Voters Support Work Requirements, Measures to Curb Government Spending

Last week, the House passed its debt ceiling bill, the Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023.

In this must-pass bill were two major reforms: the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act and stronger work requirements for childless, able-bodied adults on Medicaid and food stamps.

We already know these reforms work. On the state level, work requirements and REINS-like policies have had tremendous success, including protecting state governments from runaway regulation and helping millions of workers move from welfare to work.

It’s no surprise, then, that these reforms are also popular.

Recent polling by the Center for Excellence in Polling found that likely voters of all political parties approve of measures to rein in out-of-control federal spending and require work for able-bodied adults as a condition of receiving food stamps or Medicaid.

Here are a few of the key results:

  • 74% of likely voters support requiring able-bodied adults with no children at home to work, train, or volunteer for at least 20 hours per week as a condition of eligibility for food stamps, including two-thirds of likely Democrat voters (66%).
  • 70% of likely voters support a work requirement like this in Medicaid, including nearly 70 percent of likely Independent voters (68%).
  • 67% of likely voters think Congress should only raise the debt ceiling if it includes a federal spending reduction.
  • 81% of Republicans, 62% of Democrats, and 66% of Independents—majorities of all parties—support requiring federal bureaucratic agencies to get congressional approval before costly regulations are allowed to go into effect.

For more on this poll and to view all the results, click here.