Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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CHNGWLFR

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

On balance, do you think the current welfare system:
  1) Changes things for the better by helping people who are unable to support themselves?
  2) Changes things for the worse by making able-bodied people too dependent on government aid?
  3) Both equally
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Changes things for the better by helping people who are unable to support themselves? 31.7% 31.7%
Changes things for the worse by making able-bodied people too dependent on government aid? 53% 84.7%
Both equally 8% 92.7%
Don't know/Refused 7.3% 100%
Total N = 2002

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Changes things for the better by helping people who are unable to support themselves? 35.9% 27.5% 32.8% 33.6% 34.3% 26.7% 31.6%
Changes things for the worse by making able-bodied people too dependent on government aid? 54.2% 54.9% 53.0% 54.0% 51.4% 51.3% 53.2%
Both equally 4.7% 11.9% 7.2% 6.1% 6.5% 11.1% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused 5.2% 5.6% 7.1% 6.3% 7.8% 10.8% 7.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1974


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Changes things for the better by helping people who are unable to support themselves? 32.7% 30.8% 31.7%
Changes things for the worse by making able-bodied people too dependent on government aid? 52.2% 53.6% 52.9%
Both equally 7.8% 8.2% 8.0%
Don't know/Refused 7.3% 7.4% 7.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2002


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Changes things for the better by helping people who are unable to support themselves? 25.5% 37.6% 34.0% 24.6% 31.8%
Changes things for the worse by making able-bodied people too dependent on government aid? 59.8% 50.2% 51.6% 50.4% 53.6%
Both equally 7.9% 7.0% 8.6% 10.2% 8.0%
Don't know/Refused 6.8% 5.2% 5.8% 14.8% 6.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1944


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $40,000 $40,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Changes things for the better by helping people who are unable to support themselves? 29.0% 31.8% 31.2% 35.5% 35.1% 31.7% 31.7%
Changes things for the worse by making able-bodied people too dependent on government aid? 53.6% 54.0% 55.9% 48.0% 52.5% 48.5% 52.9%
Both equally 9.4% 9.2% 7.5% 7.8% 5.2% 7.0% 8.0%
Don't know/Refused 8.0% 5.0% 5.4% 8.7% 7.2% 12.8% 7.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2002


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + TOTAL
Changes things for the better by helping people who are unable to support themselves? 29.2% 28.1% 32.6% 37.3% 31.7%
Changes things for the worse by making able-bodied people too dependent on government aid? 49.5% 57.6% 52.9% 48.5% 53.0%
Both equally 8.3% 8.2% 8.2% 7.3% 8.0%
Don't know/Refused 13.0% 6.0% 6.3% 7.0% 7.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Changes things for the better by helping people who are unable to support themselves? 29.5% 34.0% 27.3% 36.1% 31.6%
Changes things for the worse by making able-bodied people too dependent on government aid? 54.8% 49.9% 55.6% 50.8% 53.1%
Both equally 8.6% 8.5% 7.9% 6.5% 8.0%
Don't know/Refused 7.1% 7.6% 9.2% 6.6% 7.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1990


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
Changes things for the better by helping people who are unable to support themselves? 29.5% 31.6% 35.2% 34.6% 31.4% 26.5% 31.9%
Changes things for the worse by making able-bodied people too dependent on government aid? 51.9% 54.6% 52.4% 51.8% 54.8% 50.8% 53.0%
Both equally 12.9% 6.8% 7.1% 6.1% 6.8% 11.4% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused 5.7% 7.0% 5.3% 7.5% 7.0% 11.4% 7.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1987



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