July 2003 Values Update Survey

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

I'd like to read you a list of some programs and proposals that are being discussed in this country today. For each one, please tell me whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose it. : Affirmative action programs designed to help blacks, women and other minorities get better jobs and education?
  1) Strongly favor
  2) Favor
  3) Oppose
  4) Strongly oppose
  9) Don't know

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Strongly favor 21.8% 21.8%
Favor 42.2% 64%
Oppose 21.8% 85.8%
Strongly oppose 9.5% 95.3%
Don't know 4.6% 99.9%
Total N = 2528

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Strongly favor 31.2% 29.2% 20.2% 16.7% 19.7% 16.7% 21.9%
Favor 44.9% 38.9% 42.7% 46.0% 37.3% 42.5% 42.2%
Oppose 12.9% 20.7% 23.0% 23.8% 25.6% 23.7% 21.9%
Strongly oppose 8.6% 7.4% 10.5% 9.0% 11.3% 10.0% 9.4%
Don't know 2.4% 3.9% 3.7% 4.4% 6.1% 7.1% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2502


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than High School High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Business, Technical, or vocational school AFTER high school or some college, no 4-year degree College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
Strongly favor 31.9% 20.9% 21.0% 17.7% 19.7% 21.8%
Favor 43.9% 43.8% 40.8% 40.0% 42.4% 42.2%
Oppose 12.2% 21.7% 24.1% 25.3% 23.0% 21.8%
Strongly oppose 8.1% 9.0% 8.3% 13.9% 9.9% 9.5%
Don't know 3.9% 4.5% 5.8% 3.1% 5.0% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2525


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Strongly favor 18.5% 22.9% 23.9% 27.8% 21.9%
Favor 41.6% 40.7% 44.6% 43.8% 42.2%
Oppose 25.4% 18.1% 19.7% 17.2% 21.8%
Strongly oppose 10.2% 12.0% 4.4% 8.1% 9.5%
Don't know 4.3% 6.4% 7.4% 3.1% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2518


Race (I-RACE)

White/White Hispanic Black/Black Hispanic Other or mixed race TOTAL
Strongly favor 16.2% 49.1% 31.6% 21.4%
Favor 43.9% 35.7% 41.1% 42.7%
Oppose 24.8% 6.4% 16.5% 21.9%
Strongly oppose 10.0% 7.0% 9.1% 9.5%
Don't know 5.1% 1.8% 1.6% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2488


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Strongly favor 18.9% 24.4% 21.8%
Favor 38.1% 45.9% 42.2%
Oppose 25.6% 18.5% 21.8%
Strongly oppose 12.7% 6.6% 9.5%
Don't know 4.7% 4.6% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2528



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