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QN12

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

Would you say that most of the time people try to be helpful, or that they are mostly just looking out for themselves?
  1) Most of the time people try to be helpful
  2) Most of the time people are just looking out for themselves
  3) Depends
  8) Don't know
  9) Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Most of the time people try to be helpful 34.3% 34.3%
Most of the time people are just looking out for themselves 54.6% 88.9%
Depends 8% 96.9%
Don't know 2.9% 99.8%
Refused .2% 100%
Total N = 4016

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Most of the time people try to be helpful 27.8% 33.0% 37.5% 44.4% 38.6% 34.2%
Most of the time people are just looking out for themselves 61.4% 57.3% 52.7% 41.7% 46.6% 55.0%
Depends 6.8% 7.3% 7.8% 10.3% 10.3% 7.8%
Don't know 4.0% 2.4% 1.7% 3.3% 3.5% 2.8%
Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.3% 1.0% 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
Most of the time people try to be helpful 34.0% 41.6% 27.5% 37.2% 33.1% 34.1%
Most of the time people are just looking out for themselves 55.7% 47.2% 63.3% 44.2% 55.3% 54.9%
Depends 7.7% 8.4% 6.4% 15.1% 7.4% 7.9%
Don't know 2.5% 2.5% 2.8% 2.3% 4.1% 2.9%
Refused 0.1% 0.3% 0.0% 1.2% 0.0% 0.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3910


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast North Central South West TOTAL
Most of the time people try to be helpful 28.9% 32.3% 34.2% 36.6% 34.3%
Most of the time people are just looking out for themselves 58.5% 53.2% 53.5% 54.5% 54.6%
Depends 9.8% 11.5% 8.1% 6.7% 8.0%
Don't know 2.5% 2.7% 4.2% 2.0% 2.9%
Refused 0.4% 0.3% 0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
4016


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Most of the time people try to be helpful 31.8% 36.9% 34.3%
Most of the time people are just looking out for themselves 57.0% 52.1% 54.6%
Depends 8.1% 8.0% 8.0%
Don't know 2.9% 3.0% 2.9%
Refused 0.2% 0.1% 0.2%
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
Most of the time people try to be helpful 34.3% 31.2% 31.9% 32.3% 43.9% 34.0%
Most of the time people are just looking out for themselves 52.2% 59.8% 56.0% 59.0% 47.6% 55.1%
Depends 9.0% 7.0% 8.4% 7.8% 5.5% 7.9%
Don't know 4.4% 1.9% 3.1% 1.0% 2.3% 2.9%
Refused 0.1% 0.1% 0.5% 0.0% 0.8% 0.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3837



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