Religion and Public Life Survey, 2004

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GOVALARM

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

Which of these statements comes closest to your view? 1. The government is putting out too many warnings that turn out to be false alarms, or 2. The government should be giving the public all the warnings it can, even if they turn out to be false alarms.
  1) The government is putting out too many warnings that turn out to be false alarms.
  2) The government should be giving the public all the warnings it can, even if they turn out to be false alarms.
  3) Both
  4) Neither
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
The government is putting out too many warnings that turn out to be false alarms. 27.5% 27.5%
The government should be giving the public all the warnings it can, even if they turn out to be false alarms. 66% 93.5%
Both .5% 94%
Neither 2% 96%
Don't know/Refused 4% 100%
Total N = 739

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 or older TOTAL
The government is putting out too many warnings that turn out to be false alarms. 39.8% 24.2% 26.3% 29.1% 27.4% 22.6% 27.6%
The government should be giving the public all the warnings it can, even if they turn out to be false alarms. 56.1% 70.9% 67.8% 60.4% 67.0% 70.4% 65.8%
Both 0.0% 0.7% 0.3% 0.9% 0.5% 0.0% 0.4%
Neither 1.0% 2.8% 3.0% 2.8% 1.4% 0.7% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.1% 1.4% 2.7% 6.6% 3.8% 6.3% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
731


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
The government is putting out too many warnings that turn out to be false alarms. 23.3% 23.3% 25.9% 29.9% 30.6% 36.3% 27.5%
The government should be giving the public all the warnings it can, even if they turn out to be false alarms. 65.2% 72.2% 66.9% 66.8% 61.7% 56.4% 66.1%
Both 1.4% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.1% 0.5%
Neither 3.8% 0.7% 1.2% 1.5% 5.1% 1.7% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused 6.2% 3.1% 6.0% 1.8% 2.6% 4.5% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
733


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school Graduated high school Some college College degree or more education TOTAL
The government is putting out too many warnings that turn out to be false alarms. 19.1% 27.3% 28.1% 31.7% 27.5%
The government should be giving the public all the warnings it can, even if they turn out to be false alarms. 72.7% 67.2% 65.8% 60.8% 65.9%
Both 0.0% 0.5% 0.0% 1.2% 0.5%
Neither 0.0% 1.2% 3.3% 3.0% 2.0%
Don't know/Refused 8.2% 3.9% 2.8% 3.3% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
738


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
The government is putting out too many warnings that turn out to be false alarms. 30.8% 24.4% 27.5%
The government should be giving the public all the warnings it can, even if they turn out to be false alarms. 64.5% 67.3% 66.0%
Both 0.6% 0.4% 0.5%
Neither 1.6% 2.4% 2.0%
Don't know/Refused 2.4% 5.5% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
739


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
The government is putting out too many warnings that turn out to be false alarms. 14.3% 39.5% 29.7% 27.8%
The government should be giving the public all the warnings it can, even if they turn out to be false alarms. 80.6% 52.3% 66.2% 66.4%
Both 0.2% 0.5% 0.6% 0.4%
Neither 2.4% 1.8% 1.5% 1.9%
Don't know/Refused 2.5% 5.8% 1.9% 3.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
707


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
The government is putting out too many warnings that turn out to be false alarms. 26.7% 32.8% 28.6% 27.6%
The government should be giving the public all the warnings it can, even if they turn out to be false alarms. 67.5% 52.3% 67.5% 65.8%
Both 0.4% 1.7% 0.0% 0.5%
Neither 1.9% 2.9% 2.0% 2.0%
Don't know/Refused 3.5% 10.3% 2.0% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
730



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