December 2006 Values Update Survey

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FOLGOV

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

Some people seem to follow what's going on in the 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 most of the time, some of the time, only now and then, or hardly at all?
  1) Most of the time
  2) Some of the time
  3) Only now and then
  4) Hardly at all
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Most of the time 53.3% 53.3%
Some of the time 28% 81.3%
Only now and then 11.1% 92.4%
Hardly at all 7% 99.4%
Don't know/Refused .6% 100%
Total N = 2007

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Most of the time 31.5% 42.7% 48.9% 57.4% 66.1% 70.0% 53.1%
Some of the time 36.0% 31.7% 30.3% 27.2% 22.5% 20.9% 28.0%
Only now and then 17.7% 15.0% 12.2% 9.5% 7.3% 5.7% 11.1%
Hardly at all 14.4% 10.2% 7.8% 4.8% 4.1% 2.6% 7.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 0.4% 0.9% 1.0% 0.0% 0.8% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1969


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Most of the time 59.2% 47.6% 53.3%
Some of the time 24.6% 31.3% 28.0%
Only now and then 9.5% 12.5% 11.1%
Hardly at all 6.0% 8.0% 7.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 0.6% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2007


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College graduate and above TOTAL
Most of the time 35.3% 47.4% 55.4% 68.4% 53.3%
Some of the time 26.8% 30.9% 30.4% 22.5% 28.0%
Only now and then 23.5% 12.0% 8.5% 5.9% 11.1%
Hardly at all 13.1% 9.1% 5.0% 3.0% 7.0%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 0.7% 0.7% 0.2% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Most of the time 58.5% 52.6% 52.2% 53.9%
Some of the time 28.6% 32.6% 24.8% 28.3%
Only now and then 7.0% 10.2% 13.1% 10.6%
Hardly at all 5.8% 4.3% 9.1% 6.7%
Don't know/Refused 0.2% 0.3% 0.8% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1870


Race (I-RACE)

White non-Hispanic Black non-Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Most of the time 58.0% 50.7% 34.8% 53.0%
Some of the time 27.4% 30.0% 29.9% 28.2%
Only now and then 8.3% 12.2% 21.6% 11.1%
Hardly at all 5.6% 7.2% 12.8% 7.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.6% 0.0% 1.0% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1985



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