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Political party identification (Demographic Patterns)

Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Republican, Democrat, Independent, or what? Results weighted by WTCOMBNR (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Political party identification by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Strong Democrat13.2%
299
19.2%
507
16.4%
806
Not very strong Democrat15.9%
358
17.9%
474
17.0%
832
Independent, close to Democrat14.4%
325
12.3%
324
13.2%
649
Independent (neither, no response)16.3%
367
16.4%
434
16.3%
801
Independent, close to Republican12.0%
272
8.9%
236
10.4%
508
Not very strong Republican14.1%
319
12.5%
331
13.3%
650
Strong Republican10.2%
231
9.9%
263
10.1%
494
Other party, refused to say3.4%
76
1.8%
48
2.5%
124
No answer0.5%
11
1.0%
27
0.8%
38
TOTAL 100.0%
2258
100.0%
2644

4902



Political party identification by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservativeExtremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Strong Democrat41.8%
325
19.4%
116
11.9%
205
9.6%
64
6.5%
52
8.3%
16

27
16.4%
778
Not very strong Democrat20.6%
160
27.9%
167
20.9%
360
10.5%
70
5.7%
45
6.8%
13

16
17.1%
815
Independent, close to Democrat19.8%
154
22.6%
135
14.1%
243
9.0%
60
4.7%
37
4.7%
9

13
13.4%
638
Independent (neither, no response)9.0%
70
12.2%
73
23.8%
410
15.8%
106
8.2%
65
9.9%
19

58
15.6%
743
Independent, close to Republican1.4%
11
6.5%
39
10.0%
172
19.6%
131
15.2%
121
14.6%
28

6
10.6%
502
Not very strong Republican3.0%
23
6.2%
37
13.5%
232
22.4%
150
22.5%
179
10.9%
21

9
13.5%
642
Strong Republican1.4%
11
3.0%
18
3.0%
51
10.0%
67
33.4%
265
40.1%
77

4
10.3%
489
Other party, refused to say2.6%
20
1.5%
9
2.3%
40
2.7%
18
3.0%
24
4.2%
8

4
2.5%
119
No answer0.5%
4
0.7%
4
0.6%
11
0.4%
3
0.8%
6
0.5%
1

8
0.6%
29
TOTAL 100.0%
778
100.0%
598
100.0%
1724
100.0%
669
100.0%
794
100.0%
192

145

4755



Political party identification by Age


18 to 29 years old30 to 44 years old45 to 59 years old60 to 74 years old75 years or olderMissingTOTAL
Strong Democrat12.4%
120
12.7%
166
17.8%
251
20.0%
166
26.7%
92

10
16.4%
795
Not very strong Democrat18.6%
180
19.9%
259
16.4%
231
13.0%
108
13.7%
47

8
17.0%
825
Independent, close to Democrat17.5%
169
13.7%
178
12.5%
176
11.4%
94
8.1%
28

4
13.3%
645
Independent (neither, no response)19.9%
193
16.8%
219
15.5%
218
14.9%
123
11.6%
40

8
16.3%
793
Independent, close to Republican9.9%
96
11.0%
143
10.1%
142
12.6%
104
6.1%
21

1
10.4%
506
Not very strong Republican12.4%
120
13.5%
176
13.7%
193
13.2%
109
14.2%
49

2
13.3%
647
Strong Republican5.6%
54
8.7%
113
11.6%
164
13.3%
110
14.5%
50

3
10.1%
491
Other party, refused to say3.1%
30
3.1%
41
1.8%
26
1.2%
10
3.8%
13

3
2.5%
120
No answer0.6%
6
0.5%
7
0.6%
8
0.5%
4
1.2%
4

10
0.6%
29
TOTAL 100.0%
968
100.0%
1302
100.0%
1409
100.0%
828
100.0%
344

49

4851



Political party identification by Region


NortheastMidwestSouthWestMissingTOTAL
Strong Democrat18.1%
153
17.8%
187
16.6%
311
13.8%
155

0
16.4%
806
Not very strong Democrat16.7%
141
15.2%
160
17.8%
334
17.6%
198

0
17.0%
833
Independent, close to Democrat13.7%
116
12.3%
130
11.2%
210
17.0%
192

1
13.2%
648
Independent (neither, no response)18.8%
159
17.6%
185
15.5%
292
14.7%
166

0
16.4%
802
Independent, close to Republican10.2%
86
10.4%
109
10.5%
197
10.4%
117

0
10.4%
509
Not very strong Republican11.3%
95
14.4%
152
13.7%
258
12.9%
145

0
13.3%
650
Strong Republican8.1%
68
9.5%
100
12.0%
225
8.9%
100

0
10.1%
493
Other party, refused to say1.8%
15
2.3%
24
2.0%
38
4.1%
46

0
2.5%
123
No answer1.3%
11
0.6%
6
0.7%
13
0.7%
8

0
0.8%
38
TOTAL 100.0%
844
100.0%
1053
100.0%
1878
100.0%
1127

1

4902



Political party identification by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Strong Democrat17.8%
415
15.6%
194
24.7%
23
15.1%
122
12.8%
49

2
16.5%
803
Not very strong Democrat15.1%
352
20.4%
254
28.0%
26
15.7%
127
18.5%
71

3
17.1%
830
Independent, close to Democrat10.8%
252
13.1%
163
15.1%
14
20.0%
162
14.6%
56

2
13.3%
647
Independent (neither, no response)12.0%
280
16.9%
211
6.5%
6
25.7%
208
22.2%
85

10
16.2%
790
Independent, close to Republican10.5%
245
11.9%
148
7.5%
7
9.0%
73
7.6%
29

5
10.3%
502
Not very strong Republican17.4%
407
11.8%
147
5.4%
5
6.5%
53
9.7%
37

1
13.3%
649
Strong Republican14.4%
336
8.8%
109
10.8%
10
2.3%
19
5.2%
20

0
10.1%
494
Other party, refused to say1.8%
41
1.0%
13
2.2%
2
5.1%
41
7.0%
27

1
2.5%
124
No answer0.3%
8
0.5%
6
0.0%
0
0.6%
5
2.3%
9

11
0.6%
28
TOTAL 100.0%
2336
100.0%
1245
100.0%
93
100.0%
810
100.0%
383

35

4867



Political party identification by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Strong Democrat11.8%
439
45.6%
302
12.7%
65
16.4%
806
Not very strong Democrat15.8%
588
20.1%
133
21.7%
111
17.0%
832
Independent, close to Democrat12.6%
470
11.9%
79
19.5%
100
13.2%
649
Independent (neither, no response)16.4%
611
10.4%
69
23.6%
121
16.3%
801
Independent, close to Republican12.0%
448
4.4%
29
6.1%
31
10.4%
508
Not very strong Republican15.6%
582
4.7%
31
7.4%
38
13.3%
651
Strong Republican12.6%
471
1.5%
10
2.5%
13
10.1%
494
Other party, refused to say2.7%
100
0.9%
6
3.3%
17
2.5%
123
No answer0.5%
18
0.6%
4
3.1%
16
0.8%
38
TOTAL 100.0%
3727
100.0%
663
100.0%
512

4902



Political party identification by Church attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekOnce a week or moreMissingTOTAL
Strong Democrat15.3%
217
12.3%
84
17.3%
88
19.5%
153
14.4%
30
18.5%
169

65
16.4%
741
Not very strong Democrat16.7%
236
19.8%
135
17.6%
90
19.9%
156
17.2%
36
15.0%
137

43
17.5%
790
Independent, close to Democrat17.0%
241
15.5%
106
13.7%
70
13.2%
104
8.6%
18
9.1%
83

27
13.8%
622
Independent (neither, no response)21.8%
308
16.9%
115
18.4%
94
13.4%
105
14.8%
31
8.9%
81

67
16.3%
734
Independent, close to Republican8.8%
124
14.8%
101
9.2%
47
9.4%
74
13.9%
29
10.4%
95

38
10.4%
470
Not very strong Republican9.7%
138
10.4%
71
13.3%
68
13.1%
103
20.1%
42
18.5%
169

59
13.1%
591
Strong Republican5.9%
83
7.9%
54
8.4%
43
9.2%
72
10.0%
21
17.1%
156

65
9.5%
429
Other party, refused to say4.2%
60
2.3%
16
1.0%
5
2.2%
17
0.5%
1
1.5%
14

10
2.5%
113
No answer0.6%
9
0.0%
0
1.0%
5
0.1%
1
0.5%
1
1.1%
10

12
0.6%
26
TOTAL 100.0%
1416
100.0%
682
100.0%
510
100.0%
785
100.0%
209
100.0%
914

386

4516



Notes

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972, except for the years 1979, 1981, and 1992 (a supplement was added in 1992), and biennially beginning in 1994. The GSS are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2010 GSS. There are a total of 4,901 cases in the data set but their initial sampling years vary because the GSS now contains panel cases. Sampling years can be identified with the variable SAMPTYPE.