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 LOWEIGHT


These next several questions are about your political views and activities. When it comes to politics, do you usually think of yourself as: (PO_1W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused00
-4) Dont know8.6
1) Very liberal755.7
2) Somewhat liberal20015.2
3) Middle of the road31924.3
4) Somewhat conservative26920.5
5) Very conservative1058
6) Havent thought much about it33725.7
TOTAL1313100.0
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) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Very liberal1108.5
2) Somewhat liberal17213.3
3) Middle of the road36128
4) Somewhat conservative23518.2
5) Very conservative or17313.4
6) Havent you thought much about this?23918.5
Missing24 
TOTAL1290100.0
Did you vote in the last presidential election, that is, in 2004? (PO_4W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.1
-4) Dont know1.1
1) Yes86465.8
2) No44834.1
TOTAL1314100.0
Did you vote in the last presidential election, that is, in 2008? (PO_4) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Yes93672.4
2) No35727.6
Missing21 
TOTAL1293100.0
Did you vote for George W. Bush, John Kerry, or someone else? (PO_5W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused161.9
-4) Dont know2.2
1) Bush42349
2) Kerry39045.1
3) Someone else333.8
Missing450 
TOTAL864100.0
In politics, do you usually think of yourself as a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent? (PO_6W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused9.7
-4) Dont know241.8
1) Democrat44633.9
2) Republican31724.1
3) Independent44533.9
4) Other735.6
TOTAL1314100.0
In politics, do you usually think of yourself as a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent? (PO_6) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Democrat49538.4
2) Republican33826.2
3) Independent38229.7
4) Something else735.7
Missing26 
TOTAL1288100.0
Are you a strong Democrat or a not so strong Democrat? (PO_7W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.2
-4) Dont know2.4
1) Strong18240.8
2) Not so strong26158.5
Missing868 
TOTAL446100.0
Are you a strong Democrat or a not so strong Democrat? (PO_7) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Strong27254.9
2) Not so strong22345.1
Missing819 
TOTAL495100.0
Are you a strong Republican or a not so strong Republican? (PO_8W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know3.9
1) Strong12439.2
2) Not so strong18959.8
Missing997 
TOTAL316100.0
Are you a strong Republican or a not so strong Republican? (PO_8) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Strong17050.3
2) Not so strong16849.7
Missing976 
TOTAL338100.0
Do you lean toward the Democrats, or toward the Republicans? (PO_9W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused3.5
-4) Dont know112
1) Lean democratic18733.9
2) Lean republican12522.7
3) Neither22540.8
Missing762 
TOTAL551100.0
Do you lean toward the Democrats, or toward the Republicans? (PO_9) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Lean Democratic12828.1
2) Lean Republican9220.2
3) Neither23651.8
Missing858 
TOTAL456100.0
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_10W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.2
-4) Dont know272.1
1) Strongly oppose19014.5
2) Somewhat oppose15211.6
3) Neither support or oppose57343.6
4) Somewhat support25819.6
5) Strongly support1128.5
TOTAL1314100.0
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) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly oppose21917
2) Somewhat oppose14111
3) Neither support or oppose63349.3
4) Somewhat support17313.5
5) Strongly support1199.3
Missing29 
TOTAL1285100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months? Attended a political meeting or rally (POATTW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
0) No120891.9
1) Yes1068.1
TOTAL1314100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months: attended a political meeting or rally? (POATT) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
0) No124195.5
1) Yes594.5
Missing14 
TOTAL1300100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months? Contacted a public official (POCNTW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
0) No103979.1
1) Yes27520.9
TOTAL1314100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months: contacted a public official? (POCNT) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
0) No110985.2
1) Yes19214.8
Missing14 
TOTAL1301100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months? Participated in a demonstration or protest (PODEMW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
0) No127096.7
1) Yes443.3
TOTAL1314100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months: participated in a demonstration or protest? (PODEM) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
0) No127497.9
1) Yes272.1
Missing14 
TOTAL1301100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months? Gave money to a political party, group, or candidate (POGAVEW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
0) No115487.8
1) Yes16012.2
TOTAL1314100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months: gave money to a political party, group, or candidate? (POGAVE) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
0) No117190
1) Yes13010
Missing14 
TOTAL1301100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months? None (PONONEW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
0) No72355
1) Yes59145
TOTAL1314100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months: none? (PONONE) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
0) No56943.8
1) Yes73156.2
Missing14 
TOTAL1300100.0
Number of types of political activities in the past 12 months (PONUMBW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL13141.151.45
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months: signed a petition? (POSIGN) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
0) No89769
1) Yes40331
Missing14 
TOTAL1300100.0
Political party combined (POPARTW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused3.2
-4) Dont know11.8
1) Strong democrat18213.9
2) Not strong democrat26420.1
3) Lean democrat18714.2
4) Neither22517.1
5) Lean republican1259.5
6) Not strong republican19314.7
7) Strong republican1249.4
TOTAL1314100.0
Political party combined (PO_PARTY) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Strong Democrat27221.1
2) Not strong Democrat22417.4
3) Lean Democrat1289.9
4) Neither23618.3
5) Lean Republican927.1
6) Not strong Republican16813
7) Strong Republican17013.2
Missing25 
TOTAL1290100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months? Attempted to persuade someone to vote for a particular candidate or party (POPERSW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
0) No101277
1) Yes30223
TOTAL1314100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months: attempted to persuade someone to vote for a particular candidate or party? (POPERS) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
0) No107082.3
1) Yes23017.7
Missing14 
TOTAL1300100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months? Signed a petition (POSIGNW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
0) No79260.3
1) Yes52239.7
TOTAL1314100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months: signed a petition? (POSIGN) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
0) No89769
1) Yes40331
Missing14 
TOTAL1300100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months? Worked for a political candidate or party (POWORKW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
0) No126296
1) Yes524
TOTAL1314100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months: worked for a political candidate or party? (POWORK) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
0) No126997.5
1) Yes322.5
Missing14 
TOTAL1301100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months? Worked for a religious organization that is primarily involved in political issues or causes (POWRLW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
0) No126996.6
1) Yes453.4
TOTAL1314100.0
Here is a list of political activities. Have you done any of these in the past 12 months: worked for a religious organization that is primarily involved in political issues or causes? (POWRL) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
0) No128298.5
1) Yes191.5
Missing14 
TOTAL1301100.0
Were any of the demonstrations or protests you participated in related to immigration issues, or not? (PO_3) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Yes518.5
2) No2281.5
Missing1287 
TOTAL27100.0
Did you vote for John McCain, Barack Obama, or someone else? (PO_5) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) McCain38341.5
2) Obama51155.4
3) Someone else293.1
Missing391 
TOTAL923100.0
Number of political activities (PO_NUMB) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
-9) Skipped2.2
0) 073156.3
1) 128521.9
2) 214611.2
3) 3775.9
4) 4292.2
5) 5161.2
6) 69.7
7) 74.3
Missing14 
TOTAL1299100.0


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