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Poverty, Government Response

Attitudes about how the government handles the poor/poverty


Below are 66 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept.

  • EQWLTH from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • Some people think that the government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and the poor, perhaps by raising the taxes of wealthy families or by giving income assistance to the poor. Others think that the government should not concern itself with reducing this income difference between the rich and the poor. Here is a card with a scale from 1 to 7. Think of a score of 1 as meaning that the government ought to reduce the income differences between rich and poor, and a score of 7 meaning that the government should not concern itself with reducing income differences. What score between 1 and 7 comes closest to the way you feel? (EQWLTH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • HELPPOOR from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • Id 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 its not the governments responsibility, and that each person should take care of himself; they are at point 5. Where would you place yourself on this scale, or havent you made up your mind on this? (HELPPOOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATFAREY from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. K. Assistance to the poor (NATFAREY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MONEYHTH from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1999LEARN MORE
    • Following are some questions about social and political issues. Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with more government money to provide health care for poor children? (MONEYHTH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FOODSTMP$ from American National Election Studies, 2000LEARN MORE
    • What about FOOD STAMPS? (Should federal spending on FOOD STAMPS be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?) (FOODSTMP$) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • HELPPOOR from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Place self on scale: 1) I strongly agree the government should improve living standards; To 5) I strongly agree that people should take care of themselves. (HELPPOOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EQUALIZE from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • On the whole, do you think it should or should not be the governments responsibility to . . . G. Reduce income differences between the rich and poor. (EQUALIZE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POVERTY from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010LEARN MORE
    • As a national program, do you think were now spending too little, too much, or about the right amount of money on improving the conditions of the poor? (82-10) (POVERTY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EQWLTH from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • Respondents asked to place themselves on a scale: From 1) Government should do something to reduce income differences between rich and poor; to 7) Government should not concern itself with income differences. (EQWLTH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • AGGOVPRG from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with the following statement: The government should help more needy people, even if it means cuts in other programs. (AGGOVPRG) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • AGTAXCUT from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with the following statement: The government should help more needy people, even if it means holding back on future tax cuts. (AGTAXCUT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • OPPOOR from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Id like to read you a list of some programs and proposals that are being discussed in this country today. For each one, please tell me whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose it. The first one is: providing more generous government assistance to the poor. (OPPOOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EQUALIZE from General Social Survey, 1990LEARN MORE
    • On the whole, do you think it should or should not be the governments responsibility to: Reduce income differences between the rich and poor. (EQUALIZE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EQUALIZE from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • On the whole, do you think it should or should not be the governments responsibility to: G. Reduce income differences between the rich and poor. (EQUALIZE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • HLPNEEDY from Religion and Politics Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • I am going to read you some pairs of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement (The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt) or the SECOND statement (The government today cant afford to do much more to help the needy) comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right. (HLPNEEDY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ISSPOOR from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Id like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in this country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose providing more generous government assistance to the poor? [Answered only if FORM = 2.] (ISSPOOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FED_SP12 from American National Election Studies, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Next I am going to read you a list of federal programs. For each one, I would like you to tell me whether you would like to see spending increased or decreased: -- AID TO POOR PEOPLE (FED_SP12) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FED_SP13 from American National Election Studies, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Next I am going to read you a list of federal programs. For each one, I would like you to tell me whether you would like to see spending increased or decreased: -- AID TO THE WORKING POOR (FED_SP13) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EQUALIZE from General Social Survey, 1991LEARN MORE
    • On the whole, do you think it should or should not be the governments responsibility to . . . Reduce income differences between the rich and poor. (EQUALIZE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • L5POOR from State of Disunion Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Since our founding, different levels of our government have had different responsibilities. For each of the following, I want you to tell me whether you think it should be mainly the responsibility of the federal government in Washington, the state government in [respondents state], your local government, or private organizations. Or do you think it should be mainly left up to individuals? E. Helping the poor and unemployed (L5POOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • P10WELFR from State of Disunion Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Im going to read you some proposals that are now being discussed nationally. As I read each one, please select the number that best expresses how much you favor or oppose it. If you dont really care about the issue, please say so. J. Reducing welfare payments to persons living in poverty (P10WELFR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • HELPMONY from Economic Values Survey, 1992LEARN MORE
    • To help the needy in our society, do you think each of the following would help a lot, help a little, or not help? -- spending more money on government social welfare services (HELPMONY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EQUALIZE from General Social Survey, 1998LEARN MORE
    • Government responsibility: Reduce income differences between the rich and poor. (EQUALIZE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FAVASTPR from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001LEARN MORE
    • Now I am going to read you a list of some programs and proposals that are being discussed in this country today. For each one, please tell me whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose it. The next one is: providing more generous government assistance to the poor. (FAVASTPR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ASSIST from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • All in all do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose providing more generous government assistance to the poor? (ASSIST) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GOVNEEDY from Religion and Politics Survey Merged Data Set, 1994-1995LEARN MORE
    • Typology D: Helping needy Americans -- 1) Government should do more for the poor . . . 2) Government shouldnt do more for the poor (GOVNEEDY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GVHLPNDY from December 2006 Values Update SurveyLEARN MORE
    • For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly disagree with it, or completely disagree with it. The government should help most needy people even if it means going deeper in debt. (GVHLPNDY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POGVDEP from December 2006 Values Update SurveyLEARN MORE
    • For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly disagree with it, or completely disagree with it. Poor people have become too dependent on government assistance programs. (POGVDEP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POORDEP from December 2006 Values Update SurveyLEARN MORE
    • For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly disagree with it, or completely disagree with it. Poor people have become too dependent on government assistance programs. (POORDEP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • HOMELESS from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1992LEARN MORE
    • Here are a series of statements about issues facing the United States. For each, please tell me whether you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat or disagree strongly. -- Public spending to end poverty and homelessness in the United States is more important than military spending. (HOMELESS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EQWLTH from General Social Survey, 1993LEARN MORE
    • Some people think that the government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and the poor, perhaps by raising the taxes of wealthy families or by giving income assistance to the poor. Others think that the government should not concern itself with reducing this income difference between the rich and the poor. Here is a card with a scale from 1 to 7. Think of a score of 1 as meaning that the government ought to reduce the income differences between rich and poor, and a score of 7 meaning that the government should not concern itself with reducing income differences. What score between 1 and 7 comes closest to the way you feel? (EQWLTH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EQWLTHY from Middletown Area Study, 1982LEARN MORE
    • Please indicate whether you strongly disagree, somewhat disagree, are uncertain, somewhat agree, or strongly agree. -- The government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and poor. (EQWLTHY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EQWLTHY from Middletown Area Study, 1984LEARN MORE
    • For the next set of issues, I would like you to indicate your position by telling me how much you agree or disagree with each of the following statements. -- The government in Washington ought to reduce the income differences between the rich and poor. (EQWLTHY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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