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: News about the current situation in Iraq
  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 37.6% 37.6%
Fairly closely 40.5% 78.1%
Not too closely 14.1% 92.2%
Not at all closely 7.2% 99.4%
Don't know/Refused .6% 100%
Total N = 735

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Very closely 21.0% 22.7% 29.4% 44.6% 62.0% 50.5% 37.7%
Fairly closely 46.9% 54.5% 40.1% 41.4% 27.1% 30.2% 40.5%
Not too closely 16.7% 14.6% 19.0% 11.2% 8.4% 11.8% 13.9%
Not at all closely 15.4% 8.2% 11.5% 2.4% 2.4% 4.2% 7.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4% 0.0% 3.3% 0.6%
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 42.7% 41.6% 31.5% 35.3% 33.5% 37.6% 37.3%
Fairly closely 42.2% 35.8% 46.8% 42.1% 45.4% 30.4% 40.7%
Not too closely 8.6% 15.1% 10.8% 15.7% 14.4% 22.4% 14.2%
Not at all closely 5.9% 7.5% 10.8% 6.8% 3.1% 9.6% 7.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.6% 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 35.1% 34.4% 38.6% 37.9% 52.9% 37.7%
Fairly closely 29.8% 43.2% 38.6% 48.5% 36.5% 40.4%
Not too closely 20.4% 14.1% 15.9% 7.5% 10.6% 14.1%
Not at all closely 11.0% 8.4% 6.6% 6.2% 0.0% 7.2%
Don't know/Refused 3.7% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
732


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very closely 40.8% 34.8% 37.7%
Fairly closely 41.0% 39.9% 40.4%
Not too closely 12.5% 15.6% 14.1%
Not at all closely 5.5% 8.7% 7.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.2% 1.0% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
735


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very closely 41.1% 40.9% 33.3% 38.3%
Fairly closely 43.8% 34.3% 43.0% 40.4%
Not too closely 9.4% 17.5% 15.6% 14.3%
Not at all closely 5.7% 6.5% 8.1% 6.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.8% 0.0% 0.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
676


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Very closely 40.3% 34.3% 27.6% 37.7%
Fairly closely 41.0% 32.9% 41.7% 40.2%
Not too closely 13.4% 22.1% 12.6% 14.2%
Not at all closely 4.6% 10.0% 18.1% 7.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 0.7% 0.0% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
731



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