The survey, which was conducted by telephone from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, 2012, among a nationally representative sample of 2,511 adults, asked respondents if they or a member of their household had ever received Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, welfare or unemployment benefits. Margin of sampling error for the overall results is plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.
Some 55% said they personally had received benefits from at least one of those programs, including a third (32%) who said they had received help from two or more. An additional 16% said they themselves had not received any benefits but said that a member of their household had—meaning that 71% of adults are part of a household that has benefited from at least one of these programs.1
1. Should include military (VA) benefits, HUD and education (i.e. Pell grants) benefits.
This is an incomplete program of entilements checked. It looks to be targeted towards counting only "stopgap" programs for the "undeserving adult poor" - as in, these are programs people don't like to admit they take advantage of.
Bet they didn't ask if these people or anyone in their families benefited from tax exemptions, business subsidy programs or other benfit programs for the investor or business classes. Or is that another survey?