News Interest Index, October 2003

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HOMCHANG

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

Do you think a gay or lesbian person's sexual orientation can be changed or cannot be changed?
  1) Can be changed
  2) Cannot be changed
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Can be changed 41.8% 41.8%
Cannot be changed 42.5% 84.3%
Don't know/Refused 15.7% 100%
Total N = 1515

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Can be changed 50.9% 35.6% 43.5% 40.1% 42.6% 39.7% 41.6%
Cannot be changed 44.2% 52.2% 41.9% 44.3% 40.2% 33.2% 42.8%
Don't know/Refused 4.8% 12.3% 14.6% 15.6% 17.3% 27.1% 15.6%
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
Can be changed 71.4% 46.6% 40.4% 32.9% 29.8% 23.3% 41.9%
Cannot be changed 14.3% 39.6% 49.5% 50.9% 50.0% 55.6% 42.6%
Don't know/Refused 14.3% 13.8% 10.2% 16.3% 20.2% 21.1% 15.5%
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
Can be changed 47.3% 44.8% 40.4% 38.9% 31.1% 41.7%
Cannot be changed 36.3% 39.7% 42.4% 46.0% 58.6% 42.6%
Don't know/Refused 16.4% 15.6% 17.2% 15.1% 10.4% 15.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1510


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Can be changed 47.1% 37.0% 41.8%
Cannot be changed 37.6% 47.0% 42.5%
Don't know/Refused 15.4% 16.0% 15.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1515


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Can be changed 50.0% 38.8% 38.6% 42.3%
Cannot be changed 35.2% 45.7% 47.5% 43.0%
Don't know/Refused 14.8% 15.5% 13.9% 14.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1402


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Can be changed 40.1% 58.5% 37.8% 41.8%
Cannot be changed 42.9% 28.9% 51.1% 42.7%
Don't know/Refused 16.9% 12.7% 11.1% 15.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1499



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