U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Alaska and Hawaii 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 58.9% 58.9%
The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy 33.9% 92.8%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 4% 96.8%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.3% 100.1%
Total N = 401

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt 58.6% 59.3% 59.0%
The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy 36.8% 30.9% 33.8%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 2.4% 5.5% 4.0%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.2% 4.3% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
401


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt 40.1% 73.2% 57.8% 58.8%
The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy 51.0% 21.9% 33.4% 33.8%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 4.7% 0.4% 7.7% 4.3%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 4.2% 4.5% 1.0% 3.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
363



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