40f. The government should help more needy people even if it means going deeper in debt

Total

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Total Agree 5253--5250534341----43--49----4854------54--48----43
Total Disagree 4041--4446435256----53--47----4742------40--47----52

Party

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Republican Agree 3940--3737433026----32--35----3339------34--29----20
Republican Disagree 5554--5959546673----64--61----6358------61--66----76
Democrat Agree 6464--6563645455----52--58----6272------68--65----65
Democrat Disagree 2931--3133344241----44--38----3325------28--29----30
Independent Agree 5051--5049524339----43--54----4950------57--43----39
Independent Disagree 4244--4649435059----54--43----4645------37--52----57

Sex

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Male Agree 5151--4848514241----41--47----4554------55--47----43
Male Disagree 4343--4850465557----57--51----5142------41--48----53
Female Agree 5455--5553554541----46--52----5153------54--49----43
Female Disagree 3840--4043404956----50--43----4441------38--45----50

Age

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
18-29 Agree 5660--5958595450----56--52----5356------57--50----44
18-29 Disagree 3735--3740394149----42--46----4441------38--47----50
30-49 Agree 5151--5048524039----41--52----4555------54--47----45
30-49 Disagree 4344--4650455759----57--46----5042------40--48----53
50-64 Agree 5249--4848524244----38--49----5155------55--53----44
50-64 Disagree 4145--4648425251----58--47----4540------41--42----51
65+ Agree 5351--5048503826----41--40----4747------51--42----38
65+ Disagree 3842--4645435267----51--50----4444------38--48----53

Generation

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Greatest Agree 5148--5049513826------------------------------------
Greatest Disagree 4144--4545445170------------------------------------
Silent Agree 5249--4646524343----39--45----5146------48--41----36
Silent Disagree 4245--4951435253----57--49----4447------43--48----53
Boomer Agree 5254--5149514039----41--49----4654------56--52----44
Boomer Disagree 4241--4449455758----57--48----5043------40--43----51
Gen X Agree ------6161615350----52--54----5158------55--45----45
Gen X Disagree ------3537384249----46--44----4638------39--51----52
Millennial Agree --------------------------------57------59--51----44
Millennial Disagree --------------------------------41------38--46----51

Race

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
White Agree 4849--4847504136----40--47----4451------49--43----36
White Disagree 4545--4850465461----56--49----5145------45--52----59
Black Agree 7476--7073766272----70--70----7572------77--67----60
Black Disagree 2019--2824223526----28--27----2225------19--28----35
Hispanic Agree --------------------------------55------64--56----66
Hispanic Disagree --------------------------------41------29--35----27

Education

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
College Grad Agree 4346--4039443631----32--42----4152------48--41----39
College Grad Disagree 5249--5758536066----65--56----5544------47--55----57
Some College Agree 4548--4848453636----37--50----4554------50--40----31
Some College Disagree 4848--4850516062----60--45----5144------41--53----62
HS Grad or Less Agree 5757--5755594946----51--52----5455------59--56----53
HS Grad or Less Disagree 3537--3841374651----45--44----4139------35--38----41

Income

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Low Agree 6263--7463665553----56--54----6266------69--61----62
Low Disagree 3131--2333314044----39--43----3431------25--31----34
Lower-middle Agree 5755--5155554740----44--55----5354------57--55----47
Lower-middle Disagree 3638--4441414755----52--41----4239------38--41----47
Upper-middle Agree 4855--4443483943----40--51----4448------54--43----38
Upper-middle Disagree 4642--5155485957----59--45----5249------42--55----58
Upper Agree 4241--4538443029----34--43----4050------42--38----33
Upper Disagree 5054--5261526770----65--55----5846------54--58----64

Religious Preference

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
White Evangelical Protestant Agree 4648--47--464229----37--47----4147------47--40----26
White Evangelical Protestant Disagree 4746--49--505468----59--50----5448------47--54----69
White Mainline Protestant Agree 4848--45--493334----41--49----4246------42--40----43
White Mainline Protestant Disagree 4746--51--476263----55--48----5549------51--56----54
White Catholic Agree 5152--4852554646----43--45----4751------55--49----31
White Catholic Disagree 4143--4647414951----54--47----4845------39--48----62
Unaffiliated Agree 5051--53535249------47--------5279------54--50----44
Unaffiliated Disagree 3938--43444442------47--------4119------36--46----50