AMERICANS' KNOWLEDGE OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
A Columbia Law Survey
May 2002

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"Americans' Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution"
A Columbia Law Survey

 -Introduction

 -Technical Information

 -CARAVAN Telephone Sampling Methodology

 -Reliability of Survey Percentages

 -Sampling Tolerances When Comparing Two Samples

 -Introduction to Detailed Tabulations

 -Significance Testing

 -Detailed Tabulations (requires Adobe Acrobat)

 -Questionnaire

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO DETAILED TABULATIONS

How to Read the Tables

The following pages present the detailed tabulations of survey results. The data are percentaged vertically and, therefore, should be read from top-to-bottom. The total number of interviews, both weighted and unweighted, appears at the top of each column. Percentages are calculated on the weighted bases. Percentages may not add to 100% due to weighting factors or multiple responses. Where an asterisk (*) appears, it signifies any value of less than one-half percent.

Definition of Classification Terms

The following definitions are provided for some of the standard demographics by which the results are tabulated. Other demographics are self-explanatory.

Income
The income groupings refer to the total household income for 2001 before taxes.

Metro Size
Metro --In Center City of Metropolitan Area
Outside Center City, Inside Center City County
Inside Suburban County of Metropolitan Area
In Metropolitan Area with No Center City

 

Non-Metro --In Non-Metropolitan Area
Children in Household
None -- No children under 18 years of age living in household

 

Total --Have children under 18 years of age living in household

 

Under 12 --Have children under 12 years of age living in household

 

12 - 17 --Have children ages 12 to 17 living in household 
Geographic Region
The continental states are contained in four geographic regions as follows:

North East

New England: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut
Middle Atlantic: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

 

North Central
East North Central: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin
West North Central: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas

 

South
South Atlantic: Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida
East South Central: Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi
West South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
 

 

West
Mountain: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada
Pacific: Washington, Oregon, California
Occupation (Optional)
The occupation classification refers to the occupation of the respondent. The types of positions included in each category are: 
Professional/Manager/Owner - Executives, Professionals, Technical and Kindred Workers, Managers, Officials, and Proprietors

 

White Collar - Sales/Clerical - Clerical, Office and Secretarial Workers, and Sales Agents and Workers

 

Blue Collar - Craftsmen/Foremen - Craftsmen, Foremen, Kindred Workers, Carpenters, Plumbers, Electricians, Mechanics, and Bakers

 

Blue Collar - Semi-Skilled/Unskilled - Apprentices, Laborers, Assembly Line Workers, Motormen and Fishermen

 

Service Workers - Housekeepers in Private Households, Police, Beauticians, Barbers, Security Guards, Waitresses and Waiters

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