Views about government aid to the poor

% of adults 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 = 35,071. 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 44% 50% 4% 2% 35,071

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Views about government aid to the poor by religious group

% of adults 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 = 264. 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 22% 73% 4% 1% 264
Catholic 46% 48% 4% 2% 7,202
Evangelical Protestant 56% 38% 4% 2% 8,593
Hindu 33% 58% 7% 3% 199
Historically Black Protestant 27% 66% 4% 2% 1,916
Jehovah's Witness 31% 60% 5% 4% 245
Jewish 29% 65% 3% 3% 847
Mainline Protestant 48% 46% 4% 2% 6,083
Mormon 64% 31% 3% 1% 664
Muslim 30% 63% 4% 3% 237
Orthodox Christian 47% 49% 3% < 1% 186
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 36% 58% 4% 2% 7,556

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BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults 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 = 15,591. 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 69% 19% 4% 1% 6% 2% 15,591
Does more good than harm 58% 21% 6% 1% 12% 2% 17,359
Neither/both equally 67% 16% 4% 2% 8% 4% 1,372
Don't know 65% 16% 5% 5% 6% 4% 749

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

% of adults 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 = 15,591. 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% 25% 9% 8% < 1% 15,591
Does more good than harm 49% 25% 12% 13% 1% 17,359
Neither/both equally 56% 22% 10% 10% 2% 1,372
Don't know 60% 19% 8% 8% 6% 749

Learn More: Very important, Somewhat important, Not too important, Not at all important

Attendance at religious services by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults 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 = 15,591. 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% 33% 27% < 1% 15,591
Does more good than harm 32% 34% 34% < 1% 17,359
Neither/both equally 39% 28% 32% 1% 1,372
Don't know 39% 28% 29% 4% 749

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Frequency of prayer by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults who pray…

Views about government aid to the poor At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 15,591. 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 58% 16% 6% 19% 1% 15,591
Does more good than harm 52% 15% 6% 27% 1% 17,359
Neither/both equally 60% 13% 4% 20% 1% 1,372
Don't know 59% 13% 6% 16% 5% 749

Learn More: At least daily, Weekly, Monthly, Seldom/never

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

% of adults 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 = 15,591. 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% 15,591
Does more good than harm 22% 9% 8% 61% 1% 17,359
Neither/both equally 29% 9% 8% 53% 1% 1,372
Don't know 29% 6% 8% 55% 4% 749

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Frequency of meditation by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults 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 = 15,591. 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% 8% 4% 48% 2% 15,591
Does more good than harm 41% 10% 4% 44% 1% 17,359
Neither/both equally 48% 6% 5% 39% 2% 1,372
Don't know 47% 6% 4% 35% 8% 749

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Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults 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 = 15,591. 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% 15,591
Does more good than harm 57% 15% 10% 17% 1% 17,359
Neither/both equally 64% 12% 8% 13% 3% 1,372
Don't know 58% 13% 7% 17% 5% 749

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Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults 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 = 15,591. 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 43% 16% 13% 27% 2% 15,591
Does more good than harm 48% 16% 13% 22% 1% 17,359
Neither/both equally 47% 14% 10% 24% 3% 1,372
Don't know 44% 15% 12% 23% 6% 749

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults 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 = 15,591. 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 38% 8% 45% 7% 2% 15,591
Does more good than harm 29% 13% 45% 11% 2% 17,359
Neither/both equally 34% 10% 41% 6% 9% 1,372
Don't know 32% 6% 40% 7% 14% 749

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

% of adults 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 = 15,591. 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 43% 55% 1% 1% 15,591
Does more good than harm 25% 73% 1% 1% 17,359
Neither/both equally 30% 62% 6% 2% 1,372
Don't know 27% 62% 2% 10% 749

Learn More: There are clear standards for what is right and wrong, Right or wrong depends on the situation

Frequency of reading scripture by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults 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 = 15,591. 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 38% 10% 8% 43% 1% 15,591
Does more good than harm 32% 11% 9% 48% 1% 17,359
Neither/both equally 41% 9% 7% 42% 2% 1,372
Don't know 39% 8% 5% 45% 4% 749

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Interpreting scripture by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults 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 = 15,591. 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 34% 30% 3% 27% 6% 15,591
Does more good than harm 27% 24% 2% 40% 7% 17,359
Neither/both equally 28% 21% 6% 28% 17% 1,372
Don't know 34% 15% 9% 22% 19% 749

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Belief in Heaven by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults who …in heaven

Views about government aid to the poor Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 15,591. 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 77% 16% 7% 15,591
Does more good than harm 67% 26% 7% 17,359
Neither/both equally 69% 18% 13% 1,372
Don't know 70% 14% 16% 749

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Belief in Hell by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults who …in hell

Views about government aid to the poor Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 15,591. 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 65% 27% 8% 15,591
Does more good than harm 52% 41% 8% 17,359
Neither/both equally 56% 30% 15% 1,372
Don't know 51% 27% 22% 749

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe