News Interest Index, October 2003

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RELIMP

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

How important would you say religion is in your own life - very important, fairly important, or not very important?
  1) Very important
  2) Fairly important
  3) Not very important
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very important 61.6% 61.6%
Fairly important 23.8% 85.4%
Not very important 13.3% 98.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 100%
Total N = 1515

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Very important 48.2% 49.6% 61.3% 64.8% 68.2% 75.1% 61.3%
Fairly important 30.6% 29.7% 23.2% 25.3% 20.8% 14.9% 24.0%
Not very important 20.9% 18.3% 14.1% 8.9% 10.7% 7.9% 13.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 2.5% 1.4% 1.0% 0.3% 2.0% 1.4%
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
Very important 97.7% 82.9% 63.6% 40.3% 40.6% 22.0% 61.6%
Fairly important 2.3% 15.3% 33.3% 43.4% 26.3% 22.4% 24.0%
Not very important 0.0% 1.4% 3.1% 15.1% 31.5% 50.9% 13.4%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.5% 0.0% 1.1% 1.6% 4.7% 1.0%
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
Very important 68.5% 66.6% 59.7% 54.0% 53.4% 61.6%
Fairly important 20.7% 22.3% 24.9% 27.9% 22.2% 23.8%
Not very important 9.7% 9.6% 14.2% 16.8% 22.2% 13.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.1% 1.5% 1.2% 1.3% 2.3% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1510


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very important 54.6% 67.9% 61.6%
Fairly important 27.6% 20.4% 23.8%
Not very important 16.4% 10.4% 13.3%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 1.4% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1515


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very important 69.8% 61.1% 51.2% 60.7%
Fairly important 24.0% 23.4% 27.1% 24.8%
Not very important 6.2% 14.0% 19.5% 13.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 1.5% 2.1% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1402


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Very important 57.0% 85.2% 66.8% 61.5%
Fairly important 26.5% 11.3% 20.1% 23.9%
Not very important 15.0% 3.2% 12.1% 13.3%
Don't know/Refused 1.5% 0.4% 1.0% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1499



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