Views about government aid to the poor among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 70% 24% 5% 1% 314
Alaska 60% 35% 4% 2% 183
Arizona 63% 31% 3% 3% 410
Arkansas 71% 26% 1% 2% 172
California 57% 39% 4% 1% 1,784
Colorado 65% 33% 2% 1% 278
Connecticut 61% 35% 4% 1% 196
Delaware 62% 32% 5% 1% 146
Florida 66% 29% 4% 1% 1,035
Georgia 69% 25% 4% 2% 528
Hawaii 54% 38% 7% 2% 160
Idaho 61% 32% 6% 2% 209
Illinois 61% 35% 3% 1% 721
Indiana 72% 23% 3% 2% 383
Iowa 65% 29% 5% 1% 201
Kansas 63% 31% 6% < 1% 204
Kentucky 67% 25% 6% 2% 245
Louisiana 66% 28% 3% 3% 262
Maine 59% 35% 4% 2% 180
Maryland 61% 33% 3% 2% 298
Massachusetts 57% 38% 4% 1% 325
Michigan 62% 35% 3% 1% 545
Minnesota 59% 37% 4% 1% 331
Mississippi 69% 27% 2% 3% 178
Missouri 64% 32% 3% 1% 402
Montana 74% 24% 1% 1% 215
Nebraska 68% 29% 2% 1% 202
Nevada 62% 33% 4% 1% 194
New Hampshire 54% 40% 3% 3% 180
New Jersey 58% 37% 2% 3% 437
New Mexico 65% 33% 1% 1% 153
New York 57% 37% 5% 1% 882
North Carolina 64% 31% 3% 1% 559
North Dakota 68% 29% 2% 1% 233
Ohio 65% 31% 3% 1% 682
Oklahoma 64% 31% 2% 3% 240
Oregon 55% 38% 6% 2% 228
Pennsylvania 63% 32% 3% 1% 793
Rhode Island 59% 37% 1% 3% 155
South Carolina 61% 31% 5% 3% 271
South Dakota 66% 31% 2% 1% 212
Tennessee 64% 31% 3% 3% 407
Texas 65% 29% 3% 2% 1,330
Utah 73% 26% 1% 1% 222
Vermont 50% 45% 2% 3% 143
Virginia 70% 25% 3% 2% 516
Washington 56% 39% 3% 2% 386
West Virginia 63% 31% 4% 2% 188
Wisconsin 65% 31% 2% 2% 369
Wyoming 71% 22% 5% 1% 230

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