State of the First Amendment Survey, 2003

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All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) Sequential Record ID (CASEID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1000500.5289
2) As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? (PROBE: Are there any others you can name?) (SPCRTS)
TOTAL%
1) Freedom of the press383.8
2) Freedom of speech60260.2
3) Freedom of religion242.4
4) Right to petition20.2
5) Right of assembly/association111.1
6) Other (SPECIFY)646.4
98) Don't Know25525.5
99) Refused40.4
TOTAL1000100.0
3) As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? (PROBE: Are there any others you can name?) (Probe 1) (SPCRTS1)
TOTAL%
1) Freedom of the press9518.7
2) Freedom of speech6813.4
3) Freedom of religion14428.3
4) Right to petition112.2
5) Right of assembly/association7314.4
6) Other (SPECIFY)10220.1
98) Don't Know153.0
Missing492 
TOTAL508100.0
4) As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? (PROBE: Are there any others you can name?) (Probe 2) (SPCRTS2)
TOTAL%
1) Freedom of the press4217.9
2) Freedom of speech125.1
3) Freedom of religion5322.6
4) Right to petition62.6
5) Right of assembly/association4920.9
6) Other (SPECIFY)5925.2
98) Don't Know135.6
Missing766 
TOTAL234100.0
5) As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? (PROBE: Are there any others you can name?) (Probe 3) (SPCRTS3)
TOTAL%
1) Freedom of the press1115.7
3) Freedom of religion1318.6
4) Right to petition22.9
5) Right of assembly/association1622.9
6) Other (SPECIFY)1521.4
98) Don't Know1318.6
Missing930 
TOTAL70100.0
6) As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? (PROBE: Are there any others you can name?) (Probe 4) (SPCRTS4)
TOTAL%
1) Freedom of the press15.0
3) Freedom of religion420.0
4) Right to petition420.0
5) Right of assembly/association210.0
6) Other (SPECIFY)735.0
98) Don't Know210.0
Missing980 
TOTAL20100.0
7) As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? (PROBE: Are there any others you can name?)(Probe 5) (SPCRTS5)
TOTAL%
6) Other (SPECIFY)4100.0
Missing996 
TOTAL4100.0
8) As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? (PROBE: Are there any others you can name? Please specify.) (SPCRTSO)
9) As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? (PROBE: Are there any others you can name?) (Recode 1) (SPCRTSR1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes18718.7
2) No81381.3
TOTAL1000100.0
10) As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? (Recode 2) (SPCRTSR2)
TOTAL%
1) Yes68168.1
2) No31931.9
TOTAL1000100.0
11) As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? (Recode 3) (SPCRTSR3)
TOTAL%
1) Yes23823.8
2) No76276.2
TOTAL1000100.0
12) As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? (Recode 4) (SPCRTSR4)
TOTAL%
1) Yes252.5
2) No97597.5
TOTAL1000100.0
13) As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? (Recode 5) (SPCRTSR5)
TOTAL%
1) Yes15115.1
2) No84984.9
TOTAL1000100.0
14) As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? (Recode 6) (SPCRTSRO)
TOTAL%
1) Yes22022.0
2) No78078.0
TOTAL1000100.0
15) The First Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution more than 200 years ago. This is what it says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Based on your own feelings about the First Amendment, please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: The First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.(Probe: Do you agree/disagree strongly or mildly?) (FSTOOFAR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree16716.7
2) Mildly agree11811.8
3) Mildly disagree18618.6
4) Strongly disagree46846.8
98) Don't Know585.8
99) Refused30.3
TOTAL1000100.0
16) The First Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution more than 200 years ago. This is what it says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Based on your own feelings about the First Amendment, please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: The First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees. (Recode 2) (Probe: Do you agree/disagree strongly or mildly?) (FSTOFAR1)
TOTAL%
1) Agree28530.4
2) Disagree65469.6
Missing61 
TOTAL939100.0
17) Even though the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of the press, government has placed some restrictions on it. Overall, do you think Americans have too much press freedom, too little press freedom, or is the amount of press freedom in America about right? (FREEPRS)
TOTAL%
1) Too much31831.8
2) Too little13413.4
3) Right amount52852.8
98) Don't know171.7
99) Refused30.3
TOTAL1000100.0
18) Even though the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of the press, government has placed some restrictions on it. Overall, do you think Americans have too much press freedom, too little press freedom, or is the amount of press freedom in America about right? (Recode 2) (FREEPRS1)
TOTAL%
1) Too much31832.4
2) Too little13413.7
3) Right amount52853.9
Missing20 
TOTAL980100.0
19) Overall, do you think the press in America has too much freedom to do what it wants, too little freedom to do what it wants, or is the amount of freedom the press has about right? (RSTFRPR)
TOTAL%
1) Too much40840.8
2) Too little959.5
3) Right amount48048.0
98) Don't know141.4
99) Refused30.3
TOTAL1000100.0
20) Overall, do you think the press in America has too much freedom to do what it wants, too little freedom to do what it wants, or is the amount of freedom the press has about right? (RSTFRPR1)
TOTAL%
1) Too much40841.5
2) Too little959.7
3) Right amount48048.8
Missing17 
TOTAL983100.0
21) Even though the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, government has placed some restrictions on it. Overall, do you think Americans have too much freedom to speak freely, too little freedom to speak freely, or is the amount of freedom to speak freely about right? (RSTFRSP)
TOTAL%
1) Too much freedom11311.3
2) Too little freedom19819.8
3) Right amount of freedom67067.0
98) Don't Know141.4
99) Refused50.5
TOTAL1000100.0
22) Even though the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, government has placed some restrictions on it. Overall, do you think Americans have too much freedom to speak freely, too little freedom to speak freely, or is the amount of freedom to speak freely about right? (Recode 2) (RSTFRSP1)
TOTAL%
1) Too much11311.5
2) Too little19820.2
3) Right amount67068.3
Missing19 
TOTAL981100.0
23) Even though the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, government has placed some restrictions on it. Overall, do you think Americans have too much religious freedom, too little religious freedom, or is the amount of religious freedom about right? (RSTFRRL)
TOTAL%
1) Too much freedom666.6
2) Too little freedom22022.0
3) Right amount of freedom68768.7
98) Don't know212.1
99) Refused60.6
TOTAL1000100.0
24) Even though the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, government has placed some restrictions on it. Overall, do you think Americans have too much religious freedom, too little religious freedom, or is the amount of religious freedom about right? (Recode 2) (RSTFRRL1)
TOTAL%
1) Too much666.8
2) Too little22022.6
3) Right amount68770.6
Missing27 
TOTAL973100.0
25) Now please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements: People should be allowed to express unpopular opinions. (UNPOPOP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree77377.3
2) Mildly agree18218.2
3) Mildly disagree242.4
4) Strongly disagree151.5
98) Don't know60.6
TOTAL1000100.0
26) Now please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. People should be allowed to express unpopular opinions.(Recode 2) (UNPOPOP1)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree77377.8
2) Mildly agree18218.3
3) Mildly disagree242.4
4) Strongly disagree151.5
Missing6 
TOTAL994100.0
27) Some people feel that the U.S. Constitution should be amended to make it illegal to burn or desecrate the American flag as a form of political dissent. Others say that the U.S. Constitution should not be amended to specifically prohibit flag burning or desecration. Do you think the U.S. Constitution should or should not be amended to prohibit burning or desecrating the American flag? (FLAGBRN)
TOTAL%
1) Should not58058.0
2) Should40340.3
98) Don't Know161.6
99) Refused10.1
TOTAL1000100.0
28) Some people feel that the U.S. Constitution should be amended to make it illegal to burn or desecrate the American flag as a form of political dissent. Others say that the U.S. Constitution should not be amended to specifically prohibit flag burning or desecration. Do you think the U.S. Constitution should or should not be amended to prohibit burning or desecrating the American flag? (Recode 2) (FLAGBRN1)
TOTAL%
1) Should not58059.0
2) Should40341.0
Missing17 
TOTAL983100.0
29) [If "should"] If an amendment prohibiting burning or desecrating the flag were approved, it would be the first time any of the freedoms in the First Amendment have been amended in over 200 years. Knowing this, would you still support an amendment to prohibit burning or desecrating the flag? (FLAGBNHS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes35888.8
2) No389.4
98) Don't know51.2
99) Refused20.5
Missing597 
TOTAL403100.0
30) Now please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Newspapers should be allowed to freely criticize the U.S military about its strategy and performance. (PROBE: strongly or mildly?) (PRSMIL)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree37637.6
2) Mildly agree25325.3
3) Mildly disagree12212.2
4) Strongly disagree23423.4
98) Don't Know121.2
99) Refused30.3
TOTAL1000100.0
31) Now please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Newpapers should be allowed to freely criticize the U.S. military about its strategy and performance. (PROBE: strongly or mildly?)(Recode 1) (PRSMIL1)
TOTAL%
1) Agree62962.9
2) Disagree35635.6
98) Don't Know121.2
99) Refused30.3
TOTAL1000100.0
32) Now please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Newspapers should be allowed to freely criticize the U.S. military about its strategy and performance. (PROBE: strongly or mildly?) (Recode 2) (PRSMIL2)
TOTAL%
1) Agree62963.9
2) Disagree35636.1
Missing15 
TOTAL985100.0
33) In light of the government's war on terrorism in response to the World Trade Center attacks, some people think that the government should have more power to monitor the activities of Muslims legally living in the United States than it has to monitor other religious groups. Others say that monitoring Muslims more closely than others would violate the Muslims' right to free exercise of their religion. Which of these comes closest to your own opinion? (MONMUSL)
TOTAL%
1) Government should have more power to monitor Muslims than others36836.8
2) Treating Muslims differently violates their free exercise rights54854.8
98) Don't Know646.4
99) Refused202.0
TOTAL1000100.0
34) In light of the government's war on terrorism in response to the World Trade Center attacks, some people think that the government should have more power to monitor the activities of Muslims legally living in the United States than it has to monitor other religious groups. Others say that monitoring Muslims more closely than others would violate the Muslims' right to free exercise of their religion. Which of these comes closest to your own opinion? (Recode 2) (MONMUSL1)
TOTAL%
1) More power to monitor Muslims36840.2
2) Different treatment violates rights54859.8
Missing84 
TOTAL916100.0
35) How would you rate the job the news media did in covering the 2003 war in Iraq? (IRAQCOV)
TOTAL%
1) Excellent26726.7
2) Good41041.0
3) Fair21121.1
4) Poor909.0
98) Don't Know141.4
99) Refused80.8
TOTAL1000100.0
36) How would you rate the job the news media did in covering the 2003 war in Iraq? (Recode 2) (IRAQCOV1)
TOTAL%
1) Excellent26727.3
2) Good41041.9
3) Fair21121.6
4) Poor909.2
Missing22 
TOTAL978100.0
37) Overall, do you think that students in public schools have too much religious freedom, too little religious freedom, or about the right amount of religious freedom while at school? (RLFRSTU)
TOTAL%
1) Too much353.5
2) Too little42642.6
3) Right amount48448.4
98) Don't Know454.5
99) Refused101.0
TOTAL1000100.0
38) Overall, do you think that students in public schools have too much religious freedom, too little religious freedom, or about the right amount of religious freedom while at school? (Recode 2) (RLFRSTU2)
TOTAL%
1) Too much353.7
2) Too little42645.1
3) Right amount48451.2
Missing55 
TOTAL945100.0
39) Now I'd just like to ask a few questions for classification purposes only... In what year were you born? (BIRTHYR)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL9731956.17316
40) What was the last grade of school you completed? Grade school or less, some high school, high school, some college, college grad, post graduate. (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Grade school or less101.0
2) Some high school333.3
3) High school18518.5
4) Trade school (volunteered)242.4
5) Some college28628.6
6) College graduate26126.1
7) Post graduate19119.1
98) Don't Know10.1
99) Refused90.9
TOTAL1000100.0
41) What was the last grade of school you completed? Grade school or less, some high school, high school, some college, college grad, post graduate.(Recode 1) (EDUC1)
TOTAL%
1) High school or less22822.8
2) Some college/Trade school31031.0
3) College or more45245.2
98) Don't Know10.1
99) Refused90.9
TOTAL1000100.0
42) Are you White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, or something else? (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White79179.1
2) Black676.7
3) Hispanic414.1
4) Asian202.0
5) Bi-Racial (Volunteered)171.7
6) Other303.0
98) Don't Know10.1
99) Refused333.3
TOTAL1000100.0
43) Are you White, Black, Hispanic, Asian or something else? (Recode 1) (RACE1)
TOTAL%
1) White79179.1
2) Non-white17517.5
98) Don't Know10.1
99) Refused333.3
TOTAL1000100.0
44) Are you White, Black, Hispanic, Asian or something else? (Recode 3) (RACE2)
TOTAL%
1) White79181.9
2) Non-white17518.1
Missing34 
TOTAL966100.0
45) In politics TODAY, are you a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent or what? (POLAFF)
TOTAL%
1) Democrat30630.6
2) Republican28528.5
3) Independent26426.4
4) No preference (volunteered)676.7
5) Other (volunteered)363.6
98) Don't know191.9
99) Refused232.3
TOTAL1000100.0
46) In politics TODAY, are you a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent or what? (Recode 1) (POLAFF1)
TOTAL%
1) Democrat30634.9
2) Republican28532.5
3) Independent26430.1
99) Don't know/Refused232.6
Missing122 
TOTAL878100.0
47) In politics TODAY, are you a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent or what? (Recode 3) (POLAFF2)
TOTAL%
1) Democrat30635.8
2) Republican28533.3
3) Independent26430.9
Missing145 
TOTAL855100.0
48) Respondent's sex: (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male46346.3
2) Female53753.7
TOTAL1000100.0
49) Region (REGION)
TOTAL%
1) Northeast19919.9
2) Midwest23423.4
3) South35435.4
4) West21321.3
TOTAL1000100.0
50) For classification purposes only, is the total yearly income of all the members of your family now living at home $40,000 or more, or would it be less than $40,000? (Questions 51a through c recoded into 51x.) (YRINCOM)
TOTAL%
1) Less than $40,00032232.2
2) $40,000 or more61161.1
98) Don't Know181.8
99) Refused494.9
TOTAL1000100.0
51) For classification purposes only, is the total yearly income of all the members of your family now living at home $40,000 or more, or would it be less than $40,000? (YRINCOM1)
TOTAL%
1) Under $10,000535.4
2) $10,000 to $20,00012212.4
3) $20,000 to $30,0009810.0
4) $30,000 to $40,00010310.5
5) $40,000 to $50,00010410.6
6) $50,000 to $75,00019019.3
7) $75,000 to $100,00011511.7
8) $100,000 or more14815.1
99) Don't know/Refused495.0
Missing18 
TOTAL982100.0
52) For classification purposes only, is the total yearly income of all the members of your family now living at home $40,000 or more, or would it be less than $40,000? And that is... (YRINCMP1)
TOTAL%
1) Under $10,000329.9
2) $10,000 to less than $20,0006821.1
3) $20,000 to less than $30,0009830.4
4) $30,000 to less than $40,00010332.0
98) Don't Know103.1
99) Refused113.4
Missing678 
TOTAL322100.0
53) For classification purposes only, is the total yearly income of all the members of your family now living at home $40,000 or more, or would it be less than $40,000? And that is... (YRINCMP2)
TOTAL%
1) $40,000 to less than $50,00010417.0
2) $50,000 to less than $75,00019031.1
3) $75,000 to less than $100,00011518.8
4) $100,000 or more14824.2
98) Don't Know101.6
99) Refused447.2
Missing389 
TOTAL611100.0
54) Are you Catholic, Protestant, Jewish or some other religion? (RELIG1)
TOTAL%
1) Catholic23623.8
2) Protestant28829.0
3) Jewish282.8
4) Other28128.3
5) None10710.8
99) DK/REF/L535.3
Missing7 
TOTAL993100.0
55) Are you Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or some other religion? (RELIG2)
56) Would you describe yourself as either a fundamentalist or evangelical Christian, or would you not describe yourself that way? (Recode) (TYPCHRS1)
TOTAL%
1) Fundamentalist/Evangelical20022.4
2) Neither64572.1
3) Not sure404.5
99) Don't know/Refused91.0
Missing106 
TOTAL894100.0
57) Respondent's age (AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 18-3018719.2
2) 31-4426026.7
3) 45-6134034.9
4) 62+18619.1
Missing27 
TOTAL973100.0
58) Do you have any children under the age of 18? (KIDS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes33433.4
2) No65465.4
98) Don't Know10.1
99) Refused111.1
TOTAL1000100.0
59) [Follow-up if "Yes, have children under the age of 18"] Do you have any children under the age of 12? (KIDS12)
TOTAL%
1) Yes24424.7
2) No74475.3
Missing12 
TOTAL988100.0
60) [Follow-up if "Yes, have children under the age of 12"] Do you have any children under the age of 6? (KIDS6)
TOTAL%
1) Yes15715.9
2) No82983.9
99) Don't know/Refused20.2
Missing12 
TOTAL988100.0
61) How many phone numbers do you have in your household? (PHONENUM)
TOTAL%
1) 168068.0
2) 220220.2
3) 3646.4
4) 4191.9
5) 550.5
6) 620.2
98) Don't Know30.3
99) Refused252.5
TOTAL1000100.0
62) Overall, do you think Americans have too much, too little, or just the right amount of access to information about the government's war on terrorism? (GOVTREC)
TOTAL%
1) Too much access11111.1
2) Too little access46846.8
3) Just about the right amount of39239.2
98) Don't Know272.7
99) Refused20.2
TOTAL1000100.0
63) Please also tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. As part of the war on terrorism, law enforcement agencies should be allowed to monitor which books or other materials patrons check out of public libraries. (LIBRREC)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree13613.6
2) Mildly agree14614.6
3) Mildly disagree17017.0
4) Strongly disagree52452.4
98) Don't Know151.5
99) Refused90.9
TOTAL1000100.0
64) Overall, how would you rate the job that the American educational system does in teaching students about First Amendment freedoms? (EDUC1ST)
TOTAL%
1) Excellent535.3
2) Good24424.4
3) Fair34534.5
4) Poor28928.9
98) Don't Know646.4
99) Refused50.5
TOTAL1000100.0
65) Many public schools require teachers to lead students in recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, which includes the phrase "One Nation Under God," although students are generally permitted to opt out of reciting the pledge if they so choose. In your opinion, does that school practice violate the Constitutional principle of separation of church and state? (PLEDGERC)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, it violates the Constitutional principle24524.5
2) No, it does not70570.5
98) Don't Know404.0
99) Refused101.0
TOTAL1000100.0
66) When you say or hear the Pledge of Allegiance, which includes the phrase "One Nation Under God," do you think of that phrase as primarily a religious statement, or as primarily a statement related to the American political tradition? (PLEDGEMN)
TOTAL%
1) Primarily a religious statement18718.7
2) Primarily a statement related to the American political tradition72772.7
3) Both (vol.)515.1
4) Neither (vol.)141.4
98) Don't Know171.7
99) Refused40.4
TOTAL1000100.0
67) Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Government officials should be allowed to post the 10 Commandments inside government buildings. (TENCOM)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree38138.1
2) Mildly agree18218.2
3) Mildly disagree14314.3
4) Strongly disagree26326.3
98) Don't Know222.2
99) Refused90.9
TOTAL1000100.0
68) Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. The government's use of the phrase "in God we trust" on U.S. money and coins violates the Constitutional principle of separation of church and state. (INGODWE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree979.7
2) Mildly agree878.7
3) Mildly disagree20120.1
4) Strongly disagree58658.6
98) Don't Know202.0
99) Refused90.9
TOTAL1000100.0
69) Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Parents should have the option of sending their children to non-public schools, including those with a religious affiliation, using vouchers or credits provided by the federal government that would pay for some or all of the costs. (FEDCRED)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree39639.6
2) Mildly agree20320.3
3) Mildly disagree11311.3
4) Strongly disagree25625.6
98) Don't Know202.0
99) Refused121.2
TOTAL1000100.0
70) Do you favor or oppose allowing the government to give money to religious institutions or churches to help them run drug abuse prevention programs, even if the religious institutions would be allowed to include a religious message as part of their program? (GOVDOLRL)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor33033.0
2) Mildly favor25425.4
3) Mildly oppose15115.1
4) Strongly oppose23623.6
98) Don't Know212.1
99) Refused80.8
TOTAL1000100.0
71) Please also tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Any group that wants to should be allowed to hold a rally for a cause or issue even if it may be offensive to others in the community. (OFFRALLY)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree38138.1
2) Mildly agree33033.0
3) Mildly disagree13313.3
4) Strongly disagree13013.0
98) Don't Know191.9
99) Refused70.7
TOTAL1000100.0
72) During the 2003 war in Iraq, the U.S. military adopted a policy of "embedding" American journalists into individual combat units. This means that journalists were invited to report directly from the combat zone so long as they remained with one particular combat unit throughout the military operations. Do you favor or oppose this policy of "embedding" journalists in individual military units during a war? (PROBE: strongly or mildly?) (EMBJOUR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor37437.4
2) Mildly favor31331.3
3) Mildly oppose10310.3
4) Strongly oppose16616.6
98) Don't Know373.7
99) Refused70.7
TOTAL1000100.0
73) Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. The government should be able to review in advance what journalists report directly from military combat zones. (GOVTREV)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree41141.1
2) Mildly agree23623.6
3) Mildly disagree14514.5
4) Strongly disagree17517.5
98) Don't Know282.8
99) Refused50.5
TOTAL1000100.0
74) Public school officials should be allowed to prohibit high school students from expressing their opinions about the war on school property during a period of active military combat. (PUBSCWAR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree18918.9
2) Mildly agree14314.3
3) Mildly disagree25325.3
4) Strongly disagree38938.9
98) Don't Know202.0
99) Refused60.6
TOTAL1000100.0
75) Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Public school officials should be allowed to prohibit high school students from wearing t-shirts, armbands or other insignia expressing their opinions about the war on school property during a period of active military combat. (PUBSCLTH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree31031.0
2) Mildly agree17217.2
3) Mildly disagree19119.1
4) Strongly disagree30130.1
98) Don't Know181.8
99) Refused80.8
TOTAL1000100.0
76) Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Individuals should be allowed to protest in public against America's involvement in war during a period of active military combat. (WARPROT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree44744.7
2) Mildly agree28828.8
3) Mildly disagree787.8
4) Strongly disagree17317.3
98) Don't Know101.0
99) Refused40.4
TOTAL1000100.0
77) A significant percentage of radio stations, television stations and newspapers today are owned by just a few corporations. In your opinion, has this development led to an increased number of viewpoints available to the public, a decreased number of viewpoints available to the public, or has the number of viewpoints available not been affected by this development? (VWPTSAV)
TOTAL%
1) Increased number of viewpoints14714.7
2) Decreased number of viewpoints57057.0
3) Number of viewpoints not affected22422.4
98) Don't Know535.3
99) Refused60.6
TOTAL1000100.0
78) In your opinion, has the ownership of a significant percentage of radio stations, television stations and newspapers by just a few corporations increased the quality of information available to citizens, decreased the quality of information available to citizens, or has the quality of information not been affected by this development? (INFOQUAL)
TOTAL%
1) Increased quality of information15815.8
2) Decreased quality of information57257.2
3) Quality of information not affected23323.3
98) Don't Know333.3
99) Refused40.4
TOTAL1000100.0
79) In your opinion, to what extent do corporate owners influence news organizations' decisions about which stories to cover or emphasize? (CORPINF)
TOTAL%
1) A great deal47047.0
2) A fair amount34334.3
3) Not very much12612.6
4) Not at all313.1
98) Don't Know282.8
99) Refused20.2
TOTAL1000100.0
80) The federal government has adopted a policy removing most limits on how many radio, television and newspaper oulets may be owned by a single company. Do you favor or oppose such a policy? (PROBE: Strongly or mildly?) (MEDIAOWN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor19219.2
2) Mildly favor18918.9
3) Mildly oppose22322.3
4) Strongly oppose33833.8
98) Don't Know525.2
99) Refused60.6
TOTAL1000100.0
81) Because a significant percentage of radio stations, television stations and newspapers are owned today by just a few corporations, some have proposed that the government increase its regulation of the operation of those news media outlets. Do you favor or oppose such a policy? (PROBE: Strongly or mildly?) (GOVRGMED)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor16416.4
2) Mildly favor21821.8
3) Mildly oppose25225.2
4) Strongly oppose27227.2
98) Don't Know767.6
99) Refused181.8
TOTAL1000100.0
82) How concerned are you, if at all, that corporations which own a significant percentage of radio stations may decide to restrict their employees from playing on the air the music of performers who make controversial statements? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all? (RSTBYCRP)
TOTAL%
1) Very concerned32632.6
2) Somewhat concerned33933.9
3) Not too concerned18718.7
4) Not concerned at all14014.0
98) Don't Know70.7
99) Refused10.1
TOTAL1000100.0
83) Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. As part of its war on terrorism, the government should be allowed to monitor certain religious groups even if that means infringing upon the religious freedom of those groups' members. (MONTERR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree25625.6
2) Mildly agree23423.4
3) Mildly disagree16716.7
4) Strongly disagree28928.9
98) Don't Know424.2
99) Refused121.2
TOTAL1000100.0
84) Now please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. People should be allowed to say things in public that might be offensive to religious groups. (RLOFFSP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree29429.4
2) Mildly agree25125.1
3) Mildly disagree12312.3
4) Strongly disagree31831.8
98) Don't Know101.0
99) Refused40.4
TOTAL1000100.0
85) Now please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Musicians should be allowed to sing songs with lyrics that others might find offensive. (OFFSONG)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree36036.0
2) Mildly agree28328.3
3) Mildly disagree10510.5
4) Strongly disagree22922.9
98) Don't Know161.6
99) Refused70.7
TOTAL1000100.0
86) Now please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. People should be allowed to say things in public that might be offensive to racial groups. (RACOFFSP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree20820.8
2) Mildly agree22222.2
3) Mildly disagree12712.7
4) Strongly disagree42842.8
98) Don't Know111.1
99) Refused40.4
TOTAL1000100.0
87) Now please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. People should be allowed to display in a public place art that has content that might be offensive to others. (OFFART)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree23623.6
2) Mildly agree24624.6
3) Mildly disagree18718.7
4) Strongly disagree31031.0
98) Don't Know141.4
99) Refused70.7
TOTAL1000100.0
88) Overall do you think students in public high schools have too much freedom to express themselves, too little freedom to express themselves or is the freedom of public high school students to express themselves about right? (PUBSCEXP)
TOTAL%
1) Too much11911.9
2) Too little26126.1
3) Right amount56956.9
98) Don't Know464.6
99) Refused50.5
TOTAL1000100.0
89) Are you more or less likely to purchase a CD by a musician who has made controversial political remarks in public that do not reflect your own views, or does it make no difference? (CDDFPOV)
TOTAL%
1) More likely292.9
2) Less likely41241.2
3) Makes no difference52752.7
98) Don't Know242.4
99) Refused80.8
TOTAL1000100.0
90) Are you more or less likely to purchase a CD by a musician who has made controversial political remarks in public that are in agreement with your own views, or does it make no difference? (CDSMPOV)
TOTAL%
1) More likely19219.2
2) Less likely898.9
3) Makes no difference69969.9
98) Don't Know141.4
99) Refused60.6
TOTAL1000100.0
91) Are you more or less likely to attend a performance by an entertainer who has made controversial political remarks in public that do not reflect your own views, or does it make no difference? (PRFDFPOV)
TOTAL%
1) More likely232.3
2) Less likely41341.3
3) Makes no difference54554.5
98) Don't Know111.1
99) Refused80.8
TOTAL1000100.0
92) Are you more or less likely to attend a performance by an entertainer who has made controversial political remarks in public that are in agreement with your views, or does it make no difference? (PRFSMPOV)
TOTAL%
1) More likely20820.8
2) Less likely727.2
3) Makes no difference70570.5
98) Don't Know80.8
99) Refused70.7
TOTAL1000100.0
93) Now please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of a story. (PUBLISH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree52852.8
2) Mildly agree21921.9
3) Mildly disagree10910.9
4) Strongly disagree11411.4
98) Don't Know232.3
99) Refused70.7
TOTAL1000100.0
94) Some people believe that the media has too much freedom to publish whatever it wants. Others believe there is too much government censorship. Which of these beliefs lies closest to your own? (FRMPRS1)
TOTAL%
1) There is too much media freedom40040.0
2) There is too much government censorship36736.7
3) Neither (vol)13313.3
4) Both (vol)424.2
98) Don't Know484.8
99) Refused101.0
TOTAL1000100.0
95) Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: "In covering the war on terrorism, the American press has been too aggressive in asking government officials for information." (PROBE: strongly or mildly?) (PRSTERR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree21321.3
2) Mildly agree14014.0
3) Mildly disagree29629.6
4) Strongly disagree31631.6
98) Don't Know323.2
99) Refused30.3
TOTAL1000100.0
96) Imported Variable- Time Zone (TIMEZ)
TOTAL%
1) Central30030.0
2) Eastern48348.3
3) Mountain676.7
4) Pacific15015.0
TOTAL1000100.0
97) I-AGE: Respondent's age (for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 18-3018719.2
2) 31-4426026.7
3) 45-6134034.9
4) 62+18619.1
Missing27 
TOTAL973100.0
98) I-EDUC: What was the last grade of school you completed? Grade school or less, some high school, high school, some college, college grad, post graduate.(Recode 1) (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) High school or less22823.0
2) Some college/Trade school31031.3
3) College or more45245.7
Missing10 
TOTAL990100.0
99) I-INCOME: For classification purposes only, is the total yearly income of all the members of your family now living at home $40,000 or more, or would it be less than $40,000? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-INCOME)
TOTAL%
1) Under $30,00027329.3
2) $30,000-$50,00020722.2
3) $50,000-100,00030532.7
4) $100,000+14815.9
Missing67 
TOTAL933100.0
100) I-PARTYID: In politics TODAY, are you a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent or what? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-PARTYID)
TOTAL%
1) Democrat30631.9
2) Republican28529.7
3) Independent26427.6
4) No preference (volunteered)677.0
5) Other (volunteered)363.8
Missing42 
TOTAL958100.0
101) I-RACE: Are you White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, or something else? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White79181.9
2) Black676.9
3) Hispanic414.2
4) Asian202.1
5) Other474.9
Missing34 
TOTAL966100.0
102) I-RELIGION: Are you Catholic, Protestant, Jewish or some other religion? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RELIGION)
TOTAL%
0) None10711.4
1) Catholic23625.1
2) Protestant28830.6
3) Jewish283.0
4) Other28129.9
Missing60 
TOTAL940100.0