Presbyterian Panel Survey, August 1997 - Social Justice and Welfare, Elders

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OVEROPIN

Based on all that you know or have heard, which one statement below comes closest to your overall opinion of the new welfare law?
  1) Excellent changes; definitely a major shift for the better.
  2) Many good provisions, but could be modified a little bit to make it even better.
  3) The old system had some problems, but I'd rather have seen some tinkering with it rather than the massive reorganization that took place.
  4) On balance, I'd prefer that we go back to the old system, warts and all.
  5) The old system was fine as it was, and we shouldn't have changed it
  6) The old system was bad, but I'd rather have seen it changed in a different way.
  7) Don't know enough to have a definite opinion at this time.
  8) Not sure-haven't made up my mind yet.

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Excellent changes; definitely a major shift for the better. 110 15.7% 15.7% -.98
Many good provisions, but could be modified a little bit to make it even better. 344 49.1% 64.9% -.56
The old system had some problems, but I'd rather have seen some tinkering with it rather than the massive reorganization that took place. 45 6.4% 71.3% -.14
On balance, I'd prefer that we go back to the old system, warts and all. 4 .6% 71.9% .28
The old system was fine as it was, and we shouldn't have changed it 2 .3% 72.1% .7
The old system was bad, but I'd rather have seen it changed in a different way. 39 5.6% 77.7% 1.12
Don't know enough to have a definite opinion at this time. 108 15.4% 93.1% 1.53
Not sure-haven't made up my mind yet. 48 6.9% 100% 1.95

Variable Comparisons


Gender (I-GENDER)

Female Male TOTAL
Excellent changes; definitely a major shift for the better. 12.6%
43
18.5%
66
15.6%
109
Many good provisions, but could be modified a little bit to make it even better. 45.7%
156
52.5%
187
49.2%
343
The old system had some problems, but I'd rather have seen some tinkering with it rather than the massive reorganization that took place. 5.0%
17
7.9%
28
6.5%
45
On balance, I'd prefer that we go back to the old system, warts and all. 0.9%
3
0.3%
1
0.6%
4
The old system was fine as it was, and we shouldn't have changed it 0.0%
0
0.6%
2
0.3%
2
The old system was bad, but I'd rather have seen it changed in a different way. 7.3%
25
3.9%
14
5.6%
39
Don't know enough to have a definite opinion at this time. 20.2%
69
11.0%
39
15.5%
108
Not sure-haven't made up my mind yet. 8.2%
28
5.3%
19
6.7%
47
TOTAL 100.0%
341
100.0%
356

697


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Not married TOTAL
Excellent changes; definitely a major shift for the better. 16.2%
97
14.8%
13
16.0%
110
Many good provisions, but could be modified a little bit to make it even better. 49.7%
298
44.3%
39
49.0%
337
The old system had some problems, but I'd rather have seen some tinkering with it rather than the massive reorganization that took place. 6.3%
38
8.0%
7
6.5%
45
On balance, I'd prefer that we go back to the old system, warts and all. 0.5%
3
1.1%
1
0.6%
4
The old system was fine as it was, and we shouldn't have changed it 0.3%
2
0.0%
0
0.3%
2
The old system was bad, but I'd rather have seen it changed in a different way. 5.7%
34
4.5%
4
5.5%
38
Don't know enough to have a definite opinion at this time. 15.0%
90
15.9%
14
15.1%
104
Not sure-haven't made up my mind yet. 6.3%
38
11.4%
10
7.0%
48
TOTAL 100.0%
600
100.0%
88

688


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Excellent changes; definitely a major shift for the better. 15.7%
19
15.3%
34
16.0%
42
16.0%
15
15.7%
110
Many good provisions, but could be modified a little bit to make it even better. 44.6%
54
44.6%
99
55.3%
145
48.9%
46
49.2%
344
The old system had some problems, but I'd rather have seen some tinkering with it rather than the massive reorganization that took place. 6.6%
8
8.6%
19
3.8%
10
8.5%
8
6.4%
45
On balance, I'd prefer that we go back to the old system, warts and all. 0.8%
1
0.5%
1
0.8%
2
0.0%
0
0.6%
4
The old system was fine as it was, and we shouldn't have changed it 0.8%
1
0.5%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
2
The old system was bad, but I'd rather have seen it changed in a different way. 5.8%
7
5.0%
11
5.3%
14
7.4%
7
5.6%
39
Don't know enough to have a definite opinion at this time. 16.5%
20
17.1%
38
13.4%
35
14.9%
14
15.3%
107
Not sure-haven't made up my mind yet. 9.1%
11
8.6%
19
5.3%
14
4.3%
4
6.9%
48
TOTAL 100.0%
121
100.0%
222
100.0%
262
100.0%
94

699


Political party (I-POLITAFF)

Democrat Independent Republican Other TOTAL
Excellent changes; definitely a major shift for the better. 6.0%
10
7.3%
8
21.8%
88
21.4%
3
15.8%
109
Many good provisions, but could be modified a little bit to make it even better. 44.6%
74
51.4%
56
50.4%
203
50.0%
7
49.1%
340
The old system had some problems, but I'd rather have seen some tinkering with it rather than the massive reorganization that took place. 12.7%
21
12.8%
14
2.2%
9
0.0%
0
6.4%
44
On balance, I'd prefer that we go back to the old system, warts and all. 1.8%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.4%
3
The old system was fine as it was, and we shouldn't have changed it 1.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
2
The old system was bad, but I'd rather have seen it changed in a different way. 12.7%
21
3.7%
4
3.0%
12
14.3%
2
5.6%
39
Don't know enough to have a definite opinion at this time. 15.1%
25
17.4%
19
15.6%
63
7.1%
1
15.6%
108
Not sure-haven't made up my mind yet. 6.0%
10
7.3%
8
6.9%
28
7.1%
1
6.8%
47
TOTAL 100.0%
166
100.0%
109
100.0%
403
100.0%
14

692


Family income (I-FAMINCOM)

<20K 20K-49,999 50K-99,999 100K+ TOTAL
Excellent changes; definitely a major shift for the better. 11.8%
4
16.2%
32
15.0%
41
17.2%
28
15.7%
105
Many good provisions, but could be modified a little bit to make it even better. 41.2%
14
43.7%
86
54.4%
149
49.7%
81
49.4%
330
The old system had some problems, but I'd rather have seen some tinkering with it rather than the massive reorganization that took place. 2.9%
1
6.1%
12
8.4%
23
4.9%
8
6.6%
44
On balance, I'd prefer that we go back to the old system, warts and all. 0.0%
0
1.0%
2
0.4%
1
0.6%
1
0.6%
4
The old system was fine as it was, and we shouldn't have changed it 0.0%
0
0.5%
1
0.4%
1
0.0%
0
0.3%
2
The old system was bad, but I'd rather have seen it changed in a different way. 2.9%
1
5.1%
10
5.1%
14
6.7%
11
5.4%
36
Don't know enough to have a definite opinion at this time. 32.4%
11
19.3%
38
10.2%
28
16.0%
26
15.4%
103
Not sure-haven't made up my mind yet. 8.8%
3
8.1%
16
6.2%
17
4.9%
8
6.6%
44
TOTAL 100.0%
34
100.0%
197
100.0%
274
100.0%
163

668


Age (I-AGE)

Under 40 40-49 50-64 65+ TOTAL
Excellent changes; definitely a major shift for the better. 21.7%
15
17.9%
26
15.1%
38
12.7%
29
15.6%
108
Many good provisions, but could be modified a little bit to make it even better. 37.7%
26
53.1%
77
47.0%
118
51.8%
118
48.9%
339
The old system had some problems, but I'd rather have seen some tinkering with it rather than the massive reorganization that took place. 8.7%
6
4.1%
6
6.4%
16
7.5%
17
6.5%
45
On balance, I'd prefer that we go back to the old system, warts and all. 0.0%
0
0.7%
1
0.8%
2
0.4%
1
0.6%
4
The old system was fine as it was, and we shouldn't have changed it 0.0%
0
1.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
2
The old system was bad, but I'd rather have seen it changed in a different way. 7.2%
5
6.9%
10
8.0%
20
1.8%
4
5.6%
39
Don't know enough to have a definite opinion at this time. 20.3%
14
12.4%
18
15.1%
38
16.7%
38
15.6%
108
Not sure-haven't made up my mind yet. 4.3%
3
3.4%
5
7.6%
19
9.2%
21
6.9%
48
TOTAL 100.0%
69
100.0%
145
100.0%
251
100.0%
228

693


Race (I-RACE1)

White Black Other TOTAL
Excellent changes; definitely a major shift for the better. 15.8%
108
0.0%
0
10.0%
1
15.6%
109
Many good provisions, but could be modified a little bit to make it even better. 48.8%
333
100.0%
5
50.0%
5
49.2%
343
The old system had some problems, but I'd rather have seen some tinkering with it rather than the massive reorganization that took place. 6.6%
45
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
6.5%
45
On balance, I'd prefer that we go back to the old system, warts and all. 0.4%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.4%
3
The old system was fine as it was, and we shouldn't have changed it 0.3%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
2
The old system was bad, but I'd rather have seen it changed in a different way. 5.4%
37
0.0%
0
20.0%
2
5.6%
39
Don't know enough to have a definite opinion at this time. 15.5%
106
0.0%
0
20.0%
2
15.5%
108
Not sure-haven't made up my mind yet. 7.0%
48
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
6.9%
48
TOTAL 100.0%
682
100.0%
5
100.0%
10

697

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