Politics of Character Survey, 2000

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Which of these statements best describes your feelings about abortion?
  1) Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder.
  2) Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born.
  3) Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life.
  4) Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue.
  5) Can't say (VOL)

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 432 36.3% 36.3% -1.15
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 97 8.2% 44.5% -.39
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 342 28.7% 73.2% .37
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 259 21.8% 95% 1.14
Can't say (VOL) 60 5% 100% 1.9

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years old 30-44 years old 45-59 years old 60-74 years old 75 years and older TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 36.5%
77
36.0%
121
35.0%
122
40.0%
84
35.1%
27
36.4%
431
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 8.1%
17
8.9%
30
6.6%
23
10.5%
22
6.5%
5
8.2%
97
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 35.5%
75
36.3%
122
29.2%
102
14.8%
31
13.0%
10
28.7%
340
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 17.1%
36
15.5%
52
24.4%
85
29.0%
61
29.9%
23
21.7%
257
Can't say (VOL) 2.8%
6
3.3%
11
4.9%
17
5.7%
12
15.6%
12
4.9%
58
TOTAL 100.0%
211
100.0%
336
100.0%
349
100.0%
210
100.0%
77

1183


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school Completed high school Associate's degree Bachelor's degree Graduate degree TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 48.8%
40
40.7%
248
32.4%
33
31.8%
82
21.3%
29
36.4%
432
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 9.8%
8
8.9%
54
9.8%
10
7.4%
19
3.7%
5
8.1%
96
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 17.1%
14
26.7%
163
36.3%
37
30.6%
79
36.0%
49
28.8%
342
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 13.4%
11
18.2%
111
18.6%
19
26.7%
69
36.0%
49
21.8%
259
Can't say (VOL) 11.0%
9
5.6%
34
2.9%
3
3.5%
9
2.9%
4
5.0%
59
TOTAL 100.0%
82
100.0%
610
100.0%
102
100.0%
258
100.0%
136

1188


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 40.0%
212
37.5%
105
0.0%
0
10.8%
8
39.0%
103
36.5%
428
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 8.1%
43
11.1%
31
0.0%
0
5.4%
4
7.2%
19
8.3%
97
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 25.7%
136
33.6%
94
28.0%
7
35.1%
26
28.4%
75
28.8%
338
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 20.6%
109
13.2%
37
68.0%
17
44.6%
33
21.2%
56
21.5%
252
Can't say (VOL) 5.7%
30
4.6%
13
4.0%
1
4.1%
3
4.2%
11
4.9%
58
TOTAL 100.0%
530
100.0%
280
100.0%
25
100.0%
74
100.0%
264

1173


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 31.4%
150
39.5%
280
36.2%
430
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 9.0%
43
7.6%
54
8.2%
97
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 32.8%
157
26.0%
184
28.7%
341
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 21.5%
103
22.0%
156
21.8%
259
Can't say (VOL) 5.2%
25
4.9%
35
5.1%
60
TOTAL 100.0%
478
100.0%
709

1187


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Democrat Independent Republican Other party member TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 30.2%
113
33.0%
121
44.5%
161
35.7%
10
35.8%
405
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 8.0%
30
8.7%
32
9.4%
34
0.0%
0
8.5%
96
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 28.6%
107
31.9%
117
26.8%
97
21.4%
6
28.9%
327
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 28.1%
105
21.5%
79
14.6%
53
35.7%
10
21.8%
247
Can't say (VOL) 5.1%
19
4.9%
18
4.7%
17
7.1%
2
5.0%
56
TOTAL 100.0%
374
100.0%
367
100.0%
362
100.0%
28

1131


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 30.9%
75
39.1%
128
43.2%
174
25.3%
55
36.3%
432
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 4.5%
11
8.3%
27
10.2%
41
8.3%
18
8.2%
97
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 34.2%
83
27.5%
90
23.6%
95
34.1%
74
28.7%
342
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 25.9%
63
19.6%
64
18.1%
73
27.2%
59
21.8%
259
Can't say (VOL) 4.5%
11
5.5%
18
5.0%
20
5.1%
11
5.0%
60
TOTAL 100.0%
243
100.0%
327
100.0%
403
100.0%
217

1190

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