News Interest Index, October 2003

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

Now I will read a list of some stories covered by news organizations this past month. As I read each item, tell me if you happened to follow this news story very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely: The California recall election
  1) Very closely
  2) Fairly closely
  3) Not too closely
  4) Not at all closely
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very closely 20.4% 20.4%
Fairly closely 35.2% 55.6%
Not too closely 22.7% 78.3%
Not at all closely 21% 99.3%
Don't know/Refused .8% 100.1%
Total N = 735

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Very closely 16.7% 14.5% 20.4% 23.2% 24.1% 24.4% 20.6%
Fairly closely 32.7% 39.3% 30.5% 44.0% 34.9% 30.5% 35.5%
Not too closely 16.7% 17.1% 25.7% 18.4% 26.5% 28.6% 22.2%
Not at all closely 34.0% 28.2% 23.4% 14.4% 14.5% 12.7% 20.9%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.8% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
725


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 closely 23.2% 21.9% 11.7% 21.6% 18.8% 23.4% 20.0%
Fairly closely 43.8% 32.7% 40.4% 35.6% 34.4% 24.2% 35.6%
Not too closely 15.1% 26.4% 27.4% 24.2% 19.8% 16.9% 22.7%
Not at all closely 16.8% 17.4% 20.6% 18.6% 26.6% 35.5% 21.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.1% 1.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.0% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
726


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 closely 5.3% 23.7% 19.7% 24.1% 29.8% 20.5%
Fairly closely 21.1% 29.9% 41.6% 42.1% 44.2% 35.2%
Not too closely 28.4% 20.1% 20.8% 24.1% 23.1% 22.5%
Not at all closely 43.2% 25.6% 17.0% 9.6% 2.9% 21.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.1% 0.7% 0.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
732


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very closely 20.6% 20.2% 20.4%
Fairly closely 37.3% 33.3% 35.2%
Not too closely 21.1% 24.1% 22.7%
Not at all closely 21.1% 20.9% 21.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 1.5% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
735


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very closely 23.1% 24.4% 15.6% 21.0%
Fairly closely 39.0% 40.2% 29.8% 36.2%
Not too closely 22.9% 19.8% 22.2% 21.6%
Not at all closely 14.5% 15.3% 32.0% 20.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.5% 0.3% 0.5% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
676


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Very closely 18.1% 22.7% 30.3% 20.4%
Fairly closely 38.3% 30.5% 22.7% 35.1%
Not too closely 24.1% 16.3% 19.7% 22.6%
Not at all closely 19.1% 29.1% 25.3% 21.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 1.4% 2.0% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
731



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