Lecture Slides April 12

Lecture Slides April 12 - Public Opinion on Social Welfare...

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4/12/2010 1 Public Opinion on Social Welfare and Racial Issues POLS107 April 12, 2010 Professor Jackson Aid to the Poor/Welfare Should spending increase, decrease, or stay the same for poor Should spending increase, decrease, or stay the same for welfare stay the same for poor people ? Increase 62% Same 39% Decrease 9% same for welfare programs ? Increase 17% Same 38% Decrease 45% Gilens (1996) “Race Coding” and White Opposition to Welfare z What is the research question? How important are racial considerations in the public’s evaluation of race coded issues like crime public s evaluation of race coded issues like crime and welfare? z What does Gilens mean by “race coding”? Implicit versus explicit racial issues
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4/12/2010 2 Gilens (1996) Possible Sources of Opposition to Welfare z Economic self-interest Measured by family income (proxy) z Individualism The government in Washington tries to do too many things that should be left up to individuals and private businesses. (1=Disagree strongly to 7=Agree strongly) z Racial attitudes? Gilens (1996) Measuring Racial Attitudes Now I’ll read a few words that people sometimes use to describe blacks. Of course, no word fits absolutely everybody, but, as I read each one, please tell me using a number from 0 to 10 how well you think it describes blacks as a group. If you think it’savery you think it describes blacks as a group. If you think it s a very good description of most blacks, give it a 10. If you feel a word is a very inaccurate description of blacks, give it a 0. Dependable Determined to succeed Intelligent in school Hardworking Aggressive or violent Friendly Lazy Irresponsible Smart with everyday things Keep up property Law abiding Complaining Boastful Good neighbors Gilens (1996) Measuring Welfare Attitudes Welfare Spending Suppose you had a say in making up the federal budget, would you prefer to see more spent, less spent, or the same amount of money spent on welfare as it has been?
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