National Survey of Americans on AIDS/HIV

Now I have just a few background questions so we’ll know something about the people taking part in the survey…

51. I’m going to read you a list of things some people do about government or politics. Many people haven’t done any of these things. As I read each one, please tell me if this is something you have done in the past 12 months. (First,) in the past 12 months have you…(read and rotate)

Yes a. Contacted a member of Congress or a U.S. Senator 17 b. Attended a public meeting on town or school affairs 35 c. Worked in the campaign of a political candidate or party 6 d. Wrote a letter to a newspaper that was published 6 e. Been interviewed or quoted by the media about an important issue 7 f. Served as an officer of some club or organization 22 g. Served on a local committee, such as school board or community council 12 h. Made a public speech 12 i. Helped organize a group or event in support of a particular cause 19

D1. What is your religious preference? Are you Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, or some other religion?

D2. Do you consider yourself a Christian?

D3. Would you describe yourself as a born-again or evangelical Christian, or not?

63 Total Protestant/Christian 33 Evangelicals 27 Non-evangelicals 24 Roman Catholic 2 Jewish 5 Other religion 5 No religion/Atheist/Agnostic (vol.) 1 Don’t know/Refused 100

D4. In politics today, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat or Independent?

27 Republican 33 Democrat 30 Independent 1 Other Party (vol.) 5 No party (vol.) 2 Don’t know 2 Refused 100

D5. Would you say your views in most political matters are very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, or very conservative?

6 Very liberal 21 Somewhat liberal 29 Moderate 26 Somewhat conservative 12 Very conservative 4 Don’t know 2 Refused 100

D6. What is the last grade or class that you completed in school? (Do not read)

3 None, or grade 1 to 8 12 High school incomplete (grade 9-11) 34 High school graduate 4 Business, technical or vocational school after high school 24 Some college, but no four-year degree 15 College graduate, four-year degree 8 Post-graduate or professional schooling after college * Don’t know/Refused 100

D7. How old are you?

24 18-29 43 30-49 18 50-64 15 65 or older 100

D8a. Are you of Hispanic or Latino background, such as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or some other Spanish background?

D8b. Is your background mainly Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or some other Hispanic or Latino nationality?

8 Total Hispanic/Latino background 4 Mexican 1 Puerto Rican * Cuban 3 Other/Mixed (vol.) 91 Not Hispanic/Latino 1 Don’t know/Refused 100

D9. What is your race? Are you white, black, Asian, or some other race?

83 White 11 Black or African-American 1 Asian 3 Other/mixed race (vol.) * Don’t know 2 Refused 100

D10. Last year, that is in 1996, what was your total family income from all sources, before taxes? Just stop me when I get to the right category.

9 Less than $10,000 12 $10,000 to under $20,000 10 $20,000 to under $25,000 10 $25,000 to under $30,000 15 $30,000 to under $40,000 9 $40,000 to under $50,000 14 $50,000 to under $75,000 11 $75,000 or more 4 Don’t know 6 Refused 100

I have just a few more questions. Let me remind you that this a completely confidential interview and that there are no right answers…

D11. In general, how comfortable would you be, personally, working with someone who has HIV — very comfortable, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable, or very uncomfortable?

32 Very comfortable 33 Somewhat comfortable 21 Somewhat uncomfortable 12 Very uncomfortable 2 Don’t know/Refused 100

D12. In general, how comfortable are you, personally, being around homosexuals — very comfortable, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable, or very uncomfortable?

Current 12/95 31 Very comfortable 32 30 Somewhat comfortable 29 15 Somewhat uncomfortable 15 20 Very uncomfortable 17 2 Never around homosexuals (vol.) 5 2 Don’t know/Refused 2 100 100

D13. Have you, yourself, ever been tested for HIV, that is, the virus that causes AIDS? (If yes, ask: Was that in the last 12 months or not?

Current 12/95 16 Yes, tested within past 12 months 16 22 Yes, tested but prior to this year 21 60 No, never tested 61 2 Don’t know 2 100 100

D14. The last time you were tested, did you discuss your test results with a doctor, other medical professional, or counselor?

Based on those who have been tested for HIV.

50 Yes 50 No * Don’t know/Refused 100 (n=484)

D15. What is the main reason you haven’t been tested for HIV? Is it that… (read in order)

Based on those who have never been tested for HIV.

2 You don’t like needles or giving blood, 21 You’re not sexually active, 61 You’re married or in a monogamous relationship, 1 You’re afraid you’ll test positive for HIV, or 6 Some other reason? 6 No need/No reason to suspect a problem (vol.) 3 Don’t know/Refused 100 (n=701)

D16. As you may know, HIV tests are now being developed that would not require using a needle or taking blood. For example, one new test for HIV would place a sponge inside your mouth for just a few minutes. How likely would you be to use an HIV test that does not require using a needle or taking blood? (read)

35 Very likely 20 Somewhat likely 8 Somewhat unlikely, or 32 Very unlikely? 3 Don’t know 2 Refused 100

D17. Gender

48 Male 52 Female 100

That completes the interview. Thank you very much for your time and cooperation. Have a nice day/evening.


20 Northeast 24 Midwest 35 South 21 West 100

Community Type

28 Urban 49 Suburban 23 Rural 100

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