Views about government aid to the poor among whites by state (2014) Switch to: State among whites by views about government aid to the poor

% of whites who say government aid to the poor…

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Alabama 64% 31% 5% 1% 346
Alaska 47% 47% 5% 1% 226
Arizona 52% 41% 4% 3% 463
Arkansas 55% 40% 2% 3% 229
California 42% 53% 3% 2% 2,098
Colorado 46% 49% 3% 2% 383
Connecticut 46% 48% 4% 1% 286
Delaware 49% 47% 3% 2% 217
District of Columbia 13% 84% 2% 1% 124
Florida 50% 45% 3% 2% 1,311
Georgia 56% 37% 5% 2% 576
Hawaii 40% 57% 2% 1% 141
Idaho 50% 43% 4% 2% 280
Illinois 47% 48% 3% 2% 975
Indiana 60% 35% 5% 1% 532
Iowa 46% 50% 4% 1% 304
Kansas 51% 42% 6% 1% 255
Kentucky 51% 40% 7% 3% 362
Louisiana 60% 33% 4% 3% 289
Maine 42% 52% 4% 3% 281
Maryland 47% 49% 3% 1% 379
Massachusetts 38% 57% 3% 2% 559
Michigan 48% 47% 4% 1% 755
Minnesota 47% 48% 4% 1% 483
Mississippi 58% 37% 3% 2% 187
Missouri 51% 44% 4% 2% 516
Montana 56% 41% < 1% 2% 278
Nebraska 59% 39% 2% 1% 253
Nevada 49% 45% 4% 1% 200
New Hampshire 40% 54% 3% 3% 275
New Jersey 45% 49% 3% 3% 605
New Mexico 46% 46% 2% 6% 168
New York 41% 54% 4% 2% 1,319
North Carolina 50% 45% 4% 1% 712
North Dakota 55% 40% 4% 2% 307
Ohio 51% 44% 3% 2% 913
Oklahoma 53% 41% 2% 3% 277
Oregon 39% 55% 6% 1% 338
Pennsylvania 51% 43% 4% 2% 1,124
Rhode Island 41% 53% 2% 5% 258
South Carolina 52% 40% 5% 3% 341
South Dakota 56% 40% 2% 1% 268
Tennessee 53% 40% 5% 2% 526
Texas 55% 39% 3% 3% 1,379
Utah 55% 42% 2% 1% 274
Vermont 34% 61% 3% 2% 293
Virginia 58% 36% 4% 2% 632
Washington 41% 55% 3% 1% 542
West Virginia 48% 45% 6% 1% 272
Wisconsin 53% 43% 2% 2% 512
Wyoming 63% 30% 5% 2% 277

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