Views about government aid to the poor by state (2014) Switch to: State by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults who say government aid to the poor…

State Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 511. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Alabama 53% 40% 5% 2% 511
Alaska 45% 47% 6% 2% 310
Arizona 49% 43% 4% 4% 653
Arkansas 48% 47% 2% 2% 311
California 38% 56% 4% 2% 3,697
Colorado 44% 50% 3% 2% 504
Connecticut 41% 54% 4% 1% 377
Delaware 43% 51% 4% 2% 301
District of Columbia 21% 74% 3% 2% 303
Florida 46% 49% 4% 2% 2,020
Georgia 46% 47% 5% 2% 968
Hawaii 43% 50% 6% 1% 312
Idaho 48% 45% 5% 2% 320
Illinois 42% 52% 3% 2% 1,326
Indiana 56% 38% 5% 2% 654
Iowa 45% 51% 4% < 1% 330
Kansas 48% 45% 6% 1% 307
Kentucky 49% 41% 8% 3% 439
Louisiana 48% 44% 4% 4% 465
Maine 41% 52% 4% 3% 303
Maryland 40% 54% 4% 2% 644
Massachusetts 39% 56% 3% 2% 704
Michigan 44% 50% 4% 2% 982
Minnesota 43% 52% 4% 1% 563
Mississippi 51% 43% 4% 3% 309
Missouri 48% 47% 4% 2% 642
Montana 55% 42% 1% 2% 312
Nebraska 55% 42% 2% 1% 312
Nevada 45% 50% 4% 1% 314
New Hampshire 40% 54% 3% 3% 303
New Jersey 39% 55% 3% 3% 886
New Mexico 41% 51% 3% 4% 312
New York 38% 55% 5% 2% 1,966
North Carolina 44% 50% 4% 2% 1,022
North Dakota 55% 39% 4% 2% 338
Ohio 47% 47% 4% 2% 1,132
Oklahoma 49% 45% 3% 3% 391
Oregon 39% 56% 5% 1% 419
Pennsylvania 48% 46% 4% 2% 1,366
Rhode Island 39% 56% 1% 4% 305
South Carolina 42% 50% 5% 2% 495
South Dakota 52% 45% 2% 1% 305
Tennessee 47% 47% 4% 3% 661
Texas 47% 46% 4% 3% 2,535
Utah 53% 45% 1% 1% 315
Vermont 34% 61% 3% 2% 306
Virginia 49% 44% 4% 3% 882
Washington 40% 56% 3% 2% 714
West Virginia 47% 47% 5% 1% 309
Wisconsin 49% 47% 2% 2% 600
Wyoming 61% 32% 5% 2% 316

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