Economic Values Survey, 1992

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OPINECON (Weighted by WEIGHT)

Which of the statements on the card best describes your own opinion: It is quite possible to make many significant changes in our economic system; it is possible to make a few significant changes in our economic system; economic forces are pretty much beyond our control.
  1) It is quite possible to make many significant changes in our economic system.
  2) It is possible to make a few significant changes in our economic system.
  3) Economic forces are pretty much beyond our control.
  4) Don't know/Refused

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage
It is quite possible to make many significant changes in our economic system. 1613 32.1% 32.1%
It is possible to make a few significant changes in our economic system. 2183 43.5% 75.6%
Economic forces are pretty much beyond our control. 894 17.8% 93.4%
Don't know/Refused 330 6.6% 100%

Variable Comparisons

Religious donations (I-GIVECAT)

0 1-149 150-499 500-999 1000-2499 2500 + TOTAL
It is quite possible to make many significant changes in our economic system. 28.4%
63
33.3%
196
28.9%
150
37.4%
145
35.8%
148
43.1%
107
34.0%
809
It is possible to make a few significant changes in our economic system. 34.2%
76
41.7%
245
48.4%
251
46.6%
181
46.0%
190
37.5%
93
43.6%
1036
Economic forces are pretty much beyond our control. 27.0%
60
20.7%
122
18.5%
96
13.1%
51
13.6%
56
18.1%
45
18.1%
430
Don't know/Refused 10.4%
23
4.3%
25
4.2%
22
2.8%
11
4.6%
19
1.2%
3
4.3%
103
TOTAL 100.0%
222
100.0%
588
100.0%
519
100.0%
388
100.0%
413
100.0%
248

2378


Race and gender (I-RACEGNDR)

White man White woman Black man Black woman Other man (specify) Other woman (specify) TOTAL
It is quite possible to make many significant changes in our economic system. 33.7%
786
33.8%
663
24.3%
60
23.5%
60
20.8%
26
17.3%
17
32.1%
1612
It is possible to make a few significant changes in our economic system. 45.3%
1057
42.4%
831
39.7%
98
42.7%
109
32.8%
41
48.0%
47
43.5%
2183
Economic forces are pretty much beyond our control. 16.7%
391
18.2%
357
19.4%
48
20.0%
51
18.4%
23
24.5%
24
17.8%
894
Don't know/Refused 4.3%
101
5.6%
109
16.6%
41
13.7%
35
28.0%
35
10.2%
10
6.6%
331
TOTAL 100.0%
2335
100.0%
1960
100.0%
247
100.0%
255
100.0%
125
100.0%
98

5020


Region (I-REGION4)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
It is quite possible to make many significant changes in our economic system. 27.5%
325
32.0%
400
30.8%
479
39.6%
409
32.1%
1613
It is possible to make a few significant changes in our economic system. 45.9%
542
47.8%
597
44.0%
685
34.8%
359
43.5%
2183
Economic forces are pretty much beyond our control. 17.4%
205
18.4%
230
16.7%
260
19.3%
199
17.8%
894
Don't know/Refused 9.2%
109
1.8%
23
8.5%
133
6.3%
65
6.6%
330
TOTAL 100.0%
1181
100.0%
1250
100.0%
1557
100.0%
1032

5020


Education (I-EDUC)

LT High Sc High Schl Tech/Trade Some Coll College TOTAL
It is quite possible to make many significant changes in our economic system. 20.3%
124
31.3%
472
35.3%
153
35.1%
371
35.1%
493
32.2%
1613
It is possible to make a few significant changes in our economic system. 39.1%
239
39.2%
591
38.5%
167
42.8%
453
52.1%
732
43.5%
2182
Economic forces are pretty much beyond our control. 24.3%
149
22.7%
342
20.3%
88
19.0%
201
8.0%
113
17.8%
893
Don't know/Refused 16.3%
100
6.8%
103
6.0%
26
3.1%
33
4.8%
67
6.6%
329
TOTAL 100.0%
612
100.0%
1508
100.0%
434
100.0%
1058
100.0%
1405

5017


Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+ TOTAL
It is quite possible to make many significant changes in our economic system. 26.9%
174
31.8%
453
32.4%
446
34.4%
313
34.7%
226
32.2%
1612
It is possible to make a few significant changes in our economic system. 48.2%
312
41.7%
594
45.4%
625
43.2%
393
39.2%
255
43.5%
2179
Economic forces are pretty much beyond our control. 15.8%
102
19.6%
279
15.4%
212
18.7%
170
19.2%
125
17.7%
888
Don't know/Refused 9.1%
59
6.9%
99
6.8%
94
3.6%
33
6.9%
45
6.6%
330
TOTAL 100.0%
647
100.0%
1425
100.0%
1377
100.0%
909
100.0%
651

5009


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

>1/week 1/week Monthly + Svrl/year 1/year Never TOTAL
It is quite possible to make many significant changes in our economic system. 35.9%
204
31.7%
340
31.8%
255
31.7%
259
31.3%
201
31.8%
344
32.2%
1603
It is possible to make a few significant changes in our economic system. 40.1%
228
46.4%
497
44.5%
357
45.4%
371
47.5%
305
38.7%
418
43.7%
2176
Economic forces are pretty much beyond our control. 16.7%
95
16.5%
177
19.4%
156
14.8%
121
15.6%
100
22.3%
241
17.9%
890
Don't know/Refused 7.2%
41
5.3%
57
4.4%
35
8.1%
66
5.6%
36
7.2%
78
6.3%
313
TOTAL 100.0%
568
100.0%
1071
100.0%
803
100.0%
817
100.0%
642
100.0%
1081

4982


Religious preference (I-DENOM)

Evang Prot Mainl Prot Catholic Jewish Other None TOTAL
It is quite possible to make many significant changes in our economic system. 31.7%
393
33.3%
357
30.1%
393
24.8%
34
39.4%
293
27.9%
124
32.3%
1594
It is possible to make a few significant changes in our economic system. 42.1%
522
48.2%
516
43.6%
569
59.9%
82
35.1%
261
42.1%
187
43.3%
2137
Economic forces are pretty much beyond our control. 19.4%
240
15.1%
162
18.8%
246
8.8%
12
17.4%
129
20.0%
89
17.8%
878
Don't know/Refused 6.8%
84
3.4%
36
7.5%
98
6.6%
9
8.1%
60
9.9%
44
6.7%
331
TOTAL 100.0%
1239
100.0%
1071
100.0%
1306
100.0%
137
100.0%
743
100.0%
444

4940


Importance of religion (I-RLGNIMP)

Very Imp Somewhat Not very TOTAL
It is quite possible to make many significant changes in our economic system. 35.3%
726
29.1%
505
32.2%
373
32.4%
1604
It is possible to make a few significant changes in our economic system. 41.0%
842
45.6%
792
45.0%
521
43.5%
2155
Economic forces are pretty much beyond our control. 18.2%
375
17.3%
301
17.6%
204
17.8%
880
Don't know/Refused 5.5%
113
7.9%
138
5.3%
61
6.3%
312
TOTAL 100.0%
2056
100.0%
1736
100.0%
1159

4951


Family income (I-FAMINCOM)

< $20,000 $20-39,000 $40-69,000 $70,000 TOTAL
It is quite possible to make many significant changes in our economic system. 33.1%
266
32.7%
479
32.9%
453
36.3%
248
33.4%
1446
It is possible to make a few significant changes in our economic system. 33.3%
268
43.9%
644
46.4%
638
48.6%
332
43.5%
1882
Economic forces are pretty much beyond our control. 25.1%
202
17.8%
261
17.2%
237
11.1%
76
17.9%
776
Don't know/Refused 8.5%
68
5.6%
82
3.5%
48
4.0%
27
5.2%
225
TOTAL 100.0%
804
100.0%
1466
100.0%
1376
100.0%
683

4329


View of the Bible (I-TRFAINSP)

Inspired Not inspr Don't know TOTAL
It is quite possible to make many significant changes in our economic system. 33.6%
1318
27.0%
180
26.2%
114
32.1%
1612
It is possible to make a few significant changes in our economic system. 43.0%
1686
50.2%
334
37.2%
162
43.5%
2182
Economic forces are pretty much beyond our control. 17.6%
688
15.2%
101
24.1%
105
17.8%
894
Don't know/Refused 5.7%
225
7.7%
51
12.4%
54
6.6%
330
TOTAL 100.0%
3917
100.0%
666
100.0%
435

5018



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