General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

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HELPPOOR

I'd like to talk with you about issues some people tell us are important. Some people think that the government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans; they are at point 1 on this card. Other people think it's not the government's responsibility, and that each person should take care of himself; they are at point 5. Where would you place yourself on this scale, or haven't you made up your mind on this?
  0) Inapplicable
  1) The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans.
  2) 2
  3) Agree with both
  4) 4
  5) Each person should take care of himself.
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Inapplicable 1169 32.8% 32.8% -1.1
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 451 12.7% 45.5% -.55
2 283 8% 53.5% 0
Agree with both 1026 28.8% 82.3% .56
4 328 9.2% 91.5% 1.11
Each person should take care of himself. 246 6.9% 98.4% 1.66
Don't know 54 1.5% 99.9% 3.31
No answer 2 .1% 100% 3.86

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years old 30-44 years old 45-59 years old 60-74 years old 75 years and older TOTAL
Inapplicable 33.2%
191
32.3%
315
32.2%
325
35.3%
234
31.1%
95
32.9%
1160
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 14.4%
83
12.6%
123
13.5%
136
10.6%
70
10.5%
32
12.6%
444
2 10.9%
63
9.3%
91
7.7%
78
5.9%
39
3.9%
12
8.0%
283
Agree with both 28.5%
164
28.4%
277
28.8%
291
28.7%
190
31.1%
95
28.8%
1017
4 7.5%
43
11.2%
109
9.7%
98
8.4%
56
6.2%
19
9.2%
325
Each person should take care of himself. 4.9%
28
4.9%
48
6.6%
67
8.9%
59
13.4%
41
6.9%
243
Don't know 0.7%
4
1.1%
11
1.3%
13
2.1%
14
3.6%
11
1.5%
53
No answer 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
576
100.0%
974
100.0%
1009
100.0%
663
100.0%
305

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Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Never Several times a year or less 1-3 times a month Every week or nearly every week More than once a week TOTAL
Inapplicable 32.1%
237
30.7%
342
32.3%
175
35.3%
302
36.0%
107
32.8%
1163
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 12.4%
92
12.9%
144
16.6%
90
10.6%
91
11.1%
33
12.7%
450
2 7.8%
58
8.8%
98
7.9%
43
7.6%
65
6.1%
18
8.0%
282
Agree with both 31.1%
230
30.5%
340
24.5%
133
27.1%
232
30.3%
90
28.9%
1025
4 7.8%
58
9.8%
109
10.1%
55
10.3%
88
6.1%
18
9.2%
328
Each person should take care of himself. 7.3%
54
6.2%
69
7.4%
40
7.3%
62
6.7%
20
6.9%
245
Don't know 1.4%
10
1.0%
11
1.1%
6
1.8%
15
3.4%
10
1.5%
52
No answer 0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
739
100.0%
1114
100.0%
542
100.0%
855
100.0%
297

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Education (I-EDUC)

Left high school High school Junior college Bachelor Graduate TOTAL
Inapplicable 29.5%
142
34.8%
611
30.7%
93
30.6%
200
33.8%
122
32.8%
1168
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 25.9%
125
11.7%
206
11.2%
34
8.0%
52
9.4%
34
12.7%
451
2 5.0%
24
7.9%
138
5.9%
18
9.8%
64
10.8%
39
8.0%
283
Agree with both 25.1%
121
29.9%
526
34.0%
103
27.5%
180
26.3%
95
28.8%
1025
4 3.5%
17
7.6%
133
8.6%
26
15.0%
98
15.0%
54
9.2%
328
Each person should take care of himself. 7.3%
35
6.7%
117
8.3%
25
8.4%
55
3.9%
14
6.9%
246
Don't know 3.7%
18
1.4%
24
1.3%
4
0.8%
5
0.8%
3
1.5%
54
No answer 0.0%
0
0.1%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
482
100.0%
1757
100.0%
303
100.0%
654
100.0%
361

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Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Inapplicable 33.9%
532
32.0%
637
32.8%
1169
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 11.2%
176
13.8%
275
12.7%
451
2 8.5%
133
7.5%
150
8.0%
283
Agree with both 27.0%
423
30.3%
603
28.8%
1026
4 10.8%
169
8.0%
159
9.2%
328
Each person should take care of himself. 7.5%
117
6.5%
129
6.9%
246
Don't know 1.2%
19
1.8%
35
1.5%
54
No answer 0.0%
0
0.1%
2
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
1569
100.0%
1990

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
Inapplicable 32.8%
907
32.6%
160
33.9%
102
32.8%
1169
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 9.5%
263
26.1%
128
19.9%
60
12.7%
451
2 7.6%
209
8.6%
42
10.6%
32
8.0%
283
Agree with both 30.0%
830
25.7%
126
23.3%
70
28.8%
1026
4 10.8%
298
2.6%
13
5.6%
17
9.2%
328
Each person should take care of himself. 8.0%
221
2.0%
10
5.0%
15
6.9%
246
Don't know 1.3%
37
2.4%
12
1.7%
5
1.5%
54
No answer 0.1%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
2767
100.0%
491
100.0%
301

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Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Inapplicable 31.7%
193
31.6%
248
34.2%
450
32.8%
278
32.9%
1169
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 14.5%
88
10.6%
83
13.7%
181
11.6%
98
12.6%
450
2 8.7%
53
7.5%
59
7.1%
93
9.2%
78
8.0%
283
Agree with both 30.8%
187
31.4%
247
28.4%
374
25.7%
218
28.8%
1026
4 7.4%
45
10.7%
84
7.5%
99
11.8%
100
9.2%
328
Each person should take care of himself. 4.9%
30
6.7%
53
7.4%
98
7.7%
65
6.9%
246
Don't know 1.8%
11
1.5%
12
1.7%
22
1.1%
9
1.5%
54
No answer 0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
608
100.0%
786
100.0%
1317
100.0%
847

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Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other (specify) TOTAL
Inapplicable 33.3%
606
31.2%
262
33.9%
21
33.0%
192
35.0%
85
32.9%
1166
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 12.3%
224
13.9%
117
9.7%
6
13.4%
78
9.9%
24
12.7%
449
2 6.6%
121
7.5%
63
8.1%
5
10.1%
59
14.0%
34
7.9%
282
Agree with both 28.8%
524
28.7%
241
32.3%
20
29.0%
169
28.0%
68
28.8%
1022
4 9.5%
173
9.4%
79
9.7%
6
7.7%
45
9.9%
24
9.2%
327
Each person should take care of himself. 7.8%
142
7.6%
64
4.8%
3
5.5%
32
2.1%
5
6.9%
246
Don't know 1.6%
29
1.7%
14
1.6%
1
1.2%
7
1.2%
3
1.5%
54
No answer 0.1%
1
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
1820
100.0%
841
100.0%
62
100.0%
582
100.0%
243

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Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Liberal Moderate Conservative TOTAL
Inapplicable 33.8%
325
31.8%
418
33.5%
385
32.9%
1128
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 16.4%
158
11.3%
148
9.7%
111
12.2%
417
2 13.5%
130
7.5%
98
4.0%
46
8.0%
274
Agree with both 27.2%
261
35.1%
462
23.8%
274
29.1%
997
4 5.1%
49
6.7%
88
16.3%
187
9.5%
324
Each person should take care of himself. 2.9%
28
6.1%
80
11.4%
131
7.0%
239
Don't know 1.0%
10
1.5%
20
1.4%
16
1.3%
46
No answer 0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
961
100.0%
1315
100.0%
1150

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