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Social Background and Political Values

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Social Background and Political Values The position an individual takes on an issue often reflects his or her place in society.  Studies that identify interviewees by income and education, religion, race or ethnicity,  region, and gender show that people who have the same social background usually  share the same political ideas.  Income and education Low-income Americans tend to endorse a stronger economic role for the federal  government than do wealthier Americans, particularly by supporting programs such as  welfare and increases in the minimum wage. This difference is to be expected because 
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Unformatted text preview: wealthier Americans are the ones who mostly pay for such programs, and they naturally want to hold down their tax burden. Nevertheless, even low-income Americans are less likely to consider redistribution of wealth a valid governmental task than are adults socialized in other industrialized countries (such as European nations). Americans generally favor a limited government and emphasize the ability of everyone to succeed through hard work. This belief in individual responsibility may overcome a worker's self-interest in endorsing large social programs....
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