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Belief in Hard Work Survey

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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
Whites58.4
Blacks47.7
Native Americans61.6
Asians51.9
Hispanics62.2
IQ
Highest IQ’s54.1
High IQ’s54.8
Normal IQ’s62.3
Low IQ’s56.4
Lowest IQ’s59.4
Age
18-2960.0
30-4457.8
45-6455.5
65+53.0
Political orientation
Liberal49.7
Moderate56.1
Conservative (Highest Group)64.3
Partisan affiliation
Democrat54.6
Independent54.5
Republican62.9
Sex
Male54.0
Female59.2
Birthplace
US native56.8
Foreign-born56.0
Theism
Atheist45.5
Agnostic (Lowest Group)42.4
Uncertain believer52.0
Firm believer60.9
Educational attainment
Less than high school59.9
High school grad58.0
Some college55.8
Bachelor’s degree55.2
Post-secondary work52.5
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: General Social Survey
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: January 10, 2017

Belief in Hard Work Survey

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