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Why People Give

I am doing a journal project for an Anthropology class on why people choose to give money to panhandlers. I figure that a poll might add some interesting opinions to the actual observations and interviews that I am doing. Your feedback is appreciated.
How often do you give money to panhandlers?
Always
Most of the time
About half of the time
Rarely
Never
What makes you decide to give? (Please check all that apply)
I always give
Good mood
Extra change
Panhandler's story
Empathy based on personal experience
Some other reason (please e-mail me)
I never give
When you do not give, what is the reason? (Please check all that apply)
Appearance of panhandler
Story of panhandler
No change (honestly, not just the excuse you give)
Bad mood
I never give
Some other reason (please e-mail me)
Does it matter what the person wants to buy with the money they receive? (Say, hypothetically, that you could actually know for certain what they would use it for)
Yes
No
What is acceptable for a panhandler to buy with your money? (Please select all that apply)
Food (human or pet)
Shelter
Clothes/Shoes
Other "necessities" (hygiene products, etc.)
Drugs
Alcohol
Cigarettes
If I am willing to give the money, there should be no strings attached--who cares what they buy?
It is never okay to panhandle
What is your age range?
under 15
15-18
19-27
28-35
36-45
45-55
older than 55
What gender are you? (I do not care if you have changed your gender; presumably, you consider yourself to be whatever gender you became.)
Female
Male
Were you born, or did you spend most of your life, in America?
Yes
No
If you identify yourself as one of, or a combination of, the following races, please check all that apply below. Since I cannot possibly include all of the different races that people identify with, I will go with the "classic" divisions that are usually seen on most "official" forms. If you feel that you do not identify with one of these, please post with which race(s) you do identify.
African American
Asian American
Caucasian
Hispanic/Latino
Native American
Pacific Islander
This poll was created on 2002-04-25 20:43:05 by greenpriestess