Research

September 22-October 3, 2010: Kaiser/Harvard/Washington Post Role of Government Survey---Nationwide poll solicits the public’s views on the federal government’s role in reducing poverty and the importance of federal programs for low-income people.

Topic(s): Aging, Health

“(I am going to read you a list of activities that the federal government is involved in or might be involved in. Please tell me whether you'd like to see more federal government involvement in that area, less involvement, about the same amount of involvement, or no federal government involvement at all.) How about...reducing poverty?”

 

64% More involvement

 

17% Same amount of involvement

 

13% Less involvement

 

4% No involvement at all

 

2% No opinion

 

Subpopulation/Note: .

Survey by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard University, Washington Post. Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Social Science Research Solutions, September 22 - October 3, 2010 and based on 2,054 telephone interviews. Sample: national adult. 1383 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 671 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 289 who had no landline telephone. [USSSRS.10GOV.R10D]

 

Formal Citation

Kaiser/Harvard/Washington Post Role of Government Survey, Sep, 2010. Retrieved Oct-26-2010 from the iPOLL Databank, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut. http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/data_access/ipoll/ipoll.html


“(I'm going to read you a list of federal government programs and for each one, please tell me how important you think this program is. Is it very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not at all important?) What about...food stamps?”

 

41% Very important

 

41% Somewhat important

 

11% Not very important

 

6% Not at all important

 

1% No opinion

 

Subpopulation/Note: .

Survey by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard University, Washington Post. Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Social Science Research Solutions, September 22 - October 3, 2010 and based on 2,054 telephone interviews. Sample: national adult. 1383 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 671 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 289 who had no landline telephone. [USSSRS.10GOV.R27D]

 

Formal Citation

Kaiser/Harvard/Washington Post Role of Government Survey, Sep, 2010. Retrieved Oct-26-2010 from the iPOLL Databank, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut. http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/data_access/ipoll/ipoll.html

 “When the government in Washington decides to solve...problems in Social Security, how much confidence do you have that the problem actually will be solved: a lot, some, just a little, or none at all?”

 

11%      A lot

 

29%      Some

 

30%      Just a little

 

29%      None

 

2%       No opinion

 

Subpopulation/Note: .

 

Survey by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard University, Washington Post. Methodology: Conducted by Social Science Research Solutions, September 22 - October 3, 2010 and based on 2,054 telephone interviews. Sample: national adult. 1383 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 671 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 289 who had no landline telephone. [USSSRS.10GOV.R16D]

 

Formal Citation

Kaiser/Harvard/Washington Post Role of Government Survey, Sep, 2010. Retrieved Nov-9-2010 from the iPOLL Databank, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut. http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/data_access/ipoll/ipoll.html

“(I'm going to read you a list of federal government programs and for each one, please tell me how important you think this program is. Is it very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not at all important?) What about...Social Security?”

 

76%      Very important

 

18%      Somewhat important

 

3%       Not very important

 

2%       Not at all important

 

1%       No opinion

 

Subpopulation/Note: .

 

Survey by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard University, Washington Post. Methodology: Conducted by Social Science Research Solutions, September 22 - October 3, 2010 and based on 2,054 telephone interviews. Sample: national adult. 1383 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 671 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 289 who had no landline telephone. [USSSRS.10GOV.R27B]

 

Formal Citation

Kaiser/Harvard/Washington Post Role of Government Survey, Sep, 2010. Retrieved Nov-9-2010 from the iPOLL Databank, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut. http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/data_access/ipoll/ipoll.html

“Thinking about all the federal government does for you--including providing for things like national defense, Social Security, food stamps and environmental protection--do you think you get more value than what you pay in taxes, less value than what you pay in taxes, or about the right amount?”


9%       Get more value than what you pay in taxes

 

48%      Get less value than what you pay in taxes

 

41%      About the right amount

 

2%       No opinion

 

Subpopulation/Note: Asked of half sample.

 

Survey by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard University, Washington Post. Methodology: Conducted by Social Science Research Solutions, September 22 - October 3, 2010 and based on 2,054 telephone interviews. Sample: national adult. 1383 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 671 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 289 who had no landline telephone. [USSSRS.10GOV.R26]

                                                   

Formal Citation

Kaiser/Harvard/Washington Post Role of Government Survey, Sep, 2010. Retrieved Nov-9-2010 from the iPOLL Databank, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut. http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/data_access/ipoll/ipoll.html