News Interest Index, October 2003

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REPSDEMS

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

[ASK ONLY IF FORM=2] This year, have Republicans and Democrats in Washington been working together more to solve problems or have they been bickering and opposing one another more than usual?
  1) Work together
  2) Bicker and oppose one another more than usual
  3) Same as in the past
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Work together 20.8% 20.8%
Bicker and oppose one another more than usual 55.3% 76.1%
Same as in the past 10.5% 86.6%
Don't know/Refused 13.4% 100%
Total N = 780

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Work together 23.8% 16.9% 19.6% 24.1% 22.8% 19.6% 20.8%
Bicker and oppose one another more than usual 56.0% 58.9% 57.0% 49.4% 56.7% 54.3% 55.3%
Same as in the past 6.0% 7.7% 12.2% 10.2% 14.0% 10.9% 10.2%
Don't know/Refused 14.3% 16.5% 11.2% 16.3% 6.4% 15.2% 13.6%
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
Work together 18.8% 24.2% 18.7% 21.9% 20.7% 16.7% 20.9%
Bicker and oppose one another more than usual 61.5% 54.1% 58.5% 53.8% 49.8% 62.0% 55.7%
Same as in the past 10.3% 10.4% 7.6% 12.2% 13.1% 6.5% 10.6%
Don't know/Refused 9.4% 11.3% 15.2% 12.2% 16.5% 14.8% 12.9%
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
Work together 19.7% 17.0% 23.8% 22.5% 23.1% 20.7%
Bicker and oppose one another more than usual 50.8% 59.7% 54.0% 54.5% 50.4% 55.2%
Same as in the past 6.0% 7.9% 10.7% 14.3% 19.7% 10.6%
Don't know/Refused 23.5% 15.4% 11.5% 8.6% 6.8% 13.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
778


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Work together 19.9% 21.6% 20.8%
Bicker and oppose one another more than usual 58.9% 52.0% 55.2%
Same as in the past 11.1% 9.9% 10.5%
Don't know/Refused 10.2% 16.5% 13.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
780


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Work together 24.2% 20.5% 18.2% 20.9%
Bicker and oppose one another more than usual 58.0% 54.1% 57.3% 56.3%
Same as in the past 10.9% 11.4% 9.4% 10.6%
Don't know/Refused 6.9% 14.0% 15.1% 12.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
726


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Work together 21.4% 21.7% 19.1% 21.1%
Bicker and oppose one another more than usual 54.1% 57.3% 58.3% 55.0%
Same as in the past 11.3% 9.1% 5.5% 10.2%
Don't know/Refused 13.2% 11.9% 17.1% 13.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
768



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