Views about government aid to the poor among who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by state (2014) Switch to: State among who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about government aid to the poor

% of who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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
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Alabama 49% 42% 6% 2% 180
Alaska 46% 50% 2% 2% 146
Arizona 45% 46% 4% 5% 286
Arkansas 47% 49% 3% 1% 114
California 39% 54% 4% 2% 1,596
Colorado 41% 52% 5% 2% 209
Connecticut 47% 49% 3% 2% 197
Delaware 41% 50% 6% 2% 141
District of Columbia 25% 71% 1% 3% 118
Florida 48% 47% 3% 2% 933
Georgia 47% 46% 4% 3% 360
Hawaii 43% 48% 8% 2% 158
Idaho 47% 45% 6% 2% 150
Illinois 43% 53% 3% 1% 596
Indiana 60% 36% 3% 1% 282
Iowa 49% 48% 3% < 1% 148
Kansas 44% 50% 4% 2% 139
Kentucky 53% 36% 8% 3% 175
Louisiana 44% 47% 5% 4% 172
Maine 47% 47% 3% 4% 167
Maryland 42% 54% 3% 1% 282
Massachusetts 39% 56% 3% 2% 366
Michigan 44% 51% 4% 1% 447
Minnesota 46% 50% 3% 1% 261
Missouri 48% 50% 2% < 1% 267
Montana 55% 43% 1% < 1% 138
Nebraska 55% 44% 1% < 1% 134
Nevada 44% 52% 3% 1% 162
New Hampshire 44% 52% 3% 1% 168
New Jersey 41% 55% 3% 1% 421
New Mexico 40% 57% < 1% 3% 115
New York 42% 52% 5% 1% 935
North Carolina 47% 49% 3% 2% 391
North Dakota 58% 34% 4% 3% 160
Ohio 47% 48% 3% 1% 527
Oklahoma 47% 47% 4% 3% 163
Oregon 45% 51% 3% 1% 185
Pennsylvania 50% 46% 3% 1% 590
Rhode Island 35% 57% 1% 7% 156
South Carolina 37% 58% 2% 4% 177
South Dakota 52% 45% 3% < 1% 140
Tennessee 46% 49% 4% 2% 231
Texas 46% 46% 5% 3% 953
Utah 46% 53% 1% < 1% 119
Vermont 34% 62% 1% 3% 162
Virginia 52% 42% 3% 3% 350
Washington 39% 56% 3% 2% 308
West Virginia 45% 48% 7% 1% 125
Wisconsin 51% 46% 1% 2% 267
Wyoming 62% 32% 5% 1% 125

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