State of the First Amendment Survey, 2003

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In light of the government's war on terrorism in response to the World Trade Center attacks, some people think that the government should have more power to monitor the activities of Muslims legally living in the United States than it has to monitor other religious groups. Others say that monitoring Muslims more closely than others would violate the Muslims' right to free exercise of their religion. Which of these comes closest to your own opinion?
  1) Government should have more power to monitor Muslims than others
  2) Treating Muslims differently violates their free exercise rights
  98) Don't Know
  99) Refused

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Government should have more power to monitor Muslims than others 368 36.8% 36.8% -.32
Treating Muslims differently violates their free exercise rights 548 54.8% 91.6% -.29
Don't Know 64 6.4% 98% 3.29
Refused 20 2% 100% 3.33

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-44 45-61 62+ TOTAL
Government should have more power to monitor Muslims than others 28.9%
54
41.2%
107
36.5%
124
40.3%
75
37.0%
360
Treating Muslims differently violates their free exercise rights 66.3%
124
52.3%
136
53.8%
183
51.1%
95
55.3%
538
Don't Know 3.7%
7
5.4%
14
7.9%
27
5.9%
11
6.1%
59
Refused 1.1%
2
1.2%
3
1.8%
6
2.7%
5
1.6%
16
TOTAL 100.0%
187
100.0%
260
100.0%
340
100.0%
186

973


Education (I-EDUC)

High school or less Some college/Trade school College or more TOTAL
Government should have more power to monitor Muslims than others 40.8%
93
38.1%
118
34.1%
154
36.9%
365
Treating Muslims differently violates their free exercise rights 51.8%
118
54.5%
169
57.1%
258
55.1%
545
Don't Know 7.0%
16
5.8%
18
6.4%
29
6.4%
63
Refused 0.4%
1
1.6%
5
2.4%
11
1.7%
17
TOTAL 100.0%
228
100.0%
310
100.0%
452

990


Household income (I-INCOME)

Under $30,000 $30,000-$50,000 $50,000-100,000 $100,000+ TOTAL
Government should have more power to monitor Muslims than others 35.2%
96
32.4%
67
41.3%
126
41.2%
61
37.5%
350
Treating Muslims differently violates their free exercise rights 55.7%
152
60.4%
125
50.8%
155
52.7%
78
54.7%
510
Don't Know 8.1%
22
5.8%
12
6.2%
19
2.7%
4
6.1%
57
Refused 1.1%
3
1.4%
3
1.6%
5
3.4%
5
1.7%
16
TOTAL 100.0%
273
100.0%
207
100.0%
305
100.0%
148

933


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Democrat Republican Independent No preference (volunteered) Other (volunteered) TOTAL
Government should have more power to monitor Muslims than others 30.1%
92
49.5%
141
32.6%
86
41.8%
28
25.0%
9
37.2%
356
Treating Muslims differently violates their free exercise rights 62.1%
190
44.2%
126
59.8%
158
41.8%
28
69.4%
25
55.0%
527
Don't Know 6.2%
19
5.3%
15
5.7%
15
11.9%
8
5.6%
2
6.2%
59
Refused 1.6%
5
1.1%
3
1.9%
5
4.5%
3
0.0%
0
1.7%
16
TOTAL 100.0%
306
100.0%
285
100.0%
264
100.0%
67
100.0%
36

958


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Hispanic Asian Other TOTAL
Government should have more power to monitor Muslims than others 37.7%
298
37.3%
25
29.3%
12
45.0%
9
27.7%
13
37.0%
357
Treating Muslims differently violates their free exercise rights 54.6%
432
59.7%
40
63.4%
26
45.0%
9
57.4%
27
55.3%
534
Don't Know 6.3%
50
1.5%
1
7.3%
3
5.0%
1
8.5%
4
6.1%
59
Refused 1.4%
11
1.5%
1
0.0%
0
5.0%
1
6.4%
3
1.7%
16
TOTAL 100.0%
791
100.0%
67
100.0%
41
100.0%
20
100.0%
47

966


Religion (I-RELIGION)

None Catholic Protestant Jewish Other TOTAL
Government should have more power to monitor Muslims than others 23.4%
25
37.7%
89
41.7%
120
46.4%
13
37.7%
106
37.6%
353
Treating Muslims differently violates their free exercise rights 66.4%
71
56.8%
134
49.3%
142
46.4%
13
56.2%
158
55.1%
518
Don't Know 7.5%
8
3.8%
9
8.0%
23
3.6%
1
5.3%
15
6.0%
56
Refused 2.8%
3
1.7%
4
1.0%
3
3.6%
1
0.7%
2
1.4%
13
TOTAL 100.0%
107
100.0%
236
100.0%
288
100.0%
28
100.0%
281

940

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