General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)

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HELPPOOR

I'd 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 it's not the government's responsibility, and that each person should take care of himself; they are at point 5. Where would you place yourself on this scale or haven't you made up your mind on this?
  1) The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans.
  2) 2
  3) Agree with both
  4) 4
  5) Each person should take care of himself/herself.
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 481 14.8% 14.8% -1.48
2 389 11.9% 26.7% -.79
Agree with both 1398 42.9% 69.6% -.09
4 474 14.5% 84.2% .6
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 425 13% 97.2% 1.29
Don't know 85 2.6% 99.8% 3.38
No answer 6 .2% 100% 4.07

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75 or older TOTAL
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 13.4%
60
13.1%
115
18.1%
168
13.8%
93
14.0%
42
14.8%
478
2 19.6%
88
11.9%
104
11.3%
105
10.1%
68
6.7%
20
11.9%
385
Agree with both 44.2%
198
44.8%
393
40.2%
373
42.5%
286
43.1%
129
42.8%
1379
4 13.4%
60
17.2%
151
13.6%
126
14.9%
100
11.7%
35
14.6%
472
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 7.1%
32
10.8%
95
13.9%
129
16.0%
108
19.4%
58
13.1%
422
Don't know 1.8%
8
2.2%
19
2.8%
26
2.4%
16
4.7%
14
2.6%
83
No answer 0.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.3%
2
0.3%
1
0.2%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
448
100.0%
877
100.0%
928
100.0%
673
100.0%
299

3225


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Less than once a year Once a year Several times a year One to three times a month Nearly every week Once a week or more TOTAL
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 16.0%
168
11.7%
51
15.5%
48
13.5%
64
20.5%
27
14.4%
123
14.8%
481
2 14.6%
153
14.0%
61
9.4%
29
12.3%
58
12.1%
16
8.4%
72
12.0%
389
Agree with both 42.7%
447
45.5%
198
45.5%
141
44.4%
210
37.9%
50
41.1%
351
43.0%
1397
4 12.7%
133
15.6%
68
13.9%
43
16.3%
77
15.9%
21
15.2%
130
14.5%
472
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 11.3%
118
10.8%
47
13.2%
41
11.8%
56
12.1%
16
16.8%
143
12.9%
421
Don't know 2.7%
28
2.3%
10
2.3%
7
1.7%
8
1.5%
2
3.5%
30
2.6%
85
No answer 0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.5%
4
0.2%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
1048
100.0%
435
100.0%
310
100.0%
473
100.0%
132
100.0%
853

3251


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Extremely liberal or liberal Slightly liberal Moderate Slightly conservative Extremely conservative or conservative TOTAL
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 25.1%
129
14.2%
52
13.3%
159
9.1%
43
10.3%
62
14.2%
445
2 23.6%
121
20.3%
74
10.8%
129
7.2%
34
4.3%
26
12.2%
384
Agree with both 37.0%
190
48.8%
178
50.6%
604
45.8%
216
28.1%
169
43.2%
1357
4 7.8%
40
9.0%
33
12.3%
147
21.2%
100
25.1%
151
15.0%
471
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 5.5%
28
5.2%
19
10.1%
121
12.9%
61
30.4%
183
13.1%
412
Don't know 1.0%
5
1.9%
7
2.8%
33
3.6%
17
1.7%
10
2.3%
72
No answer 0.0%
0
0.5%
2
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
513
100.0%
365
100.0%
1193
100.0%
472
100.0%
601

3144


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 11.7%
292
28.9%
140
17.4%
49
14.8%
481
2 11.8%
294
11.4%
55
14.2%
40
11.9%
389
Agree with both 42.2%
1052
46.1%
223
43.8%
123
42.9%
1398
4 16.8%
420
5.2%
25
10.3%
29
14.5%
474
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 14.8%
368
6.2%
30
9.6%
27
13.0%
425
Don't know 2.5%
63
2.1%
10
4.3%
12
2.6%
85
No answer 0.2%
4
0.2%
1
0.4%
1
0.2%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
2493
100.0%
484
100.0%
281

3258


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 14.8%
234
15.0%
106
13.3%
8
14.4%
92
14.5%
37
14.7%
477
2 10.2%
161
11.6%
82
18.3%
11
16.3%
104
12.1%
31
12.0%
389
Agree with both 43.5%
688
40.2%
285
43.3%
26
44.0%
281
44.9%
115
43.0%
1395
4 15.1%
239
14.4%
102
18.3%
11
13.9%
89
12.5%
32
14.6%
473
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 13.7%
217
15.1%
107
6.7%
4
9.5%
61
12.9%
33
13.0%
422
Don't know 2.6%
41
3.4%
24
0.0%
0
1.9%
12
3.1%
8
2.6%
85
No answer 0.2%
3
0.4%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
1583
100.0%
709
100.0%
60
100.0%
639
100.0%
256

3247


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all poor Americans. 12.1%
175
16.9%
306
14.8%
481
2 12.6%
182
11.4%
207
11.9%
389
Agree with both 41.2%
595
44.3%
803
42.9%
1398
4 16.1%
233
13.3%
241
14.5%
474
Each person should take care of himself/herself. 15.5%
224
11.1%
201
13.0%
425
Don't know 2.4%
35
2.8%
50
2.6%
85
No answer 0.1%
1
0.3%
5
0.2%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
1445
100.0%
1813

3258

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