News Interest Index, October 2003

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HOM_BORN

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

In your opinion… when a person is homosexual is it something that people are born with, or is it something that just develops because of the way people are brought up, or is it just the way that some people prefer to live?
  1) Something that people are born with
  2) Something that develops because of the way people are brought up
  3) Just the way that some people prefer to live
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Something that people are born with 29.9% 29.9%
Something that develops because of the way people are brought up 14.1% 44%
Just the way that some people prefer to live 42.2% 86.2%
Don't know/Refused 13.8% 100%
Total N = 1515

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Something that people are born with 24.2% 29.3% 31.2% 30.3% 38.3% 27.3% 30.1%
Something that develops because of the way people are brought up 22.1% 13.1% 15.9% 12.5% 15.4% 8.4% 14.2%
Just the way that some people prefer to live 50.9% 44.5% 40.9% 44.2% 34.4% 38.8% 42.3%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 13.1% 12.1% 12.9% 11.9% 25.5% 13.5%
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
Something that people are born with 14.4% 26.1% 33.6% 37.3% 31.6% 44.2% 30.1%
Something that develops because of the way people are brought up 18.1% 15.0% 15.3% 14.1% 12.1% 8.2% 14.3%
Just the way that some people prefer to live 53.4% 44.7% 40.7% 39.2% 40.2% 32.5% 42.5%
Don't know/Refused 14.1% 14.2% 10.4% 9.4% 16.0% 15.2% 13.1%
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
Something that people are born with 15.9% 25.9% 33.2% 34.9% 47.3% 29.9%
Something that develops because of the way people are brought up 15.1% 15.3% 14.1% 13.0% 11.3% 14.2%
Just the way that some people prefer to live 53.8% 47.3% 39.4% 37.0% 24.3% 42.3%
Don't know/Refused 15.3% 11.5% 13.4% 15.1% 17.1% 13.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1510


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Something that people are born with 24.5% 34.8% 29.9%
Something that develops because of the way people are brought up 16.3% 12.2% 14.1%
Just the way that some people prefer to live 44.7% 39.9% 42.2%
Don't know/Refused 14.6% 13.1% 13.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1515


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Something that people are born with 24.6% 33.6% 32.4% 30.3%
Something that develops because of the way people are brought up 16.1% 11.1% 16.5% 14.4%
Just the way that some people prefer to live 47.6% 41.7% 38.5% 42.5%
Don't know/Refused 11.8% 13.7% 12.6% 12.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1402


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Something that people are born with 31.3% 14.8% 35.0% 30.1%
Something that develops because of the way people are brought up 14.5% 12.0% 14.6% 14.2%
Just the way that some people prefer to live 39.9% 59.2% 42.1% 42.3%
Don't know/Refused 14.4% 14.1% 8.3% 13.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1499



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