Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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OPINION7

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

Now I'd like your views on some people and things in the news. As I read from a list, please tell me which category best describes your overall opinion of -- The Congress
  1) Very favorable
  2) Mostly favorable
  3) Mostly unfavorable
  4) Very unfavorable
  5) Never heard of
  6) Can't rate

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very favorable 6.3% 6.3%
Mostly favorable 38.5% 44.8%
Mostly unfavorable 37.7% 82.5%
Very unfavorable 12.1% 94.6%
Never heard of .1% 94.7%
Can't rate 5.4% 100.1%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 6.6% 6.0% 6.3%
Mostly favorable 35.1% 41.5% 38.5%
Mostly unfavorable 40.3% 35.3% 37.7%
Very unfavorable 14.4% 10.1% 12.1%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Can't rate 3.5% 7.0% 5.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very favorable 8.9% 5.8% 5.1% 6.5%
Mostly favorable 53.0% 32.8% 33.1% 39.0%
Mostly unfavorable 27.3% 40.5% 44.5% 37.9%
Very unfavorable 7.4% 14.7% 12.9% 11.9%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate 3.5% 5.9% 4.5% 4.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Very favorable 8.2% 5.8% 5.5% 6.3%
Mostly favorable 42.5% 38.3% 35.9% 38.5%
Mostly unfavorable 32.1% 41.3% 36.6% 37.5%
Very unfavorable 10.8% 10.8% 15.0% 12.2%
Never heard of 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate 6.1% 3.7% 6.9% 5.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very favorable 5.8% 5.2% 4.4% 8.8% 6.3%
Mostly favorable 40.2% 33.7% 33.6% 39.2% 38.5%
Mostly unfavorable 37.9% 43.0% 33.3% 35.3% 37.6%
Very unfavorable 11.7% 12.7% 14.6% 11.7% 12.1%
Never heard of 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate 4.2% 5.4% 14.0% 5.0% 5.4%
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
Very favorable 8.7% 8.9% 4.5% 3.0% 2.5% 6.3%
Mostly favorable 34.0% 38.2% 43.0% 40.6% 31.2% 38.5%
Mostly unfavorable 28.3% 34.4% 38.5% 46.7% 51.3% 37.7%
Very unfavorable 17.0% 13.8% 9.3% 6.6% 13.1% 12.1%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate 11.9% 4.4% 4.7% 3.2% 2.0% 5.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Very favorable 6.1% 7.3% 9.6% 6.4%
Mostly favorable 39.1% 33.3% 38.9% 38.5%
Mostly unfavorable 38.3% 35.6% 29.3% 37.6%
Very unfavorable 11.1% 17.2% 17.7% 12.1%
Never heard of 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate 5.3% 6.7% 4.5% 5.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Very favorable 8.0% 6.1% 5.1% 5.6% 6.2%
Mostly favorable 38.7% 39.7% 37.0% 38.1% 38.5%
Mostly unfavorable 31.7% 37.6% 43.4% 42.3% 38.3%
Very unfavorable 13.8% 10.7% 12.6% 11.1% 12.0%
Never heard of 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate 7.5% 5.8% 1.9% 2.9% 4.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Very favorable 7.5% 4.3% 7.4% 5.7% 6.3%
Mostly favorable 37.4% 38.5% 41.0% 35.5% 38.5%
Mostly unfavorable 41.4% 39.3% 31.0% 42.8% 37.7%
Very unfavorable 7.9% 11.7% 14.4% 13.3% 12.1%
Never heard of 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate 5.5% 6.3% 6.2% 2.7% 5.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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