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 that a White House official may have leaked classified information about a CIA agent
  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 15.7% 15.7%
Fairly closely 31.4% 47.1%
Not too closely 24.2% 71.3%
Not at all closely 27.4% 98.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 100.1%
Total N = 780

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Very closely 8.3% 13.7% 16.8% 14.3% 21.6% 17.5% 15.4%
Fairly closely 23.2% 34.3% 28.7% 36.3% 37.4% 27.5% 31.3%
Not too closely 27.4% 17.7% 24.8% 26.5% 19.3% 28.8% 24.1%
Not at all closely 41.1% 32.7% 28.7% 22.4% 20.5% 21.8% 27.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 1.6% 1.0% 0.4% 1.2% 4.4% 1.5%
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 20.2% 16.5% 14.0% 14.7% 14.4% 14.0% 15.8%
Fairly closely 28.6% 33.5% 37.8% 30.4% 28.0% 29.9% 31.4%
Not too closely 24.9% 26.2% 23.8% 25.2% 20.3% 25.2% 24.4%
Not at all closely 21.6% 23.8% 24.4% 28.7% 37.3% 28.0% 27.3%
Don't know/Refused 4.7% 0.0% 0.0% 1.0% 0.0% 2.8% 1.2%
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 10.4% 12.2% 17.6% 14.3% 32.5% 15.6%
Fairly closely 12.6% 31.0% 32.1% 42.6% 35.9% 31.3%
Not too closely 39.3% 18.1% 24.1% 27.9% 17.1% 24.3%
Not at all closely 32.8% 37.1% 25.7% 14.8% 14.5% 27.4%
Don't know/Refused 4.9% 1.6% 0.5% 0.4% 0.0% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
778


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very closely 17.4% 14.0% 15.7%
Fairly closely 31.0% 31.7% 31.4%
Not too closely 25.9% 22.6% 24.2%
Not at all closely 24.7% 29.9% 27.4%
Don't know/Refused 0.9% 1.8% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
780


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very closely 17.1% 17.7% 13.8% 16.3%
Fairly closely 32.1% 28.5% 33.6% 31.2%
Not too closely 23.5% 26.0% 22.9% 24.3%
Not at all closely 26.0% 26.8% 29.7% 27.4%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 1.0% 0.0% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
726


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Very closely 17.1% 16.0% 6.5% 15.4%
Fairly closely 32.4% 16.7% 36.7% 31.3%
Not too closely 23.2% 33.3% 23.1% 24.3%
Not at all closely 26.1% 31.9% 31.2% 27.5%
Don't know/Refused 1.2% 2.1% 2.5% 1.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
768



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