Spending on Poverty

Survey Items

Next, I am going to read you a list of [Federal/National] programs. For each one, I would like you to tell me whether you would like to see spending increased or decreased. What about aid to the poor? Should [Federal/National] spending on aid to the poor be increased, decreased, or kept the same? 0 = decreased, 1 = kept the same, 2 = increased

Next, I am going to read you a list of [Federal/National] programs. For each one, I would like you to tell me whether you would like to see spending increased or decreased. Should [Federal/National] spending on food stamps be increased, decreased, or kept the same? 0 = decreased, 1 = kept the same, 2 = increased

Next, I am going to read you a list of [Federal/National] programs. For each one, I would like you to tell me whether you would like to see spending increased or decreased. Should [Federal/National] spending aid to the working poor be increased, decreased, or kept the same? 0 = decreased, 1 = kept the same, 2 = increased

Do you think that [Country] is spending too much, about the right amount, or too little to help people out of poverty? 0 = too much, 1 = about the right amount, 2 = too little

If you had a say in making up the [Federal/National] budget this year, for which of the following programs would you like to see spending increased and for which would you like to see spending decreased. Should [Federal/National] spending on poor people be increased, decreased or kept about the same? 0 = decrease, 1 = same, 2 = increase

Listed below are various areas of government spending. Please show whether you would like to see more or less government spending in each area. Please bear in mind that more spending may require a tax increase (Alternative: Remember that if you say much more, it might require a tax increase to pay for it): Assistance for low income families. 0 = spend much less, 1 = spend less, 2 = spend the same, 3 = spend more, 4 = spend much more

Our next questions deals with government programs to assist the poor. Some people say that government spending on such programs for the poor needs to be increased, to help those who through no fault of their own, simply cannot earn enough to take care of themselves and their children. Others say that government spending on such programs for the poor should be decreased, because they give away money to people who don’t really need the help. If you had a say in making up the [Federal/National] budget this year, would you like to see spending on programs that assist the poor increased, decreased, or stay the same? Increased a little or a lot? Decreased a little or a lot? (Three questions combined and summarised). 0 = decreased a lot, 1 = decreased a little, 2 = stay the same, 3 = increase a little, 4 = increased a lot

Next, I am going to read you a list of [Federal/National] programs. For each one, I would like you to tell me whether you would like to see spending increased or decreased. If you had a say in making up the [Federal/National] budget this year, should [Federal/National] spending on aid to the poor be increased, decreased, or kept about the same? 0 = decrease a great deal, 1 = decrease a moderate amount, 2 = decrease a little, 3 = kept about the same, 4 = increased a little, 5 = increased a moderate amount, 6 = increased a great deal