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Page: What are the opinions of different generations? Ask them this week!
1. What is your level of concern about government financial problems at each of these levels?
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National4.8% (11)22.1% (51)73.2% (169)2.68231
State10.0% (23)42.0% (97)48.1% (111)2.38231
Local22.5% (52)34.2% (79)43.3% (100)2.21231

2. What about Social Security?
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Maintain our Commitment to All Seniors, Even if it Means Raising Taxes and Cutting Other Programs35.7% (82)35.7% (82)23.0% (53)5.7% (13)230
Make Social Security Affordable by Focusing on Those Who Need it the Most28.5% (65)38.2% (87)22.4% (51)11.4% (26)228
Make Economic Security in Retirement a Personal Responsibility Rather than a Social Program18.1% (41)26.9% (61)33.5% (76)21.6% (49)227

3. What about Medicare?
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Maintain Our Current Commitment to the Elderly49.3% (113)34.9% (80)12.2% (28)3.5% (8)229
Make Medicare Affordable by Focusing on Those Who Need it the Most34.6% (79)37.3% (85)21.5% (49)7.5% (17)228
Make Health Care in Retirement a Matter of Personal Choice, not a Shared Responsibility15.1% (34)27.6% (62)33.3% (75)25.3% (57)225

4. What is the impact of large US government budget deficits on each of these groups?
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children47.8% (109)24.1% (55)22.4% (51)3.9% (9)1.8% (4)228
young adults41.9% (96)32.3% (74)19.2% (44)6.6% (15)0.0% (0)229
middle-aged adults45.8% (103)36.0% (81)14.2% (32)4.0% (9)0.0% (0)225
older adults57.6% (132)27.1% (62)9.6% (22)2.6% (6)3.1% (7)229
the economy overall72.8% (163)16.1% (36)6.7% (15)3.1% (7)1.3% (3)224

5. The federal government should spend
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K-12 education4.8% (11)29.1% (66)66.1% (150)227
college education6.6% (15)32.6% (74)60.8% (138)227
military29.5% (66)43.3% (97)27.2% (61)224
health insurance for children4.9% (11)30.1% (68)65.0% (147)226
health insurance for adults14.0% (31)38.5% (85)47.5% (105)221
bailing out financial institutions62.1% (141)29.1% (66)8.8% (20)227
bailing out major employers (e.g. autos)64.6% (146)27.4% (62)8.0% (18)226

6. How much confidence was there in the budget questions?
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Response
Count
Very Little
8.6%18
Some
20.6%43
Moderate
30.1%63
Quite a bit
27.8%58
Highly confident
14.8%31
Comment if multiple answers or anything else
1.0%2
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7. Gender
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Response
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Male
48.0%109
Female
52.0%118

8. Approximate age
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Response
Count
14 or less
1.3%3
15 - 17
1.3%3
18 - 22
16.3%37
23 - 29
12.8%29
30 - 49
31.7%72
50 - 64
27.8%63
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9. Highest Education
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Currently a high school student
2.7%6
Currently a college student
20.3%45
Did not graduate from high school
2.7%6
High School Graduate (or GED)
18.9%42
Some college (or Tech School)
20.3%45
College Graduate (Bachelor's Degree)
23.9%53
Some Graduate (or Professional) school or more
17.6%39

10. Occupation(s)/Activities (Multiple answers are acceptable)
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Student59.6% (65)41.3% (45)109
Stay at home mom, dad, or other39.0% (16)61.0% (25)41
Retired91.3% (21)8.7% (2)23
Farm/Ranch33.3% (11)75.8% (25)33
Factory/Labor (i.e., "Blue Collar")44.1% (15)55.9% (19)34
Managerial/Professional/Educator84.6% (44)17.3% (9)52
Entrepreneur81.3% (13)18.8% (3)16
Military40.0% (4)60.0% (6)10
Office56.8% (25)47.7% (21)44
Service50.0% (18)58.3% (21)36
Government employee80.8% (21)19.2% (5)26
Other65.4% (17)34.6% (9)26
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11. Population of Home Town
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Percent
Response
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Less than 10,000
38.2%84
10,000 to 50,000 (e.g., Emporia)
27.7%61
50,000 to 150,000 (e.g., Lawrence or Topeka)
7.3%16
150,000 to 500,000 (e.g., Wichita)
15.0%33
500,000 to 3 million (e.g., Kansas City Metro area)
7.3%16
More than 3 million (e.g., Chicago)
4.5%10
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1.4%3

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