Guess How Much Of Uncle Sam's Money Goes To Foreign Aid. Guess Again!
This concise article summarizes a 2014 Kaiser study which found that under 5% of the 1,500 respondents surveyed accurately knew that the US gives 1% of its federal budget to foreign aid. This article reminds readers that under 1% of the US’s $4 trillion budget goes to foreign aid, significantly less that the 27% average guess from study participants.
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In this Goats and Soda article, NPR reporter Poncie Rutsch reports that a December 2014 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation polled over 1,500 people, and under 5% of respondents knew how much the United States (US) spends on foreign aid annually. The US spends under 1% of its federal budget of four trillion dollars on foreign aid.
The average response to how much the US spends on foreign aid was 26%, over 25 times the actual amount. Rutsch explains that over 50% of respondents thought the US spends too much on foreign aid originally, but under half of those same respondents still felt that way after finding out the real amount.