2008 SONS Transfer: Results and Summary: Part 3

Civic Engagement

Political Engagement

1. Do you consider yourself to be a

462  (51.7%)   Democrat

Do you consider yourself to be a strong Democrat?

185  (38.7%)   Yes    293  (61.3%)   No
76  (8.5%)   Republican

Do you consider yourself to be a strong Republican?

22  (27.8%)   Yes    57  (72.2%)   No
356  (39.8%)   Independent

Do you lean more toward the Democratic Party or Republican Party?

DemocraticRepublicanNeither
184 (51.8%) 33 (9.3%) 138 (38.9%)

2. Are you registered to vote?

585 (63.6%)   Yes

Are you registered to vote in Berkeley or have you submitted a new registration form to change your address to Berkeley?

189 (32.3%)   Yes
397 (67.7%)   No

335 (36.4%)   No

What is the primary reason why you are not registered?

6  (1.8%)   Not yet 18 years old
245  (73.1%)   Not a citizen
48  (14.3%)   Not interested
36  (10.7%)    Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field]

3. In the presidential election this November, will you vote?

485  (53.1%)   Definitely will
80  (8.8%)   Probably will
62  (6.8%)   Maybe
51  (5.6%)   Probably not

Why won't you vote?

Not 18 years old
18  (32.1%)   Not a citizen
30  (53.6%)   Not interested
8  (14.3%)    Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field]
235  (25.7%)   Definitely not

Why won't you vote?

5  (2.1%)   Not 18 years old
209  (89.7%)   Not a citizen
13  (5.6%)   Not interested
6  (2.6%)    Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field]

4. In the current election season, to what extent have you done the following?

 A great dealA significant amountSomeNot muchNone
Worked for a campaign 10  (1.1%)   10  (1.1%)   30  (3.3%)   51  (5.6%)   815  (89.0%)  
Contributed money to a campaign 8  (0.9%)   13  (1.4%)   65  (7.1%)   46  (5.0%)   784  (85.6%)  
Privately urged others to vote a particular way 56  (6.1%)   98  (10.7%)   180  (19.7%)   101  (11.1%)   479  (52.4%)  
Paid attention to candidates and issues 222  (24.3%)   269  (29.4%)   247  (27.0%)   57  (6.2%)   119  (13.0%)  
Talked about the campaign with other students 146  (16.0%)   201  (22.0%)   284  (31.0%)   128  (14.0%)   156  (17.0%)  

5. How important is voting to you personally?

135  (14.7%)   Not important
371  (40.4%)   Important
412  (44.9%)   Very important

6. Will you use the following information sources when deciding how to vote?

 YesNo
Internet searches 692  (76.9%)   208  (23.1%)  
Newspapers or magazines (hardcopy or Internet) 723  (80.2%)   178  (19.8%)  
Candidate debates 746  (82.8%)   155  (17.2%)  
Friends and family members 512  (57.0%)   387  (43.0%)  
TV news 555  (61.7%)   345  (38.3%)  
Paid advertising 116  (12.9%)   783  (87.1%)  
Postal mailings 117  (13.0%)   782  (87.0%)  
Electronic mailings 116  (12.9%)   786  (87.1%)  
Phone calls 60  (6.7%)   841  (93.3%)  
Rallies or other public events 289  (32.1%)   610  (67.9%)  

7. Do you think this country is moving in the right direction or wrong direction?

99  (10.8%)   Right direction
454  (49.7%)   Wrong direction
361  (39.5%)   Don't know

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