Belief in Hard Work Survey

Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say it’s lucky breaks of help from other people. The following table shows a self-determination index (SDI) score, computed by taking the percentage of respondents who say hard work is more important and subtracting from it the percentage of respondents who say “luck or help” is more important.
Group SDI Score
Race
Whites 58.4
Blacks 47.7
Native Americans 61.6
Asians 51.9
Hispanics 62.2
IQ
Highest IQ’s 54.1
High IQ’s 54.8
Normal IQ’s 62.3
Low IQ’s 56.4
Lowest IQ’s 59.4
Age
18-29 60.0
30-44 57.8
45-64 55.5
65+ 53.0
Political orientation
Liberal 49.7
Moderate 56.1
Conservative (Highest Group) 64.3
Partisan affiliation
Democrat 54.6
Independent 54.5
Republican 62.9
Sex
Male 54.0
Female 59.2
Birthplace
US native 56.8
Foreign-born 56.0
Theism
Atheist 45.5
Agnostic (Lowest Group) 42.4
Uncertain believer 52.0
Firm believer 60.9
Educational attainment
Less than high school 59.9
High school grad 58.0
Some college 55.8
Bachelor’s degree 55.2
Post-secondary work 52.5
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: General Social Survey
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: March 4, 2016

Belief in Hard Work Survey

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