WASHINGTON POST/KAISER/HARVARD RACIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY

Results are from a telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,709 adults Ė including an oversample of minority groups Ė conducted by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University March 8 Ė April 22. The total sample included 779 whites, 323 African Americans, 315 Hispanics and 254 Asians, and the margin of sampling error for each group is plus or minus four, six, seven and nine percentage points respectively. Sampling error is only one of many potential sources of error in this or any other public opinion poll. Fieldwork was conducted by ICR of Media, Pa.

  1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president? (Interviewer: Get answer then ask: "Would that be Strongly (Approve/Disapprove) or Somewhat (Approve/Disapprove)?")

 

----------------APPROVE-----------------

----------DISAPPROVE-------------

 
 

NET

Strongly

Somewhat

NET

Somewhat

Strongly

Donít know

Total

58

32

26

27

11

16

15

White

65

39

27

22

9

13

12

African American

29

6

23

49

19

30

22

Hispanic

49

26

23

29

12

18

21

Asian

51

19

32

35

20

15

14

 

A. ECONOMY/PERSONAL FINANCES

Weíre interested in learning how people are getting along financially these days.

3. Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

 

---------EXCELLENT/GOOD----------

-----NOT SO GOOD/POOR-----

 
 

NET

Excellent

Good

NET

Not so good

Poor

Donít know

Total

69

11

57

31

21

10

1

White

75

13

62

24

17

8

1

African American

49

5

44

51

34

17

1

Hispanic

53

7

46

47

32

15

*

Asian

64

6

58

35

28

7

1

2. When they grow up, do you expect your children or children from families like yours to enjoy a higher or lower standard of living than your generation, or do you think it will be about the same?

 

Higher

Lower

About the same

Donít know

Total

50

10

37

3

White

46

11

41

3

African American

61

11

25

3

Hispanic

60

8

29

2

Asian

60

4

35

1

C. MINORITIES

6. Do you feel that (READ ITEMS) have more, less, or about the same opportunities in life as whites have?

a. African Americans

 

More opportunity

Less opportunity

About the same

Donít know

Total

11

35

51

2

White

13

27

58

2

African American

1

74

23

2

Hispanic

8

46

44

2

Asian

10

44

39

7

b. Hispanic Americans

 

More opportunity

Less opportunity

About the same

Donít know

Total

10

37

49

3

White

11

32

54

2

African American

6

61

28

5

Hispanic

6

45

47

2

Asian

5

44

42

9

c. Asian Americans

 

More opportunity

Less opportunity

About the same

Donít know

Total

14

18

63

4

White

13

14

70

4

African American

15

38

39

8

Hispanic

18

24

55

3

Asian

7

34

53

5

7. Now please tell me how much discrimination there is against each of these groups in our society today. How about (READ ITEM)? Would you say there is a lot of discrimination, some, only a little, or none at all?

a. Women

 

--A LOT/SOME DISCRIMINATION-

ONLY A LITTLE/NO DISCRIMINATION

 
 

NET

A lot

Some

NET

Only a little

None at all

Donít know

Total

60

14

46

39

27

13

1

White

57

11

46

43

29

14

1

African American

71

25

46

26

22

5

3

Hispanic

71

19

52

27

17

11

2

Asian

58

13

44

40

23

17

2

b. African Americans

 

--A LOT/SOME DISCRIMINATION-

ONLY A LITTLE/NO DISCRIMINATION

 
 

NET

A lot

Some

NET

Only a little

None at all

Donít know

Total

74

25

49

23

16

7

3

White

71

20

51

26

17

8

3

African American

86

48

39

11

9

2

3

Hispanic

79

31

48

18

12

6

3

Asian

74

24

50

24

15

9

2

c. Hispanic Americans

 

--A LOT/SOME DISCRIMINATION-

ONLY A LITTLE/NO DISCRIMINATION

 
 

NET

A lot

Some

NET

Only a little

None at all

Donít know

Total

66

19

47

31

23

8

3

White

64

15

49

33

24

9

3

African American

73

35

38

22

18

4

5

Hispanic

78

28

50

20

16

5

1

Asian

65

13

52

31

20

11

3

d. Asian Americans

 

--A LOT/SOME DISCRIMINATION-

ONLY A LITTLE/NO DISCRIMINATION

 
 

NET

A lot

Some

NET

Only a little

None at all

Donít know

Total

55

8

46

41

29

12

5

White

54

6

47

41

29

12

5

African American

60

14

46

35

29

6

5

Hispanic

60

17

43

37

26

11

3

Asian

61

9

52

38

25

14

1

e. White Americans

 

--A LOT/SOME DISCRIMINATION-

ONLY A LITTLE/NO DISCRIMINATION

 
 

NET

A lot

Some

NET

Only a little

None at all

Donít know

Total

43

8

35

55

29

26

2

White

46

9

38

52

30

22

1

African American

33

8

25

65

34

31

2

Hispanic

37

8

30

60

21

39

2

Asian

36

4

32

62

21

41

2

8. Now Iíd like to ask you how the nationís population is divided among White Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans. Just your best guess--What percentage of the United States population (READ ITEMS)?

(IF RESPONDENT IS STRUGGLING OR IS VERY HESITANT SKIP IMMEDIATELY TO INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE Q.9)

 

--------------------------------------MEANS------------------------------------------

 

White

African American

Hispanic American

Asian American

4/01 Total

55.7

30.2

24.6

16.7

White

55.0

29.0

22.7

15.4

African American

59.7

37.1

28.4

21.0

Hispanic

55.6

32.5

34.8

21.8

Asian

54.1

26.3

24.8

16.8

Correct 2001 census data

69

12

13

4

9. Thinking specifically about African Americans, do you think the average African American is better off, worse off, or just about as well off as the average white person in terms of (READ FIRST ITEM)? Is that a lot better/worse off or just a little? What about in terms of (INSERT NEXT ITEM). Do you think the average African American is better off, worse off, or just about as well off as the average white person?

a. Income

 

-----BETTER OFF-----

------WORSE OFF-----

   
 

 

NET

 

A lot

 

A little

 

NET

 

A little

 

A lot

Just about as well off as the average white person

 

Donít know

4/01 Total

7

2

5

58

37

21

33

2

White

4

2

3

57

39

18

38

1

African American

9

3

7

73

31

42

15

2

Hispanic

14

3

11

54

32

22

29

3

Asian

16

6

10

59

40

19

21

4

1995 Total*

3

2

1

62

36

26

32

3

White 1995*

3

2

1

56

36

20

38

3

Black 1995*

4

2

2

84

28

56

11

1

Hispanic 1995*

4

2

2

71

39

32

22

3

Asian 1995*

3

1

2

78

32

46

17

1

b. Access to health care

 

-----BETTER OFF-----

------WORSE OFF-----

   
 

 

NET

 

A lot

 

A little

 

NET

 

A little

 

A lot

Just about as well off as the average white person

 

Donít know

4/01 Total

11

6

6

38

22

16

46

4

White

11

6

5

35

23

12

50

4

African American

9

4

4

61

25

36

26

5

Hispanic

16

7

9

37

20

16

44

4

Asian

14

6

8

43

23

20

37

6

1995 Total*

13

7

6

34

18

16

47

6

White 1995*

14

7

7

30

18

12

50

6

Black 1995*

6

3

3

65

21

44

26

2

Hispanic 1995*

10

4

6

34

13

21

47

9

Asian 1995*

10

5

5

40

26

14

44

5

c. Education

 

-----BETTER OFF-----

------WORSE OFF-----

   
 

 

NET

 

A lot

 

A little

 

NET

 

A little

 

A lot

Just about as well off as the average white person

 

Donít know

4/01 Total

10

4

6

49

31

18

39

2

White

7

3

5

49

33

16

42

2

African American

11

5

6

59

29

31

26

4

Hispanic

14

5

9

46

30

16

38

2

Asian

13

3

9

49

28

21

35

3

1995 Total*

8

5

3

46

25

21

43

2

White 1995*

7

4

3

41

25

16

49

2

Black 1995*

5

2

3

71

25

46

24

2

Hispanic 1995*

9

7

2

56

28

28

31

4

Asian 1995*

5

2

3

59

22

37

33

2

d. The types of jobs they have

 

-----BETTER OFF-----

------WORSE OFF-----

   
 

 

NET

 

A lot

 

A little

 

NET

 

A little

 

A lot

Just about as well off as the average white person

 

Donít know

Total

8

2

5

51

31

19

39

2

White

6

1

4

49

33

15

44

2

African American

9

4

4

67

26

42

23

1

Hispanic

13

5

8

51

30

21

32

4

Asian

12

2

9

52

31

21

33

3

10. Thinking specifically about Hispanic Americans, do you think the average Hispanic American is better off, worse off, or just about as well off as the average white person in terms of (READ FIRST ITEM)? Is that a lot better/worse off or just a little? What about in terms of (INSERT NEXT ITEM). Do you think the average Hispanic American is better off, worse off, or just about as well off as the average white person?

a. Income

 

-----BETTER OFF-----

------WORSE OFF-----

   
 

 

NET

 

A lot

 

A little

 

NET

 

A little

 

A lot

Just about as well off as the average white person

 

Donít know

4/01 Total

6

2

4

67

37

30

25

2

White

5

2

3

68

40

28

26

1

African American

7

1

6

69

26

43

20

3

Hispanic

11

3

8

60

32

28

27

1

Asian

16

7

9

67

41

25

14

4

1995 Total*

5

2

3

66

32

34

26

4

White 1995*

3

1

2

63

34

29

29

4

Black 1995*

5

3

2

76

19

57

16

2

Hispanic 1995*

7

3

4

74

33

41

20

0

Asian 1995*

12

1

11

67

32

35

15

6

b. Access to health care

 

-----BETTER OFF-----

------WORSE OFF-----

   
 

 

NET

 

A lot

 

A little

 

NET

 

A little

 

A lot

Just about as well off as the average white person

 

Donít know

4/01 Total

8

5

3

48

27

22

37

6

White

6

5

2

46

26

19

42

6

African American

8

2

6

64

27

37

22

6

Hispanic

15

7

8

50

28

21

33

2

Asian

15

8

7

52

29

23

27

5

1995 Total*

14

9

5

46

22

24

35

6

White 1995*

14

10

4

42

21

21

37

7

Black 1995*

10

5

5

63

22

41

21

6

Hispanic 1995*

12

6

6

53

33

20

33

1

Asian 1995*

10

4

6

53

24

29

29

8

c. Education

 

-----BETTER OFF-----

------WORSE OFF-----

   
 

 

NET

 

A lot

 

A little

 

NET

 

A little

 

A lot

Just about as well off as the average white person

 

Donít know

4/01 Total

7

3

4

58

36

22

33

3

White

5

2

3

58

38

20

34

2

African American

7

1

6

65

28

37

23

6

Hispanic

13

4

8

51

27

24

36

1

Asian

10

4

8

55

35

20

26

10

1995 Total*

6

3

3

53

26

27

37

4

White 1995*

5

3

2

52

28

24

39

4

Black 1995*

8

5

3

65

20

45

24

3

Hispanic 1995*

8

5

3

55

27

28

37

0

Asian 1995*

8

2

6

57

22

35

29

6

d. The types of jobs they have

 

-----BETTER OFF-----

------WORSE OFF-----

   
 

 

NET

 

A lot

 

A little

 

NET

 

A little

 

A lot

Just about as well off as the average white person

 

Donít know

Total

7

3

4

65

36

29

26

3

White

6

3

3

65

38

26

27

3

African American

9

2

7

67

23

43

22

2

Hispanic

12

5

7

61

33

27

27

*

Asian

13

4

9

60

32

27

23

4

11. Thinking specifically about Asian Americans, do you think the average Asian American is better off, worse off, or just about as well off as the average white person in terms of (READ FIRST ITEM)? Is that a lot better/worse off or just a little? What about in terms of (INSERT NEXT ITEM). Do you think the average Asian American is better off, worse off, or just about as well off as the average white person?

a. Income

 

-----BETTER OFF-----

------WORSE OFF-----

   
 

 

NET

 

A lot

 

A little

 

NET

 

A little

 

A lot

Just about as well off as the average white person

 

Donít know

4/01 Total

21

7

14

23

18

4

52

4

White

19

6

14

22

18

3

56

3

African American

18

7

11

31

21

11

46

4

Hispanic

28

13

15

21

18

4

43

8

Asian

30

7

22

26

23

2

43

2

1995 Total*

18

7

11

28

20

8

49

4

White 1995*

18

7

11

28

21

7

50

3

Black 1995*

17

8

9

31

18

13

45

7

Hispanic 1995*

16

8

8

31

20

11

45

6

Asian 1995*

13

4

9

30

24

6

58

1

b. Access to health care

 

-----BETTER OFF-----

------WORSE OFF-----

   
 

 

NET

 

A lot

 

A little

 

NET

 

A little

 

A lot

Just about as well off as the average white person

 

Donít know

4/01 Total

11

4

7

19

14

5

63

7

White

8

3

5

16

12

3

69

7

African American

11

4

7

31

18

13

50

8

Hispanic

21

9

11

23

18

4

48

9

Asian

22

6

15

21

16

5

55

2

1995 Total*

16

9

7

17

11

6

60

7

White 1995*

17

10

7

15

10

5

61

6

Black 1995*

16

7

9

20

10

10

55

10

Hispanic 1995*

12

7

5

24

19

5

57

5

Asian 1995*

11

3

8

23

17

6

62

5

c. Education

 

-----BETTER OFF-----

------WORSE OFF-----

   
 

 

NET

 

A lot

 

A little

 

NET

 

A little

 

A lot

Just about as well off as the average white person

 

Donít know

4/01 Total

27

10

17

14

10

4

55

3

White

26

8

18

12

9

3

60

3

African American

23

11

12

25

15

10

47

5

Hispanic

34

20

14

15

10

5

45

7

Asian

43

15

27

9

7

2

48

*

1995 Total*

29

14

15

13

7

6

56

2

White 1995*

28

13

15

13

7

6

58

1

Black 1995*

29

18

11

13

8

5

53

6

Hispanic 1995*

39

15

24

14

10

4

44

3

Asian 1995*

41

19

22

8

7

1

50

*

d. The types of jobs they have

 

-----BETTER OFF-----

------WORSE OFF-----

   
 

 

NET

 

A lot

 

A little

 

NET

 

A little

 

A lot

Just about as well off as the average white person

 

Donít know

Total

19

7

12

22

17

5

54

5

White

17

5

12

21

17

4

58

4

African American

19

9

11

28

15

13

46

6

Hispanic

29

16

13

22

16

6

41

8

Asian

23

7

16

24

21

3

51

2

12. Do you believe it is the responsibility or isn't the responsibility of the federal government to make sure minorities have equality with whites in each of the following areas, even if it means you will have to pay more in taxes? Making sure minorities have (READ ITEMS)?

a. Jobs equal in quality to whites

 

Responsibility of the federal government

Not the responsibility of the federal government

Donít know

4/01 Total

47

50

3

White

40

57

3

African American

73

21

6

Hispanic

66

33

2

Asian

57

38

5

1995 Total*

46

53

1

White 1995*

40

59

1

Black 1995*

71

27

2

Hispanic 1995*

69

27

4

Asian 1995*

61

38

1

b. Schools equal in quality to whites

 

Responsibility of the federal government

Not the responsibility of the federal government

Donít know

4/01 Total

70

28

2

White

65

33

2

African American

89

7

4

Hispanic

79

18

3

Asian

73

24

3

1995 Total*

72

26

2

White 1995*

66

32

2

Black 1995*

93

7

*

Hispanic 1995*

89

9

2

Asian 1995*

84

14

2

("schools equal in quality to those held by whites")

c. Health care services equal to whites

 

Responsibility of the federal government

Not the responsibility of the federal government

Donít know

4/01 Total

62

34

3

White

55

41

4

African American

90

8

2

Hispanic

78

19

2

Asian

71

24

6

1995 Total*

68

31

2

White 1995*

61

37

2

Black 1995*

88

10

2

Hispanic 1995*

85

15

-

Asian 1995*

79

20

1

d. Treatment by the courts and police equal to whites

 

Responsibility of the federal government

Not the responsibility of the federal government

Donít know

4/01 Total

73

24

3

White

69

28

3

African American

89

10

1

Hispanic

80

15

4

Asian

82

12

5

1995 Total*

77

21

2

White 1995*

74

24

2

Black 1995*

88

10

2

Hispanic 1995*

89

10

1

Asian 1995*

83

16

1

("treatment by the courts and police equal to that received by whites")

12a. Is there too much, too little, or about the right amount of attention paid to race and racial issues these days?

 

Too much

Too little

About the right amount

Donít know

Total

45

29

23

4

White

52

20

24

3

African American

17

64

15

4

Hispanic

31

41

20

8

Asian

28

33

31

8

12b. Which of the following comes closer to your opinion?

 

We have overcome the major problems facing racial minorities in the country

There are still major problems facing minorities in this country

Donít know

Total

29

69

2

White

34

63

2

African American

9

88

3

Hispanic

15

82

3

Asian

26

69

4

13. During the last ten years, do you think tensions between racial and ethnic groups in this country have increased, decreased, or stayed about the same?

 

Increased

Decreased

Stayed about the same

Donít know

4/01 Total

29

28

41

2

White

27

30

41

2

African American

34

23

41

1

Hispanic

31

25

43

2

Asian

23

28

41

8

1995 Total*

47

14

39

1

White 1995*

45

15

40

*

Black 1995*

59

10

32

*

Hispanic 1995*

47

13

38

2

Asian 1995*

44

14

41

1

14. Are you, yourself, of Hispanic or Latino background, such as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or other Latin American background?

 

Yes

No

Donít know

Total

11

89

*

White

-

100

*

African American

-

100

-

Hispanic

100

-

-

Asian

-

99

1

15. Do you consider yourself to be white, black or African-American, Asian-American, or some other race?

 

 

 

White

Black/ African-American

Asian-American

Native American

Some other race

Donít know

Total

75

12

4

2

7

*

White

100

-

-

-

-

-

African American

-

100

-

-

-

-

Hispanic

34

4

1

1

58

2

Asian

-

-

100

-

-

-

RACE SUMMARY TABLE

----------------------------NON-HISPANIC------------------------------------

-------------HISPANIC------------

 
 

 

White

Black/

African-American

Asian-American

Native American

Some other race

 

NET

 

White

 

Black

 

Unspec

Donít Know

Total

71

12

4

2

1

11

4

*

7

*

 

H. POLICY ATTITUDES

22. Some people say that a child should only be adopted by people of the same race as the child. Other people say that race should not be a factor in adoption. Do you think that children should be adopted only by people of their own race, or don't you think this should be a factor?

 

Children should be adopted only by people of their own race

Race should not be a factor

 

Depends

Donít know

Total

17

81

NA

2

White

17

80

NA

2

African American

15

84

NA

1

Hispanic

16

82

NA

2

Asian

15

81

NA

3

3/91*

20

71

7

3

*CBS News Poll

50. In order to give minorities more opportunity, do you believe race or ethnicity should be a factor when deciding who is hired, promoted, or admitted to college, or that hiring, promotions, and college admissions should be based strictly on merit and qualifications other than race or ethnicity?

 

Race or ethnicity should be a factor

Should be based strictly on merit and qualifications other than race/ethnicity

Donít know

Total

5

92

3

White

3

94

3

African American

12

86

2

Hispanic

7

88

4

Asian

7

84

9

51. Do you favor or oppose employers and colleges making an extra effort to find and recruit qualified minorities?

 

Favor

Oppose

Donít know

Total

55

40

5

White

49

45

5

African American

77

17

6

Hispanic

62

32

6

Asian

63

32

6

52a. Do you think there should be more representatives from racial and ethnic minorities in Congress, fewer representatives, or do you think there are about the right number now?

 

More

Fewer

About the right amount

Donít know

Total

42

2

44

12

White

32

2

51

15

African American

75

3

19

4

Hispanic

61

3

30

6

Asian

63

2

24

10

52b. In order to elect more minorities to public office, do you think race should be a factor when boundaries for U.S. Congressional voting districts are drawn, or should it not be a factor?

 

Race should be a factor

Race should not be a factor

Donít know

Total

11

86

3

White

8

90

2

African American

27

70

3

Hispanic

13

83

4

Asian

17

78

5

(Asked of respondents who believe that race should be a factor when boundaries for

U.S. Congressional voting districts are drawn)

52c. Should race be a major factor or not?

 

Yes

No

Donít know

Total

39

61

1

African American

42

56

2

Q52b/c Summary

 

-----RACE SHOULD BE A FACTOR-------

   
 

 

NET

Should be a major factor

Should be a factor, but not a major factor

Race should not be a factor

Donít know

Total

11

4

7

86

3

White

8

3

5

90

2

African American

27

11

16

70

3

Hispanic

13

7

6

83

4

Asian

17

7

10

78

5

 

54. After the last presidential election some people's votes were not counted because of problems with the ballots or voting machines. In general, do you think this type of voting problem is more likely to affect racial minorities, less likely, or does it affect all Americans equally?

 

More likely to affect racial minorities

Less likely

Affects all Americans equally

Donít know

Total

19

3

76

2

White

15

2

82

1

African American

45

3

50

2

Hispanic

21

7

68

5

Asian

24

5

60

11

(Asked of total respondents who believe problems with ballots or voting machines are

more likely to affect racial minorities)

55. Do you think this is mainly an accident, or mainly a deliberate attempt to reduce the political power of minorities?

 

 

Accident

Attempt to reduce the political power of minorities

Donít know

Total

30

60

9

White

44

45

11

African American

9

85

5

Q.54/55 Summary

 

More Likely to Affect Racial Minorities

     
 

 

 

NET

Mainly an attempt to reduce the political power of minorities

 

Mainly an accident

Affects all Americans equally

Less likely to affect racial minorities

 

Donít know

Total

19

12

6

76

3

2

White

15

7

6

82

2

1

African American

45

38

4

50

3

2

Hispanic

21

15

3

68

7

5

Asian

24

10

9

60

5

11

 

I. CONTACT WITH MINORITIES

56B. We're interested in where people get their information about different racial and ethnic groups. Would you say your opinions about African Americans are based mainly on... (READ ITEMS)? How about (READ NEXT GROUP). Would you say your opinions about them are based on (READ ITEMS)

a. Asked of respondents who are not African American

 

Direct personal contact

Things youíve heard from family or friends

Things youíve seen or read in the media

Just a general sense you have

Donít know

Total

52

4

17

25

2

White

55

3

15

24

2

Hispanic

37

9

24

26

4

Asian

42

1

26

25

5

56B. We're interested in where people get their information about different racial and ethnic groups. Would you say your opinions about Hispanic Americans are based mainly on... (READ ITEMS)? How about (READ NEXT GROUP). Would you say your opinions about them are based on (READ ITEMS)

b. Asked of respondents who are not Hispanic American

 

Direct personal contact

Things youíve heard from family or friends

Things youíve seen or read in the media

Just a general sense you have

Donít know

Total

46

2

21

29

2

White

46

2

21

29

2

African American

47

3

23

24

3

Asian

42

2

28

25

4

 

56B. We're interested in where people get their information about different racial and ethnic groups. Would you say your opinions about Asian Americans are based mainly on... (READ ITEMS)? How about (READ NEXT GROUP). Would you say your opinions about them are based on (READ ITEMS)

c. Asked of respondents who are not Asian American

 

Direct personal contact

Things youíve heard from family or friends

Things youíve seen or read in the media

Just a general sense you have

Donít know

Total

40

3

23

30

4

White

42

2

22

30

3

African American

37

3

26

29

5

Hispanic

29

7

25

31

9

57. Do you live in a racially integrated neighborhood, or are almost all of the families in your neighborhood of the same race?

 

Racially integrated

Almost all families of the same race

Donít know

4/01 Total

49

50

1

White

44

56

1

African American

61

39

-

Hispanic

66

34

-

Asian

73

25

2

1995 Total*

46

53

1

White 1995*

41

58

1

Black 1995*

58

42

*

Hispanic 1995*

59

40

1

Asian 1995*

74

25

1

(Asked of total non-Hispanic White respondents)

57a. As you may know, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and other minorities are expected to make up more than half the U.S. population by the end of this century. Would you say this worries you a lot, a little, or not at all?

 

A lot

A little

Not at all worried

Donít know

White

6

21

72

1

 

49. On another subject, do you favor or oppose providing parents with tax money in the form of school vouchers to help pay for their children to attend private or religious schools?

 

Favor

Oppose

Donít know

Total

45

50

6

White

44

52

5

African American

46

46

8

Hispanic

51

42

7

Asian

46

44

10

B. VALUES

5. Now I am going to read a list of things that some people do. For each, thinking about your own values and morals, I'd like you to tell me whether you think it is generally acceptable or generally unacceptable. (READ ITEMS)

a. Marriages between people of the same sex

 

Generally acceptable

Generally unacceptable

Donít know

Total

34

64

2

White

34

64

2

African American

29

67

4

Hispanic

36

62

2

Asian

40

54

7

b. For someone to have an abortion

 

Generally acceptable

Generally unacceptable

Donít know

Total

42

54

4

White

43

57

4

African American

42

56

3

Hispanic

30

67

4

Asian

58

38

4

c. For someone to have a child without being married

 

Generally acceptable

Generally unacceptable

Donít know

Total

64

35

1

White

60

39

1

African American

73

25

2

Hispanic

75

24

1

Asian

60

37

3

53 As you may know, in some states convicted felons permanently lose their right to vote. Do you favor or oppose returning the right to vote to ex-felons whose crimes were not violent ones?

 

Favor

Oppose

Donít know

Total

61

36

4

White

58

38

4

African American

76

20

4

Hispanic

64

33

4

Asian

47

46

7

FACTUALS

60. How important is religion in your everyday life: The most important thing in your life; very important but not the most important thing; somewhat important; or not too important?

 

-------Most/Very Important-----

----Somewhat/Not too Important--

 
 

NET

Most

Very

NET

Somewhat

Not too

Donít know

Total

60

22

38

39

24

15

1

White

57

20

37

43

27

16

*

African American

80

37

43

20

14

6

-

Hispanic

61

19

42

37

25

12

1

Asian

62

26

35

38

17

21

-

61. For each of the following, please tell me whether or not it is something you and your family have had to deal with RECENTLY. (READ ITEMS)

a. You have had problems paying the rent or mortgage for yourself or your family

 

Have had to deal with it

Have not had to deal with it

Donít know

Total

19

81

-

White

16

84

-

African American

32

68

-

Hispanic

22

78

-

Asian

20

80

-

b. You have delayed or had trouble getting medical care for yourself or your family

 

Have had to deal with it

Have not had to deal with it

Donít know

Total

18

81

*

White

16

84

*

African American

24

76

-

Hispanic

27

73

-

Asian

13

87

1

c. You have been unable to save money for future needs

 

Have had to deal with it

Have not had to deal with it

Donít know

Total

50

50

*

White

48

52

*

African American

63

37

*

Hispanic

49

51

-

Asian

46

53

*

62. Do you own stocks, bonds, or mutual funds--either directly or through a 401K plan?

 

Yes

No

Donít know

Total

54

45

1

White

61

38

1

African American

34

66

-

Hispanic

31

69

1

Asian

51

48

*

DEMOGRAPHICS

We now have just a few more questions to help classify your answers.

D01. In politics today, do you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, or something else?

 

 

Republican

Democrat

Independent

Something else

Nothing

Donít Know

Total

30

36

23

6

3

2

White

37

29

25

6

2

1

African American

5

68

14

7

2

3

Hispanic

20

44

20

6

7

4

Asian

24

37

21

7

3

9

(Asked of total independents)

D01a. Do you consider yourself closer to the Republican Party or the Democratic Party?

 

Republican Party

Democratic Party

Donít Know

Total

36

44

21

White

41

39

20

African American

10

72

19

Hispanic

20

61

19

Asian

30

37

33

Leaned Party Table

 

Republican

Democrat

Independent

Something else

Nothing

Donít Know

Total

38

46

5

6

3

2

White

46

38

6

6

2

1

African American

7

78

3

7

2

3

Hispanic

24

56

4

6

7

4

Asian

30

44

7

7

3

9

D02. Would you say your views in most political matters are liberal, moderate, conservative, something else, or havenít you given this much thought?

 

 

Liberal

Moderate

Conservative

Something else

Havenít give this much thought

Donít Know

Total

18

25

23

3

30

1

White

18

27

26

3

26

1

African American

20

24

11

2

42

1

Hispanic

13

18

18

2

47

2

Asian

24

30

15

6

15

11

D03. Some people are registered to vote and others are not. Are you currently registered to vote at your current address?

 

Yes

No

Donít know

Total

78

22

*

White

80

20

*

African American

84

16

-

Hispanic

63

37

-

Asian

58

38

4

(Asked of total registered voters)

D04. As you may know, around half the public does not vote in presidential elections. How about you -- did you vote in the presidential election last year when George W. Bush ran against Al Gore, Ralph Nader, and Pat Buchanan, or did you skip that one?

 

Voted

Did not vote

Donít Know

Total

87

13

-

White

90

10

-

African American

81

19

-

Hispanic

70

30

-

Asian

82

18

-

(Asked of total voters)

D04a. Which candidate did you vote for?

 

 

George W. Bush

Al Gore

Ralph Nader

Pat Buchanan

Donít know

Total

50

45

2

1

2

White

58

36

3

1

2

African American

8

88

1

-

3

Hispanic

37

58

3

-

2

Asian

42

53

1

-

4

 

D03/D04/D04a

 

-----------------------------REGISTERED--------------------

     
   

-------------------------VOTED---------------------

     
 

NET

NET

Bush

Gore

Nader

Buchanan

Did not vote

Not registered

Donít know

Total

78

68

32

28

1

*

10

22

*

White

80

72

39

25

2

*

8

20

*

African American

84

68

5

55

1

-

16

16

-

Hispanic

63

44

15

24

1

-

18

37

-

Asian

58

47

19

24

1

-

11

38

4

D05. Are you currently married, living with a partner, widowed, divorced, separated, or have you never been married?

 

Currently married

Living w/ a partner

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

Never married

Donít Know

Total

54

6

8

10

3

18

*

White

59

6

9

10

2

15

-

African American

30

9

8

11

7

35

-

Hispanic

53

6

3

8

9

21

-

Asian

54

6

1

13

1

24

1

(Asked of total respondents who are married/living with a partner)

D05A. Which of the following best describes your marriage or current relationship? Itís perfect and couldnít be improved, itís nearly perfect, a few small improvements are needed, itís generally good, but there are some problems, or itís not so good, weíve got serious problems?

 

---------Perfect/Nearly Perfect--------

-----Some Problems/Serious Problems----

 
 

 

 

NET

Perfect and couldnít be improved

A few small improvements are needed

 

 

NET

Generally good, but there are some problems

Not so good, weíve got serious problems

 

Donít know

Total

72

24

49

28

25

2

*

White

73

23

50

27

25

2

*

African American

72

24

47

28

24

5

-

Hispanic

69

27

42

31

27

4

-

Asian

77

34

44

23

21

2

-

D07. Do you have any children under age 18 living at home?

 

Yes

No

Donít know

Total

38

62

-

White

34

66

-

African American

44

56

-

Hispanic

56

44

-

Asian

39

61

-

D07b Are you or is anyone in your household currently in military service, a military veteran, or a reservist?

 

Yes

No

Donít know

Total

24

76

*

White

25

75

-

African American

24

76

-

Hispanic

18

82

*

Asian

16

83

1

D08. What is your religious preference? Are you Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, some other religion, or no religion?

 

 

Protestant

Roman Catholic

Jewish

Some other religion

No religion

Donít Know

Total

45

26

2

17

10

1

White

48

23

2

15

10

1

African American

59

6

-

25

9

*

Hispanic

16

64

*

13

6

1

Asian

27

18

*

30

15

10

(Asked of respondents who consider themselves some other religion)

(Black=83/Asian=86)

D08B. Do you consider yourself a Christian?

 

Yes

No

Donít know

Total

82

18

*

White

85

15

-

African American

92

8

-

Asian

26

72

2

(Asked of total Protestants/Christians)

(Hispanic=84)

D08C. Would you consider yourself as a born-again or evangelical Christian, or not?

 

Yes

No

Donít know

Total

55

42

3

White

53

45

2

African American

65

33

2

Hispanic

63

31

7

DO8/DO8B SUMMARY TABLE WITH NETS

 

--PROTESTANT/CHRISTIAN-

         
 

NET

Protestant

Other Christian

Roman Catholic

Jewish

Some other religion

No religion

Donít Know

Total

59

45

14

26

2

3

10

1

White

61

48

13

23

2

2

10

1

African American

83

59

23

6

-

2

9

*

Hispanic

26

16

10

64

*

3

6

1

Asian

35

27

8

18

*

22

15

10

DO8/DO8B/DO8C SUMMARY TABLE

 

Born again Protestants/Some other religion/Christian

Protestant not born again

 

Roman Catholic

 

 

Jewish

Some other/not Christian

Other Christian/ not born again

 

No religion

 

Donít Know

Total

32

21

26

2

3

6

10

1

White

32

16

23

2

2

6

10

1

African American

52

24

6

-

2

6

9

*

Hispanic

16

5

64

*

3

6

6

1

Asian

15

15

18

*

22

5

15

10

D09. What is the last grade or class that you completed in school?

 

 

Total

White

African American

Hispanic

Asian

High school graduate or less (NET)

52

48

59

74

36

Less than high school graduate (SUBNET)

17

12

22

43

15

None, or grade 1-8

3

1

4

16

8

High school incomplete

14

11

18

27

6

High school graduate+ (SUBNET)

35

35

37

31

21

High school graduate

33

33

35

28

20

Business, technical/vocational school

2

2

2

3

1

Some college or more (NET)

48

52

41

26

64

Some college, no 4 year degree

25

26

26

17

22

College graduate + (SUBNET)

23

26

15

9

43

College graduate

16

18

10

6

28

Post-graduate training

8

8

5

3

15

Donít Know

-

-

-

-

-

D10. What is your age?

 

18-29

30-49

50-64

65+

Total

21

43

20

16

White

18

42

21

19

African American

28

43

17

12

Hispanic

32

45

15

8

Asian

29

52

11

8

Additional table:

 

18-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60-69

70+

Total

21

21

21

15

10

12

White

18

21

21

16

10

13

African American

28

23

21

12

9

8

Hispanic

32

27

17

12

5

6

Asian

29

25

27

7

7

5

D11/D11a/D11b. Is your total annual household income from all sources and before taxes: (READ LIST)

 

 

Total

White

African

American

Hispanic

Asian

Less than $40K (NET)

48

41

68

65

40

Less than $15K

11

9

18

18

8

$15K but less than $20K

7

5

11

12

6

$20K but less than $25K

7

6

11

10

4

$25K but less than $30K

7

6

10

10

10

$30K but less than $35K

8

8

6

8

8

$35K but less than $40K

5

4

9

6

4

Less than $40K (unspecified)

2

2

3

*

*

$40K+ (NET)

50

56

31

32

54

$40K but less than $50K

10

10

12

9

14

$50K but less than $75K

17

20

12

11

12

$75K but less than $100K

9

10

3

4

12

$100K+

11

13

3

5

13

$40K+ (unspecified)

3

3

*

3

2

Donít Know

3

3

1

3

6

D13. RECORD GENDER FROM OBSERVATION

 

Male

Female

Total

48

52

White

48

52

African American

45

55

Hispanic

49

51

Asian

45

55

Region

 

Northeast

North Central

South

West

Total

19

23

36

22

White

20

26

34

20

African American

18

19

56

8

Hispanic

14

8

34

43

Asian

18

12

18

52

Metro Status

 

Urban

Suburban

Rural

Total

55

24

21

White

50

26

24

African American

68

17

14

Hispanic

71

17

12

Asian

71

26

2