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Social welfare spending (Over Time)

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


Social Welfare Spending by Year (General Social Survey, 1973 - 2010)



 Too littleAbout the right amountToo muchDon't knowNo answer
201021.834.840.62.80.0
200823.237.236.03.50.0
200624.335.437.22.90.1
200423.034.140.42.40.0
200220.537.039.23.00.2
200020.037.736.85.10.4
199816.036.143.34.50.1
199615.125.955.83.10.1
199412.523.859.73.60.4
199316.324.853.65.00.4
199122.034.537.05.21.3
199022.034.437.85.20.6
198922.729.741.45.50.8
198822.631.541.43.31.3
198722.029.343.44.50.8
198622.233.440.33.60.5
198518.532.844.54.00.3
198423.733.139.42.71.2
198321.327.946.54.00.3
198220.227.547.84.40.1
198013.425.756.34.20.3
197813.024.958.23.70.2
197712.322.959.54.90.4
197613.322.359.74.30.4
197523.328.442.65.30.4
197422.131.742.04.00.2
197319.724.351.24.30.5

Notes

Frequencies from GSS 1972-2002 were weighted by OVERSAMP. 2004 frequencies weighted by WT2004. Frequencies for 2006 and 2008 were weighted by WTSS. 2010 frequencies weighted by WTCOMBNR.

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.