Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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MEDIA1

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

ASKED OF FORM 1 RESPONDENTS ONLY: Sometimes the media are accused of being biased for or against certain people or groups of people. For example, do you think television and the newspapers and magazines and radio are fair in their treatment of fundamentalist Christians, or do you think they make them look better than they are, or make them look worse than they are?
  1) Better
  2) Fair
  3) Worse
  4) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Better 18.4% 18.4%
Fair 29.4% 47.8%
Worse 35.5% 83.3%
Don't know/Refused 16.7% 100%
Total N = 998

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Better 16.4% 20.3% 18.4%
Fair 33.4% 25.7% 29.4%
Worse 35.3% 35.8% 35.5%
Don't know/Refused 15.0% 18.3% 16.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
998


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Better 14.7% 19.0% 21.2% 18.4%
Fair 26.8% 32.7% 28.8% 29.6%
Worse 46.1% 29.9% 33.0% 35.9%
Don't know/Refused 12.4% 18.4% 17.0% 16.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
967


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Better 17.5% 21.1% 15.8% 18.5%
Fair 31.9% 29.0% 27.6% 29.2%
Worse 37.1% 37.5% 32.5% 35.8%
Don't know/Refused 13.5% 12.5% 24.1% 16.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
987


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Better 16.6% 25.8% 21.4% 17.3% 18.4%
Fair 29.0% 31.4% 25.0% 30.8% 29.4%
Worse 38.8% 27.2% 29.2% 35.4% 35.6%
Don't know/Refused 15.6% 15.7% 24.4% 16.5% 16.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
996


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
Better 25.0% 19.7% 16.0% 12.5% 16.6% 18.3%
Fair 26.6% 28.8% 27.9% 32.0% 37.4% 29.5%
Worse 30.3% 35.7% 38.0% 41.0% 30.3% 35.6%
Don't know/Refused 18.1% 15.8% 18.1% 14.5% 15.6% 16.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
996


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Better 17.0% 26.1% 18.6% 18.1%
Fair 31.2% 14.3% 32.4% 29.4%
Worse 34.9% 41.7% 37.3% 35.8%
Don't know/Refused 16.9% 17.8% 11.8% 16.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
990


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Better 21.1% 20.6% 16.4% 15.2% 18.8%
Fair 29.4% 28.4% 33.3% 36.6% 31.1%
Worse 30.5% 34.7% 37.8% 35.0% 34.6%
Don't know/Refused 19.1% 16.3% 12.5% 13.2% 15.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
874


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Better 16.9% 25.9% 13.3% 19.1% 18.4%
Fair 33.1% 29.1% 26.1% 31.5% 29.4%
Worse 34.0% 30.1% 41.3% 34.3% 35.5%
Don't know/Refused 16.0% 14.9% 19.3% 15.2% 16.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
998



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