Views about size of government among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor (2014) Switch to: Views about government aid to the poor among adults in the West by views about size of government

% 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

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