(Click the chart to see a slightly larger version.)
Unsurprisingly, the Democratic candidates tend to map out more in favor of more generous benefits, such as universal preschool and paid family leave, while the Republican candidates prefer work-based benefits distributed through the tax system, such as increasing welfare work requirements and expanding the EITC. Trump, on the other hand, seems to have taken almost no interest in any of these policies at all.
However, not all charts are created equal. This one strangely leaves out some of our country’s biggest anti-poverty policies, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, while choosing to include “marriage-promoting policy” (whose ability to cut poverty is dubious at best). Also, not giving Sanders a checkmark for “increas[ing] college affordability” seems weird, given that he is proposing free public college and substantially overhauling student debt.
The chart did remind me, though, that Ted Cruz wants to get rid of the Department of Education. Remember that?