December 2006 Values Update Survey

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JUSTPREM

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

Do you think that using military force against countries that may seriously threaten our country, but have not attacked us, can often be justified, sometimes be justified, rarely be justified, or never be justified?
  1) Often justified
  2) Sometimes justified
  3) Rarely justified
  4) Never justified
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Often justified 16% 16%
Sometimes justified 38.6% 54.6%
Rarely justified 24.4% 79%
Never justified 17% 96%
Don't know/Refused 3.9% 99.9%
Total N = 2007

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Often justified 14.2% 20.6% 18.2% 14.7% 15.9% 11.8% 16.1%
Sometimes justified 38.1% 38.9% 41.5% 41.5% 34.1% 35.8% 38.6%
Rarely justified 27.6% 22.0% 24.1% 22.3% 25.6% 25.8% 24.3%
Never justified 16.0% 15.8% 15.2% 16.9% 20.3% 19.1% 17.1%
Don't know/Refused 4.1% 2.8% 1.0% 4.6% 4.1% 7.5% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1969


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Often justified 19.9% 12.2% 16.0%
Sometimes justified 38.6% 38.7% 38.7%
Rarely justified 24.4% 24.5% 24.4%
Never justified 14.5% 19.3% 17.0%
Don't know/Refused 2.5% 5.3% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2007


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College graduate and above TOTAL
Often justified 16.9% 16.4% 18.2% 12.9% 15.9%
Sometimes justified 28.9% 37.7% 39.7% 44.0% 38.7%
Rarely justified 13.8% 25.1% 25.2% 28.3% 24.4%
Never justified 30.7% 17.5% 13.0% 13.1% 17.0%
Don't know/Refused 9.7% 3.4% 3.9% 1.7% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Often justified 30.4% 6.9% 15.0% 16.1%
Sometimes justified 51.7% 28.7% 39.5% 38.9%
Rarely justified 10.9% 37.0% 24.5% 25.4%
Never justified 5.5% 23.0% 18.1% 16.6%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 4.3% 3.0% 3.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1870


Race (I-RACE)

White non-Hispanic Black non-Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Often justified 16.5% 9.5% 17.2% 15.8%
Sometimes justified 41.9% 28.8% 32.3% 38.7%
Rarely justified 25.0% 32.0% 17.7% 24.5%
Never justified 13.3% 26.4% 26.4% 17.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 3.4% 6.5% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1985



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