1005 people participated in the Social Agenda Caregiver Survey through July 27, 2002.
Approximately half the respondents nationwide took the survey on-line at Social Agenda's website, www.caregivercredit.org. The other half was solicited from "persons on the street". Of the latter, about two thirds were in New York City at colleges, churches, parks, and tourist areas where non-New Yorkers would be. There were no significant differences between on-line and street respondents. There were also no significant differences by gender, income, or race, though women willing to take the poll outnumbered men, by 3 to 1. (Counting raising children, over 90% of all caregivers in the United States are women.)
The questions were designed to elicit people's views regarding their own family experience rather than abstract public policy issues applying to some defined "other."
Social Agenda (S/A) is a New York-based non-profit women's think tank and advocacy center. S/A sponsors the National Caregiver Credit Campaign. The campaign was officially launched in 2000 when it developed and led a successful national effort to make the child tax credit refundable. Millions of low-income parents previously disqualified became eligible for the child tax credit. According to White House estimates, the amount of these modifications totaled 9.2 billion dollars in the final 2001 tax package. It improved income of millions of families, lifted hundreds of thousands above the poverty line, and was the only tax benefit targeted to low-income families in 2001.
It is time to convert the credit to a caregiver credit to cover children and adults in need. This survey demonstrates the real political support for it.
For more survey details go to www.caregiver.org.
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