A reader writes:

What's striking to me about that chart is that "Welfare" has a relatively high percentage of conservatives wanting to cut it but "Aid to The Poor" has a low percentage. It once again shows how the way you describe a program has a huge effect on how people react to it. I guarantee you that if you renamed welfare as "economic opportunity assistance" conservatives would be very supportive of it even if you didn't change a thing in the policy. This, of course, is one of the reasons we have a representative republic is that, in theory, you've got experts who can get beyond labels like that. In theory...

Er: Welfare means aid to the black poor, surely? And aid to the poor means white, right? Not that hard to figure it out.

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