U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

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Q8

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

Some people seem to follow what's going on in government and public affairs most of the time, whether there's an election or not. Others aren't that interested. Would you say you follow what's going on in government and public affairs . . .
  1) Most of the time
  2) Some of the time
  3) Only now and then
  4) Hardly at all
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Most of the time 51.9% 51.9%
Some of the time 29.1% 81%
Only now and then 11.4% 92.4%
Hardly at all 6.7% 99.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) .9% 100%
Total N = 35556

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65 and older TOTAL
Most of the time 32.9% 44.6% 52.6% 62.7% 65.3% 51.8%
Some of the time 35.8% 33.1% 29.9% 25.3% 21.5% 29.2%
Only now and then 19.1% 14.4% 10.6% 7.0% 6.8% 11.5%
Hardly at all 11.2% 7.1% 6.3% 4.5% 5.0% 6.8%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.0% 0.8% 0.6% 0.6% 1.4% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34695


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Most of the time 56.4% 47.6% 51.9%
Some of the time 25.7% 32.3% 29.1%
Only now and then 10.4% 12.4% 11.4%
Hardly at all 6.7% 6.7% 6.7%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 0.8% 0.9% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
35556


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (Vol.) Other party (Vol.) TOTAL
Most of the time 58.2% 54.2% 49.7% 34.6% 71.8% 52.6%
Some of the time 28.4% 29.7% 29.8% 26.7% 16.7% 29.1%
Only now and then 8.9% 10.2% 12.9% 17.9% 4.0% 11.2%
Hardly at all 4.1% 5.2% 7.0% 17.7% 6.6% 6.3%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 0.4% 0.7% 0.6% 3.1% 0.9% 0.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34102


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 to under $150,000 $150,000 or more TOTAL
Most of the time 41.2% 50.8% 55.5% 59.4% 63.2% 69.0% 52.3%
Some of the time 31.1% 31.1% 31.0% 28.0% 27.0% 20.8% 29.5%
Only now and then 15.8% 11.9% 9.2% 8.7% 7.7% 6.1% 11.4%
Hardly at all 10.9% 5.7% 4.1% 3.6% 2.0% 3.5% 6.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.1% 0.4% 0.2% 0.3% 0.1% 0.6% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
29435


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school graduate High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Technical, trade, or vocational school AFTER high school Some college, no 4-year degree (including associate degree) 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
Most of the time 33.9% 46.1% 55.7% 53.9% 62.2% 71.7% 51.9%
Some of the time 30.1% 31.8% 28.0% 29.6% 27.2% 22.0% 29.1%
Only now and then 18.8% 13.1% 10.9% 10.7% 7.4% 4.5% 11.4%
Hardly at all 14.7% 8.3% 4.4% 5.2% 2.8% 1.6% 6.7%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.5% 0.7% 0.9% 0.5% 0.4% 0.2% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
35298



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