U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

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

Now I'm going to read you a few pairs of statements. For each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views -- even if neither is exactly right.
  1) The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt
  2) The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy
  3) Neither/Both equally (Vol.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt 61.8% 61.8%
The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy 29.2% 91%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 5.1% 96.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.9% 100%
Total N = 35556

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65 and older TOTAL
The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt 67.5% 62.8% 61.4% 61.4% 56.0% 62.0%
The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy 26.8% 29.9% 29.4% 29.2% 31.8% 29.3%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 3.1% 4.7% 5.6% 6.0% 5.4% 5.0%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.6% 2.7% 3.6% 3.4% 6.8% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34695


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt 59.2% 64.3% 61.8%
The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy 32.3% 26.3% 29.2%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 5.0% 5.1% 5.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.4% 4.3% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
35556


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (Vol.) Other party (Vol.) TOTAL
The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt 44.0% 75.3% 62.5% 65.0% 44.7% 61.9%
The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy 46.7% 18.3% 28.5% 20.6% 40.7% 29.5%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 5.5% 3.5% 5.7% 7.8% 9.4% 5.0%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.8% 2.9% 3.3% 6.6% 5.2% 3.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34102


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 to under $150,000 $150,000 or more TOTAL
The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt 69.2% 65.1% 59.7% 56.1% 55.6% 53.0% 62.5%
The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy 22.8% 27.4% 32.4% 36.4% 36.7% 37.2% 29.6%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 4.1% 4.6% 5.4% 5.1% 5.4% 6.0% 4.8%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.8% 2.9% 2.5% 2.3% 2.3% 3.9% 3.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
29435


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school graduate High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Technical, trade, or vocational school AFTER high school Some college, no 4-year degree (including associate degree) 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
The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt 68.6% 65.5% 58.8% 60.8% 54.0% 57.2% 61.9%
The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy 22.0% 26.4% 28.7% 30.3% 37.4% 33.0% 29.3%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 3.8% 4.4% 7.7% 5.4% 5.5% 6.5% 5.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 5.6% 3.7% 4.7% 3.5% 3.1% 3.2% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
35298



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