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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 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Social welfare spending by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Too little17.6%
88
18.6%
121
21.5%
141
20.2%
86
20.0%
29

3
19.6%
465
About the right amount35.5%
178
30.9%
201
33.9%
223
32.2%
137
37.9%
55

6
33.4%
794
Too much42.1%
211
47.4%
308
42.5%
279
45.2%
192
36.6%
53

7
43.9%
1043
Don't know4.4%
22
3.1%
20
2.0%
13
2.1%
9
4.1%
6

4
2.9%
70
No answer0.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.2%
1
1.4%
2

0
0.3%
6
Missing43867366944917102400
TOTAL 100.0%
501
100.0%
650
100.0%
657
100.0%
425
100.0%
145

20

2378



Social welfare spending by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Too little18.9%
147
16.1%
49
18.7%
47
23.9%
85
19.8%
18
20.0%
121

0
19.6%
467
About the right amount34.9%
271
35.5%
108
27.4%
69
36.6%
130
38.5%
35
30.6%
185

0
33.5%
798
Too much42.9%
333
42.4%
129
50.4%
127
37.2%
132
37.4%
34
47.3%
286

7
43.7%
1041
Don't know3.0%
23
5.3%
16
3.6%
9
2.3%
8
4.4%
4
2.0%
12

3
3.0%
72
No answer0.4%
3
0.7%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
1

0
0.3%
6
Missing7373362403749363702417
TOTAL 100.0%
777
100.0%
304
100.0%
252
100.0%
355
100.0%
91
100.0%
605

10

2384



Social welfare spending by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Too little33.6%
127
23.4%
66
18.2%
159
12.0%
40
12.3%
54

22
19.3%
446
About the right amount36.8%
139
38.3%
108
35.2%
308
31.4%
105
26.1%
115

25
33.5%
775
Too much25.9%
98
34.8%
98
43.4%
380
54.8%
183
59.1%
260

31
44.1%
1019
Don't know2.9%
11
3.5%
10
3.1%
27
1.8%
6
2.5%
11

10
2.8%
65
No answer0.8%
3
0.0%
0
0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.2%
5
Missing36825987436346002324
TOTAL 100.0%
378
100.0%
282
100.0%
876
100.0%
334
100.0%
440

88

2310



Social welfare spending by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Too little16.4%
294
33.2%
121
21.5%
52
19.5%
467
About the right amount32.3%
578
32.9%
120
41.7%
101
33.3%
799
Too much48.1%
860
29.9%
109
33.1%
80
43.8%
1049
Don't know2.9%
52
4.1%
15
3.3%
8
3.1%
75
No answer0.3%
5
0.0%
0
0.4%
1
0.3%
6
Missing18443382412423
TOTAL 100.0%
1789
100.0%
365
100.0%
242

2396



Social welfare spending by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Too little22.0%
238
16.4%
96
29.0%
9
16.7%
79
20.9%
45

0
19.5%
467
About the right amount31.3%
339
35.8%
210
48.4%
15
34.7%
164
32.1%
69

1
33.4%
797
Too much44.0%
477
44.5%
261
19.4%
6
44.2%
209
42.8%
92

3
43.7%
1045
Don't know2.7%
29
2.9%
17
3.2%
1
4.2%
20
3.7%
8

1
3.1%
75
No answer0.1%
1
0.3%
2
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.5%
1

0
0.2%
5
Missing11415455848618602416
TOTAL 100.0%
1084
100.0%
586
100.0%
31
100.0%
473
100.0%
215

5

2389



Social welfare spending by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Too little17.5%
194
21.3%
274
19.5%
468
About the right amount34.6%
384
32.3%
415
33.3%
799
Too much44.8%
497
42.9%
552
43.8%
1049
Don't know2.7%
30
3.4%
44
3.1%
74
No answer0.5%
5
0.1%
1
0.3%
6
Missing111913042423
TOTAL 100.0%
1110
100.0%
1286

2396



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 2012 GSS. There are a total of 4,820 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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