December 2006 Values Update Survey

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GOVSIZE

(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, fewer services
  2) Bigger government, more services
  3) Depends
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Smaller government, fewer services 44.9% 44.9%
Bigger government, more services 43.5% 88.4%
Depends 3.7% 92.1%
Don't know/Refused 7.8% 99.9%
Total N = 2007

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Smaller government, fewer services 28.8% 33.8% 44.8% 53.4% 49.4% 55.5% 44.9%
Bigger government, more services 70.2% 59.0% 42.2% 32.9% 35.7% 28.0% 43.7%
Depends 0.4% 2.7% 5.6% 4.8% 4.6% 3.7% 3.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.6% 4.5% 7.4% 8.8% 10.3% 12.8% 7.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1969


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Smaller government, fewer services 53.2% 37.1% 44.9%
Bigger government, more services 37.5% 49.2% 43.5%
Depends 3.8% 3.7% 3.7%
Don't know/Refused 5.5% 10.0% 7.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2007


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College graduate and above TOTAL
Smaller government, fewer services 26.4% 44.2% 47.3% 53.2% 45.0%
Bigger government, more services 63.9% 42.9% 41.6% 35.9% 43.5%
Depends 1.1% 4.1% 4.4% 3.9% 3.7%
Don't know/Refused 8.6% 8.7% 6.7% 7.0% 7.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Smaller government, fewer services 68.0% 27.7% 48.0% 46.1%
Bigger government, more services 26.3% 59.6% 39.8% 43.1%
Depends 2.2% 3.5% 4.9% 3.8%
Don't know/Refused 3.4% 9.2% 7.2% 7.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1870


Race (I-RACE)

White non-Hispanic Black non-Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Smaller government, fewer services 54.2% 21.4% 22.3% 44.8%
Bigger government, more services 33.4% 68.9% 69.5% 43.8%
Depends 4.1% 3.2% 2.1% 3.6%
Don't know/Refused 8.4% 6.5% 6.2% 7.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1985



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