53 Percent of Americans Want Food Stamp Recipents Fingerprinted, Poll Finds

By Pete Winn | February 1, 2012 | 5:48 PM EST

Daisy Nunez, left, a food stamp recipient from New York, joins Rabbi Steve Gutow, executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, for a food stamp shopping trip in Harlem. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) - A new survey finds that a majority of Americans nationwide favor requiring food stamp applicants to be fingerprinted in order to be eligible.

According to the Rasmussen Report, 53 percent of Americans believe that those who apply for food stamps should be required to be fingerprinted in order to be eligible. More than a third (36 percent) disagreed, while another 11 percent were undecided.

In a national telephone survey of 1,000 American adults conducted on Jan. 30-31, pollster Scott Rasmussen asked: “Should Americans applying for food stamps be required to be fingerprinted in order to be eligible?”

The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

Food stamps have become an issue, of late. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is fighting to keep in place a city policy requiring all foodstamp applicants to be fingerprinted – a policy that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) wants to bring to an end.

In the GOP presidential contest, meanwhile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich continues to draw fire for his comment labeling President Obama as the "best food stamp president in American history."

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