News Interest Index, October 2003

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

In general, would you describe your political views as very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, or very liberal?
  1) Very conservative
  2) Conservative
  3) Moderate
  4) Liberal
  5) Very liberal
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very conservative 6.1% 6.1%
Conservative 31.7% 37.8%
Moderate 37.9% 75.7%
Liberal 14.9% 90.6%
Very liberal 4.1% 94.7%
Don't know/Refused 5.4% 100.1%
Total N = 1515

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Very conservative 4.3% 3.7% 7.8% 5.0% 5.7% 8.8% 6.0%
Conservative 24.0% 27.0% 29.4% 35.3% 43.0% 33.5% 31.8%
Moderate 41.6% 42.7% 41.2% 38.1% 30.7% 30.8% 37.9%
Liberal 17.6% 17.2% 16.2% 13.5% 13.4% 12.2% 15.0%
Very liberal 5.5% 3.7% 2.5% 3.6% 5.1% 5.2% 4.1%
Don't know/Refused 7.0% 5.6% 2.9% 4.4% 2.1% 9.5% 5.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1495


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
Very conservative 11.6% 9.1% 4.6% 2.5% 4.4% 2.1% 6.1%
Conservative 45.7% 42.7% 26.3% 27.9% 22.5% 13.3% 31.9%
Moderate 26.9% 31.0% 45.7% 43.2% 44.8% 40.8% 38.1%
Liberal 7.8% 9.5% 14.8% 19.9% 18.6% 24.5% 14.9%
Very liberal 2.5% 2.9% 5.1% 3.6% 4.6% 6.9% 3.9%
Don't know/Refused 5.5% 4.8% 3.6% 2.9% 5.1% 12.4% 5.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1496


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school graduate High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some college, no 4-year degree (or technical or vocational school) 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
Very conservative 7.0% 7.0% 5.3% 5.7% 4.5% 6.1%
Conservative 25.2% 34.9% 34.3% 30.2% 24.8% 31.7%
Moderate 35.7% 32.9% 42.7% 41.3% 39.2% 38.0%
Liberal 9.7% 14.9% 12.7% 18.3% 23.0% 14.8%
Very liberal 10.5% 2.9% 2.3% 2.8% 6.8% 4.1%
Don't know/Refused 12.1% 7.4% 2.7% 1.7% 1.8% 5.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1510


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very conservative 7.3% 4.9% 6.1%
Conservative 35.5% 28.3% 31.7%
Moderate 36.7% 39.0% 37.9%
Liberal 12.0% 17.4% 14.9%
Very liberal 4.6% 3.6% 4.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.9% 6.7% 5.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1515


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very conservative 10.9% 4.3% 4.0% 6.3%
Conservative 52.1% 21.5% 23.8% 31.9%
Moderate 29.1% 42.9% 44.4% 39.0%
Liberal 4.0% 20.7% 19.0% 14.9%
Very liberal 1.9% 6.0% 4.7% 4.3%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 4.6% 4.0% 3.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1402


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Very conservative 6.1% 8.1% 4.0% 6.0%
Conservative 34.3% 25.4% 24.9% 31.9%
Moderate 36.6% 38.0% 44.5% 37.9%
Liberal 15.1% 14.4% 13.8% 14.9%
Very liberal 3.0% 8.8% 5.8% 4.0%
Don't know/Refused 4.9% 5.3% 7.0% 5.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1499



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