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Question: What's more important in (survey country) society that everyone be free to pursue their life's goals without interference from the state or that the state play an active role in society so as to guarantee that nobody is in need? [1030]

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Country Survey Freedom to pursue life's goals without interference State/government guarantees nobody in need
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Angola 
(Non-national
sample)
  Summer 2002 51 44

Argentina
  Summer 2002 25 68

Bangladesh 
(Non-national
sample)
  Summer 2002 32 63

Bolivia 
(Non-national
sample)
  Summer 2002 31 65

Brazil
  Spring 2011 26 71

Brazil 
(Non-national
sample)
  Summer 2002 28 70

Britain
  Spring 2011 38 55
  Fall 2009 * 44 47
  Summer 2002 33 62

Bulgaria
  Fall 2009 23 72
  Summer 2002 29 67

Canada
  Summer 2002 43 52

China 
(Non-national
sample)
  Spring 2012 34 51
  Spring 2011 28 63

Czech Rep.
  Fall 2009 47 51
  Summer 2002 40 58

Egypt
  Spring 2011 50 48

France
  Spring 2011 36 64
  Fall 2009 27 73
  Summer 2002 36 62

Germany
  Spring 2011 36 62
  Fall 2009 34 62
  Summer 2002 39 57

Ghana
  Summer 2002 63 26

Guatemala 
(Non-national
sample)
  Summer 2002 61 37

Honduras 
(Non-national
sample)
  Summer 2002 68 30

Hungary
  Fall 2009 29 67

India 
(Old national
sample)
  Spring 2012 53 25
  Spring 2011 53 26

India 
(Non-national
sample)
  Summer 2002 53 25

Indonesia
  Spring 2011 35 62

Indonesia 
(Non-national
sample)
  Summer 2002 38 61

Israel
  Spring 2011 36 60

Italy
  Fall 2009 47 48
  Summer 2002 24 71

Ivory Coast 
(Non-national
sample)
  Summer 2002 51 49

Japan
  Spring 2011 37 55
  Summer 2002 45 50

Jordan
  Spring 2011 31 66
  Summer 2002 35 63

Kenya
  Spring 2011 66 31
  Summer 2002 50 49

Lebanon
  Spring 2011 56 44
  Summer 2002 52 47

Lithuania
  Spring 2011 20 76
  Fall 2009 17 79

Mali 
(Non-national
sample)
  Summer 2002 42 57

Mexico
  Spring 2011 46 51
  Summer 2002 46 50

Nigeria 
(Non-national
sample)
  Summer 2002 61 36

Pakistan
  Late Spring 2011 80 6
  Spring 2011 81 5
  Summer 2002 61 24

Palest. ter.
  Spring 2011 44 54

Peru
  Summer 2002 35 58

Philippines
  Summer 2002 35 62

Poland
  Spring 2011 36 56
  Fall 2009 24 71
  Summer 2002 31 64

Russia
  Spring 2011 26 68
  Fall 2009 31 55
  Summer 2002 22 74

S. Africa
  Summer 2002 44 53

Senegal 
(Non-national
sample)
  Summer 2002 41 59

S. Korea
  Summer 2002 27 71

Slovakia
  Fall 2009 35 59
  Summer 2002 27 70

Spain
  Spring 2011 30 67
  Fall 2009 29 64

Tanzania
  Summer 2002 47 48

Turkey
  Spring 2011 36 55
  Summer 2002 52 39

Uganda
  Summer 2002 50 49

Ukraine
  Spring 2011 21 75
  Fall 2009 30 52
  Summer 2002 24 76

United States
  Spring 2011 58 35
  Fall 2009 55 36
  Summer 2002 58 34

Uzbekistan
  Summer 2002 49 49

Venezuela 
(Non-national
sample)
  Summer 2002 68 31



* Notes:
Britain (Fall 2009): In Britain, the question read, 'everyone is free to pursue...'.