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Small Business Advocate Poll:Federal Government and Natural Disasters

The Question:
Do you think Americans count on the Federal government too much to bail out regional natural disasters with taxpayers’ money? For example, should the taxes of Iowa residents be used to help hurricane victims?

62% - Yes

29% - No

8% - Undecided

My Comments
One of the areas that will be addressed in the near future will be how American property owners should prepare for natural disasters, especially those who live in storm-prone areas on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. What kind of insurance should they be required to have and should the tax dollars of all Americans be used repeatedly for storm recovery?

We wanted to see what our audience thought about this debate just days after Hurricane Sandy, aka Frankenstorm, made landfall at New Jersey and New York. In our online poll last week we asked this question: “Do you think Americans count on the Federal government too much to bail out regional natural disasters with taxpayers’ money?”

Almost one-third, 29%, said “No, with 8% “Undecided”. But the big number, 62%, chose “Yes”.

Whether hurricanes on the east coast, earthquakes on the west coast, tornadoes in the plains or floods along the Mississippi, it would seem most of our audience thinks property owners and their state and local governments should be prepared to take care of their own. And as the U.S. government struggles with deficits and looks for budget cutting opportunities, this may be the message FEMA sends to local folks in the future.

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