Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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PBLCAFFR

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

Some people seem to follow what's going on in government and public affairs most of the time, whether there's an election or not. Others aren't that interested. Would you say you follow what's going on in government and public affairs
  1) Most of the time
  2) Some of the time
  3) Only now and then
  4) Hardly at all
  5) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Most of the time 40.6% 40.6%
Some of the time 34.5% 75.1%
Only now and then 16.8% 91.9%
Hardly at all 8.1% 100.0%
Don't know/Refused .1% 100.1%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Most of the time 24.4% 41.2% 50.9% 40.5%
Some of the time 40.3% 35.4% 29.6% 34.6%
Only now and then 22.2% 15.4% 15.0% 16.9%
Hardly at all 12.9% 8.0% 4.4% 8.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.2% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Most of the time 48.0% 34.0% 40.6%
Some of the time 29.2% 39.2% 34.5%
Only now and then 16.3% 17.2% 16.8%
Hardly at all 6.4% 9.6% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent or other party No preference TOTAL
Most of the time 44.7% 41.7% 36.6% 40.7% 40.8%
Some of the time 35.7% 34.5% 34.8% 16.5% 34.6%
Only now and then 14.5% 16.3% 18.5% 26.4% 16.8%
Hardly at all 5.0% 7.3% 10.1% 16.5% 7.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Most of the time 43.2% 41.8% 39.2% 38.9% 40.6%
Some of the time 32.1% 34.7% 33.8% 37.7% 34.5%
Only now and then 16.1% 16.6% 18.0% 15.5% 16.8%
Hardly at all 8.6% 6.6% 8.8% 8.0% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Christian Jewish Muslim Other non-Christian No preference Agnostic or Atheist TOTAL
Most of the time 41.0% 55.3% 61.9% 34.2% 37.1% 57.1% 40.8%
Some of the time 35.4% 29.8% 23.8% 29.8% 30.0% 28.6% 34.5%
Only now and then 16.1% 14.9% 14.3% 16.7% 21.2% 14.3% 16.6%
Hardly at all 7.4% 0.0% 0.0% 19.3% 11.8% 0.0% 8.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1960



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