Americans Who Strongly Believe in God Less Willing to Accept Government Support

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Should the government help people in these tough financial times? A poll by the Gallup Organization released Tuesday morning shows that people who strongly believe that God has a plan for them are less willing than others to have the government send checks to able-bodied, unemployed Americans.

The poll was made for a Baylor University study: “The Values and Beliefs of the American Public.”
About 73 percent of those polled said they believe God has a plan for them. And 40.9 percent of the people polled said they “strongly” believed that. Those who “strongly agree” that God has a plan for them are the most likely to believe that the United States’ economic system has too much government intervention, said Paul Froese, a Baylor University sociology professor and researcher at the university’s Institute for Studies of Religion.
Of those who “strongly disagree” that God has a plan for them, only 21.1 percent think that able-bodied people who are unemployed should not get government checks. Those polled who held that opinion about cutting off unemployment checks tended to be in lower income brackets. It was a random national sample of 1,714 individuals amd dealt with issues that are likely to play a part in the 2012 presidential election campaigns.
The “strongly” agree group have lower levels of education and make less money that those in the other three groups. It is also the largest of four segments in their personal view of God’s plan for them, The other three groups are those (32.1 percent) who simply “agree” that God has a plan for them; those (12.3 percent) who don’t believe that God has a plan for them; and, those (14.6 percent) who “strongly” disagree that God has no plan for them.
The majority, about 63 percent of those who “strongly agree” that God has a plan, says that the U.S. government does too much, while about 44 percent of those who simply “agree” that God has a plan think the government does too much.
Even though they earn less, about 54 percent of those who strongly believe in God’s plan for them say that “anything is possible for those who work hard.” This group also more strongly believes that some people are meant to be poor and some people are meant to be rich. In contrast, only 21.5 percent of those who strongly disagree that God has a plan for them, believe that anything is possible for those who work hard.
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SOURCE: St. Louis Beacon
Patricia Rice

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