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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 WTCOMBNR (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Social welfare spending by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Too little20.4%
242
23.2%
288
21.8%
530
About the right amount34.9%
413
34.8%
432
34.8%
845
Too much41.6%
492
39.6%
492
40.5%
984
Dont know3.1%
37
2.4%
30
2.8%
67
No answer0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
1
Missing107414012475
TOTAL 100.0%
1184
100.0%
1243

2427



Social welfare spending by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservativeExtremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Too little30.6%
119
25.6%
72
23.1%
203
16.2%
55
11.0%
42
16.3%
13

26
21.4%
504
About the right amount41.1%
160
37.0%
104
36.4%
320
35.1%
119
26.6%
102
21.3%
17

22
35.0%
822
Too much24.7%
96
34.5%
97
37.9%
333
45.4%
154
60.6%
232
62.5%
50

22
40.9%
962
Dont know3.6%
14
2.8%
8
2.6%
23
3.2%
11
1.8%
7
0.0%
0

5
2.7%
63
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
Missing38931784433141111202404
TOTAL 100.0%
389
100.0%
281
100.0%
879
100.0%
339
100.0%
383
100.0%
80

75

2351



Social welfare spending by Age


18 to 29 years old30 to 44 years old45 to 59 years old60 to 74 years old75 years or olderMissingTOTAL
Too little28.0%
116
21.8%
144
19.8%
143
20.5%
87
20.8%
36

3
22.0%
526
About the right amount34.1%
141
33.9%
224
34.7%
250
36.8%
156
37.6%
65

8
34.9%
836
Too much36.2%
150
41.5%
274
43.1%
311
38.2%
162
38.7%
67

19
40.3%
964
Dont know1.7%
7
2.9%
19
2.4%
17
4.5%
19
2.3%
4

1
2.8%
66
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.6%
1

0
0.0%
1
Missing55264368940317002457
TOTAL 100.0%
414
100.0%
661
100.0%
721
100.0%
424
100.0%
173

31

2393



Social welfare spending by Region


NortheastMidwestSouthWestMissingTOTAL
Too little22.7%
97
22.3%
121
23.3%
200
18.7%
111

0
21.8%
529
About the right amount30.4%
130
37.4%
203
33.1%
284
38.3%
228

0
34.9%
845
Too much43.0%
184
38.9%
211
40.8%
350
39.8%
237

1
40.5%
982
Dont know4.0%
17
1.5%
8
2.7%
23
3.2%
19

0
2.8%
67
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
Missing416509101953102475
TOTAL 100.0%
428
100.0%
543
100.0%
857
100.0%
595

1

2423



Social welfare spending by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Too little21.2%
242
20.3%
133
17.9%
7
22.5%
83
29.6%
60

4
21.8%
525
About the right amount33.9%
386
38.1%
250
46.2%
18
35.5%
131
27.1%
55

4
34.9%
840
Too much42.5%
485
38.6%
253
30.8%
12
37.9%
140
41.9%
85

10
40.5%
975
Dont know2.4%
27
3.0%
20
5.1%
2
4.1%
15
1.5%
3

0
2.8%
67
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
Missing11965885444018202460
TOTAL 100.0%
1140
100.0%
656
100.0%
39
100.0%
369
100.0%
203

18

2407



Social welfare spending by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Too little19.1%
350
34.9%
117
23.7%
62
21.8%
529
About the right amount35.1%
641
34.6%
116
33.6%
88
34.8%
845
Too much43.1%
787
28.4%
95
38.9%
102
40.6%
984
Dont know2.7%
50
2.1%
7
3.8%
10
2.8%
67
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
Missing18983262512475
TOTAL 100.0%
1828
100.0%
335
100.0%
262

2425



Social welfare spending by Church attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekOnce a week or moreMissingTOTAL
Too little23.4%
166
20.2%
72
17.6%
44
25.6%
102
23.0%
23
20.5%
89

33
22.0%
496
About the right amount34.6%
246
35.9%
128
33.2%
83
36.3%
145
27.0%
27
36.1%
157

60
34.9%
786
Too much39.3%
279
40.6%
145
45.2%
113
37.1%
148
47.0%
47
40.5%
176

75
40.3%
908
Dont know2.7%
19
3.4%
12
4.0%
10
1.0%
4
3.0%
3
2.8%
12

7
2.7%
60
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
1

0
0.0%
1
Missing70532626038710848002266
TOTAL 100.0%
710
100.0%
357
100.0%
250
100.0%
399
100.0%
100
100.0%
435

175

2251



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 2010 GSS. There are a total of 4,901 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.