Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll

This Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll was conducted by telephone Oct. 6 to Nov. 2, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,936 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The full sample includes additional interviews with randomly selected African Americans, for a total of 808 black women and 301 black men. The added interviews (commonly referred to as an “oversample”) were completed to ensure there were enough respondents for separate analysis; the group is not over-represented in the reported results. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; error margins are five points for African American women, eight points for African American men, 5.5 points for white women and 6.5 points for white men. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS) of Media, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? Would you say you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, not-too-satisfied, or not satisfied at all?

              ----- Satisfied -----   ------ Dissatisfied ------     No
              NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     86     50       37      13        9          4          1 
 4/29/06      90     56       34       9        7          2          1
Black women   
 11/02/11     85     51       34      15        9          5          * 
 4/29/06      84     46       38      16       11          5          *
White women   
 11/02/11     90     50       40      10        7          3          *
 4/29/06      90     59       31       9        8          1          *
Black men     
 11/02/11     83     46       37      15       11          4          2 
 4/29/06      84     47       37      16       11          5          *
White men     
 11/02/11     85     48       38      13        9          4          1 
 4/29/06      92     54       38       6        4          2          1

2. What is the SINGLE most important problem facing you in your life these days?

                                    -- All --   Black women   White   Black   White
                                    2011 2006*   2011 2006    women    Men     Men
Money NET                            27   27      33   36       33      30      22 
 Money (General)                     11   12      13   21       12      13       8
 Financial issues/problems/           
  difficulties                        9    9      14    9       13      14       7
 Cost of living/income                2    3       2    5        2       2       1
 Retirement                           2    2       1    0        2       0       3
 Bills                                1    2       2    *        1       1       1
 Student loans                        1    *       0    0        1       0       1
 Other money                          1    *       1    1        1       1       1

Economic conditions NET              17    3      13    1       15      18      17 
 The economy/deficit/inflation        8    2       6    0        9       6       9
 Unemployment/No jobs                 4    1       3    0        3       5       4 
 Employment                           1    *       2    1        1       1       1
 Housing market                       2    *       1    0        1       2       1
 Gas prices                           1    *       0    0        0       1       1     
 Economic situation (general)         1    0       2    0        1       3       1

Health Issues NET                    13   13      12    6       14       6      13
 Health (General)                     6    9       5    3        6       5       5
 Getting older/Aging/Disabled         2    2       2    2        3       *       3
 Insurance and Prescription costs     1    1       *    *        1       *       1
 Mentions of specific medical
  conditions                          1    0       3    0        2       *       1
 Other health issues                  2    0       1    0        2       *       2

Career NET                            7    6       7   10        4       7      10
 Work/life balance                    2    0       *    0        1       *       2
 No job/lost job                      2    0       3    0        1       2       2
 Finding a job/getting a job          1    3       2    2        *       1       1
 Job security/satisfaction            1    1       *    2        1       1       2
 Work/Career (General)                1    2       *    6        *       1       1
 Other career                         1    *       2    0        *       1       2

Social NET                            6    6       4    6        5       6       6
 Time pressures/management            2    4       *    1        3       *       2
 Life (general)                       1    1       1    0        *       1       1
 Stress                               1    0       *    0        1       2       *
 Other social issues (general)        2    2       2    5        1       3       3

Family and Relationships NET          4   11       5    9        7       4       1
 Well being of family members         1    0       1    0        2       *       0
 Raising Children/Childcare/
  Having a baby                       *    6       1    5        1       0       1
 Aging parents/siblings/spouse/
  Losing loved ones                   *    1       *    1        1       *       *
 Relationships (General)              *    3       *    3        1       *       *
 Other family and relationships       2    1       3    *        2       3       *

National/International conditions NET 5    3       1    4        3       3       8
 Politicians/Obama/Bush               1    1       *    0        1       0       2 
 Politics (General)                   1    1       *    0        1       2       1      
 Government                           1    0       *    0        *       *       3
 Current status of our country        1    0       *    0        1       *       1
 Other national/international
  conditions                          1    2       1    4        1       *       1

College/Education Issues NET          5    4       3    4        4       5       5
 College/School/Education (General)   3    2       1    2        2       3       3
 Paying for college                   1    1       *    2        *       0       1
 Getting through college/graduating   1    *       0    1        2       1       0
 Other college/education issues       *    1       1    *        2       1       1

Other                                 4    7       4    7        3       8       5
None/No problems                     10   15      16   11        9      13       9
No opinion                            4    5       3    6        4       3       5
*Pew Research Center

3. I'm going to read you a list of some things that different people value in their lives. Some people say these things are important to them. Other people say they are not important. Please tell me how important each thing is to you personally. How about (INSERT)? Is that very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?

a. Being successful in a career

            ----- Important -----   ----- Not important ------     No
            NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11   87     54       33      12        7          5          1 
 4/29/06    87     53       34      12        7          5          *
Black women
 11/02/11   88     68       20      11        7          3          1 
 4/29/06    91     67       24       8        4          4          *
White women
 11/02/11   82     45       37      17       10          7          1 
 4/29/06    84     42       42      16        9          7          *
Black men
 11/02/11   95     78       17       4        3          1          1 
 4/29/06    94     76       18       6        4          2          1
White men
 11/02/11   91     51       40       8        5          3          1 
 4/29/06    90     56       34      10        5          5          *

b. Having enough free time to do things you want to do

            ----- Important -----   ----- Not important ------     No
            NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11   94     57       37       6        4          2          *
 4/29/06    94     63       31       6        5          1          *
Black women
 11/02/11   92     62       30       7        6          1          1
 4/29/06    93     64       29       7        5          2          *
White women
 11/02/11   95     55       40       5        4          1          1 
 4/29/06    92     57       35       7        5          2          1
Black men
 11/02/11   91     61       30       7        6          2          2 
 4/29/06    93     68       25       7        5          2          *
White men
 11/02/11   95     57       38       5        5          1          - 
 4/29/06    97     65       32       3        2          1          0

c. Being married                

            ----- Important -----   ----- Not important ------     No
            NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11   75     51       24      24       14         10          1 
 4/29/06    76     56       20      24       14         10          *
Black women
 11/02/11   67     40       27      32       19         14          * 
 4/29/06    67     39       28      32       14         18          1
White women
 11/02/11   77     55       21      23       12         11          * 
 4/29/06    71     50       21      29       16         13          *
Black men
 11/02/11   74     47       27      25       19          6          1 
 4/29/06    77     52       25      22       12         10          1
White men
 11/02/11   79     54       25      20       10          9          1 
 4/29/06    83     61       22      16       12          4          *

d. Living a religious life   
   
            ----- Important -----   ----- Not important ------     No
            NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11   78     52       26      21       11         10          * 
 4/29/06    79     54       25      21       13          8          *
Black women
 11/02/11   92     74       18       8        6          2          * 
 4/29/06    93     76       17       6        4          2          *
White women
 11/02/11   82     57       25      17       10          7          1 
 4/29/06    84     57       27      15       11          4          *
Black men
 11/02/11   83     70       14      15       12          3          2 
 4/29/06    91     70       21       9        6          3          *
White men
 11/02/11   73     43       30      27       12         15          * 
 4/29/06    71     44       27      29       17         12          *

e. Having children      

            ----- Important -----   ----- Not important ------     No
            NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11   82     65       17      16        8          8          1 
 4/29/06    81     64       17      18        8         10          1
Black women
 11/02/11   79     62       17      19       12          7          2 
 4/29/06    84     64       20      15        8          7          1
White women
 11/02/11   87     75       12      12        5          6          1 
 4/29/06    82     63       19      18        7         11          *
Black men
 11/02/11   82     62       20      17       11          6          1 
 4/29/06    84     63       21      16        9          7          *
White men
 11/02/11   79     57       22      21       11         10          * 
 4/29/06    83     67       16      16        6         10          1

f. Being wealthy                 

            ----- Important -----   ----- Not important ------     No
            NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11   53     12       41      46       35         11          1 
 4/29/06    53     11       42      47       34         13          *
Black women
 11/02/11   60     22       38      39       29         11          1 
 4/29/06    61     21       40      38       24         14          *
White women
 11/02/11   46      5       41      54       41         13          * 
 4/29/06    40      3       37      60       42         18          0
Black men
 11/02/11   60     27       33      40       32          8          * 
 4/29/06    64     28       36      35       24         11          1
White men
 11/02/11   54      9       45      46       35         11          * 
 4/29/06    59      9       50      41       32          9          *

g. Being respected by others    

            ----- Important -----   ----- Not important ------     No
            NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11   95     67       28       5        3          2          * 
 4/29/06    93     66       27       6        4          2          *
Black women
 11/02/11   95     76       19       5        3          2          * 
 4/29/06    96     78       18       3        2          1          *
White women
 11/02/11   98     74       24       2        2          *          * 
 4/29/06    96     69       27       4        3          1          *
Black men
 11/02/11   93     72       22       5        3          2          1 
 4/29/06    92     76       16       7        4          3          *
White men
 11/02/11   93     55       38       7        4          3          * 
 4/29/06    91     59       32       7        4          3          2

h. Being in a good romantic relationship                  

            ----- Important -----   ----- Not important ------     No
            NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11   85     56       30      14        8          6          1 
Black women
 11/02/11   76     44       31      23       15          8          1 
White women
 11/02/11   84     52       33      15        9          6          1 
Black men
 11/02/11   89     63       26      10        6          4          1 
White men
 11/02/11   88     60       27      12        7          6          - 

i. Being close with your family 

            ----- Important -----   ----- Not important ------     No
            NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11   98     88        9       2        1          1          * 
Black women
 11/02/11   98     92        6       2        1          1          * 
White women
 11/02/11   99     93        6       *        *          *          * 
Black men
 11/02/11   97     90        7       3        2          1          * 
White men
 11/02/11   98     87       11       2        *          2          * 

j. Living a healthy lifestyle   

            ----- Important -----   ----- Not important ------     No
            NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11   98     77       22       1        1          1          * 
Black women
 11/02/11   99     90        9       1        *          1          * 
White women
 11/02/11   99     78       21       1        *          *          - 
Black men
 11/02/11   98     92        7       2        1          *          - 
White men
 11/02/11   98     67       31       2        2          *          - 

k. Being physically attractive  

            ----- Important -----   ----- Not important ------     No
            NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11   64     16       48      36       26         10          * 
Black women
 11/02/11   74     28       46      25       19          7          * 
White women
 11/02/11   67     11       57      31       26          6          1 
Black men
 11/02/11   69     26       43      30       23          7          * 
White men
 11/02/11   61     12       48      39       28         11          - 

4. Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: I see myself as someone who has high self-esteem. Do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, disagree strongly or neither agree or disagree?

11/02/11 – summary table

              --------- Agree ---------             ------- Disagree --------    No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   Neither   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
All           89      55          34          3      8        5          3        1
Black women   90      67          22          2      8        6          2        *
White women   87      43          45          3      9        7          2        *
Black men     94      72          22          2      3        3          1        *
White men     91      59          32          2      7        5          1        -

5. Please tell me what one word best describes your impression of... Barack Obama. Tell me just the one best word that describes him.

11/02/11 – summary table

                         Black   White   Black   White
                   All   women   women    Men     Men
Positive           52     84      49      76      44 
Negative           32      8      35      10      43
Neutral             7      2       5       9       7
Other/No opinion   10      5      10       6       7

Unweighted word counts (all words mentioned by 10 or more respondents):

                                                   Black   White   Black   White
                                             All   women   women    Men     Men
Intelligent/intelligence                     154     94     21      27      12
Good/good person/good man                     69     36     13      15       5
Strong/strong man                             56     44      4       7       1
Great/greatest                                43     31      2       8       2
Trying/trying hard                            42     15     12       7       8
Awesome                                       28     21      1       6       0
Disappointment/disappointing/disappointed     27      2     11       2      12
Leader/leadership/great leader                26     11      4       6       5
Excellent/excellence                          24     15      2       5       2
President/presidential                        23     10      7       2       4
Brilliant                                     21     13      2       6       0
Courageous/courage                            21     11      4       5       1
Successful/success                            21     11      3       5       2
Failure/failing/failed/failures               21      2      8       2       9
Confident/confidence/self-confident           20     11      4       2       3
Charismatic                                   18      7      4       3       4
Determined                                    18     14      2       2       0
Important/very important                      18     13      2       3       0
Power/powerful                                17      9      3       4       1
Honest/honesty/honest man                     16      9      2       4       1
Wonderful                                     16     14      1       1       0
Okay                                          15      5      6       1       3
Hardworking/worker                            13      3      3       7       0
Impressive/impressionable/very impressed      13      6      3       1       3
Inspirational/inspiration                     13      6      3       2       2
Amazing                                       11      9      2       0       0
Capable                                       11      1      7       0       3
Dedicated                                     11      4      4       1       2
Handsome                                      11     10      1       0       0
Outstanding                                   11      4      1       5       1
Incompetent                                   11      0      4       1       6
Brave                                         10      4      3       2       1
Cares/caring                                  10      7      2       1       0
Inexperienced                                 10      0      6       0       4

6. Would you say Obama is doing a better job as president than you expected, a worse job, or what? Is that much better/worse or somewhat better/worse?

11/02/11 - Summary table 

              ----- Better -----   ------ Worse -----   As expected     No
              NET   Much   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Much      (vol.)     opinion
All           39     14     25     45     21      24          9          6
Black women   77     46     31      8      6       2         10          6
White women   35      8     27     49     26      24         10          6
Black men     76     43     33      9      5       4          8          7
White men     26      8     19     58     25      33         10          5

Trend – All  

11/02/11      39     14     25     45     21      24          9          6
1/15/10       33     12     22     35     18      17         30          2
9/12/09       42     18     24     31     13      18         25          2
4/24/09       54     25     29     18     10       9         23          4
2/22/09       46     18     28     14      8       7         31          9

7. Please tell me what one word best describes your impression of...first lady Michelle Obama. Tell me just the one best word that describes her.

11/02/11 – summary table

                         Black   White   Black   White
                   All   women   women    Men     Men
Positive           70     92      73      90      62 
Negative           12      2      13       4      16
Neutral             3      1       3       2       3
Other/No opinion   15      4      11       3      18

Unweighted word counts (all words mentioned by 10 or more respondents):

                                                Black   White   Black   White
                                          All   women   women    Men     Men
Intelligent/very intelligent              117     75     18      16       8
Strong                                     90     50     17      15       8
Nice/nice person/nice lady                 57     27      8      10      12
Good/good person                           55     30      7      13       5
Very classy/class/classy/high class        55     25     13       8       9
Beautiful/beautiful woman/ 
 beautiful black lady/beautiful person     43     24      4      13       2
Awesome                                    39     30      8       1       0
Great/greatest                             39     21      7       8       3
Smart/very smart                           32     18      6       6       2
Wonderful                                  32     27      0       3       2
Caring/very caring                         29     10      6       5       8
Confident/confidence                       26      7      7       4       8
Supportive/supporting                      25      7      5       8       5
Impressive/impressed                       23      8      7       4       4
Elegant                                    22     14      4       2       2
Excellent/excellence                       22     13      2       5       2
Important/important lady/very important    22     16      2       4       0
Respect/respectful/respectable             20     12      3       3       2
Attractive                                 18      5      8       2       3
Educated/very educated                     18      9      2       5       2
Fantastic                                  14      5      2       4       3
Okay                                       14      3      4       3       4
Pretty                                     14      4      6       0       4
Amazing                                    13     12      0       1       0
Inspiring/inspirational                    13     10      0       1       2
Gracious/grace/graceful                    12      3      7       2       0
Outstanding                                12      9      0       3       0
Wife/housewife/good wife                   12      4      3       1       4
Arrogant                                   12      0      8       0       4
Dynamic                                    11      4      5       2       0
Powerful/powerful woman                    11      4      1       4       2
Successful/success                         11      4      3       3       1
Fake                                       11      1      3       2       5
Energetic                                  10      1      3       2       4
Lovely                                     10      4      4       1       1

8. Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Michelle Obama? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?)

11/02/11 - Summary table 

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
All           73       43         30      17        9          8        10 
Black women   88       74         14       7        5          2         6
White women   73       38         35      19       11          8         7 
Black men     89       76         13       7        6          1         4
White men     67       31         35      23       10         12        11

Trend – All  

11/02/11      73       43         30      17        9          8        10 
11/15/09      71       45         26      16        8          9        12
3/29/09       76       46         33      16        9          7         8
1/16/09       72       38         34      17       10          7        11
8/22/08  RV   51       26         25      30       14         16        19
6/15/08       48       21         27      29       11         18        23

9. How much, if at all, do you personally identify with Michelle Obama: a lot, some, not too much or not at all?

              --- A lot/some ---   ------- Not much/at all -------     No   
              NET   A lot   Some   NET   Not too much   Not at all   opinion
All           42      14     28    55         22            33          3
Black women   79      42     37    19         11             8          2
White women   44       9     35    54         24            30          2 
Black men     70      49     22    25         13            12          4
White men     26       6     21    70         25            45          4

10. Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Michelle Obama, or not? How about (INSERT)?

11/02/11 – summary tables 

a. She is a good mom

              Yes   No   No opinion
All           84     2       14
Black women   93     1        5
White women   89     1        9
Black men     91     1        8
White men     75     2       23

b. She understands the problems of people like you

              Yes   No   No opinion
All           54    34       11
Black women   88     9        4
White women   51    39       10
Black men     84     9        7
White men     44    43       12

c. She is intelligent

              Yes   No   No opinion
All           91     3        5
Black women   98     1        1
White women   95     3        3
Black men     97     2        1
White men     88     4        8

d. She shares your values

              Yes   No   No opinion
All           60    25       14
Black women   87     7        6
White women   63    25       12
Black men     82    12        6
White men     48    33       19

e. She is a good role model

              Yes   No   No opinion
All           80    13        7
Black women   96     2        2
White women   83    13        5
Black men     94     5        1
White men     75    16        9

Changing topics…

11. In general, how often do you experience stress in your daily life -- never, rarely, sometimes, or frequently?

              --- Never/Rarely ---   --- Sometimes/Frequently ---     No
              NET   Never   Rarely   NET   Sometimes   Frequently   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     18      3       16     81        35          45          1 
 4/29/06      20      4       16     79        39          40          *
Black women   
 11/02/11     17      4       13     83        42          40          * 
 4/29/06      21      4       17     78        45          33          0
White women   
 11/02/11     13      2       11     87        36          51          * 
 4/29/06      17      3       14     83        38          45          0
Black men     
 11/02/11     24      7       17     76        45          31          1 
 4/29/06      24      5       19     75        43          32          *
White men     
 11/02/11     25      4       21     75        31          44          * 
 4/29/06      21      3       18     78        38          40          1

12. I’m going to read you a list of things that some people worry about and others do not. I'd like you to tell me how worried you are about each of the following things. Are you worried about (INSERT), or not? Is that very or somewhat worried/Is that not too worried or not worried at all?

a. losing your job

              ----- Worried ----   ----- Not worried ----   Not working    No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all      (vol.)    opinion
All           
 11/02/11     33     16     17     53       20       33         14          * 
 4/29/06      23      8     15     65       20       45         12          *
Black women   
 11/02/11     39     22     18     50       16       34         10          1 
 4/29/06      31     16     15     57       19       38         13          0
White women   
 11/02/11     32     14     18     51       19       32         17          - 
 4/29/06      18      6     12     65       18       47         17          *
Black men     
 11/02/11     40     22     18     49       22       27         11          - 
 4/29/06      39     23     16     55       19       36          7          0
White men     
 11/02/11     28     10     18     61       23       37         12          - 
 4/29/06      21      5     16     70       20       50          9          0  

b. not having enough money to pay your bills

              ----- Worried ----   ----- Not worried ----     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     62     31     31     38       19       19        * 
 4/29/06      51     19     32     49       21       28        *
Black women   
 11/02/11     73     38     35     27       12       15        * 
 4/29/06      61     31     30     39       20       19        0
White women   
 11/02/11     64     29     35     36       22       14        * 
 4/29/06      47     15     32     52       24       28        0
Black men     
 11/02/11     66     40     26     34       14       20        - 
 4/29/06      59     33     26     40       18       22        *
White men     
 11/02/11     55     26     29     45       20       24        - 
 4/29/06      44     12     32     56       22       34        0

c. not getting the healthcare you need

              ----- Worried ----   ----- Not worried ----     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     55     32     23     44       21       23        1 
 4/29/06      50     23     27     49       20       29        *
Black women   
 11/02/11     62     37     25     38       16       22        * 
 4/29/06      58     37     21     41       17       24        1
White women   
 11/02/11     57     31     26     43       22       20        * 
 4/29/06      45     16     29     54       22       32        *
Black men     
 11/02/11     60     35     25     40       18       21        * 
 4/29/06      60     38     22     41       17       24        0
White men     
 11/02/11     47     23     24     52       24       28        1 
 4/29/06      48     21     27     52       20       32        *

d. you or a family member getting HIV or AIDS

              ----- Worried ----   ----- Not worried ----     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     16      8      8     83       23       60        * 
 4/29/06      27     11     16     72       25       47        *
Black women   
 11/02/11     32     19     14     67       26       41        * 
 4/29/06      46     30     16     54       24       30        *
White women   
 11/02/11      9      2      6     91       22       69        - 
 4/29/06      24      8     16     77       23       54        *
Black men     
 11/02/11     35     21     15     63       18       45        2 
 4/29/06      52     34     18     47       19       28        *
White men     
 11/02/11     11      3      7     89       24       66        - 
 4/29/06      18      5     13     81       27       54        *

e. being a victim of a violent crime

              ----- Worried ----   ----- Not worried ----     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     34     13     21     66       32       34        * 
 4/29/06      40     11     29     59       31       28        *
Black women   
 11/02/11     45     21     24     55       27       28        * 
 4/29/06      52     25     27     48       22       26        *
White women   
 11/02/11     34      9     25     66       35       31        * 
 4/29/06      41      5     36     59       35       24        *
Black men     
 11/02/11     42     17     25     58       26       32        * 
 4/29/06      51     26     25     48       22       26        *
White men     
 11/02/11     24      6     18     76       35       40        - 
 4/29/06      32      7     25     67       32       35        *

f. being a victim of discrimination of any kind

              ----- Worried ----   ----- Not worried ----     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     34     11     23     65       28       37        * 
Black women   
 11/02/11     46     22     24     54       28       26        * 
White women   
 11/02/11     31      5     25     69       31       38        * 
Black men     
 11/02/11     51     24     27     48       23       24        1 
White men     
 11/02/11     24      5     19     76       31       45        * 

g. providing a good education for your children

              ----- Worried ----   ----- Not worried ----   No kids     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all    (vol.)   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     50     32     18     36       12       25       13         * 
Black women   
 11/02/11     58     39     19     32       12       21        9         * 
White women   
 11/02/11     48     26     22     37       12       26       14         - 
Black men     
 11/02/11     62     48     14     31       13       18        7         - 
White men     
 11/02/11     45     26     19     42       13       29       14         - 

h. having responsibility for an aging family member

              ----- Worried ----   ----- Not worried ----     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     52     23     29     47       19       28        1 
Black women   
 11/02/11     46     21     25     53       24       28        1 
White women   
 11/02/11     51     23     29     47       19       29        2 
Black men     
 11/02/11     51     27     24     48       16       32        * 
White men     
 11/02/11     49     15     34     51       20       31        * 

i. you or a family member suffering from a chronic illness 

              ----- Worried ----   ----- Not worried ----     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     61     30     31     39       20       19        * 
Black women   
 11/02/11     62     32     30     37       17       20        1
White women   
 11/02/11     63     29     34     37       21       16        - 
Black men     
 11/02/11     58     29     28     42       21       21        * 
White men     
 11/02/11     57     24     33     43       21       22        - 

13. What do you think matters more for getting ahead in life today: (getting a good education and working hard) OR (coming from money and knowing the right people)?

11/02/11 – summary table

        Getting a good education   Coming from money and      Both   Neither    No
            and working hard      knowing the right people   (vol.)   (vol.)   opin.
All                76                        20                 2        1       1
Black women        78                        17                 3        1       1
White women        81                        16                 2        1       1
Black men          80                        16                 3        *       *
White men          70                        27                 3        -       1

14. When thinking about personal finance – that is, things like managing money, budgeting and saving for retirement -- what letter grade would you give yourself in terms of how well you understand these issues? An A, B, C, D or F?

11/02/11 – summary table

              A    B    C    D    F    No opinion
All           31   42   19   5    2        1
Black women   30   41   21   3    4        1
White women   25   47   23   3    1        1
Black men     33   41   23   2    1        *
White men     36   39   13   8    3        *

15. What best describes your employment situation today?

11/02/11 – Summary table

                         All   Black women   White women   Black men   White men
Employed full-time       46        42             38           42          54
Employed part-time       11        11             13           12           9    
Unemployed/seeking        7         9              7           13           6    
Unemployed/not seeking    2         3              3            2           1    
A student                 6         6              6            8           6    
Retired                  17        16             21           12          18    
Disability                6         9              5            9           5    
A homemaker               4         4              6            2           1    
No opinion                *         *              1            1           *    

16. (Asked of all who are not on disability)(Read intro for those who are retired/ homemaker: If you were to enter the workforce now,) Do you feel you have all the education and skills you need in order to be competitive in the current job market, or not?

Based on those who are not on disability:

            ------ Have skills ------   --- Don’t have skills ---     No
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
Total
 11/02/11   58       43         15      39       19         19         3   
 2/9/11     57       39         17      42       20         22         1   
Black women
 11/02/11   46       32         14      53       30         23         1   
 2/9/11     39       25         14      61       35         26         *   
White women
 11/02/11   55       37         17      42       20         21         4   
 2/9/11     55       37         18      44       18         26         1   
Black men
 11/02/11   55       39         15      43       21         21         2   
 2/9/11     43       30         12      57       26         32         *   
White men
 11/02/11   66       49         17      33       17         15         1   
 2/9/11     65       48         16      35       17         17         1   

17. (IF DO NOT HAVE SKILLS) Do you think it would be very easy, somewhat easy, somewhat difficult or very difficult for you to get the education or skills you need to compete in the current job market?

11/02/11 – Summary table

              -------- Easy -------   ---- Difficult ------     No
              NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
All           29      7       21      67       43       24       4
Black women   43     11       32      52       38       13       4
White women   23      5       17      74       46       29       3
Black men     42     12       30      57       46       11       *
White men     30      7       23      61       37       25       9

18. During the past year, have you or another family member living in your household (INSERT), or not?

a. Been laid off or lost a job

            Yes   No   Not applicable (vol.)   No opinion
All
 11/02/11   23    75            2                   -
 2/9/11     26    71            3                   0
Black women
 11/02/11   23    75            1                   -
 2/9/11     26    71            2                   0
White women
 11/02/11   20    78            2                   -
 2/9/11     20    76            4                   0
Black men
 11/02/11   35    63            1                   -
 2/9/11     33    64            3                   0
White men
 11/02/11   17    82            1                   -
 2/9/11     23    73            5                   0

b. Lost health insurance coverage or other benefits

            Yes   No   Not applicable (vol.)   No opinion
All
 11/02/11   21    78            1                   *
 2/9/11     22    77            1                   *
Black women
 11/02/11   23    76            1                   *
 2/9/11     27    72            1                   0
White women
 11/02/11   22    77            1                   -
 2/9/11     19    81            1                   0
Black men
 11/02/11   27    72            1                   *
 2/9/11     25    74            *                   1
White men
 11/02/11   16    83            1                   1
 2/9/11     17    81            1                   *

c. Loaned or gave money to family or friends to help with expenses

            Yes   No   Not applicable (vol.)   No opinion
All
 11/02/11   56    44            *                   *
 2/9/11     49    51            *                   *
Black women
 11/02/11   60    40            1                   *
 2/9/11     57    43            *                   0
White women
 11/02/11   52    47            *                   *
 2/9/11     46    54            0                   *
Black men
 11/02/11   64    36            -                   *
 2/9/11     63    37            0                   1
White men
 11/02/11   54    46            -                   -
 2/9/11     47    52            *                   *

d. Borrowed or received money from family or friends to help with expenses

            Yes   No   Not applicable (vol.)   No opinion
All
 11/02/11   26    73            *                   *
Black women
 11/02/11   34    65            *                   *
White women
 11/02/11   23    77            *                   *
Black men
 11/02/11   32    66            1                   1
White men
 11/02/11   21    79            -                   *

e. Had any problems paying medical bills

            Yes   No   Not applicable (vol.)   No opinion
All
 11/02/11   25    74            *                   *
Black women
 11/02/11   29    70            *                   *
White women
 11/02/11   22    78            *                   -
Black men
 11/02/11   33    64            2                   -
White men
 11/02/11   21    79            *                   -

f. Had problems paying your rent or mortgage

            Yes   No   Not applicable (vol.)   No opinion
All
 11/02/11   18    81            *                   *
Black women
 11/02/11   27    72            *                   *
White women
 11/02/11   12    86            1                   -
Black men
 11/02/11   33    66            1                   *
White men
 11/02/11   11    89            -                   -

g. Had difficulty getting a home loan, car loan, education loan or any other
type of personal credit

            Yes   No   Not applicable (vol.)   No opinion
All
 11/02/11   20    77            2                   1
Black women
 11/02/11   24    73            2                   *
White women
 11/02/11   16    82            2                   *
Black men
 11/02/11   32    64            3                   1
White men
 11/02/11   16    80            2                   1

h. Increased your credit card debt

            Yes   No   Not applicable (vol.)   No opinion
All
 11/02/11   22    76            2                   1
Black women
 11/02/11   20    77            3                   *
White women
 11/02/11   23    74            2                   1
Black men
 11/02/11   20    77            3                   *
White men
 11/02/11   16    83            *                   1

19. During the past year, have you personally (INSERT), or not?

11/02/11 – summary table

a. Helped a friend or family member with childcare on a regular basis

              Yes   No   No opinion
All           24    76        *
Black women   36    64        *
White women   24    76        *
Black men     40    60        -
White men     17    83        -

b. Helped an elderly relative or family member on a regular basis 

              Yes   No   No opinion
All           41    59        *
Black women   49    51        *
White women   39    61        -
Black men     48    52        -
White men     38    62        -

20. How important a role does religion or faith in God play in helping you get through tough times - very important, somewhat important, not too important or not at all important?

            ----- Important -----   ----- Not important ------     No
            NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All
 11/02/11   83     62       21      16        9          8          *
 2/9/11*    75     55       20      24        9         15          *
Black women
 11/02/11   96     87        9       4        3          1          *
 2/9/11     95     88        7       5        2          3          0
White women
 11/02/11   87     66       21      13        6          7          *
 2/9/11     78     57       21      21        8         13          *
Black men
 11/02/11   92     79       13       7        2          6          *
 2/9/11     87     75       13      13        5          8          0
White men
 11/02/11   76     51       25      24        11        12          *
 2/9/11     64     42       21      36        13        23          0
* “tough financial times…”

21. 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 acceptable or unacceptable? First/next is (INSERT). Is that acceptable or unacceptable? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

a. Romantic relationships between two women

11/02/11 – Summary table

              ------ Acceptable -------   ----- Unacceptable ------     No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
All           49       26         23      45       12         34         6
Black women   34       17         18      59       11         48         7
White women   52       29         22      43       13         31         5 
Black men     44       21         23      48        8         40         8
White men     46       25         22      49       13         35         5

b. Romantic relationships between two men

11/02/11 – Summary table

              ------ Acceptable -------   ----- Unacceptable ------     No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
All           45       24         21      49       11         38         6
Black women   30       13         17      64       10         54         5
White women   50       28         22      45       13         31         6 
Black men     34       14         20      59        6         53         7
White men     43       23         20      52       10         42         5

c. Abortion

              ------ Acceptable -------   ----- Unacceptable ------     No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     40       17         23      53       13         40         7
 4/29/06      41       15         26      53       14         39         6
Black women   
 11/02/11     35       12         23      60       16         44         5
 4/29/06      34       12         22      61       11         50         5
White women   
 11/02/11     40       17         22      55       16         39         5
 4/29/06      43       15         28      53       12         41         3
Black men     
 11/02/11     37       12         25      51       13         39        12
 4/29/06      34       11         23      60       13         47         6
White men     
 11/02/11     42       19         23      50       12         38         8
 4/29/06      46       18         28      50       15         35         5

d. Having a child without being married

              ------ Acceptable -------   ----- Unacceptable ------     No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     60       26         34      37       19         17         3
 4/29/06      64       25         39      35       15         20         1
Black women   
 11/02/11     63       23         40      33       18         15         4
 4/29/06      65       30         35      32       15         17         2
White women   
 11/02/11     60       26         34      38       22         16         2
 4/29/06      64       23         41      34       13         21         1
Black men     
 11/02/11     65       28         37      30       14         16         5
 4/29/06      64       22         42      34       15         19         2
White men     
 11/02/11     54       21         33      43       23         20         2
 4/29/06      59       22         37      40       18         22         1

e. Marriage between two people of the same sex

11/02/11 – Summary table

              ------ Acceptable -------   ----- Unacceptable ------     No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
All           45       25         20      49       11         39         5
Black women   33       14         19      62       12         50         5
White women   47       28         19      47       14         33         6 
Black men     37       16         20      54        8         46         9
White men     43       26         18      54       10         44         3

22. Do you happen to have a family member or close friend who is gay or lesbian, or not?

11/02/11 – summary table

              Yes   No   No opinion
All           52    47        2
Black women   57    41        3
White women   56    43        1
Black men     48    49        3
White men     46    52        2

23. Now I’m going to mention some groups in this country. For each, please tell me if you think this group as a whole is doing very well, somewhat well, not-too-well, or not well at all. Here’s the first/next (INSERT)?

a. White men

              -------- Well -------   -------- Not well --------     No
              NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     86     35       51       9        8          1          5 
 4/29/06      92     48       44       6        4          2          2
Black women   
 11/02/11     88     55       34       7        5          2          4 
 4/29/06      92     63       29       4        3          1          4
White women   
 11/02/11     84     35       50      10        9          1          5 
 4/29/06      93     53       40       5        4          1          2  
Black men     
 11/02/11     88     51       36       7        6          1          5 
 4/29/06      92     66       26       4        3          1          4
White men     
 11/02/11     88     27       60       9        7          2          3
 4/29/06      93     40       53       5        3          2          1 

b. Black men

              -------- Well -------   -------- Not well --------     No
              NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     58      9       49      35       26          9          6 
 4/29/06      65     14       51      31       25          6          3
Black women   
 11/02/11     54      8       46      43       29         14          2 
 4/29/06      55     12       43      42       30         12          3
White women   
 11/02/11     60      9       51      32       24          8          8 
 4/29/06      67     13       54      29       24          5          4
Black men     
 11/02/11     55     11       44      41       26         16          4 
 4/29/06      56     10       46      42       31         11          1
White men     
 11/02/11     56      7       49      39       27         12          5 
 4/29/06      66     16       50      30       25          5          4

c. White women

              -------- Well -------   -------- Not well --------     No
              NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     88     27       61       6        5          1          6 
 4/29/06      93     33       60       5        3          2          1
Black women   
 11/02/11     89     38       50       6        4          2          6 
 4/29/06      93     52       41       4        3          1          4
White women   
 11/02/11     88     19       69       7        6          1          5 
 4/29/06      92     28       64       6        4          2          1
Black men     
 11/02/11     90     48       42       3        2          1          6 
 4/29/06      92     51       41       5        3          2          4
White men     
 11/02/11     90     23       67       4        4          1          5 
 4/29/06      96     32       64       2        1          1          1

d. Black women

              -------- Well -------   -------- Not well --------     No
              NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     68     12       56      24       19          4          8 
 4/29/06      73     16       57      24       22          2          3
Black women   
 11/02/11     77     15       63      20       16          3          3 
 4/29/06      83     25       58      14       13          1          2
White women   
 11/02/11     69     10       59      22       19          3          8 
 4/29/06      75     16       59      22       20          2          3
Black men     
 11/02/11     78     23       55      19       18          2          2 
 4/29/06      82     27       55      16       13          3          2
White men     
 11/02/11     64      9       54      28       21          7          9 
 4/29/06      72     14       58      25       22          3          4

24. Considering everything, do you think it is a (good time) or a (bad time) to be a black woman in America?

11/02/11 – summary table

              Good   Bad    Both/mixed   Neither     No 
              time   time     (vol.)      (vol.)   opinion
All            68     15         4           3       10
Black women    73     15         4           2        6
White women    71     13         4           3       10
Black men      69     20         6           2        4
White men      65     17         4           2       12

Compare to: “black man in America”

4/29/06 – summary table

              Good   Bad    Both/mixed   Neither     No 
              time   time     (vol.)      (vol.)   opinion
All            69     17         7           1        6
Black women    44     42         8           1        6
White women    69     16         7           2        6
Black men      60     28         7           2        3
White men      72     13         7           1        6

25. Has having Michelle Obama as the country’s first African American First Lady changed YOUR overall impression of black women in America, or not?

11/02/11 – summary table

              Yes   No   No opinion
All           22    76        2
Black women   41    57        2
White women   15    82        3
Black men     36    61        3
White men     16    83        1

25/25a. Combo Table

11/02/11 – summary table

              Has changed overall impression    Has not changed       No
                  NET   Better    Worse        overall impression   opinion
All                22      21       1                 76               2
Black women        41      39       1                 57               2
White women        15      15       *                 82               3
Black men          36      34       1                 61               3
White men          16      15       *                 83               1

26. (IF WHITE OR BLACK) Which of the following do you identify with more – (being a man/woman) or (being black/white)?

11/02/11 – summary table

              Being a      Being       Both equally     No
             man/woman   black/white      (vol.)      opinion
All             86           8              3            2 
Black women     60          28             10            2
White women     90           5              3            1
Black men       67          22              9            2
White men       89           6              1            3

27. How many of your close friends are a different race than you--all of them, most of them, some of them, hardly any of them, or none of them?

11/02/11 – summary table

              ---- All/most/some ----   --- Hardly any/none ---    One       No
              NET   All   Most   Some   NET   Hardly any   None   (vol.)   opinion
All           80     5     19     56    19        14         5       *        1 
Black women   76     5     23     48    24        12        12       *        *
White women   77     1     16     60    23        17         6       -        *
Black men     84    11     25     48    16        10         6       -        1
White men     78     3     13     62    21        18         3       -        1

28. Have you ever dated someone who was of a different race, or not?

              Yes   No   No opinion
All             
 11/02/11     52    48       *
 4/29/06      43    57       *
Black women   
 11/02/11     50    50       *
 4/29/06      41    59       *
White women   
 11/02/11     40    60       -
 4/29/06      41    59       -
Black men     
 11/02/11     68    31       *
 4/29/06      59    41       *
White men     
 11/02/11     51    49       *
 4/29/06      36    64       *

29. Are you married; living with a partner but not married; separated; divorced; widowed or have you never been married?

11/02/11 – summary table

                    Living with                                   Never      No
           Married   a partner   Separated   Divorced   Widowed   married   opinion
All           55          7           2          8         6        22        *
Black women   31          7           4         14        11        33        *
White women   64          5           1          8         9        13        *
Black men     40         10           3         10         3        34        *
White men     60          7           2          7         2        23        -

30. (IF NOT MARRIED) Would you be willing to marry someone of another race, or not?

11/02/11 – summary table

              Yes   No   No opinion
All           75    21       5
Black women   67    27       7
White women   62    30       7
Black men     80    11       8
White men     82    16       2

31. In your day-to-day life, how often do any of the following things happen to you – very often, somewhat often, once in a while, or never?

a. You are treated with less respect than other people

              ------- Often -------   ------- Not often ---------     No
              NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Once in while   Never   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     19      5       14      80         38          42        1
 4/29/06      10      3        7      90         30          60        *
Black women   
 11/02/11     21      7       14      77         37          41        1
 4/29/06      21      6       15      78         33          45        *
White women   
 11/02/11     17      3       14      82         40          43        *
 4/29/06       6      1        5      93         29          64        1 
Black men     
 11/02/11     26      7       18      74         42          31        1
 4/29/06      28      9       19      71         38          33        1
White men     
 11/02/11     15      2       13      83         37          46        2
 4/29/06       6      1        5      94         28          66        0

b. You receive poorer service than other people at restaurants or stores

              ------- Often -------   ------- Not often ---------     No
              NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Once in while   Never   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     15      2       13      85         35          50        *
 4/29/06      10      2        8      89         25          64        *
Black women   
 11/02/11     19      4       15      80         41          40        1
 4/29/06      24      5       19      76         35          41        *
White women   
 11/02/11     12      2       10      88         37          51        -
 4/29/06       6      1        5      93         25          68        1
Black men     
 11/02/11     29      5       24      70         37          33        2
 4/29/06      29      9       20      70         38          32        1
White men     
 11/02/11     14      2       12      85         36          49        1
 4/29/06       8      2        6      93         24          69        0

c. People act as if they think you are not smart

              ------- Often -------   ------- Not often ---------     No
              NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Once in while   Never   opinion
All           
 11/02/11     19      5       14      79         33          46        2
 4/29/06      13      4        9      86         28          58        1
Black women   
 11/02/11     25      7       19      73         32          42        1
 4/29/06      29     12       17      70         28          42        1
White women   
 11/02/11     20      4       16      78         36          42        2
 4/29/06       7      2        5      92         30          62        1
Black men     
 11/02/11     26     10       16      71         37          34        3
 4/29/06      35     14       21      64         31          33        *
White men     
 11/02/11     11     2        9       88         31          57        1
 4/29/06      11     3        8       89         25          64        *

e. People ignore or overlook you

              ------- Often -------   ------- Not often ---------     No
              NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Once in while   Never   opinion
All          17      4       14      81         44          37        1
Black women  21      6       15      78         39          39        1
White women  16      3       14      82         47          35        1
Black men    32     13       20      67         38          29        1
White men    13      2       11      86         45          41        1

32. (IF HAPPENS OFTEN FOR ANY IN Q31) Do you think these things happen mainly because of your (race), mainly because of your (gender) or for some other reason?

11/02/11 – summary table 

           Mainly because   Mainly because   Some other    Both      No
              of race          of gender       reason     (vol.)   opinion
All              11               15             65          5        4
Black women      39                6             45          7        3
White women       3               30             61          3        2
Black men        47                2             41          7        5
White men         1                5             84          3        6

33. Do you think America's economic system is (stacked against blacks), or do you think the system is (fair to everyone)?

          Stacked against   Fair to    Other    Neither     No
               blacks       everyone   (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion
All              
 11/02/11        26            50        6          8        9
 4/29/06         29            52        4         11        5
Black women      
 11/02/11        46            34        2          8       10
 4/29/06         49            29        6          9        7
White women      
 11/02/11        27            47        6          11       9
 4/29/06         26            45        5          17       6
Black men        
 11/02/11        42            37        7          4       10
 4/29/06         55            28        3          8        5
White men        
 11/02/11        22            55        6          5       11
 4/29/06         20            69        2          9        1

34. How big a problem is racism in our society today? Is it a big problem, somewhat of a problem, a small problem or not a problem at all?

11/02/11 – summary table

              ------ Problem -----   ----- Not a problem ----
              NET   Big   Somewhat   NET   Small   Not at all   No opinion
All           76    28       48      23     16          8            1
Black women   88    50       39      11      8          3            *
White women   77    20       58      21     15          6            1
Black men     86    49       37      13      8          5            1
White men     72    23       49      28     19          9            *

Trend - All

           ------ Problem -----   ----- Not a problem ----
           NET   Big   Somewhat   NET   Small   Not at all   No opinion
11/02/11   76    28       48      23     16          8            1
4/25/10    75    33       42      25     19          5            1
1/16/09    74    26       48      26     22          4            *
7/7/96*    89    54       35      11      8          3            1 
7/2/96     88    53       35      11      8          3            2 
10/6/95    84    48       36      15      9          6            1 
9/28/95    83    41       42      16     12          4            1 
*7/7/96 and previous: Post-Kaiser-Harvard poll

35. How big a problem is sexism in our society today? Is it a big problem, somewhat of a problem, a small problem or not a problem at all?

11/02/11 – summary table

              ------ Problem -----   ----- Not a problem ----
              NET   Big   Somewhat   NET   Small   Not at all   No opinion
All           67    20       48      29     20          9            3
Black women   80    36       44      18     11          7            3
White women   71    18       54      27     21          7            1
Black men     78    39       38      18     11          7            4
White men     58    12       46      38     24         13            4

On another subject,

36. In general, would you say your health is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?

11/02/11 – summary table

              ------- Excellent/good --------   --- Fair/Poor ---     No
              NET  Excellent  Very good  Good   NET   Fair   Poor   opinion
All           80      18          32      30    20     15      6       * 
Black women   75      14          27      34    25     19      5       *
White women   82      17          41      24    18     12      6       *
Black men     74      17          29      28    25     20      5       *
White men     82      23          30      29    18     14      4       -

37. Are you, yourself, now covered by any form of health insurance or health plan or do you not have health insurance at this time? (IF NECESSARY: A health plan would include any private insurance plan through your employer or a plan that you purchased yourself, as well as a government program like Medicare or [Medicaid/Medi-CAL])?

11/02/11 – summary table

              Covered   Not covered   No opinion
All             82          17             *
Black women     81          19             *
White women     89          11             -
Black men       73          26             1
White men       83          17             -

38. In an average week, about how many nights does anyone in your household cook dinner at home?

11/02/11 – summary table

                  Less than                                                    No
            None    once     One   Two   Three   Four   Five   Six   Seven   opinion
All           3      *        3     4       8     14     24     14     29       1
Black women   4      *        3     6      17     18     20      6     24       *
White women   2      1        2     3       8     13     25     18     29       1
Black men     4      *        4     8      12     12     23      5     31       1
White men     3      -        3     3       6     18     24     14     29       *

39. About how often in an average week do you eat a meal from a fast-food restaurant like McDonald’s or Burger King?

11/02/11 – summary table

                   Less than                Three      No
             Never   weekly    One   Two   or more   opinion
All
 11/02/11     31      10       31    13       15        *
 3/7/06*      34      25       22     9       10        1
Black women   
 11/02/11     23       9       30    20       17        1
 3/7/06       29      27       23     9       12        0
White women   
 11/02/11     38       8       32    11       11        *
 3/7/06       40      27       20     6        6        *
Black men     
 11/02/11     20       6       25    27       22        *
 3/7/06       25      20       24    12       17        2
White men     
 11/02/11     26      11       35    11       15        1
 3/7/06       30      24       22    11       12        1
* Pew Research Center

40. In your neighborhood, or the places you usually shop for food, is it generally (difficult) or (easy) to find [INSERT]?

11/02/11 – summary table

a. fresh fruits and vegetables

             Difficult   Easy   No opinion
All             10        89         1
Black women     17        82         1
White women     10        90         *
Black men       18        80         2
White men        8        91         1

b. affordable groceries

             Difficult   Easy   No opinion
All             22        76         2
Black women     29        69         2
White women     24        74         1
Black men       19        78         3
White men       19        79         1

41. How often, if ever, do you exercise for at least 30 minutes? Would you say every day, a few days a week, once a week, a few times a month, or less often than that?

11/02/11 – summary table

             Every   Few days   Once a   Few times   Less    Never      No
              Day     a week     week     a month    often   (vol.)   opinion
All           20        40        12         12        12       3        *
Black women   15        35        11         13        21       4        *
White women   18        41        12         15        12       2        -
Black men     28        39         9          9        13       2        *
White men     19        42        11         13        12       2        -

42. How would you describe your own personal weight situation right now--very overweight, somewhat overweight, about right, somewhat underweight, or very underweight?

11/02/11 – summary table

              ---- Overweight -----                 ---- Underweight ----     No
              NET   Very   Somewhat   About right   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
All           40      3       36           54        5        4        1       1
Black women   44      5       39           49        6        5        1       *
White women   44      4       39           51        6        6        *       *
Black men     25      2       24           68        6        5        1       *
White men     39      3       37           55        4        3        1       2

43. (IF OVERWEIGHT) Do you think being (very/somewhat) overweight is having a negative impact on your health, or don’t you think it affects your overall health?

11/02/11 – summary table

         Negative impact    Don’t think it affects     No
            on health            overall health      opinion
All             61                     38               1
Black women     65                     34               1
White women     60                     39               1
Black men       63                     30               7
White men       65                     35               *

44. How much if anything, have you heard about Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity? Have you heard a lot, a little or nothing at all about it?

11/02/11 – summary table

              A lot   A little   Nothing at all   No opinion
All            35        48             16             2
Black women    51        35             14             *
White women    40        46             13             1
Black men      47        35             16             2
White men      28        52             19             1

Questions 45 through 60 held for release.

61. What is your approximate current height?

            5 foot    5.1 to   6 foot 
            or less   6 foot    plus    No opinion   Mean       Median
                                                   (inches)
All           19        67        9          5       66.3         66
Black women   24        71        1          4       64.0         64
White women   25        71        *          3       63.6         64
Black men     11        63       25          1       69.7         71
White men     10        71       17          2       69.5         71

62. What is your approximate current weight?

            124 lbs. 
            or less   125-149   150-174   175-199   200+   No opinion   Mean   Median
All            9        19        21         16      25        10       176.6    170
Black women    9        25        20         16      18        12       167.6    160
White women   18        28        21          8      11        15       152.5    145
Black men      3        10        22         25      37         4       192.5    185
White men      1         8        22         24      39         4       197.2    188

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