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Mid-November Survey, 2001 - Analysis

CRITPOL (Weighted by WEIGHT)

(ASKED ONLY ON FORM 1) Some people think that by criticizing leaders, news organizations keep political leaders from doing their job. Others think that such criticism is worth it because it keeps political leaders from doing things that should not be done. Which position is closer to your opinion?
 PercentCumulative Percent
1) Criticism keeps political leaders from doing their job.31.6%31.6%
2) Criticism keeps leaders from doing things that should not be done.54.5%86.2%
9) Don't know/Refused13.9%100.0%
Missing731
Total Unweighted N = 769





Age (I-AGE)

 18-2425-3435-4445-6465+MissingTotal
Criticism keeps political leaders from doing their job.30.0%32.8%33.3%30.9%30.7%231.6%
Criticism keeps leaders from doing things that should not be done.61.6%45.9%59.0%56.5%50.0%354.7%
Don't know/Refused8.4%21.3%7.7%12.6%19.3%213.7%
Missing8612214923112973814
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%  
Total Unweighted N = 762

Education (I-EDUC)

 Less than high schoolHigh school graduateSome collegeCollege +MissingTotal
Criticism keeps political leaders from doing their job.31.2%35.4%26.6%31.2%031.7%
Criticism keeps leaders from doing things that should not be done.39.5%52.1%60.7%61.3%154.6%
Don't know/Refused29.3%12.5%12.7%7.5%113.7%
Missing592401852447333
Total 100% 100% 100% 100%  
Total Unweighted N = 767

Gender (I-GENDER)

 MaleFemaleMissingTotal
Criticism keeps political leaders from doing their job.30.8%32.4%031.6%
Criticism keeps leaders from doing things that should not be done.56.5%52.8%054.5%
Don't know/Refused12.8%14.8%013.8%
Missing3423897310
Total 100% 100%  
Total Unweighted N = 769

Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

 RepublicanDemocratIndependentMissingTotal
Criticism keeps political leaders from doing their job.41.3%26.4%27.1%1531.8%
Criticism keeps leaders from doing things that should not be done.47.6%62.4%57.0%2455.5%
Don't know/Refused11.1%11.2%15.9%1512.7%
Missing24923619378553
Total 100% 100% 100%  
Total Unweighted N = 715

Marital status (I-MARITAL)

 MarriedDivorced or separatedWidowedNever been marriedMissingTotal
Criticism keeps political leaders from doing their job.32.7%28.8%26.0%32.9%131.7%
Criticism keeps leaders from doing things that should not be done.52.3%57.6%52.9%59.4%254.6%
Don't know/Refused14.9%13.6%21.2%7.7%213.6%
Missing399108611567367
Total 100% 100% 100% 100%  
Total Unweighted N = 764

Religion (I-RELIGION)

 ProtestantRoman CatholicOther religionMissingTotal
Criticism keeps political leaders from doing their job.33.9%30.8%24.6%2131.7%
Criticism keeps leaders from doing things that should not be done.50.0%63.1%64.1%3355.7%
Don't know/Refused16.1%6.2%11.4%1612.5%
Missing36718910080175
Total 100% 100% 100%  
Total Unweighted N = 699

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