BatonRougeSurvey:March-April,2007

(Entries are percentages)
Hello, my name is [FIRST NAME ONLY], and Im a student at Louisiana State University, here in Baton Rouge. Im participating in a survey as part of a class project in sociology...Im not selling anything. For this survey, Id like to speak with the person in your household who had the last birthday and who is 18 or older. May I speak to this person?
Id like to ask you some questions about issues that people have been talking about in Baton Rouge, like jobs, family, safety, and other things. We are conducting this survey for our class work and for academic research. Of course, any answers you give are completely confidential, and you are free to refuse to answer any question or to end the interview at any time.
In general, do you think it is easier to be a mother today than it was 20 or 30 years ago, more difficult, or about the same?
Easier 13
More Difficult 70
About the Same 13
Don't Know/No Answer 5
Total 100
Please tell me whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with the following statement: A working mother can establish just as warm and secure a relationship with her children as a mother who does not work.
Strongly Agree 24
Agree 45
Disagree 25
Strongly Disagree 4
Don't Know/No Answer 3
Total 100
Next, please tell me if you think each of the following trends is generally a good thing for our society, a bad thing for our society, or doesn t make much difference?
More mothers of young children working outside the home
Good Thing for Society 21
Doesn't Make Much Difference 33
Bad Thing for Society 37
Don't Know/No Answer 9
Total 100
More women not ever having children
Good Thing for Society 16
Doesn't Make Much Difference 33
Bad Thing for Society 42
Don't Know/No Answer 8
Total 100
More women having their first child after age 35
Good Thing for Society 31
Doesn't Make Much Difference 33
Bad Thing for Society 30
Don't Know/No Answer 6
Total 100
More single women deciding to have children without a male partner to help raise them
Good Thing for Society 8
Doesn't Make Much Difference 13
Bad Thing for Society 72
Don't Know/No Answer 6
Total 100
More UNmarried couples deciding to have children
Good Thing for Society 11
Doesn't Make Much Difference 23
Bad Thing for Society 63
Don't Know/No Answer 4
Total 100
More gay and lesbian couples raising children
Good Thing for Society 11
Doesn't Make Much Difference 27
Bad Thing for Society 55
Don't Know/No Answer 8
Total 100
More fathers staying home with children so their wives can work full-time
Good Thing for Society 36
Doesn't Make Much Difference 32
Bad Thing for Society 27
Don't Know/No Answer 5
Total 100
More people who were adopted as children searching for and finding their birth mothers
Good Thing for Society 52
Doesn't Make Much Difference 29
Bad Thing for Society 12
Don't Know/No Answer 7
Total 100
Next, we have a question about the kind of relationship you would like with a spouse or partner. It doesn't matter whether you are now married or living with someone. Would you prefer
A relationship where the man has the main responsibility for providing the household income and the woman has the main responsibility for taking care of the home and family 27
A relationship where the man and woman equally share responsibility for providing the household income and taking care of the home and family 70
Don't Know/No Answer 4
Total 100
How successful do you feel at balancing your paid work and your family life? Do you feel...
Not at all successful 1
Not very successful 5
Somewhat successful 27
Very successful 38
Completely successful 12
Don't Know/No Answer 17
Total 100
Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?
Favor 57
Oppose 28
Don't Know/No Answer 15
Total 100
Wed also like to know how you feel about safety and crime in your neighborhood, and in Baton Rouge in general.
Is there any area right around here - that is, within a mile - where you would be afraid to walk alone at night?
Yes 58
No 41
Don't Know/No Answer 2
Total 100
As far as crime is concerned, how safe do you feel in Baton Rouge, outside your neighborhood? Would you say you feel very safe, fairly safe, not very safe, or not safe at all?
Very Safe 13
Fairly Safe 47
Not Very Safe 28
Not Safe at All 11
Don't Know/No Answer 2
Total 100
How about your neighborhood? How safe do you feel it is? Would you say you feel very safe, fairly safe, not very safe, or not safe at all?
Very Safe 44
Fairly Safe 44
Not Very Safe 8
Not Safe at All 4
Don't Know/No Answer 1
Total 100
Have you been a victim of crime in the last year?
No 85
Yes 15
Don't Know/No Answer 1
Total 100
Have any of your close friends in Baton Rouge been a victim of crime in the last year?
No 70
Yes 29
Don't Know/No Answer 1
Total 100
If your party nominated [go down list] for President, would you vote for him if he were qualified for the job?
African-American Woman Latino or Hispanic Asian-American Gay or Lesbian Catholic Jew Muslim
Yes 91 85 85 85 53 90 83 53
No 5 11 10 10 37 6 11 33
Don't Know/No Answer 4 4 5 5 11 4 7 13
Total 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Which comes closer to your view about evaluating students for admission into a college or university?
Applicants should be admitted solely on the basis of merit, even if that results in few minority students being admitted. 60
An applicant's racial and ethnic background should be considered to help promote diversity on college campuses, even if that means admitting some minority students who otherwise would not be admitted. 29
Don't Know/No Answer 11
Total 100
Some people say that when the experience of a racial or ethnic minority group is taught in high school or college, it should be taught by a teacher from that group. Do you strongly agree, agree, neither agree nor disagree, disagree, or strongly disagree?
Strongly Agree 8
Agree 24
Neither Agree nor Disagree 24
Disagree 32
Strongly Disagree 8
Don't Know/No Answer 4
Total 100
City-Parish government has limited resources and has to set priorities. All of the following issues are important, but if the city cant do everything, which issues do you think should have the highest priority? Take economic development: should it have the highest priority; high priority; medium priority; or lower priority?
Economic Develop-ment Education Reducing Traffic Conges-tion Fighting Crime Cleaning up Litter and Graffiti Dealing with Hurri-canes
Highest 17 49 21 38 13 32
High 51 45 36 54 35 43
Medium 27 4 34 6 37 19
Lower 3 1 8 1 15 4
Don't Know/No Answer 2 1 1 1 0 2
Total 100 100 100 100 100 100
Do you think [see below] has/have done a great, good, neither good nor bad, bad, or terrible job in the recovery from the Hurricanes and subsequent flooding? How about ... [go down list]
State govern-ment Local govern-ments U.S. govern-ment President Bush Religious organi-zations Nonprofit organi-zations Business and Industry
Great 3 5 3 7 27 22 7
Good 21 37 16 21 45 49 42
Neither Good nor Bad 26 24 21 15 14 13 26
Bad 27 18 34 22 6 8 10
Terrible 21 12 23 30 3 2 4
Don't Know/No Answer 2 4 4 5 5 6 11
Total 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
 
As you may know, New Orleans is a poor city. Do you think the federal government's recovery program there would be moving faster if it had been a wealthier city, or do you think poverty has not affected the recovery effort?
Would Move Faster 54
Wouldn't Move Faster 39
Don't Know/No Answer 7
Total 100
 
New Orleans is also a city with a large African-American population. Do you think the federal government's recovery program there would be moving faster if it had been a city with more whites, or do you think race has not affected the recovery effort?
Would Move Faster 47
Wouldn't Move Faster 45
Don't Know/No Answer 9
Total 100
 
How likely is it that there will be further acts of terrorism in the United States over the next several weeks: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?
Very Likely 11
Somewhat Likely 29
Not Too Likely 37
Not at All Likely 17
Don't Know/No Answer 6
Total 100
 
Next Id like to ask you a couple questions about television and newspapers. How many days in the past week did you read a daily newspaper?
0 21
1 13
2 8
3 10
4 4
5 5
6 2
7 36
Don't Know/No Answer 2
Total 100
 
How many hours per day do you spend watching TV (television) on an average weekday, that is Monday through Friday?
0 4
1 16
2 23
3 19
4 13
5 6
6 5
7 1
8 2
9 1
10 3
11 0
12 4
Don't Know/No Answer 2
Total 100
Now I just have a few questions about your household and your background.
First, may I ask, In what year were you born? [Recoded to age]
18-30 24
31-45 29
46-60 27
61 and Over 19
Missing 1
Total 100
[IF UNSURE ASK]: Are you male or female?
Male 30
Female 70
 
Do you consider yourself to be Are you Hispanic or Latino? [Answers combined]
White (non-Hisp) 61
Black (non-Hisp) 31
Asian 4
Hispanic 3
Missing or Other 1
Total 100
Are your currently married, living with a partner, separated, divorced, widowed, or have you never been married?
Married 53
Living With Partner 5
Separated 3
Divorced 11
Widowed 6
Single, Never Married 21
Don't Know/No Answer 1
Total 100
 
Do you have children? How many?
None 23
One 17
Two 29
Three 18
Four or More 11
Don't Know/No Answer 3
Total 100
 
What is the highest grade of schooling that you have completed?
8Th Grade or Less 2
Some Hs 5
Hs Diploma 21
Vocational/Technical 3
Some College 27
College Degree 28
Some Graduate School 4
Graduate Degree 11
Don't Know/No Answer 1
Total 100
 
What is your religious preference? Is it Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, some other religion, or no religion?
Protestant 49
Catholic 36
Other 7
None 8
Don't Know/No Answer 1
Total 100
 
Are you a member of a local church, synagogue, or other religious or spiritual community?
Yes 75
No 16
Don't Know/No Answer 9
Total 100
 
Not including weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services?
Every Week or More Often 44
Almost Every Week 11
Once or Twice A Month 20
A Few Times A Year 10
Less Often Than That 13
Don't Know/No Answer 2
Total 100
 
Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Republican, Democrat, Independent, or what? Would you call yourself a strong (Republican/Democrat) or not a very strong (Republican/Democrat)? Do you think of yourself as closer to the Republican or Democratic Party? [Answers combined]
Strong Democrat 19
Democrat 14
Lean Democratic 6
Independent 8
Lean Republican 7
Republican 14
  Strong Republican 22
Other 3
None 7
Total 100
Who did you vote for in the 2004 Presidential election?
Bush 52
Kerry 27
Someone Else 3
Don't Know/No Answer 19
Total 100
Thinking ahead to the next presidential election, if the 2008 general election were held today and the candidates were [see below] and [see below], for whom would you vote?
Vote for McCain vs Clinton in 2008
McCain 38
Clinton 34
Other 11
Unsure 17
 
Vote for McCain vs. Obama in 2008
McCain 36
Obama 35
Other 7
Unsure 22
 
Vote for Giuliani vs. Clinton in 2008
Giuliani 47
Clinton 34
Other 5
Unsure 14
 
Vote for Giuliani vs. Obama in 2008
Giuliani 42
Obama 33
Other 4
Unsure 21
 
We hear a lot of talk these days about liberals and conservatives. Would you call yourself -
Extremely Liberal 2
Liberal 11
Slightly Liberal 6
Moderate, Middle of the Road 23
Slightly Conservative 14
Conservative 25
Extremely Conservative 6
Don't Know/No Answer 13
Total 100
 
Just one more question: Im going to read you a series of income categories. Please stop me when I get to the category that includes the total income that you and all other members of your household earned before taxes during 2006, from all sources.
Under $15,000 6
Under $25,000 4
Under $35,000 12
Under $50,000 13
Under $75,000 17
Under $100,000 12
More Than $100,000 18
Don't Know/No Answer 18
Total 100
This concludes the interview. Thank you for participating in this survey and giving so generously of your time.
Note. Data collected by students in Sociology 2211 ("Sociological Methods"), Louisiana State University, March-April 2007. Data are based on a random-digit-dialed telephone sample, representative of the general population age 18 and over in East Baton Rouge Parish, LA. Survey includes 344 completed interviews. The results are weighted to reflect the combined age-gender-race/hispanic distributions, according to the U.S. Census for 2000.