Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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HLPNEEDY

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

I am going to read you some pairs of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement (The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt) or the SECOND statement (The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy) comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right.
  1) First statement
  2) Second statement
  3) Neither/Both equally
  4) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
First statement 48.1% 48.1%
Second statement 46.4% 94.5%
Neither/Both equally 3.1% 97.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.3% 99.9%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
First statement 45.3% 50.6% 48.1%
Second statement 50.2% 43.1% 46.4%
Neither/Both equally 2.3% 3.9% 3.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 2.4% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
First statement 32.3% 58.6% 50.8% 47.9%
Second statement 64.4% 36.7% 41.6% 46.8%
Neither/Both equally 2.1% 3.0% 4.4% 3.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 1.7% 3.2% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
First statement 55.0% 49.0% 42.2% 48.1%
Second statement 41.5% 46.6% 49.6% 46.4%
Neither/Both equally 2.0% 3.2% 3.8% 3.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 1.2% 4.4% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
First statement 42.1% 54.8% 50.9% 56.9% 48.2%
Second statement 52.4% 39.4% 36.8% 40.2% 46.3%
Neither/Both equally 3.5% 3.5% 5.3% 1.4% 3.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.0% 2.3% 7.0% 1.5% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1971


Education (I-EDUCATN)

Less than High school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some College (no 4-year degree)/Business, technical, or vocational school AFTER high school College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
First statement 61.7% 50.0% 44.3% 39.6% 41.0% 48.1%
Second statement 32.2% 44.5% 49.8% 57.3% 53.3% 46.4%
Neither/Both equally 2.8% 3.0% 4.0% 1.6% 3.8% 3.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.4% 2.6% 1.9% 1.6% 2.0% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
First statement 44.4% 75.7% 52.5% 48.1%
Second statement 50.1% 20.0% 40.9% 46.5%
Neither/Both equally 3.1% 2.1% 4.0% 3.0%
Don't know/Refused 2.3% 2.3% 2.5% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
First statement 58.9% 52.9% 40.8% 37.9% 49.2%
Second statement 34.0% 43.2% 54.5% 56.5% 45.7%
Neither/Both equally 3.6% 2.3% 2.7% 5.2% 3.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.5% 1.6% 1.9% 0.4% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
First statement 51.2% 47.5% 47.5% 46.7% 48.1%
Second statement 44.3% 46.8% 47.1% 47.2% 46.4%
Neither/Both equally 2.6% 2.9% 3.2% 3.9% 3.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 2.9% 2.3% 2.3% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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