Portraits of American Life Study
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The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.
Results & Summaries

Political Participation

  All frequencies weighted by PAWT2


These next several questions are about your political views and activities. When it comes to politics, do you usually think of yourself as: (PO_1)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused4.2
-4) Don't know19.7
1) Very liberal1686.4
2) Somewhat liberal37914.5
3) Middle of the road63224.2
4) Somewhat conservative50419.3
5) Very conservative2258.6
6) Haven't thought much about it67625.9
Missing2 
TOTAL2607100.0
Political party combined (PO_PARTY)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused15.6
-4) Don't know371.4
1) Strong democrat38614.8
2) Not strong democrat54620.9
3) Lean democrat35713.7
4) Neither36814.1
5) Lean republican2178.3
6) Not strong republican40415.5
7) Strong republican27810.7
Missing2 
TOTAL2608100.0
Did you vote in the last presidential election, that is, in 2004? (PO_4)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know10
1) Yes169064.8
2) No91435.1
Missing2 
TOTAL2607100.0
[IF PO_4=2, DK, or RF SKIP TO PO_6] Did you vote for George W. Bush, John Kerry, or someone else? (PO_5)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused372.2
-4) Don't know4.2
1) Bush85150.3
2) Kerry72542.9
3) Someone else744.4
Missing920 
TOTAL1691100.0
In politics, do you usually think of yourself as a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent? (PO_6)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused291.1
-4) Don't know642.5
1) Democrat93335.8
2) Republican68126.1
3) Independent78230
4) Other1184.5
Missing2 
TOTAL2607100.0
[IF PO_6=2,SKIP TO PO_8. IF PO_6= 3, 4 OR DK, RF, SKIP TO PO_9] Are you a strong Democrat or a not so strong Democrat? (PO_7)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.1
-4) Don't know4.4
1) Strong38641.4
2) Not so strong54158
Missing1677 
TOTAL932100.0
[If PO_7=1,2,DK,RF, go to PO_10] Are you a strong Republican or a not so strong Republican? (PO_8)
TOTAL%
-4) Don't know5.7
1) Strong27840.8
2) Not so strong39958.5
Missing1929 
TOTAL682100.0
[IF PO_8=1,2,DK/RF, GO TO PO_10] Do you lean toward the Democrats, or toward the Republicans? (PO_9)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused151.5
-4) Don't know373.7
1) Lean democratic35735.9
2) Lean republican21721.8
3) Neither36837
Missing1617 
TOTAL994100.0
Do you support or oppose conservative Christian groups active in politics, such as the Christian Coalition, American Family Association, or Focus on the Family? (PO_10)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused8.3
-4) Don't know562.1
1) Strongly oppose37514.4
2) Somewhat oppose29511.3
3) Neither support or oppose113443.5
4) Somewhat support50319.3
5) Strongly support2379.1
Missing2 
TOTAL2608100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past twelve months? Attended a political meeting or rally (PO_ATT)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10
0) No238391.3
1) Yes2268.7
TOTAL2610100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past twelve months? Contacted a public official (PO_CNTCT)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10
0) No211681.1
1) Yes49318.9
TOTAL2610100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past twelve months? Participated in a demonstration or protest (PO_DEMON)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10
0) No251496.3
1) Yes953.6
TOTAL2610100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past twelve months? Gave money to a political party, group, or candidate (PO_GAVE)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10
0) No226286.7
1) Yes34713.3
TOTAL2610100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past twelve months? None (PO_NONE)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10
0) No132850.9
1) Yes128149.1
TOTAL2610100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past twelve months? Attempted to persuade someone to vote for a particular candidate or party (PO_PERSU)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10
0) No206579.1
1) Yes54420.8
TOTAL2610100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past twelve months? Signed a petition (PO_SIGN)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10
0) No165463.4
1) Yes95536.6
TOTAL2610100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past twelve months? Worked for a political candidate or party (PO_WORK)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10
0) No248995.4
1) Yes1204.6
TOTAL2610100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past twelve months? Worked for a religious organization that is primarily involved in political issues or causes (PO_WRKRL)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10
0) No252096.6
1) Yes893.4
TOTAL2610100.0
Number of types of political activities in the past twelve months (PO_NUMBR)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10
0) 0128349.2
1) 158422.4
2) 233512.8
3) 31927.4
4) 41154.4
5) 5512
6) 6251
7) 718.7
8) 86.2
TOTAL2610100.0


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