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: Reports about the condition of the U.S. economy
  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 31.7% 31.7%
Fairly closely 39.1% 70.8%
Not too closely 16.6% 87.4%
Not at all closely 11.7% 99.1%
Don't know/Refused 1% 100.1%
Total N = 780

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Very closely 15.5% 26.7% 30.3% 39.2% 36.3% 38.0% 31.5%
Fairly closely 41.7% 40.5% 43.9% 35.5% 44.4% 28.8% 39.0%
Not too closely 21.4% 17.0% 15.7% 20.0% 9.9% 16.2% 16.8%
Not at all closely 21.4% 15.8% 9.4% 5.3% 9.4% 12.2% 11.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0% 4.8% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
770


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 37.6% 35.4% 30.4% 26.2% 30.9% 28.0% 31.8%
Fairly closely 31.0% 36.6% 42.1% 43.0% 40.3% 43.0% 38.9%
Not too closely 18.8% 17.1% 16.4% 17.1% 15.3% 15.0% 16.8%
Not at all closely 10.8% 10.4% 11.1% 12.9% 13.1% 13.1% 11.8%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 0.6% 0.0% 0.7% 0.4% 0.9% 0.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
770


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 26.2% 29.0% 31.1% 35.2% 43.7% 31.6%
Fairly closely 26.2% 40.0% 41.6% 44.3% 36.1% 39.0%
Not too closely 27.9% 13.1% 15.0% 18.9% 13.4% 16.7%
Not at all closely 16.4% 16.7% 12.1% 1.6% 5.9% 11.8%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 1.1% 0.3% 0.0% 0.8% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
778


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very closely 36.1% 27.9% 31.8%
Fairly closely 40.5% 37.7% 39.0%
Not too closely 12.0% 20.7% 16.6%
Not at all closely 10.8% 12.5% 11.7%
Don't know/Refused 0.6% 1.3% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
780


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very closely 26.3% 37.5% 33.3% 32.8%
Fairly closely 49.0% 31.8% 38.5% 39.2%
Not too closely 13.8% 16.7% 17.4% 16.0%
Not at all closely 10.5% 12.6% 10.7% 11.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.5% 1.4% 0.0% 0.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
726


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Very closely 30.2% 31.3% 38.7% 31.6%
Fairly closely 43.2% 25.0% 27.1% 38.9%
Not too closely 15.2% 25.0% 18.6% 16.8%
Not at all closely 10.3% 18.8% 14.1% 11.8%
Don't know/Refused 1.0% 0.0% 1.5% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
768



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