Religion and Public Life Survey, 2004

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CODEORNG

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

There has been some discussion about whether the recent Code Orange terror alert was raised for political purposes or as a genuine effort to warn the public. Do you think the government recently raised the terrorist alert level: mostly for political purposes, or mostly as a genuine effort to warn the public?
  1) Mostly for political purposes
  2) Mostly as a genuine effort to warn the public
  3) Both
  4) Neither
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Mostly for political purposes 33.5% 33.5%
Mostly as a genuine effort to warn the public 56.6% 90.1%
Both 2.1% 92.2%
Neither .4% 92.6%
Don't know/Refused 7.4% 100%
Total N = 773

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 or older TOTAL
Mostly for political purposes 42.7% 37.1% 38.4% 26.3% 32.4% 26.9% 33.7%
Mostly as a genuine effort to warn the public 46.5% 52.0% 55.9% 67.0% 58.4% 55.9% 56.5%
Both 2.8% 1.0% 1.1% 1.8% 0.9% 5.0% 2.1%
Neither 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.3% 0.4% 0.4%
Don't know/Refused 8.0% 9.9% 4.6% 4.9% 5.9% 11.8% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
761


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
Mostly for political purposes 31.6% 31.4% 38.8% 33.7% 28.7% 39.9% 33.6%
Mostly as a genuine effort to warn the public 57.4% 59.5% 52.3% 59.2% 62.6% 48.5% 57.3%
Both 2.5% 1.2% 4.6% 1.8% 0.8% 2.5% 2.1%
Neither 0.4% 1.2% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Don't know/Refused 8.0% 6.7% 4.2% 5.0% 7.9% 9.1% 6.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
762


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school Graduated high school Some college College degree or more education TOTAL
Mostly for political purposes 23.4% 40.2% 31.0% 31.6% 33.6%
Mostly as a genuine effort to warn the public 56.0% 52.2% 61.3% 59.2% 56.7%
Both 4.1% 2.2% 1.5% 1.6% 2.1%
Neither 2.3% 0.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.4%
Don't know/Refused 14.2% 5.3% 6.0% 7.3% 7.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
770


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Mostly for political purposes 32.1% 34.7% 33.5%
Mostly as a genuine effort to warn the public 58.4% 55.0% 56.6%
Both 2.1% 2.1% 2.1%
Neither 0.0% 0.8% 0.4%
Don't know/Refused 7.4% 7.3% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
773


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Mostly for political purposes 9.5% 50.2% 36.6% 33.4%
Mostly as a genuine effort to warn the public 84.3% 38.4% 56.8% 58.3%
Both 0.4% 2.3% 3.0% 1.9%
Neither 0.0% 1.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Don't know/Refused 5.8% 8.1% 3.7% 6.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
711


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Mostly for political purposes 28.4% 51.6% 43.9% 33.3%
Mostly as a genuine effort to warn the public 62.4% 34.6% 47.3% 57.0%
Both 1.7% 1.6% 4.6% 2.1%
Neither 0.1% 3.3% 0.0% 0.4%
Don't know/Refused 7.5% 8.8% 4.2% 7.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
764



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