The public is split in their views of whether government aid to the poor is justified: While 44% say the poor “have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return,” about as many (47%) believe poor people “have hard lives because government benefits don’t go far enough to help them live decently.”
Overall, 50% say [poverty] is more oftenOn race, only the Solid Liberals think discrimination is a reason African Americans "can't get ahead."
because of circumstances beyond an individual’s control; 39% think a lack of effort is more to blame. Majorities of Steadfast Conservatives (61%), Business Conservatives (58%) and Young
Outsiders (56%) say a lack of effort is more often to blame for why a person is poor.
By more than two-to-one (63%-27%), the public says blacks who can’t get ahead are mostly responsible for their own condition.
By a two-to-one margin, the public says homosexuality should be accepted by society (62%) rather than discouraged (31%), but there are deep divisions on this question across typology groups. ....With those more religious and older (that is, the Steadfast Conservatives and the Faith and Family Left) being largely opposed.
Overall, a 54% majority favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally; about four-in-ten (39%) oppose same-sex marriage.Climate change? Just not happening, say 35%. And about the environment?
Alongside doubts about global warming, 75% of Steadfast Conservatives and 70% of Business Conservatives say the country has gone too far in its efforts to protect the environment. Less than a quarter of each group say the country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment.And how do they sort out in religion?