ABC News/ Washington Post Poll: Faith-Based Initiative, 2001

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TPRIORTY (Weighted by WEIGHT)

Which of these do you think should be the top priority for any surplus money in the federal budget - cut federal income taxes, put it toward reducing the national debt, strengthen the Social Security system, or increase spending on other domestic programs such as education or health care?
  1) Cut federal income taxes
  2) Reduce national debt
  3) Strengthen Social Security
  4) Increase spending on domestic programs (education/healthcare)
  8) DK/No opinion

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Cut federal income taxes 271 20.1% 20.1%
Reduce national debt 247 18.3% 38.4%
Strengthen Social Security 328 24.3% 62.7%
Increase spending on domestic programs (education/healthcare) 490 36.4% 99.1%
DK/No opinion 12 .9% 100%
Missing 3 % %

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Cut federal income taxes 23.8%
153
16.6%
117
20.0%
270
Reduce national debt 21.6%
139
15.4%
108
18.3%
247
Strengthen Social Security 21.1%
136
27.3%
192
24.4%
328
Increase spending on domestic programs (education/healthcare) 32.9%
212
39.5%
278
36.4%
490
DK/No opinion 0.6%
4
1.1%
8
0.9%
12
Missing 3 0 3
TOTAL 100.0%
644
100.0%
703

1347


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school Graduated high school Some college+ Missing TOTAL
Cut federal income taxes 8.1%
18
20.4%
90
23.6%
160

2
20.0%
268
Reduce national debt 8.1%
18
16.8%
74
22.7%
154

1
18.3%
246
Strengthen Social Security 36.7%
81
26.8%
118
18.9%
128

1
24.4%
327
Increase spending on domestic programs (education/healthcare) 46.6%
103
35.1%
155
33.9%
230

2
36.4%
488
DK/No opinion 0.5%
1
0.9%
4
1.0%
7

0
0.9%
12
Missing 0 0 2 0 2
TOTAL 100.0%
221
100.0%
441
100.0%
679

6

1341


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-44 45-60 61+ Missing TOTAL
Cut federal income taxes 13.9%
45
24.2%
96
22.0%
75
18.4%
49

6
20.0%
265
Reduce national debt 14.2%
46
16.2%
64
22.9%
78
19.9%
53

6
18.1%
241
Strengthen Social Security 12.3%
40
20.7%
82
29.6%
101
37.1%
99

6
24.2%
322
Increase spending on domestic programs (education/healthcare) 59.3%
192
38.4%
152
24.6%
84
23.2%
62

1
36.9%
490
DK/No opinion 0.3%
1
0.5%
2
0.9%
3
1.5%
4

2
0.8%
10
Missing 0 1 0 2 0 3
TOTAL 100.0%
324
100.0%
396
100.0%
341
100.0%
267

21

1328


Political party (I-PARTY)

Leaned Democrat Leaned Republican Independent Other DK/No opinion Missing TOTAL
Cut federal income taxes 8.6%
58
35.3%
200
11.8%
10
7.7%
1
0.0%
0

1
20.0%
269
Reduce national debt 17.5%
118
18.4%
104
23.5%
20
23.1%
3
16.7%
1

1
18.3%
246
Strengthen Social Security 28.4%
191
18.7%
106
23.5%
20
38.5%
5
66.7%
4

1
24.3%
326
Increase spending on domestic programs (education/healthcare) 45.0%
303
26.0%
147
41.2%
35
30.8%
4
16.7%
1

1
36.5%
490
DK/No opinion 0.4%
3
1.6%
9
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.9%
12
Missing 0 2 0 1 0 0 3
TOTAL 100.0%
673
100.0%
566
100.0%
85
100.0%
13
100.0%
6

4

1343


Income categories (I-INCMEBRK)

Under 12K 12K to 30K 30K to 50K 50K to 75K 75K More Missing TOTAL
Cut federal income taxes 5.3%
5
9.3%
26
20.6%
62
22.4%
60
30.1%
83

34
19.4%
236
Reduce national debt 10.6%
10
13.2%
37
19.6%
59
19.4%
52
24.6%
68

21
18.5%
226
Strengthen Social Security 39.4%
37
30.4%
85
18.6%
56
20.9%
56
21.0%
58

36
24.0%
292
Increase spending on domestic programs (education/healthcare) 43.6%
41
45.4%
127
41.2%
124
36.2%
97
23.9%
66

35
37.3%
455
DK/No opinion 1.1%
1
1.8%
5
0.0%
0
1.1%
3
0.4%
1

3
0.8%
10
Missing 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 100.0%
94
100.0%
280
100.0%
301
100.0%
268
100.0%
276

129

1219


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Othr Chrst Other Rel None Missing TOTAL
Cut federal income taxes 23.3%
84
20.6%
77
17.2%
65
15.3%
20
23.9%
21

4
20.1%
267
Reduce national debt 21.1%
76
19.6%
73
14.9%
56
13.0%
17
19.3%
17

7
18.0%
239
Strengthen Social Security 27.8%
100
21.4%
80
26.8%
101
23.7%
31
14.8%
13

3
24.5%
325
Increase spending on domestic programs (education/healthcare) 26.9%
97
37.3%
139
40.3%
152
46.6%
61
42.0%
37

3
36.6%
486
DK/No opinion 0.8%
3
1.1%
4
0.8%
3
1.5%
2
0.0%
0

1
0.9%
12
Missing 2 1 0 0 0 0 3
TOTAL 100.0%
360
100.0%
373
100.0%
377
100.0%
131
100.0%
88

18

1329


Hispanic? (I-HSPBCKGD)

White Black Hispanic Other Missing TOTAL
Cut federal income taxes 21.6%
221
12.1%
17
13.2%
10
17.8%
16

6
19.9%
264
Reduce national debt 20.8%
213
9.3%
13
5.3%
4
12.2%
11

6
18.1%
241
Strengthen Social Security 26.0%
266
14.3%
20
26.3%
20
20.0%
18

4
24.4%
324
Increase spending on domestic programs (education/healthcare) 30.5%
312
63.6%
89
53.9%
41
50.0%
45

3
36.7%
487
DK/No opinion 1.0%
10
0.7%
1
1.3%
1
0.0%
0

0
0.9%
12
Missing 2 0 1 0 0 3
TOTAL 100.0%
1022
100.0%
140
100.0%
76
100.0%
90

19

1328


Urban/rural (I-AREA)

Large city Suburb of a large city Small town Or rural area DK/No opinion Missing TOTAL
Cut federal income taxes 18.1%
54
24.9%
91
19.3%
79
16.5%
43
28.6%
2

2
20.0%
269
Reduce national debt 17.1%
51
22.7%
83
15.9%
65
17.6%
46
0.0%
0

2
18.3%
245
Strengthen Social Security 20.1%
60
20.2%
74
27.6%
113
29.1%
76
57.1%
4

1
24.4%
327
Increase spending on domestic programs (education/healthcare) 43.8%
131
31.4%
115
36.2%
148
35.6%
93
14.3%
1

1
36.4%
488
DK/No opinion 1.0%
3
0.8%
3
1.0%
4
1.1%
3
0.0%
0

0
1.0%
13
Missing 0 2 1 0 0 0 3
TOTAL 100.0%
299
100.0%
366
100.0%
409
100.0%
261
100.0%
7

6

1342