News Interest Index, October 2003

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ACCPTGAY

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

Do you think more acceptance of gays and lesbians would be a good thing or a bad thing for the country - or that it would not make much difference either way?
  1) Good for country
  2) Bad for country
  3) Wouldn't make much difference
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Good for country 22.5% 22.5%
Bad for country 30.8% 53.3%
Wouldn't make much difference 42.3% 95.6%
Don't know/Refused 4.4% 100%
Total N = 1515

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Good for country 30.3% 31.0% 24.7% 23.9% 16.1% 9.0% 22.7%
Bad for country 18.5% 20.8% 33.7% 32.4% 37.2% 40.9% 30.8%
Wouldn't make much difference 50.3% 44.7% 38.4% 39.9% 44.6% 41.1% 42.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.9% 3.5% 3.2% 3.8% 2.1% 9.0% 3.9%
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
Good for country 10.8% 12.7% 24.1% 28.9% 29.3% 38.5% 22.3%
Bad for country 56.3% 37.4% 22.0% 21.6% 23.5% 17.3% 30.8%
Wouldn't make much difference 26.1% 44.1% 49.1% 48.2% 44.4% 39.0% 42.5%
Don't know/Refused 6.8% 5.8% 4.8% 1.3% 2.8% 5.2% 4.4%
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
Good for country 8.9% 14.9% 25.8% 32.5% 43.2% 22.5%
Bad for country 32.0% 38.8% 26.7% 26.1% 20.5% 30.7%
Wouldn't make much difference 53.8% 41.8% 43.7% 36.7% 33.2% 42.4%
Don't know/Refused 5.4% 4.5% 3.8% 4.7% 3.2% 4.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1510


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Good for country 19.7% 24.9% 22.4%
Bad for country 33.3% 28.5% 30.8%
Wouldn't make much difference 42.6% 42.2% 42.3%
Don't know/Refused 4.4% 4.4% 4.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1515


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Good for country 13.5% 26.8% 28.8% 23.2%
Bad for country 44.5% 27.1% 21.2% 30.7%
Wouldn't make much difference 37.0% 42.8% 46.7% 42.2%
Don't know/Refused 5.0% 3.3% 3.4% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1402


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Good for country 22.7% 16.2% 25.3% 22.4%
Bad for country 32.6% 31.3% 21.0% 30.7%
Wouldn't make much difference 40.6% 46.8% 49.7% 42.6%
Don't know/Refused 4.2% 5.6% 4.0% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1499



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