Religion and Public Life Survey, 2004

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NEWSFOLL

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

Now I will read a list of some stories covered by news organizations this past month. As I read each item, tell me if you happened to follow this news story very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely: News about candidates for the 2004 presidential election.
  1) Very closely
  2) Fairly closely
  3) Not too closely
  4) Not at all closely
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very closely 32.1% 32.1%
Fairly closely 38.4% 70.5%
Not too closely 15.5% 86%
Not at all closely 13.6% 99.6%
Don't know/Refused .5% 100.1%
Total N = 1512

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 or older TOTAL
Very closely 29.2% 24.4% 34.1% 32.7% 35.9% 36.2% 32.1%
Fairly closely 30.4% 44.7% 40.6% 38.4% 39.9% 33.5% 38.4%
Not too closely 20.1% 16.3% 13.2% 14.3% 13.1% 17.9% 15.6%
Not at all closely 20.3% 13.2% 12.1% 14.2% 10.7% 12.0% 13.5%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 0.5% 0.5% 0.4% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1492


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
Very closely 32.7% 38.8% 36.2% 27.8% 23.5% 29.5% 32.0%
Fairly closely 38.7% 34.1% 42.9% 40.7% 43.9% 32.7% 38.7%
Not too closely 14.3% 14.7% 12.5% 20.1% 16.3% 14.6% 15.6%
Not at all closely 14.3% 12.2% 7.2% 11.4% 16.3% 21.0% 13.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.2% 1.2% 0.0% 0.0% 2.1% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1495


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school Graduated high school Some college College degree or more education TOTAL
Very closely 16.7% 29.0% 34.5% 41.7% 32.1%
Fairly closely 33.4% 36.0% 40.3% 42.8% 38.5%
Not too closely 17.4% 19.3% 13.6% 11.2% 15.5%
Not at all closely 32.5% 14.9% 11.2% 4.1% 13.5%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.8% 0.4% 0.2% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1508


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very closely 32.9% 31.5% 32.1%
Fairly closely 39.9% 37.0% 38.4%
Not too closely 13.2% 17.5% 15.5%
Not at all closely 13.3% 13.8% 13.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 0.2% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1512


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very closely 30.1% 36.8% 31.4% 33.0%
Fairly closely 43.0% 37.4% 36.7% 39.1%
Not too closely 16.5% 14.3% 12.6% 14.5%
Not at all closely 10.2% 10.9% 18.7% 12.9%
Don't know/Refused 0.2% 0.6% 0.7% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1418


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Very closely 31.0% 32.8% 34.8% 31.8%
Fairly closely 40.4% 31.1% 34.2% 38.4%
Not too closely 15.8% 13.4% 16.0% 15.6%
Not at all closely 12.3% 21.8% 15.0% 13.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.5% 0.8% 0.0% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1494



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