Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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INF_NDY

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

Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on this issue -- The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt OR The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy
  10) A personal experience
  11) The views of your friends and family
  12) What you have seen or read in the media
  13) Your religious beliefs
  14) Your education
  15) Something else
  16) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
A personal experience 26.3% 26.3%
The views of your friends and family 6.6% 32.9%
What you have seen or read in the media 21.7% 54.6%
Your religious beliefs 5.9% 60.5%
Your education 24.2% 84.7%
Something else 13.1% 97.8%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 100.0%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
A personal experience 20.0% 27.9% 28.7% 26.3%
The views of your friends and family 7.3% 7.0% 5.6% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 24.2% 19.8% 22.7% 21.8%
Your religious beliefs 6.2% 6.5% 4.9% 5.9%
Your education 27.1% 23.7% 22.7% 24.2%
Something else 13.6% 14.4% 11.0% 13.0%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 0.7% 4.4% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 29.8% 23.2% 26.3%
The views of your friends and family 5.1% 7.9% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 19.4% 23.8% 21.7%
Your religious beliefs 5.2% 6.4% 5.9%
Your education 25.5% 23.1% 24.2%
Something else 13.3% 12.9% 13.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.7% 2.6% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent or other party No preference TOTAL
A personal experience 23.5% 25.2% 29.2% 35.2% 26.3%
The views of your friends and family 6.7% 6.5% 6.4% 11.0% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 21.6% 23.2% 21.2% 18.7% 21.9%
Your religious beliefs 6.0% 7.1% 4.1% 13.2% 5.8%
Your education 28.2% 22.5% 23.4% 6.6% 24.2%
Something else 10.8% 13.7% 14.5% 11.0% 13.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 1.9% 1.3% 4.4% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
A personal experience 24.7% 27.0% 25.1% 29.2% 26.3%
The views of your friends and family 5.8% 4.6% 7.7% 7.8% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 22.3% 20.2% 24.1% 18.9% 21.7%
Your religious beliefs 2.6% 6.7% 7.9% 4.9% 5.9%
Your education 27.2% 26.9% 21.2% 23.2% 24.2%
Something else 15.7% 11.8% 11.7% 14.4% 13.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.7% 2.8% 2.4% 1.6% 2.2%
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
A personal experience 25.9% 23.4% 28.6% 39.5% 26.0% 32.1% 26.3%
The views of your friends and family 6.8% 0.0% 9.5% 5.3% 6.0% 7.1% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 21.8% 29.8% 9.5% 18.4% 21.4% 10.7% 21.6%
Your religious beliefs 6.6% 0.0% 0.0% 8.8% 0.9% 0.0% 5.9%
Your education 24.2% 40.4% 33.3% 18.4% 23.3% 46.4% 24.3%
Something else 12.7% 6.4% 19.0% 9.6% 19.4% 3.6% 13.2%
Don't know/Refused 2.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.0% 0.0% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1960



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