News Interest Index / Religion Overflow, July 2005

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STEMINFL

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

[IF ANSWER GIVEN TO STEMIMP1 OR STEMPIMP2] Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on this issue…
  1) A personal experience
  2) The views of your friends and family
  3) What you have seen or read in the media
  4) Your religious beliefs
  5) Your education
  6) OR something else
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
A personal experience 13.7% 13.7%
The views of your friends and family 4.9% 18.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 24.3% 42.9%
Your religious beliefs 22.9% 65.8%
Your education 22.7% 88.5%
OR something else 10% 98.5%
Don't know/Refused 1.5% 100%
Total N = 1297

Variable Comparisons

Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Once a week or more Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
A personal experience 11.5% 19.0% 14.8% 14.6% 9.7% 13.5%
The views of your friends and family 5.2% 2.8% 5.9% 6.5% 4.1% 5.1%
What you have seen or read in the media 18.1% 25.5% 30.4% 29.0% 28.1% 24.4%
Your religious beliefs 42.3% 16.2% 12.8% 7.0% 5.6% 23.2%
Your education 15.8% 23.7% 25.2% 27.9% 33.3% 22.6%
OR something else 5.6% 12.1% 10.6% 13.5% 15.4% 9.8%
Don't know/Refused 1.5% 0.6% 0.4% 1.4% 3.7% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1280


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
A personal experience 12.2% 14.6% 18.8% 9.5% 13.7%
The views of your friends and family 7.0% 4.4% 1.5% 3.6% 4.9%
What you have seen or read in the media 29.0% 22.4% 22.4% 16.0% 24.4%
Your religious beliefs 25.3% 25.0% 19.8% 14.9% 23.0%
Your education 12.0% 22.1% 29.8% 51.3% 22.6%
OR something else 12.3% 10.9% 6.9% 4.4% 10.0%
Don't know/Refused 2.1% 0.7% 0.8% 0.4% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1285


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 13.2% 14.2% 13.7%
The views of your friends and family 3.3% 6.4% 4.9%
What you have seen or read in the media 24.6% 24.0% 24.3%
Your religious beliefs 20.9% 24.7% 22.9%
Your education 27.2% 18.7% 22.7%
OR something else 9.3% 10.6% 10.0%
Don't know/Refused 1.5% 1.4% 1.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1297


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
A personal experience 16.4% 12.7% 12.9% 13.6% 13.7%
The views of your friends and family 4.7% 4.9% 5.4% 4.7% 5.0%
What you have seen or read in the media 27.9% 26.4% 18.8% 28.0% 24.3%
Your religious beliefs 17.7% 24.1% 28.7% 16.9% 22.9%
Your education 21.3% 19.9% 23.3% 25.4% 22.6%
OR something else 10.4% 10.8% 9.6% 9.3% 10.0%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 1.1% 1.3% 2.1% 1.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1297



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