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1. What is your level of concern about government financial problems at each of these levels?
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Rating
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National3.9% (4)31.4% (32)64.7% (66)2.61102
State13.7% (14)48.0% (49)38.2% (39)2.25102
Local18.6% (19)47.1% (48)34.3% (35)2.16102

2. What about Social Security?
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Maintain our Commitment to All Seniors, Even if it Means Raising Taxes and Cutting Other Programs27.5% (28)51.0% (52)18.6% (19)3.9% (4)102
Make Social Security Affordable by Focusing on Those Who Need it the Most36.3% (37)45.1% (46)13.7% (14)5.9% (6)102
Make Economic Security in Retirement a Personal Responsibility Rather than a Social Program18.6% (19)38.2% (39)26.5% (27)17.6% (18)102

3. What about Medicare?
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Maintain Our Current Commitment to the Elderly53.9% (55)33.3% (34)9.8% (10)2.9% (3)102
Make Medicare Affordable by Focusing on Those Who Need it the Most52.9% (54)38.2% (39)6.9% (7)2.0% (2)102
Make Health Care in Retirement a Matter of Personal Choice, not a Shared Responsibility17.8% (18)33.7% (34)28.7% (29)20.8% (21)101

4. What is the impact of large US government budget deficits on each of these groups?
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children46.0% (46)24.0% (24)24.0% (24)5.0% (5)1.0% (1)100
young adults48.0% (48)25.0% (25)20.0% (20)6.0% (6)1.0% (1)100
middle-aged adults42.0% (42)36.0% (36)17.0% (17)2.0% (2)3.0% (3)100
older adults47.0% (47)26.0% (26)14.0% (14)7.0% (7)6.0% (6)100
the economy overall62.6% (62)25.3% (25)5.1% (5)5.1% (5)2.0% (2)99

5. The federal government should spend
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K-12 education2.9% (3)26.5% (27)70.6% (72)102
college education1.0% (1)24.8% (25)74.3% (75)101
military49.0% (50)37.3% (38)13.7% (14)102
health insurance for children3.0% (3)34.0% (34)63.0% (63)100
health insurance for adults5.1% (5)56.6% (56)38.4% (38)99
bailing out financial institutions39.0% (39)47.0% (47)14.0% (14)100
bailing out major employers (e.g. autos)45.0% (45)40.0% (40)15.0% (15)100

6. Gender
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Male
35.3%36
Female
64.7%66

7. Approximate age
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Count
17 or less 0.0%0
18 - 19
31.4%32
20 - 22
54.9%56
23 - 29
9.8%10
30 - 39
2.9%3
40 - 50 0.0%0
50+
1.0%1

8. Major (multiple answers are possible
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Response
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Education (e,g., elementary, secondary, special ed)
36.3%37
Fine Arts (e.g., art, music, theater)
8.8%9
Math
4.9%5
Sciences - Life Science
3.9%4
Sciences - Physical Sciences (e.g., Chem, Physics, Earth Sci
8.8%9
Computer science
3.9%4
English
4.9%5
History
4.9%5
Psychology
4.9%5
Sociology Anthropology
5.9%6
Political Science
1.0%1
Languages
1.0%1
Nursing
3.9%4
Health
7.8%8
PE
4.9%5
Business
2.9%3
Pre-Professional (e.g., medicine, law)
3.9%4
Economics
3.9%4
Undecided
8.8%9
other
8.8%9
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9. Highest education of any parent (perhaps a step-parent) who was present in your life (or of a person who raised you if not a parent)
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Less than a high school diploma or GED
3.9%4
High School Graduate (or GED)
14.7%15
Some college (or Tech School)
27.5%28
College Graduate (Bachelor's Degree)
36.3%37
Some Graduate (or Professional) school or more
25.5%26

10. Occupation(s)of those who raised you (Multiple answers are acceptable)
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Student85.0% (17)40.0% (8)20
Stay at home mom, dad, or other75.9% (22)27.6% (8)29
Retired50.0% (2)50.0% (2)4
Farm/Ranch75.0% (9)41.7% (5)12
Factory/Labor (i.e., "Blue Collar")57.1% (16)53.6% (15)28
Managerial/Professional/Educator80.5% (33)43.9% (18)41
Nurse or similar81.8% (9)18.2% (2)11
Entrepreneur52.4% (11)47.6% (10)21
Military66.7% (6)33.3% (3)9
Office71.4% (20)39.3% (11)28
Service62.5% (10)50.0% (8)16
Government employee64.3% (9)35.7% (5)14
Other50.0% (10)55.0% (11)20
Other (briefly explain)
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11. Has you understanding of deficits and debt changed?
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Percent
Response
Count
I am more confused than before exposure to this material
5.9%6
My understanding has not changed
5.9%6
I understand slightly better
59.4%60
I understand significantly more than before
28.7%29

12. You may select multiple answers below - - - Looking forward, I think
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Count
I will likely ignore the nation's finances
3.9%4
I will pay more attention to deficits and the national debt
70.6%72
I have a foundation of knowledge to use and develop
50.0%51
I will likely use my critical & analytical thinking skills more in this area
48.0%49
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13. (You may select multiple answers below) - - - - In future elections and civic engagement, I expect my thoughts and actions about deficits and the national debt will be
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Percent
Response
Count
to shift the burden forward because "others passed it on to us"
3.0%3
virtually nothing because I do not think much can be done
10.0%10
enter into discussions with friends, relatives, & future colleagues
55.0%55
be more critical of fiscal promises (i.e., government spending & taxes)
66.0%66
in as much of a leadership role as possible to change the direction we are heading in the future
20.0%20
other (Comments are welcome.)
2.0%2
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14. Population of Home Town
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Response
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Less than 10,000
40.2%41
10,000 to 50,000 (e.g., Emporia)
31.4%32
50,000 to 150,000 (e.g., Lawrence or Topeka)
6.9%7
150,000 to 500,000 (e.g., Wichita)
7.8%8
500,000 to 3 million (e.g., Kansas City Metro area)
7.8%8
More than 3 million (e.g., Chicago)
6.9%7
Also - Check here if the home town is not in the the United States
2.9%3
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