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OPPOOR from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002
Id 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. (OPPOOR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor88624.4
2) Favor1,57343.4
3) Oppose78321.6
4) Strongly oppose1935.3
9) Dont know/Refused1925.3
TOTAL3,627100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


PASOCISS from The 2000 American Rabbi Study
Please tell us whether you agree or disagree with the following statement about public affairs: The federal government should do more to solve problems such as poverty, unemployment, and poor housing. (PASOCISS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree19951.8
2) Agree13334.6
3) Not sure318.1
4) Disagree184.7
5) Strongly disagree30.8
TOTAL384100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


GOVACT_C from ELCA-Episcopal Church Clergy Study, 1998
Please indicate how strongly a majority of your church agrees or disagrees with the following statement: The federal government should do more to solve social problems such as unemployment and poverty. (Q16ACHURCH) (GOVACT_C)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly approve1105.1
2) Approve53825.0
3) Neutral71433.1
4) Disapprove68932.0
5) Strongly disapprove1054.9
TOTAL2156100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


GOVACT_U from ELCA-Episcopal Church Clergy Study, 1998
Please indicate how strongly YOU agree or disagree with the following statement: The federal government should do more to solve social problems such as unemployment and poverty. (Q16AYOU) (GOVACT_U)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly approve50222.8
2) Approve95543.5
3) Neutral33715.3
4) Disapprove32114.6
5) Strongly disapprove823.7
TOTAL2197100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


GOVNEEDY from Religion and Politics Survey Merged Data Set, 1994-1995
Typology D: Helping needy Americans -- 1) Government should do more for the poor . . . 2) Government shouldnt do more for the poor (GOVNEEDY)
TOTAL%
1) Agree strongly with statement number 19,44535.3
2) Agree not strongly with statement number 13,34412.5
3) Agree strongly with statement number 28,54532.0
4) Agree not strongly with statement number 23,84814.4
5) Neither/Both equally8163.1
9) Dont know/Refused7292.7
TOTAL26,727100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


V19AFEDM from ELCA-Episcopal Church Study, 1999-2000
Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements. A. The federal government should do more to solve social problems such as unemployment, poverty, and poor housing. (V19AFEDM)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree1318.8
2) Agree39726.6
3) Not sure/neutral28419.0
4) Disagree48732.6
5) Strongly disagree19513.1
TOTAL1494100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


MONEYHTH from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1999
Following are some questions about social and political issues. Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with more government money to provide health care for poor children? (MONEYHTH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1924.2
2) Somewhat disagree2234.8
3) Somewhat agree80417.4
4) Strongly agree3,38273.4
5) Dont know90.2
TOTAL4,610100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


EQUALIZE from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010
For/Against: What about requiring richer public schools to give money to poorer schools? (94, 02, 07) (EQUALIZE)
TOTAL%
-1) RF/DK985.0
0) Against61331.3
1) For1,24663.7
TOTAL1957100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


P10WELFR from State of Disunion Survey, 1996
Im going to read you some proposals that are now being discussed nationally. As I read each one, please select the number that best expresses how much you favor or oppose it. If you dont really care about the issue, please say so. J. Reducing welfare payments to persons living in poverty (P10WELFR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly oppose42321.4
2) 223812.0
3) 330215.3
4) Neutral39319.9
5) 519910.1
6) 620010.1
7) Strongly favor22411.3
TOTAL1979100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


POORDEP from December 2006 Values Update Survey
For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly disagree with it, or completely disagree with it. Poor people have become too dependent on government assistance programs. (POORDEP)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree60628.9
2) Mostly agree82339.3
3) Mostly disagree44021.0
4) Completely disagree1426.8
9) Dont know/Refused834.0
Missing2,004 
TOTAL2,094100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


POGVDEP from December 2006 Values Update Survey
For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly disagree with it, or completely disagree with it. Poor people have become too dependent on government assistance programs. (POGVDEP)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree58729.3
2) Mostly agree80540.2
3) Mostly disagree38219.1
4) Completely disagree1256.2
9) Dont know1055.2
Missing2,094 
TOTAL2,004100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


HOMELFR from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1992
How fair is it to spend government money on housing the homeless? Is it: (HOMELFR)
TOTAL%
1) Very fair21847.5
2) Somewhat fair16636.2
3) Somewhat unfair439.4
4) Very unfair163.5
5) Dont know/No answer163.5
TOTAL459100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


UNEMPLOY from Mennonite Church Member Profile, 1989
The government should guarantee a minimum annual income for all individuals and families who are unemployed or who receive incomes below the poverty line. (UNEMPLOY)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree1214.0
2) Agree64121.1
3) Uncertain94131.0
4) Disagree1,07735.5
5) Strongly disagree2518.3
TOTAL3031100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Other


NATFAREY from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)
We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. K. Assistance to the poor (NATFAREY)
TOTAL%
1) Too little1,51561.1
2) About right66226.7
3) Too much25010.1
8) Dont know522.1
Missing2,421 
TOTAL2,479100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


NATFAREY from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money or about the right amount. K. Assistance to the poor (NATFAREY)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable2,39549.7
1) Too little1,47730.6
2) About right62813.0
3) Too much2495.2
8) Dont know681.4
9) No answer40.1
TOTAL4,821100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


NATFAREY from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined - Instructional Dataset
We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money or about the right amount. K. Assistance to the poor (NATFAREY)
TOTAL%
1) Too little1,47762.7
2) About right62826.7
3) Too much24910.6
Missing2,466 
TOTAL2,354100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


NATFAREY from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)
We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money or about the right amount. K. Assistance to the poor (NATFAREY)
TOTAL%
1) Too little1,47760.9
2) About right62825.9
3) Too much24910.3
8) Dont know682.8
9) No answer40.2
Missing2,395 
TOTAL2,426100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GOVLESS from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
Do you agree or disagree? E. The government should spend less on benefits for the poor. (GOVLESS)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable3,32067.7
1) Strongly agree591.2
2) Agree2164.4
3) Neither2565.2
4) Disagree77715.9
5) Strongly disagree2234.6
8) Cant choose481.0
9) No answer20.0
TOTAL4901100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


NATFAREY from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. K. Assistance to the poor (NATFAREY)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,77850.0
1) Too little1,21434.1
2) About right39911.2
3) Too much1353.8
8) Dont know320.9
9) No answer10.0
TOTAL3559100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


NATFAREY from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. K. Assistance to the poor (NATFAREY)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable2,42149.4
1) Too little1,53431.3
2) About right63913.0
3) Too much2495.1
8) Dont know581.2
TOTAL4901100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


VCF0886 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004
Should federal spending on [ITEM] be increased, decreased or kept about the same? aid to poor people (see ARDA summary page for previous question wordings) (VCF0886)
TOTAL%
1) Increased4,03846.3
2) Same3,02434.6
3) Decreased or cut out entirely6747.7
8) DK1041.2
9) NA; no Post IW; abbrev. telephone IW (1984)88910.2
TOTAL8729100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Other


FOODSTMP$ from American National Election Studies, 2000
What about FOOD STAMPS? (Should federal spending on FOOD STAMPS be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?) (FOODSTMP$)
TOTAL%
1) INCREASED28515.8
3) DECREASED54930.4
5) KEPT ABOUT THE SAME89049.3
7) CUT OUT ENTIRELY321.8
8) DONT KNOW492.7
9) REFUSED20.1
TOTAL1807100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mixed-mode


AIDPOOR from American National Election Studies, 2004
Should federal spending on AID TO POOR PEOPLE be INCREASED, DECREASED, or kept ABOUT THE SAME? (AIDPOOR)
TOTAL%
1) Increased67655.8
3) Decreased957.8
5) Kept about the same42134.7
8) Dont know171.4
9) Refused30.2
TOTAL1212100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


NATFAREY from General Social Survey, 2004
Spending on assistance to the poor (NATFAREY)
TOTAL%
1) Too little96868.6
2) About right32423.0
3) Too much976.9
8) Dont know191.3
9) No answer30.2
TOTAL1411100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


POVERTY from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010
As a national program, do you think were now spending too little, too much, or about the right amount of money on improving the conditions of the poor? (82-10) (POVERTY)
TOTAL%
-1) RF/DK1,0185.5
1) Too little11,52962.2
2) About right4,39123.7
3) Too much1,6018.6
TOTAL18539100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


AGGOVPRG from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002
Please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with the following statement: The government should help more needy people, even if it means cuts in other programs. (AGGOVPRG)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree31417.3
2) Mostly agree72740.1
3) Mostly disagree52128.7
4) Completely disagree1437.9
9) Dont know/Refused1096.0
Missing1,814 
TOTAL1,814100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


AGTAXCUT from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002
Please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with the following statement: The government should help more needy people, even if it means holding back on future tax cuts. (AGTAXCUT)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree44924.8
2) Mostly agree74541.1
3) Mostly disagree34619.1
4) Completely disagree1739.5
9) Dont know/Refused1015.6
Missing1,814 
TOTAL1,814100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


HLPNEEDY from Religion and Politics Survey, 1996
I am going to read you some pairs of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement (The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt) or the SECOND statement (The government today cant afford to do much more to help the needy) comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right. (HLPNEEDY)
TOTAL%
1) First statement2,01048.1
2) Second statement1,94146.4
3) Neither/Both equally1313.1
4) Dont know/Refused972.3
TOTAL4,179100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


ISSPOOR from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005
Id like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in this country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose providing more generous government assistance to the poor? [Answered only if FORM = 2.] (ISSPOOR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor63228.7
2) Favor88340.1
3) Oppose42319.2
4) Strongly oppose1386.3
9) Dont know/Refused1245.6
Missing2,208 
TOTAL2,200100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


FED_SP12 from American National Election Studies, 2002
Next I am going to read you a list of federal programs. For each one, I would like you to tell me whether you would like to see spending increased or decreased: -- AID TO POOR PEOPLE (FED_SP12)
TOTAL%
1) Increased18852.2
2) Decreased246.7
3) Kept about the same14339.7
4) Cut out entirely10.3
8) Dont know41.1
TOTAL360100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


FED_SP13 from American National Election Studies, 2002
Next I am going to read you a list of federal programs. For each one, I would like you to tell me whether you would like to see spending increased or decreased: -- AID TO THE WORKING POOR (FED_SP13)
TOTAL%
0) NA20.5
1) Increased22960.3
2) Decreased133.4
3) Kept about the same13034.2
8) Dont know61.6
TOTAL380100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


FAVASTPR from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001
Now I am going 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 next one is: providing more generous government assistance to the poor. (FAVASTPR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor1,29127.6
2) Favor2,12245.3
3) Oppose78716.8
4) Strongly oppose2896.2
9) Dont know/Refused1944.1
TOTAL4,683100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


HELPMONY from Economic Values Survey, 1992
To help the needy in our society, do you think each of the following would help a lot, help a little, or not help? -- spending more money on government social welfare services (HELPMONY)
TOTAL%
1) A lot1,20424.0
2) A little1,94138.7
3) Not help1,66833.2
4) Dont know2064.1
TOTAL5,019100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


POLISS5 from God and Society in North America, 1996
Next, I would like to read you some statements that people have made about some political issues. As I read each statement, please tell me whether you agree or disagree, moderately or strongly. -- The government should spend more to fight hunger and poverty even if it means higher taxes. (POLISS5)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1,19519.8
2) Moderately disagree1,23220.5
3) Moderately agree1,76929.4
4) Strongly agree1,73828.9
5) Dont know891.5
TOTAL6023100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Phone


ASSIST from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010
All in all do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose providing more generous government assistance to the poor? (ASSIST)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor2,80025.6
2) Favor4,07937.3
3) Oppose2,32421.2
4) Strongly oppose1,0429.5
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.)6946.3
TOTAL10,939100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


DTHELPND from Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes, 1987-2009
The government should help more needy people even if it means going deeper in debt. (Q10F) (DTHELPND)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree4,17815.7
2) Mostly agree9,26934.7
3) Mostly disagree8,69632.6
4) Completely disagree3,23012.1
9) Dont know/Refused1,3235.0
Missing5,874 
TOTAL26,696100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Other


GVHLPNDY from December 2006 Values Update Survey
For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly disagree with it, or completely disagree with it. The government should help most needy people even if it means going deeper in debt. (GVHLPNDY)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree37718.8
2) Mostly agree71135.5
3) Mostly disagree57528.7
4) Completely disagree21810.9
9) Dont know/Refused1236.1
Missing2,094 
TOTAL2,004100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


HOMELESS from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1992
Here are a series of statements about issues facing the United States. For each, please tell me whether you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat or disagree strongly. -- Public spending to end poverty and homelessness in the United States is more important than military spending. (HOMELESS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly Agree81850.4
2) Somewhat Agree46528.7
3) Somewhat Disagree19612.1
4) Strongly Disagree915.6
5) Dont know/Refused533.3
TOTAL1,623100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


HOMELFR from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1992
How fair is it to spend government money on housing the homeless? Is it: (HOMELFR)
TOTAL%
1) Very fair30339.4
2) Somewhat fair32742.5
3) Somewhat unfair759.8
4) Very unfair395.1
5) Dont know/No answer253.3
TOTAL769100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


HELPPOOR from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)
Id like to talk with you about issues some people tell us are important. Some people think that the government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans; they are at point 1 on this card. Other people think its not the governments responsibility, and that each person should take care of himself; they are at point 5. Where would you place yourself on this scale, or havent you made up your mind on this? (HELPPOOR)
TOTAL%
1) The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans.53916.4
2) 238311.7
3) Agree with both1,35341.3
4) 449715.2
5) Each person should take care of himself.42412.9
8) Dont know742.3
9) No answer80.2
Missing1,624 
TOTAL3,278100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


HELPPOOR from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
Id like to talk with you about issues some people tell us are important. Some people think that the government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans; they are at point 1 on this card. Other people think its not the governments responsibility, and that each person should take care of himself; they are at point 5. Where would you place yourself on this scale or havent you made up your mind on this? (HELPPOOR)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,58933.0
1) The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans.4459.2
2) 24048.4
3) Agree with both1,39128.9
4) 448710.1
5) Each person should take care of himself/herself.4058.4
8) Dont know921.9
9) No answer70.1
TOTAL4,820100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


HELPPOOR from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined - Instructional Dataset
Id like to talk with you about issues some people tell us are important. Some people think that the government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans; they are at point 1 on this card. Other people think its not the governments responsibility, and that each person should take care of himself; they are at point 5. Where would you place yourself on this scale or havent you made up your mind on this? (HELPPOOR)
TOTAL%
1) The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans.44514.2
2) 240412.9
3) Agree with both1,39144.4
4) 448715.5
5) Each person should take care of himself/herself.40512.9
Missing1,688 
TOTAL3,132100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


HELPPOOR from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)
Id like to talk with you about issues some people tell us are important. Some people think that the government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans; they are at point 1 on this card. Other people think its not the governments responsibility, and that each person should take care of himself; they are at point 5. Where would you place yourself on this scale or havent you made up your mind on this? (HELPPOOR)
TOTAL%
1) The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans.44513.8
2) 240412.5
3) Agree with both1,39143.1
4) 448715.1
5) Each person should take care of himself/herself.40512.5
8) Dont know922.8
9) No answer70.2
Missing1,589 
TOTAL3,231100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


HELPPOOR from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
Id like to talk with you about issues some people tell us are important. Some people think that the government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans; they are at point 1 on this card. Other people think its not the governments responsibility, and that each person should take care of himself; they are at point 5. Where would you place yourself on this scale, or havent you made up your mind on this? (HELPPOOR)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,62333.1
1) The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans.53711.0
2) 23477.1
3) Agree with both1,38428.2
4) 44849.9
5) Each person should take care of himself.4348.9
8) Dont know841.7
9) No answer80.2
TOTAL4901100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


HELPPOOR from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
Id like to talk with you about issues some people tell us are important. Some people think that the government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans; they are at point 1 on this card. Other people think its not the governments responsibility, and that each person should take care of himself; they are at point 5. Where would you place yourself on this scale, or havent you made up your mind on this? (HELPPOOR)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,16932.8
1) The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans.45112.7
2) 22838.0
3) Agree with both1,02628.8
4) 43289.2
5) Each person should take care of himself.2466.9
8) Dont know541.5
9) No answer20.1
TOTAL3559100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


HELPPOOR from General Social Survey, 2004
Place self on scale: 1) I strongly agree the government should improve living standards; To 5) I strongly agree that people should take care of themselves. (HELPPOOR)
TOTAL%
1) Government14816.9
2) 2879.9
3) Agree with both41046.8
4) 412414.2
5) People9611.0
8) Dont know111.3
TOTAL876100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


L5POOR from State of Disunion Survey, 1996
Since our founding, different levels of our government have had different responsibilities. For each of the following, I want you to tell me whether you think it should be mainly the responsibility of the federal government in Washington, the state government in [respondents state], your local government, or private organizations. Or do you think it should be mainly left up to individuals? E. Helping the poor and unemployed (L5POOR)
TOTAL%
1) Federal government73141.4
2) State government67138.0
3) Local government23313.2
4) Private organizations764.3
5) Individuals553.1
TOTAL1766100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


EQWLTH from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)
Some people think that the government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and the poor, perhaps by raising the taxes of wealthy families or by giving income assistance to the poor. Others think that the government should not concern itself with reducing this income difference between the rich and the poor. Here is a card with a scale from 1 to 7. Think of a score of 1 as meaning that the government ought to reduce the income differences between rich and poor, and a score of 7 meaning that the government should not concern itself with reducing income differences. What score between 1 and 7 comes closest to the way you feel? (EQWLTH)
TOTAL%
1) Government should do something to reduce income differences between rich and poor56617.3
2) 22447.5
3) 352516.0
4) 458617.9
5) 549515.1
6) 62758.4
7) Government should not concern itself with income differences54816.7
8) Dont know240.7
9) No answer120.4
Missing1,624 
TOTAL3,275100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


EQWLTH from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
Some people think that the government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and the poor, perhaps by raising the taxes of wealthy families or by giving income assistance to the poor. Others think that the government should not concern itself with reducing this income difference between the rich and the poor. Here is a card with a scale from 1 to 7. Think of a score of 1 as meaning that the government ought to reduce the income differences between rich and poor, and a score of 7 meaning that the government should not concern itself with reducing income differences. What score between 1 and 7 comes closest to the way you feel? (EQWLTH)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,58933.0
1) Government should do something to reduce income differences between rich and poor70414.6
2) 23467.2
3) 352610.9
4) 456811.8
5) 53607.5
6) 62244.6
7) Government should not concern itself with income differences4789.9
8) Dont know180.4
9) No answer70.1
TOTAL4,820100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


EQWLTH from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined - Instructional Dataset
Some people think that the government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and the poor, perhaps by raising the taxes of wealthy families or by giving income assistance to the poor. Others think that the government should not concern itself with reducing this income difference between the rich and the poor. Here is a card with a scale from 1 to 7. Think of a score of 1 as meaning that the government ought to reduce the income differences between rich and poor, and a score of 7 meaning that the government should not concern itself with reducing income differences. What score between 1 and 7 comes closest to the way you feel? (EQWLTH)
TOTAL%
1) Government should do something to reduce income differences between rich and poor70422.0
2) 234610.8
3) 352616.4
4) 456817.7
5) 536011.2
6) 62247.0
7) Government should not concern itself with income differences47814.9
Missing1,614 
TOTAL3,206100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


EQWLTH from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)
Some people think that the government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and the poor, perhaps by raising the taxes of wealthy families or by giving income assistance to the poor. Others think that the government should not concern itself with reducing this income difference between the rich and the poor. Here is a card with a scale from 1 to 7. Think of a score of 1 as meaning that the government ought to reduce the income differences between rich and poor, and a score of 7 meaning that the government should not concern itself with reducing income differences. What score between 1 and 7 comes closest to the way you feel? (EQWLTH)
TOTAL%
1) Government should do something to reduce income differences between rich and poor70421.8
2) 234610.7
3) 352616.3
4) 456817.6
5) 536011.1
6) 62246.9
7) Government should not concern itself with income differences47814.8
8) Dont know180.6
9) No answer70.2
Missing1,589 
TOTAL3,231100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GOVXFR from Faith Matters Survey, 2006
5-2. Some people think that the government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and poor. Others think that the government should not concern itself with reducing this income difference. Which comes closer to your views? (GOVXFR)
TOTAL%
0) Government shouldnt concern itself1,03533.3
1) Government should reduce income differences1,86860.1
8) Dont know/No opinion1735.6
9) No answer/Refused321.0
TOTAL3108100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


EQWLTH from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
Some people think that the government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and the poor, perhaps by raising the taxes of wealthy families or by giving income assistance to the poor. Others think that the government should not concern itself with reducing this income difference between the rich and the poor. Here is a card with a scale from 1 to 7. Think of a score of 1 as meaning that the government ought to reduce the income differences between rich and poor, and a score of 7 meaning that the government should not concern itself with reducing income differences. What score between 1 and 7 comes closest to the way you feel? (EQWLTH)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,16932.8
1) Government should do something to reduce income differences between rich and poor52514.8
2) 22306.5
3) 341611.7
4) 443812.3
5) 52998.4
6) 61764.9
7) Government should not concern itself with income differences2767.8
8) Dont know290.8
9) No answer10.0
TOTAL3559100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


EQWLTH from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
Some people think that the government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and the poor, perhaps by raising the taxes of wealthy families or by giving income assistance to the poor. Others think that the government should not concern itself with reducing this income difference between the rich and the poor. Here is a card with a scale from 1 to 7. Think of a score of 1 as meaning that the government ought to reduce the income differences between rich and poor, and a score of 7 meaning that the government should not concern itself with reducing income differences. What score between 1 and 7 comes closest to the way you feel? (EQWLTH)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,62333.1
1) Government should do something to reduce income differences between rich and poor56811.6
2) 22465.0
3) 351510.5
4) 460712.4
5) 549210.0
6) 62595.3
7) Government should not concern itself with income differences55811.4
8) Dont know240.5
9) No answer90.2
TOTAL4901100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


LESSDIFF from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010
Agree/Disagree: Government should take action to reduce income differences between rich and poor in America. (82, 88, 90, 92, 96, 99, 10) (LESSDIFF)
TOTAL%
-1) RF/DK1633.7
0) Disagree2,28651.6
1) Agree1,97944.7
TOTAL4428100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


GOVRHPR from International Social Survey Program: Religion II, 1998
On the whole, do you think it should or should not be the governments responsibility to reduce income differences between the rich and poor? (GOVRHPR)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely should be17,48344.8
2) Probably should be11,36929.1
3) Probably should not be5,02512.9
4) Definitely should not be3,0957.9
8) Cant choose, dont know1,5874.1
9) No answer4751.2
TOTAL39034100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Other


EQUALIZE from General Social Survey, 2006
On the whole, do you think it should or should not be the governments responsibility to . . . G. Reduce income differences between the rich and poor. (EQUALIZE)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely should be42327.9
2) Probably should be34923.0
3) Probably should not be39426.0
4) Definitely should not be31120.5
8) Cant choose402.6
9) No answer10.1
TOTAL1518100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


EQWLTH from General Social Survey, 2000
Respondents asked to place themselves on a scale: From 1) Government should do something to reduce income differences between rich and poor; to 7) Government should not concern itself with income differences. (EQWLTH)
TOTAL%
1) Government should 130115.9
2) 221711.4
3) 329415.5
4) 437419.7
5) 525813.6
6) 61608.4
7) Government should not 724512.9
8) Dont know382.0
9) No answer90.5
TOTAL1896100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


EQUALIZE from General Social Survey, 1990
On the whole, do you think it should or should not be the governments responsibility to: Reduce income differences between the rich and poor. (EQUALIZE)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely should be18615.3
2) Probably should be30425.0
3) Probably should not be33027.1
4) Definitely should not be28323.3
8) Cant choose725.9
9) No answer423.5
TOTAL1217100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


EQUALIZE from General Social Survey, 1996
On the whole, do you think it should or should not be the governments responsibility to: G. Reduce income differences between the rich and poor. (EQUALIZE)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely should be20615.5
2) Probably should be36327.3
3) Probably should not be31423.6
4) Definitely should not be30422.8
8) Cant choose856.4
9) No answer604.5
TOTAL1332100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


EQUALIZE from General Social Survey, 1991
On the whole, do you think it should or should not be the governments responsibility to . . . Reduce income differences between the rich and poor. (EQUALIZE)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely should be26219.3
2) Probably should be32924.2
3) Probably should not be31923.5
4) Definitely should not be31723.3
8) Cant choose997.3
9) No answer332.4
TOTAL1359100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GOVRESP7 from Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 1998 - Religious Observance Module
On the whole, do you think it should or should not be the governments responsibility to reduce income differences between the rich and poor? (GOVRESP7)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely should be32139.5
2) Probably should be30437.4
3) Probably should not be658.0
4) Definitely should not be293.6
8) Cant choose9311.5
TOTAL812100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mixed-mode


EQUALIZE from General Social Survey, 1998
Government responsibility: Reduce income differences between the rich and poor. (EQUALIZE)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely should be21616.8
2) Probably should be33225.9
3) Probably should not be29923.3
4) Definitely should not be32125.0
8) Cant choose977.6
9) No answer191.5
TOTAL1284100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


EQWLTH from General Social Survey, 1993
Some people think that the government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and the poor, perhaps by raising the taxes of wealthy families or by giving income assistance to the poor. Others think that the government should not concern itself with reducing this income difference between the rich and the poor. Here is a card with a scale from 1 to 7. Think of a score of 1 as meaning that the government ought to reduce the income differences between rich and poor, and a score of 7 meaning that the government should not concern itself with reducing income differences. What score between 1 and 7 comes closest to the way you feel? (EQWLTH)
TOTAL%
1) Government should18417.4
2) 212211.5
3) 320119.0
4) 418717.7
5) 513012.3
6) 6817.7
7) Government should not13012.3
8) Dont know181.7
9) No answer40.4
TOTAL1057100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


EQWLTHY from Middletown Area Study, 1982
Please indicate whether you strongly disagree, somewhat disagree, are uncertain, somewhat agree, or strongly agree. -- The government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and poor. (EQWLTHY)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree6422.9
2) Somewhat disagree4516.1
3) Uncertain269.3
4) Somewhat agree5820.7
5) Strongly agree8731.1
TOTAL280100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


EQWLTHY from Middletown Area Study, 1984
For the next set of issues, I would like you to indicate your position by telling me how much you agree or disagree with each of the following statements. -- The government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and poor. (EQWLTHY)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree349.9
2) Agree10430.1
3) Not sure3610.4
4) Disagree13840.0
5) Strongly disagree339.6
TOTAL345100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


 

Subcategories
Do More?This question type asks if the government should do more for the poor.
Government ProgramsThis question type asks about specific types of programs for the poor.
Government SpendingThis question type asks about government spending on the poor
Personal vs. Government ResponsibilityIs it the government's or individual's responsibility to improve the standard of living?
Reduce Income Differences?This question type asks the respondent if the government should work to reduce income differences.

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