Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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MEDIA2

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

ASKED OF FORM 2 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 very religious people, 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 19.2% 19.2%
Fair 28.9% 48.1%
Worse 35.2% 83.3%
Don't know/Refused 16.8% 100.1%
Total N = 977

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Better 22.5% 16.3% 19.2%
Fair 28.7% 29.0% 28.9%
Worse 34.4% 35.9% 35.2%
Don't know/Refused 14.4% 18.9% 16.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
977


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Better 15.4% 21.8% 20.7% 19.4%
Fair 22.2% 35.3% 29.6% 29.3%
Worse 47.0% 25.5% 35.8% 35.8%
Don't know/Refused 15.4% 17.4% 13.9% 15.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
939


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Better 23.7% 18.3% 17.7% 19.3%
Fair 25.2% 29.3% 30.9% 28.9%
Worse 44.2% 36.2% 28.1% 35.2%
Don't know/Refused 6.9% 16.2% 23.3% 16.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
964


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Better 19.2% 16.8% 10.3% 24.0% 19.2%
Fair 28.8% 31.9% 33.3% 25.7% 28.9%
Worse 36.4% 31.0% 23.0% 39.4% 35.2%
Don't know/Refused 15.6% 20.3% 33.3% 10.9% 16.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
975


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 22.8% 20.8% 17.0% 17.0% 17.1% 19.3%
Fair 22.8% 29.0% 28.5% 33.6% 34.8% 29.0%
Worse 31.8% 36.3% 36.3% 35.2% 34.2% 35.3%
Don't know/Refused 22.5% 13.9% 18.2% 14.2% 13.9% 16.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
974


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Better 17.9% 30.1% 21.9% 19.3%
Fair 30.8% 13.1% 28.1% 28.9%
Worse 35.3% 35.4% 34.4% 35.3%
Don't know/Refused 16.0% 21.4% 15.6% 16.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
972


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Better 21.6% 22.5% 17.1% 16.7% 20.2%
Fair 25.3% 27.4% 34.6% 34.4% 29.6%
Worse 33.7% 36.0% 34.0% 38.9% 35.3%
Don't know/Refused 19.4% 14.1% 14.2% 10.0% 15.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
893


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Better 15.6% 20.3% 18.7% 22.2% 19.2%
Fair 30.2% 28.6% 28.6% 28.1% 28.9%
Worse 35.4% 32.8% 35.3% 37.3% 35.2%
Don't know/Refused 18.7% 18.3% 17.3% 12.4% 16.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
977



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