Poverty: Banneker Center Survey #204
RESULTS
Economic Justice Survey

Results of November Survey
Poverty

Thank you for providing your opinions. Here is what you said.



In your opinion, have you ever lived in poverty?

61% said Yes
39% said No

In your opinion, is the elimination of poverty a legitimate goal for a government?

69% said Yes
31% said No

If there were no governments, poverty would be:

42% said more widespread
33% said less widespread
25% said about the same as today

Which of the following is more important?

8% said Relieving the suffering of people in poverty
92% said Fighting the root causes of poverty

Suppose (just for a moment!) that you run a government. You have $1 million to spend -- which of the following would you do if you had only these three choices?

8% said return the money to the taxpayers
8% said spend the money on poverty relief for suffering citizens
84% said spend the money on fighting the root causes of poverty

What are some of the most important causes of poverty? Rank the following in order of importance (1=most important, 7=least important)

You said sin,
then insufficient education,
then corporate policies,
then bad luck,
then theft,
then laziness,
then government policies

Ten years from now, there will be...

25% said less poverty in the world
75% said more poverty in the world

The "working poor" have jobs and cars but still suffer from poverty.

8% said they may suffer, but not from poverty
0% said people like that are rare, few if any exist
15% said if you have a job and car, then you cannot be in poverty
77% said they have the same basic problems as people without jobs or cars

Poverty will never be solved until after...

25% said the entire population is better educated
0% said we all share the same religion
0% said there is no more illegal drug market
33% said jobs are plentiful
42% said greedy corporations are dismantled


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