Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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OPPOOR

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

I'd like to read you a list of some programs and proposals that are being discussed in this country today. For each one, please tell me whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose it. The first one is: providing more generous government assistance to the poor.
  1) Strongly favor
  2) Favor
  3) Oppose
  4) Strongly oppose
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Strongly favor 24.4% 24.4%
Favor 43.4% 67.8%
Oppose 21.6% 89.4%
Strongly oppose 5.3% 94.7%
Don't know/Refused 5.3% 100%
Total N = 2002

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Strongly favor 34.9% 25.9% 21.7% 24.2% 24.1% 19.4% 24.5%
Favor 44.2% 44.2% 50.8% 42.3% 39.3% 36.2% 43.3%
Oppose 18.3% 19.7% 21.2% 21.8% 22.1% 25.6% 21.5%
Strongly oppose 2.2% 4.9% 3.9% 6.8% 8.0% 6.6% 5.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 5.3% 2.4% 5.0% 6.4% 12.1% 5.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1974


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Strongly favor 20.0% 28.5% 24.4%
Favor 45.1% 41.7% 43.4%
Oppose 23.4% 19.9% 21.6%
Strongly oppose 5.6% 5.1% 5.3%
Don't know/Refused 5.8% 4.8% 5.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2002


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Strongly favor 14.0% 32.7% 26.8% 21.6% 24.3%
Favor 39.5% 45.5% 45.1% 45.3% 43.5%
Oppose 31.1% 15.3% 19.3% 21.2% 21.8%
Strongly oppose 9.3% 2.5% 4.7% 4.7% 5.4%
Don't know/Refused 6.1% 3.9% 4.1% 7.2% 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
Strongly favor 34.1% 29.1% 20.2% 18.1% 16.7% 20.4% 24.4%
Favor 39.9% 40.6% 46.0% 44.5% 47.5% 44.8% 43.4%
Oppose 16.6% 21.8% 22.7% 30.8% 23.0% 18.9% 21.6%
Strongly oppose 4.9% 4.5% 5.5% 3.4% 8.9% 5.9% 5.3%
Don't know/Refused 4.6% 3.9% 5.6% 3.1% 3.9% 10.0% 5.3%
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
Strongly favor 28.5% 27.0% 25.5% 17.7% 24.5%
Favor 46.1% 43.0% 41.9% 43.7% 43.3%
Oppose 13.4% 21.8% 21.9% 25.4% 21.6%
Strongly oppose 6.1% 3.7% 6.0% 6.7% 5.4%
Don't know/Refused 5.9% 4.5% 4.7% 6.4% 5.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Strongly favor 18.6% 26.6% 29.7% 34.2% 24.5%
Favor 44.9% 44.4% 30.7% 43.2% 43.2%
Oppose 23.8% 20.3% 23.8% 16.9% 21.6%
Strongly oppose 6.5% 4.7% 7.6% 2.5% 5.4%
Don't know/Refused 6.2% 4.0% 8.3% 3.1% 5.3%
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
Strongly favor 25.5% 22.7% 26.0% 24.1% 24.8% 24.8% 24.4%
Favor 41.0% 41.3% 47.9% 46.8% 43.4% 36.8% 43.3%
Oppose 21.2% 24.1% 18.3% 20.6% 21.8% 23.6% 21.6%
Strongly oppose 6.5% 5.1% 5.3% 4.0% 4.6% 7.7% 5.3%
Don't know/Refused 5.9% 6.8% 2.5% 4.5% 5.4% 7.1% 5.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1987



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