Majority say homelessness is a problem, has gotten worse

Americans think homelessness is a serious problem, and it’s only getting worse, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll.

The poll found that 86% of Americans think homelessness is a serious problem in the United States. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said it was a “very” serious problem, and 33% said it was a “somewhat” serious problem.

Only ten percent say homelessness is not a serious problem in America, while four percent were unsure.

Respondents from every political party also said homelessness was a very serious issue nationwide: 58% of Republicans, 56% of Democrats, and 52% of unaffiliated respondents.

Additionally, 59% of respondents said homelessness has gotten worse across the country in the past two years, while only 12% believe the problem has gotten better. And 22% think the problem has stayed about the same.

Interestingly, the poll also revealed that 32% think the responsibility for dealing with the problem should be handled at the federal level. In comparison, 39% think homelessness should be the responsibility of the individual state, and 15% think it should be a local responsibility. Fifteen percent were also unsure.

The Rasmussen Reports poll was conducted May 11, 14 and 15 among 1,072 American adults through a nationwide telephone survey. There was also a 3% margin of error and a 95% confidence level.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


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