General Social Survey, 1998

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Please tell me which of the following statements comes closest to your opinion about the Social Security program...1. The Social Security program has no serious problems, certainly none that require changing the current system; 2. Social Security has minor problems that can be fixed with minor changes to the current system; 3. Social Security's problems are serious and can be fixed only with major changes to the current system; 4. Social Security's problems are so bad that the current system should be replaced
  1) The Social Security program has no serious problems, certainly none that require changing the current system
  2) Social Security has minor problems that can be fixed with minor changes to the current system
  3) Social Security's problems are serious and can be fixed only with major changes to the current system
  4) Social Security's problems are so bad that the current system should be replaced
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
The Social Security program has no serious problems, certainly none that require changing the current system 64 4.6% 4.6% -1.47
Social Security has minor problems that can be fixed with minor changes to the current system 304 21.9% 26.5% -.79
Social Security's problems are serious and can be fixed only with major changes to the current system 714 51.5% 78% -.11
Social Security's problems are so bad that the current system should be replaced 218 15.7% 93.7% .57
Don't know 80 5.8% 99.5% 3.29
No answer 7 .5% 100% 3.97

Variable Comparisons


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
The Social Security program has no serious problems, certainly none that require changing the current system 4.7%
27
4.6%
37
4.6%
64
Social Security has minor problems that can be fixed with minor changes to the current system 20.9%
121
22.6%
183
21.9%
304
Social Security's problems are serious and can be fixed only with major changes to the current system 50.5%
292
52.2%
422
51.5%
714
Social Security's problems are so bad that the current system should be replaced 18.7%
108
13.6%
110
15.7%
218
Don't know 4.8%
28
6.4%
52
5.8%
80
No answer 0.3%
2
0.6%
5
0.5%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
578
100.0%
809

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
The Social Security program has no serious problems, certainly none that require changing the current system 3.7%
41
5.9%
12
12.6%
11
4.6%
64
Social Security has minor problems that can be fixed with minor changes to the current system 21.2%
233
27.2%
55
18.4%
16
21.9%
304
Social Security's problems are serious and can be fixed only with major changes to the current system 54.6%
600
39.1%
79
40.2%
35
51.5%
714
Social Security's problems are so bad that the current system should be replaced 15.7%
172
14.4%
29
19.5%
17
15.7%
218
Don't know 4.5%
49
11.9%
24
8.0%
7
5.8%
80
No answer 0.3%
3
1.5%
3
1.1%
1
0.5%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
1098
100.0%
202
100.0%
87

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Religious preference (I-RELIG)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
The Social Security program has no serious problems, certainly none that require changing the current system 4.0%
30
6.3%
21
8.3%
2
4.5%
9
2.2%
2
4.6%
64
Social Security has minor problems that can be fixed with minor changes to the current system 22.7%
168
22.1%
74
25.0%
6
18.7%
37
21.3%
19
21.9%
304
Social Security's problems are serious and can be fixed only with major changes to the current system 52.1%
386
51.9%
174
50.0%
12
50.5%
100
47.2%
42
51.5%
714
Social Security's problems are so bad that the current system should be replaced 15.4%
114
15.2%
51
12.5%
3
17.2%
34
18.0%
16
15.7%
218
Don't know 5.5%
41
4.5%
15
0.0%
0
8.6%
17
7.9%
7
5.8%
80
No answer 0.3%
2
0.0%
0
4.2%
1
0.5%
1
3.4%
3
0.5%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
741
100.0%
335
100.0%
24
100.0%
198
100.0%
89

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Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Never married Married Widowed/Divorced/Separated TOTAL
The Social Security program has no serious problems, certainly none that require changing the current system 5.1%
16
3.6%
24
5.9%
24
4.6%
64
Social Security has minor problems that can be fixed with minor changes to the current system 23.8%
74
21.4%
142
21.2%
87
21.9%
303
Social Security's problems are serious and can be fixed only with major changes to the current system 46.0%
143
56.2%
374
48.0%
197
51.5%
714
Social Security's problems are so bad that the current system should be replaced 16.7%
52
14.9%
99
16.3%
67
15.7%
218
Don't know 7.4%
23
3.6%
24
8.0%
33
5.8%
80
No answer 1.0%
3
0.3%
2
0.5%
2
0.5%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
311
100.0%
665
100.0%
410

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Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years 30-39 years 40-49 years 50-64 years More than 65 years TOTAL
The Social Security program has no serious problems, certainly none that require changing the current system 3.9%
10
3.8%
13
1.4%
4
4.6%
12
10.8%
25
4.6%
64
Social Security has minor problems that can be fixed with minor changes to the current system 21.5%
55
18.3%
63
15.9%
46
22.9%
60
34.5%
80
21.9%
304
Social Security's problems are serious and can be fixed only with major changes to the current system 47.3%
121
54.2%
187
57.6%
167
53.4%
140
41.8%
97
51.4%
712
Social Security's problems are so bad that the current system should be replaced 18.4%
47
18.8%
65
22.8%
66
11.5%
30
4.3%
10
15.7%
218
Don't know 7.4%
19
4.9%
17
2.1%
6
7.3%
19
8.2%
19
5.8%
80
No answer 1.6%
4
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.4%
1
0.4%
1
0.5%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
256
100.0%
345
100.0%
290
100.0%
262
100.0%
232

1385


Education (I-EDUCATIO)

Less than high school High school 4 years college More than 4 years college TOTAL
The Social Security program has no serious problems, certainly none that require changing the current system 14.5%
11
4.6%
27
3.8%
22
2.8%
4
4.6%
64
Social Security has minor problems that can be fixed with minor changes to the current system 25.0%
19
24.8%
145
19.9%
115
16.0%
23
21.9%
302
Social Security's problems are serious and can be fixed only with major changes to the current system 28.9%
22
48.8%
285
56.3%
325
54.9%
79
51.5%
711
Social Security's problems are so bad that the current system should be replaced 10.5%
8
14.6%
85
16.5%
95
20.8%
30
15.8%
218
Don't know 18.4%
14
6.7%
39
3.3%
19
4.9%
7
5.7%
79
No answer 2.6%
2
0.5%
3
0.2%
1
0.7%
1
0.5%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
76
100.0%
584
100.0%
577
100.0%
144

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Family income (I-FAMINCOM)

LT $10,000 $10K-24999 $25,000+ Ref/DK TOTAL
The Social Security program has no serious problems, certainly none that require changing the current system 8.2%
11
7.3%
22
2.8%
22
5.8%
9
4.6%
64
Social Security has minor problems that can be fixed with minor changes to the current system 28.4%
38
28.9%
87
18.7%
149
19.5%
30
21.9%
304
Social Security's problems are serious and can be fixed only with major changes to the current system 35.8%
48
44.9%
135
58.3%
465
42.9%
66
51.5%
714
Social Security's problems are so bad that the current system should be replaced 17.2%
23
12.3%
37
16.8%
134
15.6%
24
15.7%
218
Don't know 8.2%
11
5.6%
17
3.5%
28
15.6%
24
5.8%
80
No answer 2.2%
3
1.0%
3
0.0%
0
0.6%
1
0.5%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
134
100.0%
301
100.0%
798
100.0%
154

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Region (I-REGION)

New England North Central MD/S Atlantic South Central Mtn/Pacific TOTAL
The Social Security program has no serious problems, certainly none that require changing the current system 5.8%
4
1.4%
5
6.0%
28
6.1%
14
4.8%
13
4.6%
64
Social Security has minor problems that can be fixed with minor changes to the current system 26.1%
18
26.8%
94
21.4%
100
16.1%
37
20.4%
55
21.9%
304
Social Security's problems are serious and can be fixed only with major changes to the current system 46.4%
32
50.1%
176
51.6%
241
53.0%
122
53.0%
143
51.5%
714
Social Security's problems are so bad that the current system should be replaced 17.4%
12
16.0%
56
14.3%
67
16.5%
38
16.7%
45
15.7%
218
Don't know 4.3%
3
5.7%
20
6.0%
28
7.8%
18
4.1%
11
5.8%
80
No answer 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.6%
3
0.4%
1
1.1%
3
0.5%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
69
100.0%
351
100.0%
467
100.0%
230
100.0%
270

1387


Political party (I-POLPART)

Democrat Republican Other TOTAL
The Social Security program has no serious problems, certainly none that require changing the current system 4.5%
29
4.0%
19
5.9%
16
4.6%
64
Social Security has minor problems that can be fixed with minor changes to the current system 25.4%
162
18.0%
85
20.4%
55
21.9%
302
Social Security's problems are serious and can be fixed only with major changes to the current system 50.7%
324
56.0%
265
45.9%
124
51.6%
713
Social Security's problems are so bad that the current system should be replaced 13.6%
87
18.0%
85
16.7%
45
15.7%
217
Don't know 5.3%
34
3.6%
17
10.4%
28
5.7%
79
No answer 0.5%
3
0.4%
2
0.7%
2
0.5%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
639
100.0%
473
100.0%
270

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