Views about government aid to the poor by metro area (2014) Switch to: Metro area by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults who say government aid to the poor…

Metro areaDoes more harm than goodDoes more good than harmNeither/both equallyDon't knowSample size
Atlanta Metro Area45%48%5%2%510
Baltimore Metro Area40%54%5%1%250
Boston Metro Area36%59%3%2%498
Chicago Metro Area39%56%3%2%867
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area47%46%4%3%659
Detroit Metro Area44%52%2%2%374
Houston Metro Area49%46%3%2%514
Los Angeles Metro Area37%57%4%2%1,076
Miami Metro Area37%55%6%2%483
Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area40%53%5%1%342
New York City Metro Area36%57%4%2%1,786
Philadelphia Metro Area38%58%2%2%722
Phoenix Metro Area53%40%4%3%397
Pittsburgh Metro Area48%46%4%1%252
Providence Metro Area43%53%2%3%351
Riverside, CA Metro Area46%50%3%1%373
San Diego Metro Area46%49%4%2%321
San Francisco Metro Area24%69%4%3%485
Seattle Metro Area34%61%2%2%333
St. Louis Metro Area45%50%4%2%274
Tampa Metro Area44%51%3%2%320
Washington, DC Metro Area35%59%4%2%913
Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.

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