Spending on Welfare

Survey Items

This country is faced with many problems, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. I’m going to name some of these problems, and for each one I’d like you to tell me whether you think the [Federal/National] government is spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. How would you rate the amount of [Federal/National] spending on welfare? 0 = too much, 1 = about right, 2 = too little

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 welfare programs be increased, decreased, or kept about the same? 0 = decreased, 1 = kept the about same, 2 = increased

In regards to the following items, do you think the government should spend more, less, or the current amount of money? Social benefits (unemployment, old age, disability, child [support]) 0 = should spend less, 1 = should spend what it does now, 2 = should spend more

Should the country spend more money, less money, or the same as it does today on the following issues: Welfare payments (unemployment, old age, disability, child support). 0 = less, 1 = same as today, 2 = more

And now government spending. Should the [Federal/National] government spend more, less, or about the same as now on the following areas? Welfare. 0 = less, 1 = same as today, 2 = more

We have listed some areas of government spending here. For each area, please tell me whether the state should spend more on it in the future, just as much as it should spend so far, or less. Desired state expenditure development in the area: Social Benefits. 0 = spend less, 1 = just as much, 2 = spend more

First, I would like to talk with you about some things people think about today. We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. I’m going to name some of these problems, and for each one I’d like you to tell me whether you think we’re spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. Welfare. 0 = too much, 1 = about right, 2 = too little

I’m now going to read out a number of different areas that government currently funds through taxes. Could you please say whether there should be more or less public expenditure in each area? Please bear in mind that if you say more it could require a tax increase, and if you say less it could require a reduction in those services. Should there be more or less public expenditure in welfare benefits? 0 = spend much less, 1 = spend less, 2 = spend the same, 3 = spend more, 4 = spend much more

For the next questions, please say whether there should be more or less public expenditure in each of the following areas. Remember if you say more it could require a tax increase, and if you say less it could require a reduction in those services. Thinking about public expenditure on welfare benefits, should there be much more than now, somewhat more than now, the same as now, somewhat less than now, or much less than now? 0 = much less than now, 1 = somewhat less than now, 2 = the same as now, 3 = somewhat more than now, 4 = much more than now

I now wanted to know if you would like the state to spend more or less on spending in various areas. Remember that if you say more it can mean an increase in taxes, and if you say less it can mean a reduction in public services. Do you think that the state should spend much more, more, the same, less, or much less than it now spends on welfare benefits? 0 = much less than now, 1 = somewhat less than now, 2 = same as now, 3 = somewhat more than now, 4 = much more than now

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. How much increase or decrease spending on welfare? 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