The Right to Die II, November 2005

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Percentages are weighted by 107) WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted
1) Record (PSRAID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL15001062.97619.68
2) Area code (AREA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1500592.02228.90
3) State from FIPS (STATE)
TOTAL%
1) Alabama 1.6
4) Arizona 1.2
5) Arkansas .9
6) California 11.4
8) Colorado 1.7
9) Connecticut .7
10) Delaware .1
12) Florida 5.8
13) Georgia 2.4
16) Idaho .6
17) Illinois 3.5
18) Indiana 2.9
19) Iowa 1.2
20) Kansas 1.2
21) Kentucky 1.6
22) Louisiana 2
23) Maine .7
24) Maryland 2.2
25) Massachusetts 2
26) Michigan 3.2
27) Minnesota 1.3
28) Mississippi 1
29) Missouri 2.1
30) Montana .2
31) Nebraska .7
32) Nevada .8
33) New Hampshire .6
34) New Jersey 2.6
35) New Mexico .8
36) New York 5.8
37) North Carolina 3.1
38) North Dakota .3
39) Ohio 4.2
40) Oklahoma 1.4
41) Oregon 1
42) Pennsylvania 5.9
44) Rhode Island .7
45) South Carolina 1.5
46) South Dakota .4
47) Tennessee 2.8
48) Texas 5.1
49) Utah 1.5
50) Vermont .3
51) Virginia 3.2
53) Washington 2.4
54) West Virginia .9
55) Wisconsin 2.4
56) Wyoming .3
TOTAL1500100.0
4) FIPS code (FIPS)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL150028779.6115878.45
5) MSA code (MSA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL150024693.1715720.56
6) Interview date (INT_DATE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1500111725.72556.12
7) Time zone (TZ)
TOTAL%
1) Central 27.7
2) Eastern 48.2
3) Indiana - some areas don't observe daylight savings 2.1
4) Mountain 5.3
5) Pacific 15.6
6) Arizona - some areas don't observe daylight savings 1.2
TOTAL1500100.0
8) Community type – numeric (USR1)
TOTAL%
1) Urban 32.3
2) Suburban 48.5
3) Rural 19.2
TOTAL1500100.0
9) Census Region (CREGION)
TOTAL%
1) Northeast 19.3
2) Midwest 23.5
3) South 35.5
4) West 21.7
TOTAL1500100.0
10) Sample Split (FORM)
TOTAL%
1) Form 1 49.6
2) Form 2 50.4
TOTAL1500100.0
11) SEX [ENTER RESPONDENT'S SEX:] (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male 47.9
2) Female 52.1
TOTAL1500100.0
12) Generally, how would you say things are these days in your life -- would you say that you are very happy, pretty happy, or not too happy? (HAPPY)
TOTAL%
1) Very happy 29.4
2) Pretty happy 55.7
3) Not too happy 13.7
9) Don't know/Refused 1.2
TOTAL1500100.0
13) All in all, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in this country today? (SATISFY)
TOTAL%
1) Satisfied 33.7
2) Dissatisfied 59.5
9) Don't know/Refused 6.8
TOTAL1500100.0
14) We're interested in what things people are talking about with family, friends and co-workers. As I read from a list, tell me if this is something that you've talked about recently, or not? How about...News about the current situation in Iraq (TALKIRAQ)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, have talked about 77.7
2) No 21.8
9) Don't know/Refused .5
TOTAL1500100.0
15) We're interested in what things people are talking about with family, friends and co-workers. As I read from a list, tell me if this is something that you've talked about recently, or not? How about...The high price of gasoline these days (TALKGAS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, have talked about 90.6
2) No 9
9) Don't know/Refused .4
TOTAL1500100.0
16) We're interested in what things people are talking about with family, friends and co-workers. As I read from a list, tell me if this is something that you've talked about recently, or not? How about...How good a job President Bush is doing these days (TALKBUSH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, have talked about 68.7
2) No 30.1
9) Don't know/Refused 1.2
TOTAL1500100.0
17) We're interested in what things people are talking about with family, friends and co-workers. As I read from a list, tell me if this is something that you've talked about recently, or not? How about...The indictment of Vice President Cheney's chief of staff Lewis 'Scooter' Libby (TALKLIBB)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, have talked about 36.4
2) No 62.5
9) Don't know/Refused 1.2
TOTAL1500100.0
18) We're interested in what things people are talking about with family, friends and co-workers. As I read from a list, tell me if this is something that you've talked about recently, or not? How about...Recent movies now in the theaters (TALKMOV)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, have talked about 46.1
2) No 53.7
9) Don't know/Refused .2
TOTAL1500100.0
19) We're interested in what things people are talking about with family, friends and co-workers. As I read from a list, tell me if this is something that you've talked about recently, or not? How about...Hurricanes that struck the U.S. this year (TALKHURR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, have talked about 88.5
2) No 11.4
9) Don't know/Refused .1
TOTAL1500100.0
20) We're interested in what things people are talking about with family, friends and co-workers. As I read from a list, tell me if this is something that you've talked about recently, or not? How about...The outbreak of a flu spread by birds or chickens (TALKFLU)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, have talked about 54.3
2) No 45.4
9) Don't know/Refused .3
TOTAL1500100.0
21) We're interested in what things people are talking about with family, friends and co-workers. As I read from a list, tell me if this is something that you've talked about recently, or not? How about...President Bush's nominations for the Supreme Court (TALKNOM)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, have talked about 51.8
2) No 47.2
9) Don't know/Refused 1
TOTAL1500100.0
22) Now I have some questions on the subject of aging. First, do you think you would like to live to be 100 years old, or not? (LIVE100)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 42.7
2) No 47
3) It depends 8
9) Don't know/Refused 2.4
TOTAL1500100.0
23) Which comes closer to your view? In all circumstances, doctors and nurses should do everything possible to save the life of a patient. Or, sometimes there are circumstances where a patient should be allowed to die. (SAVELIFE)
TOTAL%
1) Always save a life 22.1
2) Sometimes let a patient die 70.3
9) Don't know/Refused 7.5
TOTAL1500100.0
24) In some states, it's legal to stop medical treatment that is keeping a terminally ill patient alive, or never start the treatment in the first place, if that's what the patient wants. Do you approve or disapprove of laws that let PATIENTS decide about being kept alive through medical treatment? (APPROVF1)
TOTAL%
1) Approve 84.2
2) Disapprove 9.5
9) Don't know/Refused 6.3
Missing752 
TOTAL748100.0
25) In some states, it's legal for doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs that a terminally ill patient could use themselves to commit suicide. Do you approve or disapprove of laws that let doctors assist patients who want to end their lives this way? (APPROVF2)
TOTAL%
1) Approve 46.4
2) Disapprove 45.2
9) Don't know/Refused 8.5
Missing748 
TOTAL752100.0
26) How much ATTENTION do you think doctors and nurses pay to instructions from patients about whether or not they want treatment to keep them alive? Do you think doctors and nurses pay a lot of attention, some attention, or very little attention to patients' instructions? (ATTENT)
TOTAL%
1) A lot of attention 30
2) Some attention 38.2
3) Very little attention 17.3
4) No attention at all 1.4
9) Don't know/Refused 13.1
TOTAL1500100.0
27) When a severely handicapped child is born, do you think the parents have the right to REFUSE medical treatment that might save the infant's life, or do you think the infant, no matter how handicapped, should receive as MUCH treatment as possible? (HANDICAP)
TOTAL%
1) Parents can refuse treatment 27.9
2) Should receive most treatment possible 59.8
9) Don't know/Refused 12.3
TOTAL1500100.0
28) Do you think a person has a moral right to end his or her own life under any of the following circumstances? When this person has a disease that is incurable? (ENDLIFE1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 53.1
2) No 39.4
9) Don't know/Refused 7.5
TOTAL1500100.0
29) Do you think a person has a moral right to end his or her own life under any of the following circumstances? When this person is suffering great pain and has no hope of improvement? (ENDLIFE2)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 59.7
2) No 33.7
9) Don't know/Refused 6.5
TOTAL1500100.0
30) Do you think a person has a moral right to end his or her own life under any of the following circumstances? When this person is an extremely heavy burden on his or her family? (ENDLIFE3)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 29.2
2) No 61.8
9) Don't know/Refused 8.9
TOTAL1500100.0
31) Do you think a person has a moral right to end his or her own life under any of the following circumstances? When this person is ready to die because living has become a burden? (ENDLIFE4)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 33.1
2) No 58
9) Don't know/Refused 8.9
TOTAL1500100.0
32) If a patient with a terminal disease is unable to communicate and has not made his or her own wishes known in advance, should the closest family member be allowed to decide whether to continue medical treatment, or should a family member not be allowed to make this decision? (FAMDECID)
TOTAL%
1) Allowed 74.3
2) Not allowed 15.3
3) It depends 5
9) Don't know/Refused 5.4
TOTAL1500100.0
33) We sometimes hear of cases where a person has killed a spouse because the husband or wife was suffering terrible pain from a terminal disease. Do you think the actions of these people are never justified, sometimes justified, or always justified? (JUSTIFF1)
TOTAL%
1) Never justified 28.8
2) Sometimes justified 54.9
3) Always justified 6
9) Don't know/Refused 10.2
Missing752 
TOTAL748100.0
34) We sometimes hear of cases where a person has helped a spouse commit suicide because the husband or wife was suffering terrible pain from a terminal disease. Do you think the actions of these people are never justified, sometimes justified, or always justified? (JUSTIFF2)
TOTAL%
1) Never justified 25
2) Sometimes justified 53.2
3) Always justified 13.9
9) Don't know/Refused 7.9
Missing748 
TOTAL752100.0
35) Can you imagine you, YOURSELF, taking action like this if someone you loved was suffering terribly from an illness that was terminal? (IMAGINE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 32.8
2) No 57.8
9) Don't know/Refused 9.3
TOTAL1500100.0
36) Now I'm going to describe a few medical situations that sometimes happen, and for each one, please tell me what you would want YOUR OWN DOCTOR to do, if you could make the choice. If you had a disease with no hope of improvement and you were suffering a great deal of physical pain, would you tell your doctor to do EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to save your life, or would you tell your doctor to STOP TREATMENT so you could die? (PAIN)
TOTAL%
1) Do everything possible to save life 33.9
2) Stop treatment 53.3
3) It depends 5.5
9) Don't know/Refused 7.3
TOTAL1500100.0
37) How about if you had a disease with no hope of improvement that made it hard for you to function in your day-to-day activities? Would you tell your doctor to do EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to save your life, or would you tell your doctor to STOP TREATMENT so you could die? (FUNCTION)
TOTAL%
1) Do everything possible to save life 43.4
2) Stop treatment 42.4
3) It depends 4.5
9) Don't know/Refused 9.7
TOTAL1500100.0
38) How about if you had an illness that made you totally dependent on a family member or other person for all of your care? Would you tell your doctor to do EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to save your life, or would you tell your doctor to STOP TREATMENT so you could die? (DEPEND)
TOTAL%
1) Do everything possible to save life 37.9
2) Stop treatment 44.2
3) It depends 6.8
9) Don't know/Refused 11
TOTAL1500100.0
39) ROTATION OF PARENT (PARFIRST)
TOTAL%
1) Mother 50.6
2) Father 49.4
TOTAL1500100.0
40) Which parent is alive (PARSEL)
TOTAL%
1) Mother 61.5
2) Father 38.5
Missing613 
TOTAL887100.0
41) These next questions are about your parents. First, is your (RANDOMLY ROTATE 'mother/father') still living? (PARALIVE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 53.3
2) No 46.1
9) Don't know/Refused .6
Missing295 
TOTAL1205100.0
42) Is your (PARENT NOT ASKED ABOUT ABOVE) still living? (OTHERPAR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 37.1
2) No 61.1
9) Don't know/Refused 1.7
Missing407 
TOTAL1093100.0
43) PAINPAR text insert (HERHIS)
TOTAL%
1) Her 61.5
2) His 38.5
Missing613 
TOTAL887100.0
44) PAINPAR text insert (SHEHE)
TOTAL%
1) She 61.5
2) He 38.5
Missing613 
TOTAL887100.0
45) PAINPAR text insert (CHERHIS)
TOTAL%
1) Her 61.5
2) His 38.5
Missing613 
TOTAL887100.0
46) DEPPAR text insert (HERHIM)
TOTAL%
1) Her 61.5
2) Him 38.5
Missing613 
TOTAL887100.0
47) What do you think your father/mother would want his/her doctor to do in these same situations? If he/she had a disease with no hope of improvement and was suffering a great deal of physical pain, do you think he/she would want HIS/HER OWN DOCTOR to do everything possible to save his/her life, or would he/she want the doctor to stop treatment so he/she could die? (PAINPAR)
TOTAL%
1) Do everything possible to save life 34.4
2) Stop treatment 51.6
3) It depends 1.7
9) Don't know/Refused 12.3
Missing613 
TOTAL887100.0
48) How about if he/she had a disease with no hope of improvement that made it hard to function in day-to-day activities? Do you think he/she would want the doctor to do EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to save his/her life, or would he/she want the doctor to STOP TREATMENT so he/she could die? (FUNCPAR)
TOTAL%
1) Do everything possible to save life 42.8
2) Stop treatment 41.7
3) It depends 2.3
9) Don't know/Refused 13.3
Missing613 
TOTAL887100.0
49) How about if he/she had an illness that made him/her totally dependent on a family member or other person for all of his/her care? Do you think he/she would want the doctor to do EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to save his/her life, or would he/she want the doctor to STOP TREATMENT so he/she could die? (DEPPAR)
TOTAL%
1) Do everything possible to save life 44.3
2) Stop treatment 40.3
3) It depends 1.8
9) Don't know/Refused 13.6
Missing613 
TOTAL887100.0
50) Have you ever had a conversation with your father/mother (ASK ABOUT SAME PARENT AS DEPPAR) about his/her wishes for medical treatment in circumstances like those we've been talking about? (TALKWISH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 53.2
2) No 46.5
9) Don't know/Refused .3
Missing613 
TOTAL887100.0
51) As far as you know, are his/her wishes regarding medical treatment written down somewhere? (WRITWISH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 39
2) No 42
9) Don't know/Refused 19
Missing613 
TOTAL887100.0
52) How old is your father/mother (ASK ABOUT SAME PARENT AS DEPPAR)? (PARAGE)
TOTAL%
34) 34 .1
35) 35 .2
37) 37 .2
38) 38 .4
39) 39 .8
40) 40 .7
42) 42 2.1
43) 43 .4
44) 44 .8
45) 45 1.6
46) 46 .7
47) 47 1.7
48) 48 1.1
49) 49 1.4
50) 50 2.5
51) 51 2.2
52) 52 2.6
53) 53 2.9
54) 54 2.6
55) 55 2.9
56) 56 2.9
57) 57 2.6
58) 58 2.5
59) 59 2.6
60) 60 3.3
61) 61 2.1
62) 62 2.7
63) 63 2.6
64) 64 2.2
65) 65 3.9
66) 66 1.6
67) 67 2.7
68) 68 1.7
69) 69 1.7
70) 70 3.7
71) 71 1.2
72) 72 2.5
73) 73 2.2
74) 74 1.9
75) 75 2.3
76) 76 1.8
77) 77 .9
78) 78 1.7
79) 79 1.5
80) 80 2.5
81) 81 1.2
82) 82 1.7
83) 83 1.3
84) 84 1.3
85) 85 .7
86) 86 .8
87) 87 .4
88) 88 .4
89) 89 .5
90) 90 1.1
91) 91 .5
92) 92 .5
93) 93 .4
94) 94 .1
95) 95 .1
96) 96 .1
97) 97 or older .4
98) Don't know 2.7
99) Refused .8
Missing613 
TOTAL887100.0
53) Are you currently married, living with a partner, divorced, separated, widowed, or have you never been married? (MARITAL)
TOTAL%
1) Married 51.2
2) Living with a partner 6.4
3) Divorced 9.8
4) Separated 2
5) Widowed 8.1
6) Never been married 21.7
9) Don't know/Refused .8
TOTAL1500100.0
54) Have you ever had a conversation with your husband/wife about his/her wishes for medical treatment in circumstances like those we've been talking about? (TALKSPOU)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 69.6
2) No 29.7
9) Don't know/Refused .6
Missing692 
TOTAL808100.0
55) As far as you know, are his/her wishes written down somewhere? (WRITSPOU)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 26.7
2) No 69.9
9) Don't know/Refused 3.4
Missing692 
TOTAL808100.0
56) Before today, how much had you thought about your own wishes for medical treatment if you were in the kind of circumstances like those we've been talking about? Had you given this a great deal of thought, some thought, not very much thought, or no thought at all? (OWNWISH)
TOTAL%
1) A great deal of thought 35.4
2) Some thought 35.6
3) Not very much thought 17.8
4) No thought at all 10.1
9) Don't know/Refused 1
TOTAL1500100.0
57) Are your own wishes for medical treatment written down somewhere? (OWNWRIT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 27.3
2) No 72.1
9) Don't know/Refused .6
TOTAL1500100.0
58) Have you ever heard of a 'living will'? (LIVWILL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 95.1
2) No 4.9
TOTAL1500100.0
59) Do you happen to have a 'living will' for yourself? (OWNWILL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 30.4
2) No 69.2
9) Don't know/Refused .4
Missing58 
TOTAL1442100.0
60) Have you had any personal experience in the last five years with a relative or close friend suffering from a terminal illness or in a coma? (PEREXP)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 41.9
2) No 57.8
9) Don't know/Refused .3
TOTAL1500100.0
61) How recently did this happen? Within the past 12 months, within the past two years, or before that? (WHENHAP)
TOTAL%
1) Within past 12 months 31.2
2) Within past 2 years 27.2
3) Before that 41.1
9) Don't know/Refused .5
Missing859 
TOTAL641100.0
62) Did the issue of withholding life-sustaining treatment come up, or not? (ISSUEWH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, came up 54.9
2) No 42.1
9) Don't know/Refused 2.9
Missing859 
TOTAL641100.0
63) When this happened, did you help at all in making decisions about how much medical treatment should be given? (HELPDEC)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 44.8
2) No 55.2
9) Don't know/Refused 0
Missing1142 
TOTAL358100.0
64) In March, Congress passed a bill that required the federal courts to hear the case of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman who later died after her feeding tube was removed. Do you believe that Congress did the right thing in getting involved in the case, or do you think Congress should have stayed out of the case? (SCHIAVO)
TOTAL%
1) Believe that Congress did the right thing 17.2
2) Believe that Congress should have stayed out of the case 71.9
9) Don't know/Refused 10.8
TOTAL1500100.0
65) Which political party -- the REPUBLICAN Party or the DEMOCRATIC Party – do you think could do a better job of dealing with issues related to end-of-life decisions? (BETPARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Republican Party 22
2) Democratic Party 33.8
3) Both Equally (VOL.) 2.5
4) Neither (VOL.) 16
9) Don't know/Refused 25.7
TOTAL1500100.0
66) Which comes closer to your view? Abortion should be generally available to those who want it; Abortion should be available but under stricter limits than it is now; Abortion should be against the law except in cases of rape, incest and to save the woman's life; Abortion should not be permitted at all. (ABORTION)
TOTAL%
1) Generally available 29.5
2) Available, but under stricter limits 18.8
3) Against law except rape/incest/save life 31.3
4) Abortion should not be permitted at all 16.5
9) Don't know/Refused 3.9
TOTAL1500100.0
67) Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder? (DEATHPEN)
TOTAL%
1) Favor 60.8
2) Oppose 27
9) Don't know/Refused 12.2
TOTAL1500100.0
68) Do you use a computer at your workplace, at school, at home or anywhere else on at least an occasional basis? (COMPUTER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 76.8
2) No 23
9) Don't know/Refused .2
Missing752 
TOTAL748100.0
69) Do you ever go online to access the Internet or World Wide Web or to send and receive email? (INTERNET)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 71.6
2) No 28.2
9) Don't know/Refused .1
TOTAL1500100.0
70) What is your age? (AGE)
TOTAL%
18) 18 3.1
19) 19 1.9
20) 20 1.1
21) 21 1.4
22) 22 2.4
23) 23 1.8
24) 24 1.4
25) 25 1.7
26) 26 1.6
27) 27 1.3
28) 28 1.9
29) 29 1.9
30) 30 1.4
31) 31 1.2
32) 32 1.2
33) 33 1.8
34) 34 2.6
35) 35 2.4
36) 36 2.2
37) 37 1.5
38) 38 1.9
39) 39 2
40) 40 2.9
41) 41 1.3
42) 42 1.8
43) 43 2
44) 44 1.9
45) 45 2.5
46) 46 1.7
47) 47 2.9
48) 48 1.5
49) 49 1.4
50) 50 2.3
51) 51 2
52) 52 1.5
53) 53 2.3
54) 54 1.6
55) 55 1.6
56) 56 1.2
57) 57 1.6
58) 58 .9
59) 59 1.6
60) 60 1.9
61) 61 .7
62) 62 1.3
63) 63 1.1
64) 64 1.4
65) 65 1.1
66) 66 .7
67) 67 .7
68) 68 .9
69) 69 .8
70) 70 .9
71) 71 .6
72) 72 1
73) 73 .8
74) 74 .6
75) 75 1.3
76) 76 .3
77) 77 .5
78) 78 .8
79) 79 .6
80) 80 .7
81) 81 .4
82) 82 .9
83) 83 .4
84) 84 .5
85) 85 .2
86) 86 .4
87) 87 .3
88) 88 .1
89) 89 0
90) 90 .1
91) 91 0
92) 92 0
93) 93 .1
94) 94 .1
97) 97 or older 0
99) Don't know/Refused 1.3
TOTAL1500100.0
71) What is the last grade or class that you completed in school? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) None, or grade 1-8 2.7
2) High school incomplete (Grades 9-11) 10.3
3) High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) 33
4) Technical, trade, or vocational school AFTER high school 2.6
5) Some college, no 4-year degree (including associate degree) 23.9
6) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) 16.8
7) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) 10.3
9) Don't know/Refused .4
TOTAL1500100.0
72) Are you, yourself, of Hispanic origin or descent, such as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or some other Spanish background? (HISP)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 9.5
2) No 89.7
9) Don't know\Refused .7
TOTAL1500100.0
73) (If Hispanic, ask:) Are you white Hispanic, black Hispanic, or some other race? (If non-Hispanic, ask:) What is your race? Are you white, black, Asian, or some other? (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White 78.7
2) Black 11.5
3) Asian 1.2
4) Other or mixed race 6.7
9) Don't know/Refused 1.8
TOTAL1500100.0
74) Are you the parent or guardian of any children under 18 now living in your household? (PARENT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 35.6
2) No 64.3
9) Don't know/Refused .1
TOTAL1500100.0
75) Would you describe yourself as a 'born again' or evangelical Christian, or not? (BORNAG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, would 37.1
2) No, would not 58
9) Don't know/Refused 4.9
Missing208 
TOTAL1292100.0
76) Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services... more than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, seldom, or never? (ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a week 12.7
2) Once a week 21.4
3) Once or twice a month 14.4
4) A few times a year 19.1
5) Seldom 18.8
6) Never 12
9) Don't know/Refused 1.6
TOTAL1500100.0
77) How important would you say religion is in your own life -- very important, fairly important, or not very important? (RELIMP)
TOTAL%
1) Very important 56.1
2) Fairly important 24.2
3) Not very important 17.9
9) Don't know/Refused 1.8
TOTAL1500100.0
78) Does the clergy at your place of worship ever speak out on the issue of abortion? (CLERABOR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 51.6
2) No 45.3
9) Don't know/Refused 3.1
Missing730 
TOTAL770100.0
79) Does the clergy at your place of worship ever speak out on the issue of the situation in Iraq? (CLERIRAQ)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 50.4
2) No 47
9) Don't know/Refused 2.5
Missing730 
TOTAL770100.0
80) Does the clergy at your place of worship ever speak out on the issue of the death penalty? (CLERDP)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 26.9
2) No 69.3
9) Don't know/Refused 3.8
Missing730 
TOTAL770100.0
81) Does the clergy at your place of worship ever speak out on the issue of assisted suicide or end-of-life decisions? (CLERAS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 33.2
2) No 63.9
9) Don't know/Refused 2.9
Missing730 
TOTAL770100.0
82) Last year, that is in 2004, what was your total family income from all sources, before taxes? (INCOME)
TOTAL%
1) 1 Less than $10,000 6.2
2) 10 to under $20,000 9.2
3) 20 to under $30,000 9.4
4) 30 to under $40,000 9.7
5) 40 to under $50,000 10.6
6) 50 to under $75,000 16.4
7) 75 to under $100,000 11.6
8) 100 to under $150,000 7.7
9) $150,000 or more 4.7
10) Don't know/Refused 14.6
TOTAL1500100.0
83) These days, many people are so busy they can't find time to register to vote, or move around so often they don't get a chance to re-register. Are you NOW registered to vote in your precinct or election district or haven't you been able to register so far? (VOTEREG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, registered 79.4
2) No, not registered 20
9) Don't know/Refused .6
TOTAL1500100.0
84) Are you absolutely certain that you are registered to vote, or is there a chance that your registration has lapsed because you moved or for some other reason? (REGICERT)
TOTAL%
1) Absolutely certain 95.8
2) Chance registration has lapsed 3.7
9) Don't know/Refused .5
Missing246 
TOTAL1254100.0
85) In politics TODAY, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or Independent? (PARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Republican 27.2
2) Democrat 34.2
3) Independent 29.4
4) No preference 5
5) Other party .5
9) Don't know/Refused 3.7
TOTAL1500100.0
86) As of today do you lean more to the Republican Party or more to the Democratic Party? (PARTYLN)
TOTAL%
1) Republican 23.3
2) Democrat 32.5
9) Other/Don't know/Refused 44.2
Missing934 
TOTAL566100.0
87) In general, would you describe your political views as very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, or very liberal? (IDEO)
TOTAL%
1) Very conservative 4.7
2) Conservative 27.8
3) Moderate 37.9
4) Liberal 15.1
5) Very liberal 5.5
9) Don't know/Refused 8.9
TOTAL1500100.0
88) In last year's presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry, did things come up that kept you from voting, or did you happen to vote? (PVOTE04A)
TOTAL%
1) Voted 73.1
2) Did not vote (includes too young to vote) 25
8) Don't remember if voted .8
9) Refused/L 1.1
TOTAL1500100.0
89) Did you vote for Bush, Kerry, or someone else? (PVOTE04B)
TOTAL%
1) Bush 44.7
2) Kerry 42.3
3) Other candidate 4.4
4) Don't remember which candidate .4
9) Refused 8.2
Missing328 
TOTAL1172100.0
90) Are you yourself or is your husband/wife a veteran of the armed services? (VETERAN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, respondent 12.8
2) Yes, spouse 7
3) Yes, both .7
4) Yes, respondent still active/in the reserves .1
7) No 78.6
9) Don't know/Refused .9
TOTAL1500100.0
91) At a later date, news reporters may want to talk further with people who took part in this survey. Would you be willing to talk to a reporter about the survey topics at a convenient time? (CONTACT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 56
2) No 42.9
9) Don't know/Refused 1.1
TOTAL1500100.0
92) So that a reporter might reach you more easily, can you tell me your first name? (NAME)
TOTAL%
1) Gave name (SPECIFY) 95.3
2) Declined to be contacted at this point 4.7
Missing652 
TOTAL848100.0
93) Thank you very much for your time. In case you are interested, this survey is being conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. They will have a report about it on their website in the coming weeks. Would you like their web site address? (WEBSITE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, website requested 47.4
2) No, website not requested 52.6
TOTAL1500100.0
94) What is your zip code? [If 9 then Don't know/Refused)] (ZIPCODE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL150047742.0529926.95
95) When you think about getting old, what do you LOOK FORWARD TO the most? (DO NOT READ, ACCEPT MULTIPLE RESPONSES)-Other (THKOLDOS)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL341
96) When you think about getting old, what WORRIES you the most? (DO NOT READ, ACCEPT MULTIPLE RESPONSES) –Other (WRYOLDOS)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL273
97) With whom, if anyone, have you discussed your wishes for your own medical treatment in these kinds of circumstances? –Other (DISCUSOS)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL101
98) What is your religious preference -- Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, or an orthodox church such as the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church? (RELIGION)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant (include Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Pentecostal, Jehovah's Witness, Church of Christ, etc.) 49.5
2) Roman Catholic 23.3
3) Jewish 1.6
4) Mormon (include Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) 1.9
5) Orthodox Church (Greek or Russian) .4
6) Islam/Muslim .4
7) Other religion (SPECIFY) 6.3
8) No religion, not a believer, atheist, agnostic 14.1
9) Don't know/Refused 2.5
TOTAL1500100.0
99) What is your religious preference -- Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, or an orthodox church such as the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church? -Other (RELIGOS)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL88
100) Recoded age for banner (RECAGE2)
TOTAL%
1) 18-29 21.6
2) 30-49 37.9
3) 50-64 22.9
4) 65+ 16.2
9) Refused 1.3
TOTAL1500100.0
101) Talks about end of life issues (TALKS)
TOTAL%
1) Talked 95
2) Didn't talk 5
Missing231 
TOTAL1269100.0
102) Recoded pop density (DENSITY3)
TOTAL%
1) Lowest 20.6
2)  20.6
3)  20.3
4)  19.5
5) Highest 18.9
TOTAL1500100.0
103) Red/Blue County based on 2000 election (RBCOUNTY)
TOTAL%
1) Strong Dem 21.3
2) Dem 15
3) Even 17.5
4) Rep 21.5
5) Strong Rep 24.6
TOTAL1500100.0
104) Recoded age (RECAGE)
TOTAL%
1) 18-24 13.2
2) 25-34 16.6
3) 35-44 19.8
4) 45-54 19.5
5) 55-64 13.2
6) 65+ 16.2
9) Refused 1.3
TOTAL1500100.0
105) Recoded education (RECEDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school 13
2) High school graduate 35.6
3) Some college 23.9
4) College degree 27.1
9) Refused .4
TOTAL1500100.0
106) Race/Ethnicity (RACETHN)
TOTAL%
1) White-H 72.7
2) Black-H 11.2
3) Hispanic 9.5
4) Other 5.6
9) DK/ref 1
TOTAL1500100.0
107) Weight variable by density and cross race (WEIGHT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL15002.2351.031
108) When you think about getting old, what do you LOOK FORWARD TO the most? (DO NOT READ, ACCEPT MULTIPLE RESPONSES)(1st mention) (THNKOLD1)
TOTAL%
1) Not having to work, having free time 34.5
2) Having good health/being active 9.4
3) Being able to share lives of, children, grandchildren, etc. 18.9
4) Travel 3.6
5) Being able to experience changes in the world 1.8
6) Other (SPECIFY) 17.5
98) Nothing 8.6
99) Don't know/Refused 5.8
TOTAL1500100.0
109) When you think about getting old, what do you LOOK FORWARD TO the most? (DO NOT READ, ACCEPT MULTIPLE RESPONSES)(2nd mention) (THNKOLD2)
TOTAL%
1) Not having to work, having free time 20.3
2) Having good health/being active 12.2
3) Being able to share lives of, children, grandchildren, etc. 17.6
4) Travel 20.3
5) Being able to experience changes in the world 4.1
6) Other (SPECIFY) 25.7
Missing1463 
TOTAL37100.0
110) When you think about getting old, what do you LOOK FORWARD TO the most? (DO NOT READ, ACCEPT MULTIPLE RESPONSES) (3rd mention) (THNKOLD3)
TOTAL%
1) Not having to work, having free time, 37.5
2) Having good health/being active 25
3) Being able to share lives of, children, grandchildren, etc. 37.5
Missing1496 
TOTAL4100.0
111) When you think about getting old, what WORRIES you the most? (DO NOT READ, ACCEPT MULTIPLE RESPONSES)(1st mention) (WRRYOLD1)
TOTAL%
1) Health problems, unspecified 33.2
2) Dying 4.4
3) Getting cancer .7
4) Getting Alzheimer's disease 1.3
5) Getting some other disease 1.2
6) That my mind will go/Senility/Mental health 1.3
7) Being unable to take care of self, being dependent 8.1
8) Being unable to do things I enjoy (sports, sex, work) 1.7
9) Being poor/Income problems 18.8
10) Being alone 2.5
11) Other (SPECIFY) 12.1
98) Nothing 13.5
99) Don't know/Refused 1.2
Missing68 
TOTAL1432100.0
112) When you think about getting old, what WORRIES you the most? (DO NOT READ, ACCEPT MULTIPLE RESPONSES) (2nd mention) (WRRYOLD2)
TOTAL%
1) Health problems, unspecified 14.7
2) Dying 2.8
3) Getting cancer 5.5
4) Getting Alzheimer's disease 1.8
5) Getting some other disease 7.3
6) That my mind will go/Senility/Mental health 4.6
7) Being unable to take care of self, being dependent 10.1
8) Being unable to do things I enjoy (sports, sex, work) .9
9) Being poor/Income problems 24.8
10) Being alone 6.4
11) Other (SPECIFY) 21.1
98) Nothing 0
99) Don't know/Refused 0
Missing1450 
TOTAL50100.0
113) When you think about getting old, what WORRIES you the most? (DO NOT READ, ACCEPT MULTIPLE RESPONSES) (3rd mention) (WRRYOLD3)
TOTAL%
1) Health problems, unspecified 10
6) That my mind will go/Senility/Mental health 30
9) Being poor/Income problems 60
Missing1496 
TOTAL4100.0
114) With whom, if anyone, have you discussed your wishes for your own medical treatment in these kinds of circumstances? (1st mention) (WHODISC1)
TOTAL%
1) No one 27.6
2) Husband/wife 37.1
3) Child 11.3
4) Parent 9.5
5) Other relative 6.5
7) Doctor or nurse 1.4
8) Friend 2.8
9) Other (SPECIFY) 2.8
99) Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1
Missing49 
TOTAL1451100.0
115) With whom, if anyone, have you discussed your wishes for your own medical treatment in these kinds of circumstances? (2nd mention) (WHODISC2)
TOTAL%
2) Husband/wife 8.7
3) Child 31.9
4) Parent 21.5
5) Other relative 19.9
6) Minister or priest .6
7) Doctor or nurse 1.6
8) Friend 7.6
9) Other (SPECIFY) 8.1
Missing1187 
TOTAL313100.0
116) With whom, if anyone, have you discussed your wishes for your own medical treatment in these kinds of circumstances? (3rd mention) (WHODISC3)
TOTAL%
2) Husband/wife 10.6
3) Child 4.9
4) Parent 19
5) Other relative 31
6) Minister or priest 1.4
7) Doctor or nurse 7.7
8) Friend 13.4
9) Other (SPECIFY) 12
Missing1430 
TOTAL70100.0
117) With whom, if anyone, have you discussed your wishes for your own medical treatment in these kinds of circumstances? (4th mention) (WHODISC4)
TOTAL%
4) Parent 5.3
5) Other relative 57.9
6) Minister or priest 10.5
8) Friend 15.8
9) Other (SPECIFY) 10.5
Missing1490 
TOTAL10100.0
118) With whom, if anyone, have you discussed your wishes for your own medical treatment in these kinds of circumstances? (5th mention) (WHODISC5)
TOTAL%
8) Friend 100
Missing1499 
TOTAL1100.0
119) Call Attempt (ATTEMPT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL15003.182.51
120) Date of first call (FCALL)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL150051111.563.13
121) Recoded age (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 18-24 13.4
2) 25-34 16.8
3) 35-44 20.1
4) 45-54 19.8
5) 55-64 13.4
6) 65+ 16.4
Missing24 
TOTAL1476100.0
122) Recoded education (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school 13.1
2) High school graduate 35.7
3) Some college 24
4) College graduate 27.2
Missing9 
TOTAL1491100.0
123) SEX [ENTER RESPONDENT'S SEX:] (for use with online analysis) (I-GENDER)
TOTAL%
1) Male 47.9
2) Female 52.1
TOTAL1500100.0
124) Are you currently married, living with a partner, divorced, separated, widowed, or have you never been married? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-MARITAL)
TOTAL%
1) Married or Living with a partner 58
3) Divorced or Separated 11.9
5) Widowed 8.2
6) Never been married 21.8
Missing14 
TOTAL1486100.0
125) What is your religious preference -- Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, or an orthodox church such as the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RELIGION)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant (include Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Pentecostal, Jehovah's Witness, Church of Christ, etc.) 50.7
2) Roman Catholic 23.9
7) Other religion 10.9
8) No religion, not a believer, atheist, agnostic 14.5
Missing37 
TOTAL1463100.0
126) In politics TODAY, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or Independent? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-PARTYID)
TOTAL%
1) Republican 29.9
2) Democrat 37.7
3) Independent 32.4
Missing138 
TOTAL1362100.0