Views about government aid to the poor among adults in the West

% of adults in the West who say government aid to the poor…

Survey year Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,498. 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.
2014 42% 53% 4% 2% 8,498

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Views about government aid to the poor among adults in the West by religious group

% of adults in the West 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
Sample size = 113. 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.
Buddhist 20% 74% 4% 3% 113
Catholic 42% 52% 4% 2% 1,660
Evangelical Protestant 54% 40% 4% 2% 1,819
Historically Black Protestant 20% 76% 2% 2% 143
Jewish 24% 72% 2% 2% 181
Mainline Protestant 45% 50% 3% 2% 1,141
Mormon 66% 30% 4% 1% 480
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 33% 62% 3% 2% 2,388

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who are ages…

Views about government aid to the poor 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,553. 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.
Does more harm than good 20% 36% 26% 18% 3,553
Does more good than harm 26% 35% 25% 15% 4,289
Neither/both equally 24% 34% 25% 17% 312
Don't know 16% 29% 28% 27% 172

Generational cohort among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who are…

Views about government aid to the poor Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,553. 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.
Does more harm than good 13% 14% 30% 31% 12% 1% 3,553
Does more good than harm 16% 17% 27% 30% 9% 1% 4,289
Neither/both equally 14% 13% 32% 30% 10% 1% 312
Don't know 3% 16% 26% 30% 21% 3% 172

Gender composition among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who are…

Views about government aid to the poor Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 53% 47% 3,621
Does more good than harm 46% 54% 4,372
Neither/both equally 54% 46% 323
Don't know 48% 52% 182

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who identify as…

Views about government aid to the poor White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,558. 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.
Does more harm than good 60% 2% 8% 25% 4% 3,558
Does more good than harm 53% 6% 10% 26% 5% 4,313
Neither/both equally 53% 3% 10% 28% 6% 310
Don't know 46% 6% 6% 33% 10% 175

Immigrant status among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who are…

Views about government aid to the poor Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,578. 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.
Does more harm than good 21% 13% 66% 3,578
Does more good than harm 24% 14% 61% 4,313
Neither/both equally 24% 14% 62% 319
Don't know 31% 12% 57% 177

Income distribution among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who have a household income of…

Views about government aid to the poor Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 3,198. 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.
Does more harm than good 28% 21% 29% 21% 3,198
Does more good than harm 38% 20% 22% 20% 3,873
Neither/both equally 38% 22% 27% 13% 270
Don't know 48% 21% 16% 14% 130

Educational distribution among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who have completed…

Views about government aid to the poor High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,603. 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.
Does more harm than good 39% 36% 17% 8% 3,603
Does more good than harm 36% 33% 18% 13% 4,346
Neither/both equally 40% 34% 16% 10% 321
Don't know 51% 23% 19% 8% 179

Marital status among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who are…

Views about government aid to the poor Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,601. 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.
Does more harm than good 54% 7% 11% 5% 22% 3,601
Does more good than harm 43% 11% 14% 5% 27% 4,354
Neither/both equally 43% 10% 15% 4% 29% 321
Don't know 45% 10% 13% 11% 21% 180

Parent of children under 18 among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who are…

Views about government aid to the poor Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,602. 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.
Does more harm than good 31% 69% 3,602
Does more good than harm 28% 72% 4,356
Neither/both equally 28% 72% 321
Don't know 24% 76% 181

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who say they…

Views about government aid to the poor Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 64% 21% 6% 1% 7% 2% 3,621
Does more good than harm 50% 22% 8% 1% 16% 2% 4,372
Neither/both equally 55% 21% 6% 2% 9% 7% 323
Don't know 57% 20% 7% 2% 9% 5% 182

Importance of religion in one's life among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who say religion is…

Views about government aid to the poor Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 53% 26% 11% 10% < 1% 3,621
Does more good than harm 42% 25% 15% 17% 1% 4,372
Neither/both equally 50% 23% 14% 11% 2% 323
Don't know 51% 19% 12% 10% 8% 182

Attendance at religious services among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who attend religious services…

Views about government aid to the poor At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 37% 33% 30% < 1% 3,621
Does more good than harm 27% 34% 39% < 1% 4,372
Neither/both equally 37% 29% 33% < 1% 323
Don't know 35% 28% 35% 3% 182

Frequency of prayer among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who pray…

Views about government aid to the poor At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 56% 15% 6% 23% 1% 3,621
Does more good than harm 47% 14% 6% 32% 1% 4,372
Neither/both equally 54% 12% 6% 27% 2% 323
Don't know 58% 11% 6% 22% 3% 182

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who attend prayer group…

Views about government aid to the poor At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 27% 10% 8% 55% < 1% 3,621
Does more good than harm 19% 8% 8% 65% < 1% 4,372
Neither/both equally 26% 10% 8% 54% 1% 323
Don't know 27% 4% 10% 54% 5% 182

Frequency of meditation among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who meditate…

Views about government aid to the poor At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 40% 8% 4% 45% 2% 3,621
Does more good than harm 40% 11% 4% 43% 1% 4,372
Neither/both equally 47% 5% 9% 38% 1% 323
Don't know 51% 4% 3% 36% 5% 182

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Views about government aid to the poor At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 60% 14% 9% 15% 1% 3,621
Does more good than harm 55% 16% 11% 17% 1% 4,372
Neither/both equally 62% 11% 9% 15% 3% 323
Don't know 61% 14% 5% 19% 1% 182

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Views about government aid to the poor At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 46% 15% 13% 24% 1% 3,621
Does more good than harm 50% 16% 14% 19% 1% 4,372
Neither/both equally 54% 17% 9% 16% 3% 323
Don't know 48% 18% 8% 21% 5% 182

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Views about government aid to the poor Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 37% 9% 44% 9% 2% 3,621
Does more good than harm 25% 16% 44% 13% 3% 4,372
Neither/both equally 27% 14% 45% 7% 8% 323
Don't know 28% 9% 42% 8% 14% 182

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who say…

Views about government aid to the poor There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 42% 55% 1% 2% 3,621
Does more good than harm 25% 73% 1% 1% 4,372
Neither/both equally 28% 62% 9% 1% 323
Don't know 25% 61% 4% 10% 182

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who read scripture…

Views about government aid to the poor At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 37% 10% 9% 44% 1% 3,621
Does more good than harm 28% 9% 8% 54% 1% 4,372
Neither/both equally 35% 10% 6% 48% 2% 323
Don't know 38% 9% 2% 48% 3% 182

Interpreting scripture among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who say the holy scripture is…

Views about government aid to the poor Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 30% 29% 2% 30% 8% 3,621
Does more good than harm 22% 23% 2% 47% 6% 4,372
Neither/both equally 21% 20% 3% 38% 18% 323
Don't know 22% 16% 7% 27% 29% 182

Belief in Heaven among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who …in heaven

Views about government aid to the poor Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 73% 19% 8% 3,621
Does more good than harm 59% 34% 7% 4,372
Neither/both equally 63% 22% 15% 323
Don't know 59% 20% 20% 182

Belief in Hell among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who …in hell

Views about government aid to the poor Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 60% 32% 8% 3,621
Does more good than harm 43% 49% 8% 4,372
Neither/both equally 43% 41% 16% 323
Don't know 41% 33% 26% 182

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who identify as…

Views about government aid to the poor Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 55% 18% 26% 3,621
Does more good than harm 19% 20% 61% 4,372
Neither/both equally 22% 31% 47% 323
Don't know 27% 37% 36% 182

Political ideology among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who are…

Views about government aid to the poor Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 49% 31% 15% 5% 3,621
Does more good than harm 20% 36% 38% 6% 4,372
Neither/both equally 30% 38% 21% 12% 323
Don't know 24% 26% 21% 29% 182

Views about size of government among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who would rather have…

Views about government aid to the poor Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 71% 25% 2% 2% 3,621
Does more good than harm 34% 59% 3% 3% 4,372
Neither/both equally 45% 34% 15% 7% 323
Don't know 32% 36% 7% 26% 182

Views about abortion among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who say abortion should be…

Views about government aid to the poor Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 47% 49% 4% 3,621
Does more good than harm 65% 31% 3% 4,372
Neither/both equally 57% 34% 10% 323
Don't know 39% 40% 21% 182

Views about homosexuality among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who say homosexuality…

Views about government aid to the poor Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 57% 35% 5% 4% 3,621
Does more good than harm 75% 19% 3% 3% 4,372
Neither/both equally 64% 19% 12% 5% 323
Don't know 49% 25% 5% 21% 182

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who …same-sex marriage

Views about government aid to the poor Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 46% 46% 8% 3,621
Does more good than harm 71% 24% 5% 4,372
Neither/both equally 61% 28% 12% 323
Don't know 47% 34% 20% 182

Views about environmental regulation among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who say…

Views about government aid to the poor Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 53% 41% 2% 3% 3,621
Does more good than harm 23% 72% 2% 3% 4,372
Neither/both equally 23% 54% 15% 8% 323
Don't know 27% 40% 4% 29% 182

Views about human evolution among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who say humans…

Views about government aid to the poor Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,621. 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.
Does more harm than good 30% 24% 4% 38% 4% 3,621
Does more good than harm 46% 23% 4% 24% 3% 4,372
Neither/both equally 30% 18% 11% 30% 11% 323
Don't know 21% 13% 13% 28% 25% 182