Views about government aid to the poor by religious group (2014) Switch to: Religious tradition by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults who say government aid to the poor…

Religious tradition Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
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Buddhist 22% 73% 4% 1% 264
Catholic 46% 48% 4% 2% 7,202
Evangelical Protestant 56% 38% 4% 2% 8,593
Hindu 33% 58% 7% 3% 199
Historically Black Protestant 27% 66% 4% 2% 1,916
Jehovah's Witness 31% 60% 5% 4% 245
Jewish 29% 65% 3% 3% 847
Mainline Protestant 48% 46% 4% 2% 6,083
Mormon 64% 31% 3% 1% 664
Muslim 30% 63% 4% 3% 237
Orthodox Christian 47% 49% 3% < 1% 186
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 36% 58% 4% 2% 7,556

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