The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 3, 1996 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 3, 1996
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Ajl_SyNDAY, NOVEMBER 3. 1996 CAMPAIGN '96 THE SALINA JOURNAL Poll / Conservatives are predominant in region FROM PAGE A1 strongly conservative as measured both by how participants describe themselves and by how their responses to questions fit traditional conservative-liberal frames. Asked to describe themselves, 19 percent said they were "very conservative" and 37 percent said they were "somewhat conservative." Just 4 percent said they Were "very liberal" and 10 percent said they were "somewhat liberal." The others, nearly one- third, said they were neither conservative nor liberal. Forty-four percent of those surveyed said they attend church at least once a week, and church attendance proved to be a predictor of political leanings. Those who said they attended church at least once a week were significantly more likely to describe themselves as "somewhat" or "very" conservative (65 percent) compared with those who attend church less than once a week (47 percent). But the best predictor of political leanings was the question on abortion. Among those who "completely agreed" that the government should ban abortions, 77 percent said they were conservative. The poll found that respondents' views don't neatly follow either political party or ideological lines. And their opinions on some traditionally conservative issues are tempered. Respondents agreed (83 percent) that government is too intrusive and needs to be cut, a mantra of Republicans and conservatives. But when asked about specific government functions, they were less eager to pull the plug. They said, for instance, that the law enforcement battle against illegal drugs should be T BOB DOLE The Salina Journal Market/Vide A SURVEY OF NOBTH-CENTRAL KANSAS RESIDENTS Just under 1 in 5 (19%) respondents identified themselves as "very" conservative, a total of 55% identified themselves as I OVERALL D SALINE COUNTY Ml OUTSIDE SALINE COUNTY "very" Or "somewhat" 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 37 conservative. Another 31% described themselves as neither conservative nor liberal and 14% identified themselves as "somewhat" or "very" liberal. Very conservative Somewhat conservative Neither Somewhat liberal Very liberal stepped up (86 percent). They agreed that the state should set education standards for local schools (76 percent) and that the government should do more to protect consumers (75 percent) and the environment (62 percent). Gun-control surprise One finding that surprised da- man was a call for the government to do more to regulate guns — 61 percent said they were in favor and 39 percent said they were opposed. Females, especially, favor more gun regulation — 70 percent vs. 52 percent for men. And support was stronger in Saline County (68 percent) than in the total of the 10 other counties (56 percent). The greater the income, the less likely a respondent was to favor more gun regulation. Half of those with incomes of less than $20,000 said they "completely agree" that gun regulation should be increased, but that percentage falls to 36 percent for those with incomes of $35,000 to $49,999 and to 27 percent for those with incomes of more than $50,000. School issues On school issues, the poll found: • 79 percent favor prayer in public schools. • 76 percent say the state should set standards for public schools. Claman said some respondents were well aware of this issue and had strong feelings, whereas others seemed to have given it little consideration. • 65 percent say creationism should be taught in public schools. Creationism advocates were especially prominent among those of child-rearing ages. Nearly 46 percent of those aged 25 to 34 said they "completely agree" with teaching creationism, as did 40 percent of those aged 35 to 44. • The issue of school vouchers provided mixed results, with 49 percent of respondents in favor and 51 percent opposed. The strongest single response came from those who said they "completely disagreed" with the voucher idea (37 percent). Respondents in Saline County were a bit warmer to vouchers than those polled outside Saline County (54 percent vs. 45 percent). The voucher issue, the poll found, is not one defined by polit- About the pail The statistics cited in this story were obtained from a randomly , selected telephone poll in October that interviewed 400 adults in ; Salina and north-central Kansas. The Salina Journal/MarketAide Poll was commissioned by the ., Salina Journal and conducted by MarketAide Services, 1300 E. Iron, a marketing and research firm. It was directed by John Claman, MarketAide's senior research director. Poll participants were read a series of statements and asked to. choose one of four responses: completely disagree, somewhat disagree, somewhat agree or completely agree. Participants also were asked how they would vote if the presidential election were conducted "today." In addition, they were asked for demographic information about themselves, including their age, income and education levels, church attendance and affiliation, marital and employment status, , whether they are registered to vote and whether they regard themselves as conservative or liberal. The poll, which reflects the population of an 11-county north- central Kansas area, was conducted in Saline and these counties: Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, northern McPherson, Mitchell, Ottawa and Republic. Of the poll respondents, 53.5 percent were female and 46.5 percent were male. The maximum overall sampling error was plus or minus 4.9 percent. ical parties. The responses of Democrats and Republicans were about the same. Demographic differences For some questions posed by the Salina Journal/MarketAide Poll, the respondents' answers were relatively uniform regardless of their age, income or education levels. The question about same-sex marriages is an example. The poll found that 79 percent oppose legal recognition of same-sex marriages, and the level of opposition was consistent through all demographic categories. But on other topics, such uni- formity was lacking. Those With higher levels of education, for example, were more likely to oppose the concept of using vouchers to help parents pay for private education. And respondents with incomes of more than $35,000 were less likely to see a need for the government to do more to protect the environment, as compared with respondents of lower incomes. More than 40 percent of respondents with incomes of less than $35,000 cited a need for more environmental regulation. But only 23 percent of those with incomes of $50,000 or more saw such a need. Java and supporters greet Dole at diner Ff^llf^f^^ "Heute Gibt Es Bratwurst!" come to the By The Associated Press HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. — Sawhorses topped with rows of paper coffee cups blocked Route 17 for Bob Dole's stop at the Bendix Diner. And it was caffeine — spiked by a belief in miracles — that kept hundreds of the Dole faithful waiting until 4:44 a.m. for him to come. "Landslide! Landslide! Landslide!" was their chant as Dole strode toward the crowd with a grin and raised fist. "Insomniacs for Dole," read one sign among the 500 people who turned out. "We believe in Bob Dole, his dedication and devotion," gushed Flo Mazzer, who, bathed in pink neon from the giant Bendix sign, had claimed her front-row spot three hours earlier. "He'll get his miracle. We're here for him." And Dole was there for them. It was his fourth visit in less than four weeks to the state where President Clinton has consistently held a lead. Surveying the crowd from the diner steps, Dole, with Gov. Christine Todd Whit, man at his side, was obviously '•- pleased — if not sleep-deprived. and then somewhere else — I don't know where." Prompted by calls from the crowd, Dole finished, "Yeah, the White House, the White House." Inside Bendix, a 24-hour joint normally haunted at this hour by truckers and late-night party-goers, Dole sipped coffee at the counter. Two seats dov/n, Joan Gravalis sat in her Halloween costume — a rubber Clinton mask and jailbird uniform. Dole greeted her caricature with a big wave. "Bill, nice to see you," Dole grinned. Come in today and purchase your holiday wines, try our new cherry products and we'll give you a Bratwurst Free! 913-825-2515 1-70, Ninth Street Exit, then 3 miles north on old 81 Highway. T^^^^^f^^^^ The Associated Press Bob Dole waves to supporters at a New Jersey diner Saturday during an early-morning rally. "Insomniacs for Dole," read one sign among the 500 people who turned out at 4:44 a.m. to greet the candidate. "If there's this much enthusiasm in New Jersey and New York and this area, we're gonna win, just like the Yankees did," declared the candidate who hadn't slept in nearly 24 hours. 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