Explaining Public Support for Counterproductive Homelessness Policy: The Role of Disgust

  title={Explaining Public Support for Counterproductive Homelessness Policy: The Role of Disgust},
  author={Scott Clifford and Spencer Piston},
  journal={Political Behavior},
Federal, state, and city governments spend substantial funds on programs intended to aid homeless people, and such programs attract widespread public support. In recent years, however, state and local governments have increasingly enacted policies, such as bans on panhandling and sleeping in public, that are counterproductive to alleviating homelessness. Yet these policies also garner substantial support from the public. Given that programs aiding the homeless are so popular, why are these… 
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