Poverty: Banneker Center Survey #204
Economic Justice Survey

Results of November Survey

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

Thank you again for participating! Now you can go on to the December survey, on Violence & Nonviolence, or
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