Washington Post Poll

This Washington Post poll was conducted in two waves, March 17 to 20 and March 24 to 27, 2011, among separate random national samples of adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones (996 adults in week one; 995 in week two). The results from each survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) of Princeton, NJ.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. In your opinion, which one of the following wars was the most important: (the Revolutionary War), (the Civil War), (World War II), or (the Vietnam War)?

World War II          38
Revolutionary War     25
Civil War             20
Vietnam War            7
All equal (vol.)       3
None (vol.)            1
Other (vol.)           *
No opinion             4
* Combined data for surveys ending 3/20/11 and 3/27/11. 

2. Thinking about the different parts of the country, do you think the biggest cultural divide is between (North and South), (East and West), (big cities and small towns) or what?

            Big cities        North       East      
          and small towns   and South   and West   Or what   Equal (vol.)   No opinion
3/20/11         42             21          16         8           1             12

3. (IF NON-SOUTH)* Have you ever lived in a southern state? *Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia

          Yes   No   No opinion
3/20/11   32    68       *
7/7/96    27    73       -
7/2/96    25    75       - 

4. (IF CURRENT OR EVER LIVED IN SOUTH) Is being a “Southerner” a very important part of how you see yourself, somewhat important, not too important or not important at all?

          ----- Important -----   ----- Not important ------     No
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
3/20/11   39     18       21      59       12         47          3 

5. Do you think the South has a distinctive culture, or is it really not that different from other areas of the country?

          Has a distinctive   Not that different     No
               culture         from other areas    opinion
3/20/11          64                   29              7

6. Just your best guess: Do you think racism is a bigger problem or a smaller problem in the South than it is in other parts of the country?

          Bigger problem   Smaller problem   No opinion
3/27/11*        58                26             16
7/7/96          62                20             18
7/2/96          63                20             17
* Combined data for surveys ending 3/20/11 and 3/27/11.

7. If you honestly assessed yourself, would you say that you have at least some feelings of prejudice against Southerners, or not?

          Yes   No   No opinion
3/20/11   10    89        1


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