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Mid-November Survey, 2001 - Analysis

ORGMSTKS (Weighted by WEIGHT)

(ASKED ONLY ON FORM 1) I am going to read you a pair of opposite phrases. After I read the pair, indicate which one phrase you feel better describes news organizations generally. If you think that neither phrase applies, please indicate that.- 1.) News organizations are willing to admit their mistakes. or 2.) News organizations try to cover up their mistakes.
 PercentCumulative Percent
1) News organizations are willing to admit their mistakes.35.2%35.2%
2) News organizations try to cover up their mistakes.52.3%87.5%
3) Neither applies.9.0%96.5%
9) Don't know/Refused3.6%100.0%
Missing731
Total Unweighted N = 769





Age (I-AGE)

 18-2425-3435-4445-6465+MissingTotal
News organizations are willing to admit their mistakes.20.2%44.4%36.5%37.8%29.4%335.2%
News organizations try to cover up their mistakes.61.2%44.0%52.5%50.9%56.9%452.2%
Neither applies.16.5%10.1%6.6%7.9%6.9%09.0%
Don't know/Refused2.1%1.5%4.3%3.4%6.9%03.6%
Missing8612214923112973814
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%  
Total Unweighted N = 762

Education (I-EDUC)

 Less than high schoolHigh school graduateSome collegeCollege +MissingTotal
News organizations are willing to admit their mistakes.34.5%40.1%24.7%37.3%235.0%
News organizations try to cover up their mistakes.56.8%48.1%60.9%48.3%052.4%
Neither applies.4.4%7.4%11.8%11.3%09.0%
Don't know/Refused4.4%4.3%2.6%3.2%03.6%
Missing592401852447333
Total 100% 100% 100% 100%  
Total Unweighted N = 767

Gender (I-GENDER)

 MaleFemaleMissingTotal
News organizations are willing to admit their mistakes.32.9%37.1%035.2%
News organizations try to cover up their mistakes.56.2%48.9%052.3%
Neither applies.8.5%9.4%08.9%
Don't know/Refused2.4%4.6%03.6%
Missing3423897310
Total 100% 100%  
Total Unweighted N = 769

Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

 RepublicanDemocratIndependentMissingTotal
News organizations are willing to admit their mistakes.33.1%40.0%32.2%2135.0%
News organizations try to cover up their mistakes.55.8%46.4%56.3%2253.0%
Neither applies.8.7%9.0%9.1%58.9%
Don't know/Refused2.4%4.5%2.4%63.1%
Missing24923619378553
Total 100% 100% 100%  
Total Unweighted N = 715

Marital status (I-MARITAL)

 MarriedDivorced or separatedWidowedNever been marriedMissingTotal
News organizations are willing to admit their mistakes.35.6%39.4%32.7%31.5%335.0%
News organizations try to cover up their mistakes.52.7%51.0%51.0%52.7%252.4%
Neither applies.9.3%5.6%4.8%12.2%09.1%
Don't know/Refused2.5%4.0%11.5%3.5%03.6%
Missing399108611567367
Total 100% 100% 100% 100%  
Total Unweighted N = 764

Religion (I-RELIGION)

 ProtestantRoman CatholicOther religionMissingTotal
News organizations are willing to admit their mistakes.34.0%39.7%28.0%2734.9%
News organizations try to cover up their mistakes.53.0%49.5%58.3%3352.6%
Neither applies.9.7%8.2%10.7%59.4%
Don't know/Refused3.4%2.6%3.0%53.1%
Missing36718910080175
Total 100% 100% 100%  
Total Unweighted N = 699

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