U.S. Religious Landscape Study, 2014

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QB20

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

Q.B20. If you had to choose, would you rather have a smaller government providing fewer services, or a bigger government providing more services?
  1) Smaller government, fewer services
  2) Bigger government, more services
  3) (VOL) Depends
  9) (VOL) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Smaller government, fewer services 51.4% 51.4%
Bigger government, more services 41.8% 93.2%
(VOL) Depends 3.1% 96.3%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 3.8% 100.1%
Total N = 35071

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Smaller government, fewer services 58.3% 44.9% 51.4%
Bigger government, more services 35.5% 47.7% 41.8%
(VOL) Depends 3.1% 3.1% 3.1%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 3.2% 4.3% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
35071


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (VOL) Other party (VOL) TOTAL
Smaller government, fewer services 79.2% 28.0% 55.6% 40.8% 71.1% 52.0%
Bigger government, more services 17.6% 64.4% 37.8% 44.7% 20.3% 41.4%
(VOL) Depends 1.5% 3.5% 3.2% 5.6% 4.8% 3.1%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 1.7% 4.0% 3.4% 8.9% 3.8% 3.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34112


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 20 to under $40,000 50 to under $75,000 75 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Smaller government, fewer services 32.9% 48.8% 59.0% 62.2% 62.1% 51.8%
Bigger government, more services 60.0% 44.7% 35.3% 32.5% 32.7% 42.2%
(VOL) Depends 3.1% 2.8% 2.7% 2.8% 2.6% 2.8%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 4.1% 3.7% 3.1% 2.5% 2.6% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
30490


Education (I-EDUC)

High school incomplete or less than high school (no diploma) High school graduate (grade 12 with diploma or GED certificate) Some college, no degree (includes some community college) or two-year associate degree from a college or university Four-year college or university degree/Bachelor's degree (e.g., BS, BA, AB) Some postgraduate or professional school or postgraduate or professional degree, including master's, doctorate, medical or law degree (e.g., MA, MS, PhD, MD, JD, graduate school) TOTAL
Smaller government, fewer services 28.5% 50.7% 56.3% 57.4% 51.8% 51.4%
Bigger government, more services 64.0% 42.6% 36.5% 36.4% 42.0% 41.8%
(VOL) Depends 3.4% 2.5% 3.4% 2.9% 3.4% 3.1%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 4.1% 4.2% 3.9% 3.2% 2.8% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34868


Age (I-AGE)

Age 29 or younger 30-39 40-49 50-59 Age 60 or older TOTAL
Smaller government, fewer services 43.0% 48.6% 52.9% 54.2% 57.0% 51.4%
Bigger government, more services 52.0% 44.8% 40.9% 38.7% 34.4% 41.9%
(VOL) Depends 1.9% 3.3% 3.0% 3.5% 3.5% 3.0%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 3.1% 3.3% 3.2% 3.6% 5.0% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34345



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