General Social Survey 2014 Cross-Section and Panel Combined - Instructional Dataset

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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?
  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/herself.

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 407 16.3% 16.3% -1.62
2 323 12.9% 29.2% -.79
Agree with both 1068 42.7% 71.9% .03
4 370 14.8% 86.8% .86
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 331 13.2% 100% 1.69

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75 or older TOTAL
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 17.9%
60
16.6%
115
15.1%
106
17.9%
95
13.4%
29
16.3%
405
2 16.4%
55
14.0%
97
11.4%
80
12.6%
67
9.7%
21
12.9%
320
Agree with both 44.5%
149
42.1%
291
44.0%
310
41.4%
220
40.6%
88
42.7%
1058
4 13.4%
45
16.0%
111
16.2%
114
13.3%
71
12.0%
26
14.8%
367
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 7.8%
26
11.3%
78
13.4%
94
14.8%
79
24.4%
53
13.3%
330
TOTAL 100.0%
335
100.0%
692
100.0%
704
100.0%
532
100.0%
217

2480


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Less than once a year Once a year Several times a year Once to three times a month Nearly every week Every week or more TOTAL
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 16.2%
138
15.7%
49
16.3%
41
18.6%
66
15.0%
18
15.3%
92
16.2%
404
2 14.1%
120
15.3%
48
15.9%
40
11.5%
41
10.8%
13
10.0%
60
12.9%
322
Agree with both 45.0%
384
40.9%
128
41.8%
105
42.5%
151
38.3%
46
42.1%
253
42.8%
1067
4 13.0%
111
16.0%
50
14.7%
37
15.5%
55
19.2%
23
15.6%
94
14.8%
370
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 11.7%
100
12.1%
38
11.2%
28
11.8%
42
16.7%
20
17.0%
102
13.2%
330
TOTAL 100.0%
853
100.0%
313
100.0%
251
100.0%
355
100.0%
120
100.0%
601

2493


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Extremely liberal or liberal Slightly liberal Moderate Slightly conservative Conservative or extremely conservative TOTAL
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 25.2%
101
16.2%
43
15.3%
148
10.2%
33
12.6%
59
15.8%
384
2 26.4%
106
18.8%
50
11.2%
108
9.0%
29
5.6%
26
13.2%
319
Agree with both 37.7%
151
44.4%
118
51.9%
501
40.4%
131
29.3%
137
42.8%
1038
4 5.0%
20
13.9%
37
11.3%
109
26.2%
85
24.4%
114
15.1%
365
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 5.7%
23
6.8%
18
10.3%
99
14.2%
46
28.2%
132
13.1%
318
TOTAL 100.0%
401
100.0%
266
100.0%
965
100.0%
324
100.0%
468

2424


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 11.7%
223
33.2%
120
26.9%
64
16.3%
407
2 12.6%
239
13.0%
47
15.5%
37
12.9%
323
Agree with both 43.1%
819
46.0%
166
34.9%
83
42.7%
1068
4 17.4%
330
3.6%
13
11.3%
27
14.8%
370
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 15.2%
289
4.2%
15
11.3%
27
13.2%
331
TOTAL 100.0%
1900
100.0%
361
100.0%
238

2499


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 14.7%
166
18.3%
108
9.1%
4
16.7%
84
18.4%
40
16.2%
402
2 11.2%
127
13.7%
81
22.7%
10
16.1%
81
10.6%
23
12.9%
322
Agree with both 42.0%
476
38.0%
224
40.9%
18
47.1%
237
49.8%
108
42.7%
1063
4 16.1%
182
16.3%
96
18.2%
8
10.9%
55
13.4%
29
14.9%
370
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 16.1%
182
13.7%
81
9.1%
4
9.1%
46
7.8%
17
13.3%
330
TOTAL 100.0%
1133
100.0%
590
100.0%
44
100.0%
503
100.0%
217

2487


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 14.5%
165
17.8%
242
16.3%
407
2 12.2%
139
13.5%
184
12.9%
323
Agree with both 41.5%
472
43.8%
596
42.7%
1068
4 16.3%
185
13.6%
185
14.8%
370
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 15.5%
176
11.4%
155
13.2%
331
TOTAL 100.0%
1137
100.0%
1362

2499

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