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Social welfare spending (Demographic Patterns)

We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. I'm going to name some of these problems, and for each one I'd like you to tell me whether you think we're spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. K. Welfare. Results weighted by WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2014 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Social welfare spending by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Too little18.3%
59
17.5%
89
18.9%
105
19.1%
73
20.3%
29

3
18.6%
355
About the right amount39.1%
126
30.8%
157
29.5%
164
30.5%
117
25.2%
36

2
31.4%
600
Too much37.9%
122
49.5%
252
47.9%
266
48.6%
186
48.3%
69

4
46.8%
895
Don't know4.7%
15
2.2%
11
3.4%
19
1.6%
6
6.3%
9

2
3.1%
60
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.3%
1
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
2
Missing36152152336912701901
TOTAL 100.0%
322
100.0%
509
100.0%
555
100.0%
383
100.0%
143

11

1912



Social welfare spending by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOnce to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Too little19.6%
121
20.4%
52
19.4%
35
18.1%
51
21.0%
17
15.8%
79

2
18.5%
355
About the right amount32.1%
198
30.2%
77
28.3%
51
36.3%
102
24.7%
20
30.3%
152

2
31.3%
600
Too much44.5%
274
47.1%
120
49.4%
89
43.4%
122
49.4%
40
50.1%
251

2
46.8%
896
Don't know3.7%
23
2.4%
6
2.2%
4
2.1%
6
4.9%
4
3.8%
19

1
3.2%
62
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.6%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

1
0.1%
1
Missing6552372252718843601912
TOTAL 100.0%
616
100.0%
255
100.0%
180
100.0%
281
100.0%
81
100.0%
501

8

1914



Social welfare spending by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservative or extremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Too little37.4%
102
22.7%
50
17.5%
127
11.5%
32
9.9%
36

9
18.6%
347
About the right amount37.0%
101
39.1%
86
32.5%
236
27.2%
76
22.2%
81

22
31.1%
580
Too much23.4%
64
35.5%
78
45.5%
330
59.1%
165
66.8%
244

18
47.3%
881
Don't know2.2%
6
2.7%
6
4.4%
32
2.2%
6
1.1%
4

10
2.9%
54
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

1
0.1%
1
Missing31920974624334801865
TOTAL 100.0%
273
100.0%
220
100.0%
726
100.0%
279
100.0%
365

60

1863



Social welfare spending by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Too little15.4%
221
31.6%
87
23.2%
49
18.6%
357
About the right amount29.1%
418
37.8%
104
37.9%
80
31.3%
602
Too much51.6%
742
28.0%
77
37.4%
79
46.7%
898
Don't know3.8%
54
2.5%
7
1.4%
3
3.3%
64
No answer0.1%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
Missing14302872021919
TOTAL 100.0%
1437
100.0%
275
100.0%
211

1923



Social welfare spending by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Too little17.2%
147
16.3%
81
24.1%
7
23.4%
87
19.4%
31

4
18.4%
353
About the right amount28.6%
245
33.5%
166
34.5%
10
33.6%
125
33.1%
53

4
31.3%
599
Too much51.5%
441
47.0%
233
37.9%
11
37.6%
140
45.6%
73

2
46.9%
898
Don't know2.8%
24
3.0%
15
3.4%
1
5.4%
20
1.9%
3

1
3.3%
63
No answer0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

1
0.1%
1
Missing8164333643418601905
TOTAL 100.0%
857
100.0%
496
100.0%
29
100.0%
372
100.0%
160

12

1914



Social welfare spending by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Too little18.0%
168
19.2%
190
18.6%
358
About the right amount34.0%
318
28.7%
284
31.3%
602
Too much45.5%
425
47.9%
474
46.7%
899
Don't know2.4%
22
4.1%
41
3.3%
63
No answer0.1%
1
0.1%
1
0.1%
2
Missing82910891918
TOTAL 100.0%
934
100.0%
990

1924



Notes

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972, except for the years 1979, 1981, and 1992 (a supplement was added in 1992), and biennially beginning in 1994. The GSS are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2014 GSS. There are a total of 3,842 cases in the data set but their initial sampling years vary because the GSS now contains panel cases. Sampling years can be identified with the variable SAMPTYPE.




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