limited to those whose situation is beyond their control. Penalties for abusing the system should be enforced. 9mons ago from a Republican in Gladstone, MI.

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