News Interest Index, October 2003

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NEWSIRAQ

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

In general, do you think news reports are making the situation in Iraq seem worse than it really is or better than it really is, or are reports showing the situation about the way it really is?
  1) Worse
  2) Better
  3) About the way it really is
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Worse 38.2% 38.2%
Better 14.1% 52.3%
About the way it really is 36.2% 88.5%
Don't know/Refused 11.5% 100%
Total N = 1515

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Worse 40.8% 33.1% 38.6% 35.7% 42.4% 40.2% 38.1%
Better 21.8% 21.2% 14.2% 9.1% 13.4% 7.0% 14.2%
About the way it really is 30.5% 32.8% 35.5% 45.8% 33.8% 36.6% 36.3%
Don't know/Refused 6.9% 12.9% 11.7% 9.5% 10.4% 16.3% 11.5%
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
Worse 41.4% 44.2% 38.7% 40.5% 31.1% 24.2% 38.3%
Better 10.5% 10.5% 16.3% 14.0% 14.8% 26.4% 14.1%
About the way it really is 36.3% 35.5% 33.3% 36.9% 41.1% 32.0% 36.2%
Don't know/Refused 11.8% 9.8% 11.7% 8.6% 13.0% 17.3% 11.3%
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
Worse 39.8% 37.9% 37.5% 39.1% 36.5% 38.1%
Better 15.9% 14.8% 12.5% 13.2% 16.7% 14.2%
About the way it really is 29.6% 37.9% 37.8% 36.1% 36.5% 36.3%
Don't know/Refused 14.8% 9.5% 12.2% 11.7% 10.4% 11.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1510


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Worse 42.6% 34.3% 38.2%
Better 14.9% 13.4% 14.1%
About the way it really is 32.7% 39.3% 36.2%
Don't know/Refused 9.9% 13.0% 11.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1515


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Worse 54.9% 27.9% 34.3% 38.5%
Better 7.4% 16.3% 19.0% 14.4%
About the way it really is 29.4% 45.2% 33.5% 36.4%
Don't know/Refused 8.2% 10.5% 13.2% 10.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1402


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Worse 39.0% 26.1% 40.3% 37.8%
Better 13.8% 14.1% 16.1% 14.1%
About the way it really is 35.7% 43.3% 34.8% 36.4%
Don't know/Refused 11.5% 16.5% 8.8% 11.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1499



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