U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

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Q6

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

If you had to choose, would you rather have a smaller government providing fewer services, or a bigger government providing more services?
  1) Smaller government, less services
  2) Bigger government, more services
  3) Depends (Vol.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Smaller government, less services 42.6% 42.6%
Bigger government, more services 46.3% 88.9%
Depends (Vol.) 4.6% 93.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 6.5% 100%
Total N = 35556

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65 and older TOTAL
Smaller government, less services 26.4% 39.2% 46.3% 49.1% 52.1% 42.7%
Bigger government, more services 67.2% 52.2% 43.2% 38.7% 30.5% 46.5%
Depends (Vol.) 2.6% 4.0% 4.7% 5.5% 6.1% 4.6%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.9% 4.6% 5.7% 6.7% 11.2% 6.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34695


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Smaller government, less services 50.4% 35.2% 42.6%
Bigger government, more services 40.2% 52.0% 46.3%
Depends (Vol.) 4.7% 4.6% 4.6%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 4.7% 8.1% 6.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
35556


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (Vol.) Other party (Vol.) TOTAL
Smaller government, less services 61.1% 28.9% 45.4% 32.4% 61.6% 43.3%
Bigger government, more services 31.2% 59.6% 44.3% 48.4% 27.3% 46.1%
Depends (Vol.) 2.7% 5.2% 4.6% 8.5% 5.4% 4.6%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 4.9% 6.3% 5.7% 10.7% 5.6% 6.0%
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
Smaller government, less services 28.7% 42.5% 50.6% 52.9% 55.8% 55.5% 43.2%
Bigger government, more services 60.2% 47.1% 40.0% 38.4% 36.9% 35.1% 46.9%
Depends (Vol.) 4.4% 4.5% 4.6% 4.3% 3.9% 3.5% 4.3%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 6.6% 6.0% 4.8% 4.4% 3.5% 5.9% 5.5%
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
Smaller government, less services 24.1% 39.5% 46.3% 46.1% 53.4% 51.2% 42.6%
Bigger government, more services 62.9% 50.0% 40.2% 43.3% 36.3% 37.3% 46.3%
Depends (Vol.) 4.7% 3.9% 6.8% 4.8% 4.6% 5.8% 4.6%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 8.3% 6.6% 6.7% 5.8% 5.6% 5.7% 6.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
35298



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