Americans like poor people, dislike people on welfare

When I teach public opinion in my Intro course I do a fun experiment where I give each half of the room a very similar survey, but for minor variations in question wording.  Among those that always gets the biggest result is how we should help “poor people” versus “people on welfare.”  Here’s the 2012 NES data on the matter:

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Whereas 46% would like to see spending on “welfare” decreased, only 20% would like to see “aid to poor people” decreased.

 

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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