Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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FREQVOTE

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

How often would you say you vote?
  1) Always
  2) Nearly always
  3) Part of the time
  4) Seldom
  5) Never vote
  6) Other response
  7) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Always 40.8% 40.8%
Nearly always 29.7% 70.5%
Part of the time 12.2% 82.7%
Seldom 11.5% 94.2%
Never vote 4.4% 98.6%
Other response 1.1% 99.7%
Don't know/Refused .3% 100%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Always 39.2% 42.3% 40.8%
Nearly always 31.0% 28.6% 29.7%
Part of the time 11.8% 12.6% 12.2%
Seldom 12.1% 10.9% 11.5%
Never vote 3.7% 5.0% 4.4%
Other response 1.8% 0.4% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 0.2% 0.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Always 48.9% 44.7% 31.2% 41.2%
Nearly always 32.9% 29.1% 28.6% 30.1%
Part of the time 10.2% 12.3% 14.2% 12.3%
Seldom 4.8% 10.1% 18.4% 11.4%
Never vote 2.5% 2.4% 6.0% 3.7%
Other response 0.2% 1.2% 1.3% 1.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.5% 0.2% 0.2% 0.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Always 21.1% 37.7% 57.3% 40.4%
Nearly always 26.5% 33.6% 27.5% 29.8%
Part of the time 14.4% 13.7% 9.2% 12.3%
Seldom 24.0% 11.1% 3.6% 11.6%
Never vote 11.1% 2.9% 1.7% 4.4%
Other response 2.7% 0.8% 0.3% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 0.2% 0.4% 0.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Always 45.9% 35.8% 54.4% 27.5% 40.7%
Nearly always 30.3% 32.3% 28.1% 27.7% 29.8%
Part of the time 11.2% 15.1% 11.4% 13.3% 12.3%
Seldom 9.1% 10.9% 3.2% 20.2% 11.5%
Never vote 2.6% 4.7% 2.9% 8.7% 4.4%
Other response 0.6% 0.8% 0.0% 2.6% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
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
Always 28.9% 39.4% 43.7% 43.5% 52.0% 40.7%
Nearly always 23.0% 26.2% 31.8% 39.4% 36.2% 29.8%
Part of the time 18.4% 13.2% 10.4% 9.9% 7.0% 12.3%
Seldom 20.4% 13.9% 9.2% 5.4% 2.8% 11.5%
Never vote 7.2% 5.5% 3.8% 1.4% 1.3% 4.4%
Other response 1.4% 1.3% 1.1% 0.4% 0.3% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.8% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Always 41.8% 35.8% 30.3% 40.6%
Nearly always 30.6% 25.7% 26.3% 29.9%
Part of the time 11.8% 15.1% 14.6% 12.3%
Seldom 10.8% 15.6% 14.6% 11.5%
Never vote 4.0% 5.3% 10.6% 4.4%
Other response 0.8% 2.1% 3.0% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 0.5% 0.5% 0.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Always 32.6% 36.7% 45.2% 48.1% 39.4%
Nearly always 22.8% 32.6% 33.3% 37.9% 31.1%
Part of the time 16.8% 12.1% 10.3% 6.9% 12.1%
Seldom 18.7% 12.9% 7.1% 4.8% 11.7%
Never vote 7.8% 4.0% 3.2% 1.9% 4.5%
Other response 1.3% 1.3% 0.7% 0.4% 1.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.4% 0.2% 0.0% 0.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Always 45.5% 40.6% 39.9% 38.0% 40.8%
Nearly always 25.4% 33.8% 28.2% 31.8% 29.7%
Part of the time 10.6% 13.3% 14.4% 9.2% 12.2%
Seldom 12.6% 8.3% 10.5% 15.7% 11.5%
Never vote 4.7% 2.6% 5.3% 4.7% 4.4%
Other response 1.1% 1.4% 1.0% 0.7% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.1% 0.1% 0.7% 0.0% 0.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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