Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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RSNPOOR

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

Some say that most poor people are poor because of society's failures. Others say that most poor people are poor because of their own individual failures. Which comes closer to your point of view?
  1) Society's failures
  2) Individual failures
  3) Both
  4) Other
  9) No opinion

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Society's failures 21.7% 21.7%
Individual failures 61.3% 83%
Both 10.4% 93.4%
Other 1.1% 94.5%
No opinion 5.4% 99.9%
Total N = 2002

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Society's failures 17.2% 23.0% 24.2% 28.4% 23.2% 13.5% 21.9%
Individual failures 68.1% 62.4% 60.0% 55.3% 58.2% 66.4% 61.5%
Both 9.1% 12.2% 9.8% 12.2% 11.5% 7.3% 10.4%
Other 0.9% 1.3% 0.6% 0.5% 0.5% 2.2% 1.0%
No opinion 4.7% 1.1% 5.4% 3.8% 6.7% 10.6% 5.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1974


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Society's failures 20.3% 23.1% 21.7%
Individual failures 64.7% 58.2% 61.3%
Both 9.5% 11.3% 10.5%
Other 1.4% 0.8% 1.1%
No opinion 4.1% 6.6% 5.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2002


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Society's failures 11.3% 29.2% 25.9% 18.6% 21.9%
Individual failures 74.3% 53.8% 58.8% 54.7% 61.7%
Both 9.1% 10.8% 10.3% 15.7% 10.5%
Other 0.5% 0.9% 0.9% 3.0% 0.9%
No opinion 4.7% 5.3% 4.1% 8.1% 4.9%
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
Society's failures 19.9% 23.7% 21.6% 28.3% 21.3% 17.2% 21.7%
Individual failures 60.3% 61.4% 63.0% 61.7% 62.3% 58.5% 61.3%
Both 11.3% 10.1% 11.2% 7.2% 10.2% 11.1% 10.5%
Other 1.3% 1.5% 0.5% 0.3% 0.3% 1.9% 1.1%
No opinion 7.2% 3.3% 3.7% 2.5% 5.9% 11.3% 5.4%
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
Society's failures 17.8% 19.6% 22.8% 26.3% 21.8%
Individual failures 63.1% 63.1% 62.1% 57.2% 61.3%
Both 8.5% 11.1% 10.6% 10.5% 10.5%
Other 1.0% 0.8% 1.6% 0.9% 1.0%
No opinion 9.7% 5.4% 2.9% 5.2% 5.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Society's failures 20.8% 24.2% 16.9% 24.2% 21.8%
Individual failures 62.7% 58.9% 58.6% 61.3% 61.4%
Both 10.2% 12.6% 7.6% 10.2% 10.4%
Other 1.2% 0.3% 1.7% 0.8% 1.0%
No opinion 5.1% 4.0% 15.2% 3.5% 5.4%
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
Society's failures 21.5% 20.8% 23.1% 22.7% 19.3% 25.6% 21.8%
Individual failures 57.5% 60.8% 62.3% 64.5% 65.2% 54.9% 61.4%
Both 13.8% 10.1% 11.0% 7.6% 10.3% 10.8% 10.4%
Other 1.1% 1.3% 0.5% 1.2% 0.5% 1.5% 1.0%
No opinion 6.1% 6.9% 3.2% 4.0% 4.6% 7.1% 5.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1987



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