Views about size of government among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more harm than good by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more harm than good by views about size of government

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more harm than good who would rather have…

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Alabama 74% 23% 2% 1% 262
Alaska 73% 25% < 1% 2% 135
Arizona 75% 23% 2% 1% 325
Arkansas 80% 19% 1% < 1% 155
California 65% 31% 2% 2% 1,423
Colorado 76% 21% 1% 2% 227
Connecticut 76% 23% 1% < 1% 147
Delaware 68% 21% 3% 8% 121
Florida 68% 28% 2% 3% 953
Georgia 76% 21% 2% 2% 460
Hawaii 62% 30% 4% 4% 123
Idaho 82% 16% < 1% 2% 150
Illinois 73% 23% 1% 3% 566
Indiana 73% 20% 3% 4% 343
Iowa 83% 17% < 1% < 1% 158
Kansas 83% 13% 2% 2% 154
Kentucky 74% 20% 3% 3% 216
Louisiana 71% 24% 2% 3% 235
Maine 86% 13% 1% 1% 125
Maryland 73% 20% 1% 7% 254
Massachusetts 69% 29% 1% 1% 248
Michigan 77% 19% 1% 2% 425
Minnesota 80% 14% 2% 4% 231
Mississippi 74% 23% 1% 2% 157
Missouri 81% 16% 1% 2% 312
Montana 90% 9% 1% < 1% 171
Nebraska 82% 16% < 1% 3% 156
Nevada 77% 20% 2% < 1% 143
New Hampshire 86% 14% < 1% < 1% 108
New Jersey 65% 31% 3% 2% 362
New Mexico 70% 27% 1% 1% 131
New York 61% 37% 1% 1% 748
North Carolina 74% 22% 1% 3% 451
North Dakota 83% 13% 1% 2% 179
Ohio 80% 17% 2% 2% 526
Oklahoma 78% 18% 1% 3% 190
Oregon 78% 19% 1% 2% 158
Pennsylvania 74% 23% 1% 2% 640
Rhode Island 74% 21% 6% < 1% 116
South Carolina 78% 19% 1% 3% 227
South Dakota 86% 11% < 1% 2% 164
Tennessee 77% 18% 1% 4% 339
Texas 66% 29% 2% 2% 1,231
Utah 91% 7% 1% 1% 164
Virginia 81% 17% 1% 1% 412
Washington 76% 18% 2% 3% 276
West Virginia 79% 16% 2% 4% 144
Wisconsin 81% 16% 3% 1% 299
Wyoming 83% 10% 2% 6% 195

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