Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

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QN18_C

(Percentages are weighted by NWWEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

Now I'm going to read you some pairs of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right. The second pair is...
  1) Poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return.
  2) Poor people have hard lives because government benefits don't go far enough to help them live decently.
  3) Neither/Both equally
  8) Don't know
  9) Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return. 27.6% 27.6%
Poor people have hard lives because government benefits don't go far enough to help them live decently. 63.9% 91.5%
Neither/Both equally 5.2% 96.7%
Don't know 3.1% 99.8%
Refused .3% 100.1%
Total N = 4016

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return. 31.9% 27.0% 27.5% 19.9% 26.5% 27.9%
Poor people have hard lives because government benefits don't go far enough to help them live decently. 62.4% 64.2% 64.3% 67.8% 62.6% 63.9%
Neither/Both equally 2.7% 6.2% 5.4% 8.2% 5.5% 5.1%
Don't know 2.8% 2.5% 2.5% 4.1% 4.8% 2.9%
Refused 0.3% 0.1% 0.3% 0.0% 0.6% 0.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3893


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return. 28.7% 28.8% 21.3% 29.1% 26.6% 27.7%
Poor people have hard lives because government benefits don't go far enough to help them live decently. 63.1% 58.8% 69.1% 59.9% 66.6% 63.9%
Neither/Both equally 5.5% 6.2% 5.2% 7.6% 3.8% 5.1%
Don't know 2.6% 5.9% 4.4% 2.9% 2.6% 3.0%
Refused 0.1% 0.3% 0.0% 0.6% 0.4% 0.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3910


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast North Central South West TOTAL
Poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return. 20.0% 32.7% 31.5% 25.7% 27.6%
Poor people have hard lives because government benefits don't go far enough to help them live decently. 70.8% 58.8% 59.9% 66.2% 64.0%
Neither/Both equally 5.4% 3.6% 5.8% 4.7% 5.1%
Don't know 3.3% 4.8% 2.4% 3.2% 3.1%
Refused 0.5% 0.0% 0.3% 0.1% 0.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
4016


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return. 29.0% 26.1% 27.6%
Poor people have hard lives because government benefits don't go far enough to help them live decently. 62.7% 65.2% 63.9%
Neither/Both equally 5.4% 4.9% 5.2%
Don't know 2.7% 3.4% 3.1%
Refused 0.2% 0.4% 0.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
4016


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school grad or GED Business, technical, or vocational school after high school Some college, no 4-year degree College graduate, post-graduate training or professional schooling after college TOTAL
Poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return. 21.6% 26.8% 40.5% 37.3% 37.3% 28.1%
Poor people have hard lives because government benefits don't go far enough to help them live decently. 70.4% 65.4% 48.4% 54.2% 52.6% 63.6%
Neither/Both equally 4.4% 4.5% 4.7% 6.3% 8.0% 5.1%
Don't know 3.3% 2.9% 6.3% 2.0% 1.8% 3.0%
Refused 0.2% 0.4% 0.0% 0.2% 0.3% 0.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3837



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