NPR/Kaiser/Kennedy School Poll
Poverty in America
As shown, some questions were asked only of subsets of respondents (e.g., people who said they knew about the new welfare law). The tables identify whether the results reflect percentages of the overall population or percentages of a subset. In some cases results for particular income-level subgroups are not shown because there were too few respondents on which to report. Some demographic questions are not shown, but all questions are presented in the order in which they were asked. An asterisk (*) indicates a response of less than 1%.
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10. Do you think that most poor people in the
United States are people who work but can't earn enough money, or people
who don't work?
11. Do you think poor people in this country
are better off, worse off, or about the same as other Americans in terms
of health care?
12. In general, do you think poor people have
higher, lower, or about the same moral values as other Americans?
13. Do you think that poor people find it hard
to get work, or do you think there are jobs available for anyone who is
willing to work?
14. Which of the following statements comes
closer to your own views? Poor people today have it easy because they can
get government benefits without doing anything in return, or poor people
have hard lives because government benefits don’t go far enough to help
them live decently.
15. I’d like to know what income level you
think makes a family poor.
Would you consider a family of four that makes $10,000 a year to be poor? How about (INSERT NEXT AMOUNT)? Would you consider a family of four making (INSERT AMOUNT) to be poor?
(Percentage answering YES to each level.)
†This represents respondents who said they did not consider a family of four making $10,000 a year to be poor or said they did not know. That is, 4% of total respondents said that they would not consider a family of four making $10,000 a year to be poor, and 1% either did not know or refused to answer (DK/REF). 9% of those earning <100% of the federal poverty level said they would not consider a family of four making $10,000 to be poor, and 3% said DK/REF. 8% of those earning 100-200% of the federal poverty level said they would not consider a family of four making $10,000 a year to be poor, and 1% said they did not know. 3% of those earning 200%+ of the federal poverty level said they would not consider a family making $10,000 a year to be poor.
16. I'd like to know what you think is the
least amount of money a family of four can get by on in a year.
Do you think a family of four could get by on $10,000 a year? How about (INSERT NEXT AMOUNT)? Could a family of four get by on (INSERT AMOUNT)?
(Percentage answering NO to each level.)
17. Compared with 10 years ago, do you think
it is easier today or harder today for a person to start out poor, work
hard, and to get out of poverty?
18. From what you know, what portion of poor
people in this country do you think are African American? About a tenth,
about a quarter, about half, or about three-quarters?
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