1. Are people who live on the street necessarily lazy?
  2. Are there more important issues than poverty? If so, name them in order of importance.
  3. Do you believe that the rich are growing richer, and the poor are growing poorer?
  4. Do you consider yourself to be poor, middle-class, or rich?
  5. Do you feel sorry for people who live on the street?
  6. Does poverty cause crime?
  7. Should countries send troops to foreign countries to fight terrorism, or should governments fight poverty around the world instead?
  8. Shouldn’t all people work for a living?
  9. What country do you think has the best record for helping its poor?
  10. What country do you think has the worst record for helping its poor?
  11. What is poverty?
  12. What kind of problems do poor people have?
  13. Why are people hungry?
  14. Why does every country in the world have poor people?
  15. Will there always be poverty in the world?
  16. Would you pay more taxes, if this would eliminate poverty by creating jobs for everyone?

Food programs

  1. Do you know anyone who has gone to church for food?
  2. Have you ever donated to the food bank?
  3. Have you ever thought about going to the food bank?
  4. Have you ever used a food program after a natural disaster?
  5. What food programs does your country have?
  6. What programs does your city have for feeding the needy?


  1. Do you think it’s okay for the government to keep decreasing the welfare amount?
  2. How long should someone receive welfare? Forever?
  3. Should governments invest money in space missions or welfare?
  4. Should the government fund the welfare system?
  5. Should welfare recipients receive free housing?
  6. What do you think about people receiving welfare?
  7. What do you think about people who work for cash and receive welfare as well?
  8. What do you think of countries that do not have a welfare system?
  9. What is a good reason for someone to receive welfare?
  10. What punishment would you give someone who is on welfare illegally, but has lots of money?
  11. Would you eliminate the welfare system?
  12. Would you report welfare fraud to the police, even if it were a close friend?


  1. Are there homeless people in your country?
  2. Do you think the government should create jobs for the homeless, instead of just giving them money?
  3. Have you ever helped a homeless person? How?
  4. Have you ever talked to a homeless person?
  5. Have you ever visited a homeless shelter?
  6. How does the government in your country support the homeless?
  7. What do you think of governments who put the homeless in jails or even torture or kill them?
  8. Why do people end up being homeless?

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