War on Poverty

"Why do you think people are poor?"

John Ketchum Jan 7, 2014

Fifteen percent of Americans live in poverty. That official rate hasn’t dropped much since 1964, when President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty. On this, the anniversary of that declaration, we asked people across the country why they think people live in poverty.

Rose Bertucci from Scottsdale, Ariz., says that she’s all for helping others get out of poverty, but personal responsibility is a big factor is whether or not someone is poor.

Shirley Franklin, former mayor of Atlanta, says that some people are poor through no fault of their own.

Others seemed to think that the poverty has to do with low expectations. Those in poverty have low expectations of their government and the government has low expectations of people living in poverty.

Gwen Sealy Singer from New York says it’s all relevant to where you live.

We asked the question on Twitter as well.  Here is what you told us:

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