Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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PBLCAFFR

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

Some people seem to follow what's going on in government and public affairs most of the time, whether there's an election or not. Others aren't that interested. Would you say you follow what's going on in government and public affairs
  1) Most of the time
  2) Some of the time
  3) Only now and then
  4) Hardly at all
  5) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Most of the time 40.6% 40.6%
Some of the time 34.5% 75.1%
Only now and then 16.8% 91.9%
Hardly at all 8.1% 100%
Don't know/Refused .1% 100.1%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Most of the time 48.0% 34.0% 40.6%
Some of the time 29.2% 39.2% 34.5%
Only now and then 16.3% 17.2% 16.8%
Hardly at all 6.4% 9.6% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Most of the time 44.7% 41.7% 36.8% 40.9%
Some of the time 35.7% 34.5% 34.5% 34.9%
Only now and then 14.5% 16.3% 18.6% 16.6%
Hardly at all 5.0% 7.3% 10.1% 7.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Most of the time 24.4% 41.2% 50.9% 40.5%
Some of the time 40.3% 35.4% 29.6% 34.6%
Only now and then 22.2% 15.4% 15.0% 16.9%
Hardly at all 12.9% 8.0% 4.4% 8.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.2% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Most of the time 45.6% 35.8% 43.9% 31.0% 40.5%
Some of the time 33.1% 37.2% 31.6% 37.0% 34.5%
Only now and then 15.1% 16.8% 15.2% 21.2% 16.8%
Hardly at all 6.3% 10.2% 8.8% 10.6% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 0.2% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1971


Education (I-EDUCATN)

Less than High school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some College (no 4-year degree)/Business, technical, or vocational school AFTER high school College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
Most of the time 21.4% 31.9% 46.5% 51.9% 70.4% 40.5%
Some of the time 32.9% 39.0% 34.4% 34.8% 21.6% 34.6%
Only now and then 29.4% 18.9% 13.2% 10.5% 6.5% 16.8%
Hardly at all 16.2% 10.0% 5.7% 2.8% 1.5% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.1% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Most of the time 42.3% 29.1% 30.3% 40.4%
Some of the time 33.9% 38.1% 40.9% 34.7%
Only now and then 15.9% 22.7% 20.7% 16.8%
Hardly at all 7.9% 9.2% 8.1% 8.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.9% 0.0% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Most of the time 26.5% 35.2% 49.3% 63.8% 40.5%
Some of the time 34.9% 40.5% 31.6% 23.4% 34.6%
Only now and then 23.3% 16.2% 14.5% 10.3% 16.7%
Hardly at all 15.3% 7.9% 4.5% 2.5% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Most of the time 43.2% 41.8% 39.2% 38.9% 40.6%
Some of the time 32.1% 34.7% 33.8% 37.7% 34.5%
Only now and then 16.1% 16.6% 18.0% 15.5% 16.8%
Hardly at all 8.6% 6.6% 8.8% 8.0% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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