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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 WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Political party identification by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Strong Democrat11.6%
109
13.5%
179
18.9%
250
22.2%
194
22.2%
70

5
16.8%
802
Not very strong Democrat21.6%
203
19.3%
255
15.5%
206
14.3%
125
17.4%
55

6
17.7%
844
Independent, close to Democrat14.8%
139
12.2%
162
12.4%
164
11.7%
102
9.8%
31

4
12.5%
598
Independent (neither, no response)23.4%
220
20.5%
271
16.1%
214
11.4%
100
11.4%
36

13
17.6%
841
Independent, close to Republican7.3%
69
8.9%
118
8.7%
115
11.0%
96
7.0%
22

4
8.8%
420
Not very strong Republican13.5%
127
14.2%
188
14.3%
189
11.8%
103
14.2%
45

3
13.6%
652
Strong Republican4.6%
43
7.5%
99
12.1%
160
15.1%
132
16.8%
53

5
10.2%
487
Other party, refused to say2.9%
27
2.9%
38
2.0%
26
1.7%
15
0.9%
3

2
2.3%
109
No answer0.2%
2
1.0%
13
0.2%
2
0.8%
7
0.3%
1

2
0.5%
25
TOTAL 100.0%
939
100.0%
1323
100.0%
1326
100.0%
874
100.0%
316

44

4778



Political party identification by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Strong Democrat15.6%
237
15.6%
100
17.7%
87
18.3%
133
17.2%
32
17.5%
218

1
16.8%
807
Not very strong Democrat19.1%
289
20.3%
130
18.1%
89
17.6%
128
24.7%
46
13.4%
166

0
17.7%
848
Independent, close to Democrat15.4%
233
15.9%
102
10.4%
51
12.9%
94
4.3%
8
9.1%
113

0
12.5%
601
Independent (neither, no response)22.6%
343
14.8%
95
16.5%
81
13.7%
100
15.1%
28
15.7%
195

11
17.5%
842
Independent, close to Republican8.5%
129
9.8%
63
10.2%
50
8.2%
60
8.6%
16
8.4%
104

2
8.8%
422
Not very strong Republican9.1%
138
12.7%
81
16.9%
83
16.8%
122
15.6%
29
16.3%
202

0
13.6%
655
Strong Republican5.9%
90
8.0%
51
6.9%
34
10.6%
77
11.8%
22
17.5%
218

0
10.2%
492
Other party, refused to say3.3%
50
2.2%
14
2.4%
12
1.4%
10
1.6%
3
1.7%
21

0
2.3%
110
No answer0.4%
6
0.6%
4
0.8%
4
0.5%
4
1.1%
2
0.5%
6

2
0.5%
26
TOTAL 100.0%
1515
100.0%
640
100.0%
491
100.0%
728
100.0%
186
100.0%
1243

16

4803



Political party identification by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Strong Democrat43.8%
327
19.8%
107
13.1%
229
10.2%
71
5.9%
53

20
17.0%
787
Not very strong Democrat21.3%
159
30.9%
167
20.3%
355
11.5%
80
7.6%
68

19
17.9%
829
Independent, close to Democrat16.5%
123
20.7%
112
15.7%
274
7.4%
52
3.0%
27

14
12.7%
588
Independent (neither, no response)10.1%
75
13.5%
73
23.4%
409
13.0%
91
12.3%
111

95
16.4%
759
Independent, close to Republican1.7%
13
5.0%
27
9.6%
168
14.2%
99
11.9%
107

9
8.9%
414
Not very strong Republican2.7%
20
4.3%
23
11.1%
195
30.8%
215
21.7%
195

8
14.0%
648
Strong Republican1.7%
13
3.0%
16
3.9%
69
10.3%
72
35.3%
317

6
10.5%
487
Other party, refused to say1.9%
14
2.4%
13
2.1%
37
2.3%
16
2.3%
21

9
2.2%
101
No answer0.3%
2
0.6%
3
0.7%
13
0.3%
2
0.0%
0

7
0.4%
20
TOTAL 100.0%
746
100.0%
541
100.0%
1749
100.0%
698
100.0%
899

187

4633



Political party identification by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Strong Democrat12.0%
436
43.3%
306
13.7%
66
16.7%
808
Not very strong Democrat15.7%
572
23.6%
167
22.8%
110
17.6%
849
Independent, close to Democrat11.9%
432
12.9%
91
16.4%
79
12.5%
602
Independent (neither, no response)17.5%
636
12.7%
90
26.5%
128
17.7%
854
Independent, close to Republican10.5%
380
2.0%
14
6.0%
29
8.8%
423
Not very strong Republican16.5%
598
1.4%
10
9.9%
48
13.6%
656
Strong Republican12.8%
466
1.6%
11
3.3%
16
10.2%
493
Other party, refused to say2.7%
98
1.6%
11
0.4%
2
2.3%
111
No answer0.4%
16
1.0%
7
1.0%
5
0.6%
28
TOTAL 100.0%
3634
100.0%
707
100.0%
483

4824



Political party identification by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Strong Democrat18.6%
414
12.6%
142
33.7%
30
17.4%
167
13.5%
54

0
16.8%
807
Not very strong Democrat15.0%
334
20.0%
226
21.3%
19
20.1%
193
19.2%
77

0
17.7%
849
Independent, close to Democrat9.3%
206
12.2%
138
16.9%
15
18.2%
175
16.2%
65

2
12.5%
599
Independent (neither, no response)14.2%
315
19.7%
223
3.4%
3
23.4%
224
21.2%
85

4
17.7%
850
Independent, close to Republican8.6%
192
10.4%
118
7.9%
7
7.1%
68
8.5%
34

4
8.7%
419
Not very strong Republican16.3%
363
15.2%
172
12.4%
11
6.8%
65
10.7%
43

1
13.6%
654
Strong Republican15.6%
346
7.8%
88
4.5%
4
2.5%
24
7.5%
30

0
10.2%
492
Other party, refused to say1.9%
43
1.3%
15
0.0%
0
4.3%
41
2.7%
11

1
2.3%
110
No answer0.5%
12
0.7%
8
0.0%
0
0.2%
2
0.5%
2

3
0.5%
24
TOTAL 100.0%
2225
100.0%
1130
100.0%
89
100.0%
959
100.0%
401

15

4804



Political party identification by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Strong Democrat14.3%
318
18.9%
490
16.8%
808
Not very strong Democrat16.1%
358
19.0%
491
17.6%
849
Independent, close to Democrat14.2%
317
11.0%
284
12.5%
601
Independent (neither, no response)16.4%
366
18.8%
487
17.7%
853
Independent, close to Republican10.6%
236
7.2%
187
8.8%
423
Not very strong Republican15.0%
335
12.4%
321
13.6%
656
Strong Republican10.2%
227
10.3%
266
10.2%
493
Other party, refused to say2.9%
65
1.7%
45
2.3%
110
No answer0.4%
8
0.7%
19
0.6%
27
TOTAL 100.0%
2230
100.0%
2590

4820



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 2012 GSS. There are a total of 4,820 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.




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