News Interest Index / Religion Overflow, July 2005

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SCHIAVO

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

In March, Congress passed a bill that required the federal courts to hear the case of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman who later died after her feeding tube was removed… Do you believe that Congress did the right thing in getting involved in the case, or do you think Congress should have stayed out of the case?
  1) Believe that Congress did the right thing
  2) Believe that Congress should have stayed out of the case
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Believe that Congress did the right thing 19.6% 19.6%
Believe that Congress should have stayed out of the case 74.5% 94.1%
Don't know/Refused 5.9% 100%
Total N = 1502

Variable Comparisons

Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Once a week or more Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
Believe that Congress did the right thing 24.8% 15.0% 22.2% 13.2% 12.8% 19.8%
Believe that Congress should have stayed out of the case 68.1% 81.7% 71.8% 81.8% 82.1% 74.4%
Don't know/Refused 7.1% 3.3% 6.0% 5.0% 5.1% 5.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1476


Education (I-EDUC)

Some high school or high school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Technical school, some college 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
Believe that Congress did the right thing 19.5% 23.0% 16.2% 16.1% 19.6%
Believe that Congress should have stayed out of the case 73.0% 71.5% 78.5% 82.6% 74.5%
Don't know/Refused 7.4% 5.5% 5.4% 1.3% 5.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1485


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Believe that Congress did the right thing 19.3% 19.8% 19.6%
Believe that Congress should have stayed out of the case 75.0% 74.0% 74.5%
Don't know/Refused 5.7% 6.1% 5.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1502


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Believe that Congress did the right thing 15.7% 19.8% 22.6% 17.8% 19.6%
Believe that Congress should have stayed out of the case 78.5% 70.7% 71.9% 79.1% 74.5%
Don't know/Refused 5.8% 9.5% 5.5% 3.0% 5.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1502



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