News Interest Index, October 2003

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BUSHECON

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

Are George W. Bush's economic policies making the U.S. economy better, making the U.S. economy worse, or have they not had much of an effect?
  1) Better
  2) Worse
  3) Not much effect
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Better 18.3% 18.3%
Worse 43% 61.3%
Not much effect 31.3% 92.6%
Don't know/Refused 7.5% 100.1%
Total N = 1515

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Better 13.6% 19.5% 16.4% 18.5% 25.8% 16.3% 18.2%
Worse 44.4% 41.4% 40.9% 43.3% 40.4% 47.7% 43.0%
Not much effect 36.9% 30.4% 36.8% 31.5% 27.3% 25.3% 31.5%
Don't know/Refused 5.1% 8.7% 5.9% 6.7% 6.5% 10.6% 7.3%
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
Better 27.3% 24.9% 20.4% 10.7% 14.0% 6.5% 18.4%
Worse 33.6% 35.1% 46.8% 48.7% 49.3% 51.1% 43.0%
Not much effect 31.3% 33.5% 27.2% 32.0% 30.9% 33.8% 31.5%
Don't know/Refused 7.8% 6.5% 5.6% 8.6% 5.8% 8.7% 7.1%
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
Better 14.5% 16.7% 19.5% 20.9% 20.9% 18.3%
Worse 45.6% 43.1% 40.6% 41.5% 47.3% 42.8%
Not much effect 27.1% 32.0% 32.3% 34.0% 27.3% 31.4%
Don't know/Refused 12.9% 8.1% 7.6% 3.6% 4.5% 7.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1510


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Better 23.1% 13.8% 18.3%
Worse 38.7% 46.8% 43.0%
Not much effect 31.9% 30.6% 31.2%
Don't know/Refused 6.2% 8.7% 7.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1515


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Better 39.9% 5.5% 13.2% 18.9%
Worse 13.5% 69.0% 46.0% 44.0%
Not much effect 39.8% 21.2% 34.4% 31.3%
Don't know/Refused 6.8% 4.3% 6.4% 5.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1402


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Better 21.6% 4.6% 11.1% 18.2%
Worse 37.8% 65.8% 52.1% 42.9%
Not much effect 32.7% 25.7% 29.0% 31.4%
Don't know/Refused 7.9% 3.9% 7.8% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1499



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