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1. Which best describes you?
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A student in Political Science 4004 this semester.
9.6%36
An MU political science student in a different class.
11.0%41
An MU student but not a political science undergraduate.
24.9%93
A friend of a PS 4004 student
28.6%107
A family member of a PS 4004 student
12.8%48
A MISSOURIAN reader
4.5%17
Other
8.6%32

2. Do you think the country is on the right track or wrong track?
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Right track
20.2%75
Wrong track
54.7%203
not sure
25.1%93

3. In America, each generation has tried to have a better life than their parents, with a better living standard, better homes, a better education, and so on. How likely do you think it is that today’s youth will have a better life than their parents—very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely?
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Very likely
8.6%32
Somewhat likely
46.6%174
Somewhat unlikely
36.5%136
Very unlikely
8.3%31

4. What aspects of American life do you think have declined in quality over the past two decades? (check all that apply).
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Criminal justice
31.0%116
Economy
76.5%286
Education
57.2%214
Environment
49.7%186
Health care
39.8%149
Morality
52.9%198
Nothing
1.3%5
Political
55.1%206
Social
32.1%120
Other (please specify)
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5. What aspect of America in 2013 concerns you the most?
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Count
I am not all that worried.
4.9%18
Our economy.
32.4%119
Our political system.
28.3%104
Our society,
23.4%86
The international system we find ourself in.
7.9%29
Other
3.0%11
Other (please specify)
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6. Do you approve or disapprove of how Congress is handling its job?
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Strongly Approve
0.3%1
Approve
17.4%65
Disapprove
53.6%200
Strongly Disapprove
28.7%107

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling his job?
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Strongly Approve
5.6%21
Approve
44.2%165
Disapprove
28.7%107
Strongly Disapprove
21.4%80

8. Some argue that the U.S. has evolved into a "do nothing" political system that is not well suited for governing in 2013 and the future. What do you think is to blame for the United States’ “do-nothing” political system?
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Response
Count
Political parties
35.8%127
Special interests
28.2%100
Slow-moving government as designed in the constitution.
16.3%58
Apathetic voters
9.3%33
The U.S. does not have a “do-nothing” political system
5.4%19
Not sure
5.1%18
Other (please specify)
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9. Since 1980, other countries have caught up to the United States economically. Do you think this "rise of the rest" is due to the natural course of globalization or do you think the U.S. political system has made poor decisions?
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Gloabalization has leveled the international political and economic playing field.
64.6%232
The U.S. has made serious policy mistakes that has adversely affected us.
35.4%127
Other (please specify)
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10. Do you believe the American political system is capable of handling long term problems like the growing national debt?
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Yes, our system has worked well.
20.4%74
No, our political system is too short-sighted.
58.6%212
Not sure.
21.0%76
Other (please specify)
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11. Are there aspects of our political system or Constitution that are outdated that you would change?
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Yes, we need major changes.
25.4%90
Yes, we need some minor reforms.
58.0%206
No, we need to rely on the present system.
16.6%59
Other (please specify)
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12. How much of the time do you think you can trust government to do what is right?
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Just about always
0.8%3
Most of the time
17.2%64
Some of the time
58.7%219
Hardly ever
18.5%69
Never
3.5%13
Not sure
1.3%5

13. How much of the time do you trust the mainstream media to be accurate and fair?
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Count
Just about always
1.1%4
Most of the time
11.1%41
Some of the time
42.4%157
Hardly ever
34.9%129
Never
10.0%37
Not sure
0.5%2

14. How much impact to you think money and special interests have on U.S. politics?
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Too darn much
49.2%183
Quite a bit
41.1%153
Some
7.0%26
Little
1.3%5
None
0.3%1
I really don't know.
1.1%4
Other (please specify)
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15. Real median household income hovered around $55,000 from 2000 to 2008 and has declined since the 2008 financial crisis. What do you think is the major reason for this long-term decline in household income?
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Blue collar manufacturing jobs have been replaced by higher skill information technology job.
18.0%60
Tax law changes have disproportionally benefited upper incomes individuals.
20.4%68
Poor education and personal decisions of lower income individuals.
24.3%81
Trade agreements have shipped blue collar jobs overseas.
21.3%71
Not sure
16.2%54
Other (please specify)
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16. Do you believe that America provides equal opportunity to all of its citizens?
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Yes, opportunity is equal in the United States
19.9%74
Somewhat
36.4%135
No, some citizens have clear opportunity advantages
43.4%161
Not sure
0.3%1

17. Do current levels of economic inequality threaten America’s overall prosperity?
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Yes
35.7%132
Somewhat
38.6%143
No
18.9%70
There is no economic inequality
2.7%10
Not sure
4.1%15
Other (please specify)
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18. Which of the following proposals to reduce economic inequality do you support?
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Percent
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Count
A more progressive income tax
24.7%89
Tax all salary, wage, investment income equally.
17.8%64
Eliminate deductions.
8.3%30
Non-tax proposals such as job training and improved education.
31.9%115
Other
4.7%17
None of the above
12.5%45
Other (please specify)
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19. It is predicted that by 2030, 44 percent of Americans will be obese. If you had to choose, who should be responsible for tackling America’s growing obesity problem?
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State/Federal government
12.9%46
Local Communities
12.3%44
Schools
5.0%18
Individuals/families
67.2%240
There is no obesity problem
0.8%3
Not sure
1.7%6
Other (please specify)
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20. What do you think is the major cause of increases in healthcare spending in the U.S.?
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Government programs
22.4%83
An aging population
19.4%72
Chronic disease (e.g., obesity, cancer, etc.)
18.9%70
Hospitals overcharging
7.5%28
Insurance companies
24.3%90
Not sure
7.5%28

21. Is a single-payer, universal healthcare system, similar to Canada’s, feasible in the United States?
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Yes
22.6%84
Maybe
24.5%91
No
40.3%150
Not sure
12.6%47

22. American teenagers did not rank in the top 10 countries in math, reading, or science. Why do you think this is?
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We value creativity over rote memorization.
12.1%38
Too much television and internet.
14.9%47
Teachers are not doing their jobs.
8.9%28
Social and family problems
28.6%90
School funding is inadequate.
32.1%101
There is no major problems.
3.5%11
Other (please specify)
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23. Do you consider rising college student debt to be a crisis?
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Yes, because it is the next "bubble" to break and will lead to a financial crisis.
36.2%135
Yes, because it is reducing access to higher education.
47.5%177
No, higher education has always been expensive.
9.9%37
Not sure
6.4%24

24. Would you support establishing a national service program that awards individuals with reduced college tuition for completing two years of community service?
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Yes, it would make college more affordable.
37.3%133
Yes, it would educate college students about the real world.
24.4%87
Yes, it would improve communities.
21.3%76
No, it would not be worthwhile.
17.1%61
Other (please specify)
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25. Do you think immigration helps or hinders the economy in the United States?
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Helps
24.7%92
Somewhat helps
30.4%113
Not sure
16.4%61
Somewhat hinders
16.7%62
Hinders
11.8%44

26. Social Security is now paying more benefits than it receives via the payroll tax and is expected to spend all of the Social Security Trust Fund by 2037 at which time 77 percent of benefits could be paid. Which of the following proposals do you support? (Check all that you approve).
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Increase the income cap (now $113,000) on the payroll tax to increase receipts.
34.8%124
Reduce the automatic cost of living adjustment (COLAs) to a more realistic price index.
30.6%109
Increase the social security tax (FICA).
14.3%51
Increase the eligibility age (from the current 66 years) to 70 years.
37.9%135
Transition to Individual Retirement Accounts for citizens under 50 years of age.
39.9%142
Reduce disability benefits.
13.2%47
None of the above
11.2%40
Other (please specify)
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27. How do you envision U.S. foreign policy of the future?
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It should be less military-based and more diplomatic, involving other world leaders
65.3%235
It should be more military-based and less diplomatic, the U.S. is the sole world power.
10.3%37
It should remain the same
16.9%61
Not sure
7.5%27
Other (please specify)
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28. Does the United States play a negative or positive role in global politics?
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Negative
5.9%22
Somewhat negative
26.6%99
Somewhat positive
37.9%141
Positive
21.8%81
Not sure
7.8%29

29. Will the United States still be perceived as the most powerful country in the world in 2030?
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Yes
25.3%94
Maybe
36.1%134
No
28.0%104
Not sure
10.5%39

30. Should government surveillance drones be used to gather intelligence on suspected terrorists, if, in the process, the drones gather intelligence on otherwise unsuspected American citizens?
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Yes, increased security outweighs potential loss of privacy.
43.3%161
No, citizen privacy is a higher priority.
40.1%149
Unsure
16.7%62

31. What do you believe is the most serious policy issue that America faces in the next 20 years?
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Growing healthcare costs
16.8%61
Social security
6.0%22
National defense
4.9%18
The national debt
57.1%208
Immigration
3.0%11
Environment
7.7%28
Other
2.7%10
Not sure
1.6%6
Other (please specify)
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32. Prison populations and costs have increased in the past 30 years partly because of more drug convictions. It is estimated that drug decriminalization would save tens of billions of dollars across national, state, and local government budgets in the United States. Do you believe that drug decriminalization should be adopted in the United States?
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Yes, drug decriminalization is long overdue.
40.9%143
Yes, we should take slow and deliberate action.
36.9%129
No, drug decriminalization will lead to more drug use and social problems.
22.3%78
Other (please specify)
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33. Is the question “Is America in Decline?” a neutral question?
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Yes, it is a neutral question.
41.1%153
No, it has a negative tone that prejudges the condition of America.
58.9%219

34. Overall, is America in decline?
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Yes.
35.6%129
No, but we have major challenges ahead that we need to address.
49.7%180
No, we are always assessing ourselves.
1.9%7
No, we just have different problems than we used to have.
12.7%46
Other (please specify)
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Page: Demographic Background Information
35. What is your age?
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18 to 24
68.9%257
25 to 34
7.5%28
35 to 44
4.3%16
45 to 54
8.8%33
55 to 64
7.0%26
65 to 74
2.7%10
75 or older
0.8%3

36. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, or something else?
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Republican
35.4%132
Independent
26.5%99
Democrat
30.0%112
Something else
8.0%30

37. What is your gender?
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Female
39.9%149
Male
60.1%224

38. What is the highest level of education you have completed?
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Graduated from high school
6.2%23
1 year of college
14.6%54
2 years of college
13.0%48
3 years of college
32.4%120
Graduated from college
14.9%55
Some graduate school
7.8%29
Completed graduate school
11.1%41

39. When it comes to politics, would you describe yourself as liberal, conservative, or neither liberal nor conservative?
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Extremely liberal
5.4%20
Moderately liberal
22.0%82
Slightly liberal
11.3%42
Neither liberal nor conservative
14.5%54
Slightly conservative
18.3%68
Moderately conservative
25.8%96
Extremely conservative
2.7%10

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