Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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PUBAFF

(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 most of the time, some of the time, only now and then, or hardly at all?
  1) Most of the time
  2) Some of the time
  3) Only now and then
  4) Hardly at all
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Most of the time 49.5% 49.5%
Some of the time 26.8% 76.3%
Only now and then 12.8% 89.1%
Hardly at all 9.7% 98.8%
Don't know/Refused 1.2% 100%
Total N = 2041

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Most of the time 58.4% 41.3% 49.5%
Some of the time 22.7% 30.5% 26.8%
Only now and then 9.5% 15.9% 12.9%
Hardly at all 8.3% 11.0% 9.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.0% 1.3% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2041


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Most of the time 57.0% 50.3% 45.2% 30.1% 49.4%
Some of the time 26.4% 26.4% 28.0% 26.6% 26.9%
Only now and then 10.5% 12.0% 15.3% 18.2% 12.9%
Hardly at all 5.9% 9.5% 11.5% 20.2% 9.7%
Don't know/Refused 0.1% 1.8% 0.0% 4.9% 1.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2036


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $40,000 $40,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Most of the time 35.9% 43.7% 56.2% 70.5% 69.4% 50.4%
Some of the time 34.1% 26.2% 27.0% 19.3% 15.8% 26.6%
Only now and then 17.8% 17.1% 10.4% 7.1% 6.6% 13.4%
Hardly at all 11.5% 12.8% 5.8% 2.4% 6.9% 9.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.6% 0.2% 0.5% 0.7% 1.3% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1697


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Business, Technical, or vocational school after high school Some college, no four-year degree College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Postgraduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., towards a master's degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
Most of the time 38.7% 42.4% 40.1% 52.6% 62.0% 68.0% 49.5%
Some of the time 23.3% 29.4% 24.2% 28.4% 25.2% 22.5% 26.7%
Only now and then 14.2% 16.3% 27.1% 10.1% 8.1% 7.1% 12.9%
Hardly at all 19.6% 11.8% 6.8% 8.1% 4.4% 1.8% 9.8%
Don't know/Refused 4.2% 0.1% 1.9% 0.8% 0.3% 0.5% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2030


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Most of the time 53.4% 49.6% 52.4% 40.3% 49.6%
Some of the time 27.1% 24.8% 24.6% 28.0% 26.7%
Only now and then 10.2% 13.7% 9.5% 19.6% 12.9%
Hardly at all 8.5% 11.3% 9.5% 11.5% 9.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.9% 0.6% 3.9% 0.6% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2031


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-40 41-50 51-64 65+ TOTAL
Most of the time 32.1% 46.3% 52.0% 60.1% 64.9% 49.6%
Some of the time 31.5% 28.2% 26.9% 24.1% 19.6% 26.6%
Only now and then 22.3% 13.2% 10.7% 8.9% 6.4% 13.0%
Hardly at all 13.2% 11.1% 10.1% 6.9% 5.5% 9.7%
Don't know/Refused 0.9% 1.2% 0.2% 0.0% 3.6% 1.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2009


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
Most of the time 50.8% 51.5% 50.7% 50.9% 46.8% 38.7% 49.5%
Some of the time 28.4% 28.1% 24.9% 24.5% 29.3% 22.5% 26.7%
Only now and then 11.7% 8.1% 13.8% 14.8% 16.0% 21.1% 13.0%
Hardly at all 8.3% 10.9% 9.3% 8.7% 7.1% 17.6% 9.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 1.4% 1.3% 1.1% 0.7% 0.0% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2023



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