Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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RACEDISC

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

I am going to read you some pairs of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement (Racial discrimination is the main reason why many black people can't get ahead these days) or the SECOND statement (Blacks who can't get ahead in this country are mostly responsible for their own condition) comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right.
  1) First statement
  2) Second statement
  3) Neither/Both equally
  4) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
First statement 31.3% 31.3%
Second statement 57.2% 88.5%
Neither/Both equally 7.2% 95.7%
Don't know/Refused 4.3% 100%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
First statement 29.9% 32.6% 31.3%
Second statement 59.9% 54.7% 57.2%
Neither/Both equally 6.8% 7.5% 7.2%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 5.1% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
First statement 23.4% 38.8% 31.4% 31.6%
Second statement 66.4% 50.0% 57.2% 57.5%
Neither/Both equally 6.2% 7.6% 7.0% 7.0%
Don't know/Refused 3.9% 3.6% 4.4% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
First statement 35.7% 32.2% 27.5% 31.4%
Second statement 56.8% 55.2% 60.0% 57.2%
Neither/Both equally 6.1% 8.0% 6.6% 7.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 4.5% 6.0% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
First statement 27.2% 28.8% 27.2% 43.6% 31.4%
Second statement 61.1% 58.5% 56.4% 47.8% 57.1%
Neither/Both equally 7.2% 7.9% 9.4% 6.1% 7.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.5% 4.9% 7.0% 2.6% 4.3%
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
First statement 32.2% 27.0% 30.2% 34.8% 44.2% 31.3%
Second statement 61.3% 61.1% 57.7% 52.5% 41.0% 57.2%
Neither/Both equally 3.5% 6.2% 8.0% 9.7% 11.1% 7.2%
Don't know/Refused 3.1% 5.6% 4.1% 3.0% 3.8% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
First statement 28.8% 48.6% 37.4% 31.3%
Second statement 60.0% 38.1% 53.0% 57.4%
Neither/Both equally 6.7% 9.6% 7.1% 7.0%
Don't know/Refused 4.5% 3.7% 2.5% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
First statement 32.7% 29.5% 30.8% 34.3% 31.3%
Second statement 54.6% 60.8% 57.9% 55.6% 57.8%
Neither/Both equally 7.2% 6.7% 6.6% 8.2% 6.9%
Don't know/Refused 5.6% 3.0% 4.7% 1.9% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
First statement 34.9% 31.7% 29.2% 30.9% 31.3%
Second statement 51.4% 57.6% 60.7% 56.8% 57.2%
Neither/Both equally 7.8% 7.1% 6.2% 8.2% 7.2%
Don't know/Refused 5.9% 3.7% 3.8% 4.1% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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