Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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INF_NDY

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

Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on this issue -- The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt OR The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy
  10) A personal experience
  11) The views of your friends and family
  12) What you have seen or read in the media
  13) Your religious beliefs
  14) Your education
  15) Something else
  16) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
A personal experience 26.3% 26.3%
The views of your friends and family 6.6% 32.9%
What you have seen or read in the media 21.7% 54.6%
Your religious beliefs 5.9% 60.5%
Your education 24.2% 84.7%
Something else 13.1% 97.8%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 100%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 29.8% 23.2% 26.3%
The views of your friends and family 5.1% 7.9% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 19.4% 23.8% 21.7%
Your religious beliefs 5.2% 6.4% 5.9%
Your education 25.5% 23.1% 24.2%
Something else 13.3% 12.9% 13.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.7% 2.6% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
A personal experience 23.5% 25.2% 29.3% 26.1%
The views of your friends and family 6.7% 6.5% 6.3% 6.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 21.6% 23.2% 21.1% 22.0%
Your religious beliefs 6.0% 7.1% 4.1% 5.7%
Your education 28.2% 22.5% 23.3% 24.5%
Something else 10.8% 13.7% 14.6% 13.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 1.9% 1.3% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
A personal experience 20.0% 27.9% 28.7% 26.3%
The views of your friends and family 7.3% 7.0% 5.6% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 24.2% 19.8% 22.7% 21.8%
Your religious beliefs 6.2% 6.5% 4.9% 5.9%
Your education 27.1% 23.7% 22.7% 24.2%
Something else 13.6% 14.4% 11.0% 13.0%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 0.7% 4.4% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
A personal experience 27.8% 29.1% 22.8% 22.3% 26.3%
The views of your friends and family 7.2% 5.4% 8.8% 5.4% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 19.9% 22.8% 27.5% 23.2% 21.7%
Your religious beliefs 5.4% 6.4% 6.7% 6.3% 5.9%
Your education 24.4% 19.8% 19.9% 28.1% 24.2%
Something else 12.9% 14.6% 10.8% 13.3% 13.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.4% 2.0% 3.5% 1.4% 2.2%
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
A personal experience 24.5% 28.2% 25.3% 21.7% 30.9% 26.3%
The views of your friends and family 10.7% 7.4% 4.9% 5.6% 3.5% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 22.8% 24.5% 22.8% 17.7% 12.1% 21.7%
Your religious beliefs 7.0% 4.9% 6.6% 7.2% 4.0% 5.9%
Your education 18.8% 17.3% 24.6% 37.6% 40.2% 24.2%
Something else 12.3% 15.4% 13.9% 9.3% 8.0% 13.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.8% 2.4% 1.9% 1.0% 1.3% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
A personal experience 26.4% 26.4% 22.2% 26.2%
The views of your friends and family 6.6% 7.1% 6.6% 6.7%
What you have seen or read in the media 21.8% 20.2% 25.8% 21.8%
Your religious beliefs 5.0% 13.1% 5.6% 5.9%
Your education 25.3% 17.2% 21.2% 24.3%
Something else 12.9% 11.7% 17.2% 13.0%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 4.4% 1.5% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
A personal experience 30.9% 23.4% 26.1% 27.4% 26.5%
The views of your friends and family 8.8% 7.0% 5.6% 4.0% 6.7%
What you have seen or read in the media 21.1% 24.8% 22.5% 14.0% 21.9%
Your religious beliefs 6.4% 6.1% 5.7% 4.4% 5.8%
Your education 17.2% 24.5% 26.3% 34.3% 24.4%
Something else 13.4% 12.4% 12.7% 14.4% 13.0%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 1.9% 1.2% 1.5% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
A personal experience 24.7% 27.0% 25.1% 29.2% 26.3%
The views of your friends and family 5.8% 4.6% 7.7% 7.8% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 22.3% 20.2% 24.1% 18.9% 21.7%
Your religious beliefs 2.6% 6.7% 7.9% 4.9% 5.9%
Your education 27.2% 26.9% 21.2% 23.2% 24.2%
Something else 15.7% 11.8% 11.7% 14.4% 13.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.7% 2.8% 2.4% 1.6% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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