General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

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HELPPOOR

I'd like to talk with you about issues some people tell us are important. Some people think that the government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans; they are at point 1 on this card. Other people think it's not the government's responsibility, and that each person should take care of himself; they are at point 5. Where would you place yourself on this scale or haven't you made up your mind on this?
  0) Inapplicable
  1) The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans.
  2) 2
  3) Agree with both
  4) 4
  5) Each person should take care of himself/herself.
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Inapplicable 1562 32.4% 32.4% -1.12
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 481 10% 42.4% -.59
2 389 8.1% 50.5% -.06
Agree with both 1398 29% 79.5% .47
4 474 9.8% 89.3% 1
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 425 8.8% 98.1% 1.53
Don't know 85 1.8% 99.9% 3.12
No answer 6 .1% 100% 3.65

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75 or older TOTAL
Inapplicable 32.9%
220
33.5%
441
31.2%
421
33.9%
345
28.1%
117
32.4%
1544
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 9.0%
60
8.7%
115
12.5%
168
9.1%
93
10.1%
42
10.0%
478
2 13.2%
88
7.9%
104
7.8%
105
6.7%
68
4.8%
20
8.1%
385
Agree with both 29.6%
198
29.8%
393
27.7%
373
28.1%
286
31.0%
129
28.9%
1379
4 9.0%
60
11.5%
151
9.3%
126
9.8%
100
8.4%
35
9.9%
472
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 4.8%
32
7.2%
95
9.6%
129
10.6%
108
13.9%
58
8.8%
422
Don't know 1.2%
8
1.4%
19
1.9%
26
1.6%
16
3.4%
14
1.7%
83
No answer 0.3%
2
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.2%
2
0.2%
1
0.1%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
668
100.0%
1318
100.0%
1349
100.0%
1018
100.0%
416

4769


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Less than once a year Once a year Several times a year One to three times a month Nearly every week Every week or more TOTAL
Inapplicable 31.8%
489
32.0%
205
34.0%
160
31.0%
213
32.7%
64
33.0%
421
32.3%
1552
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 10.9%
168
8.0%
51
10.2%
48
9.3%
64
13.8%
27
9.7%
123
10.0%
481
2 10.0%
153
9.5%
61
6.2%
29
8.5%
58
8.2%
16
5.7%
72
8.1%
389
Agree with both 29.1%
447
30.9%
198
30.0%
141
30.6%
210
25.5%
50
27.6%
351
29.1%
1397
4 8.7%
133
10.6%
68
9.1%
43
11.2%
77
10.7%
21
10.2%
130
9.8%
472
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 7.7%
118
7.3%
47
8.7%
41
8.2%
56
8.2%
16
11.2%
143
8.8%
421
Don't know 1.8%
28
1.6%
10
1.5%
7
1.2%
8
1.0%
2
2.4%
30
1.8%
85
No answer 0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
4
0.1%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
1537
100.0%
640
100.0%
470
100.0%
686
100.0%
196
100.0%
1274

4803


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Extremely liberal or liberal Slightly liberal Moderate Slightly conservative Extremely conservative or conservative TOTAL
Inapplicable 34.0%
264
29.8%
155
32.0%
562
30.0%
202
34.2%
313
32.2%
1496
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 16.6%
129
10.0%
52
9.1%
159
6.4%
43
6.8%
62
9.6%
445
2 15.6%
121
14.2%
74
7.4%
129
5.0%
34
2.8%
26
8.3%
384
Agree with both 24.5%
190
34.2%
178
34.4%
604
32.0%
216
18.5%
169
29.2%
1357
4 5.1%
40
6.3%
33
8.4%
147
14.8%
100
16.5%
151
10.2%
471
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 3.6%
28
3.7%
19
6.9%
121
9.1%
61
20.0%
183
8.9%
412
Don't know 0.6%
5
1.3%
7
1.9%
33
2.5%
17
1.1%
10
1.6%
72
No answer 0.0%
0
0.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
777
100.0%
520
100.0%
1755
100.0%
674
100.0%
914

4640


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
Inapplicable 32.6%
1207
33.0%
238
29.4%
117
32.4%
1562
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 7.9%
292
19.4%
140
12.3%
49
10.0%
481
2 7.9%
294
7.6%
55
10.1%
40
8.1%
389
Agree with both 28.4%
1052
30.9%
223
30.9%
123
29.0%
1398
4 11.4%
420
3.5%
25
7.3%
29
9.8%
474
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 9.9%
368
4.2%
30
6.8%
27
8.8%
425
Don't know 1.7%
63
1.4%
10
3.0%
12
1.8%
85
No answer 0.1%
4
0.1%
1
0.3%
1
0.1%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
3700
100.0%
722
100.0%
398

4820


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
Inapplicable 33.0%
778
32.4%
340
30.2%
26
30.9%
286
33.0%
126
32.4%
1556
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 9.9%
234
10.1%
106
9.3%
8
9.9%
92
9.7%
37
9.9%
477
2 6.8%
161
7.8%
82
12.8%
11
11.2%
104
8.1%
31
8.1%
389
Agree with both 29.1%
688
27.2%
285
30.2%
26
30.4%
281
30.1%
115
29.0%
1395
4 10.1%
239
9.7%
102
12.8%
11
9.6%
89
8.4%
32
9.8%
473
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 9.2%
217
10.2%
107
4.7%
4
6.6%
61
8.6%
33
8.8%
422
Don't know 1.7%
41
2.3%
24
0.0%
0
1.3%
12
2.1%
8
1.8%
85
No answer 0.1%
3
0.3%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
2361
100.0%
1049
100.0%
86
100.0%
925
100.0%
382

4803


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Inapplicable 32.2%
687
32.6%
875
32.4%
1562
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 8.2%
175
11.4%
306
10.0%
481
2 8.5%
182
7.7%
207
8.1%
389
Agree with both 27.9%
595
29.9%
803
29.0%
1398
4 10.9%
233
9.0%
241
9.8%
474
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 10.5%
224
7.5%
201
8.8%
425
Don't know 1.6%
35
1.9%
50
1.8%
85
No answer 0.0%
1
0.2%
5
0.1%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
2132
100.0%
2688

4820

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