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National Survey of Americans on AIDS/HIV – Toplines/Survey

1997 National Survey of Americans on AIDS/HIV

Public Knowledge And Attitudes About AIDS/HIV : Survey II

Princeton Survey Research Associates For The Kaiser Family Foundation

Questionnaire and National Toplines

December 4, 1997

Methodology

The 1997 National Survey of Americans on AIDS/HIV was designed by staff of the Kaiser Family Foundation and conducted for the Family Foundation by Princeton Survey Research Associates. The survey was conducted by telephone with 1,205 adults (age 18 or older) nationwide between September 17-October 19, 1997. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The Foundation last surveyed Americans on AIDS/HIV in December 1995. Where available trend data or information are noted. Some select questions also provide further trend information from other sources, each source is noted by an appropriate footnote reference.

Select questions were asked of a random half of the respondents. These questions are identified by “Form 1” or “Form 2,” indicating which half answered that particular question. There were 598 respondents in the “Form 1” group and 607 respondents in the “Form 2” group. The margin of error for this split sample is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

National Topline

1. My first question is… What do you think is the most urgent health problem facing this nation today? (Open-end. Do not read answer categories. Wait for reply before probe) Is there another health problem you think is almost as urgent?

Current 12/95 1/901 38 AIDS 44 49 38 Cancer 27 31 21 Health insurance/access/cost 25 13 16 Heart 11 na2 5 Drugs 4 17 3 Smoking/Cigarettes na na 2 Elderly 4 12 2 Excess weight/Obesity na na 2 Diabetes *3 na 14 Other 15 na 8 Don’t know/Refused 8 9

Total exceeds 100% due to multiple responses.

2. Now I’d like you to think about the way the problem of AIDS is affecting this country today. Do you think the problem of AIDS is about the same as it has been, that the country is making progress in this area, or that the country is losing ground?

Based on form 1 respondents.

Current 12/95 3/944 14 About the same 15 22 52 Country making progress 32 23 27 Country losing ground 48 49 7 Don’t know/Refused 5 6 100 100 100

3. Thinking about the way AIDS is affecting your local community today, is the problem of AIDS about the same as it has been, is your community making progress, is your community losing ground, or has AIDS never been a problem in your community?

Based on form 1 respondents.

Current 12/95 19 About the same 23 14 Community making progress 11 11 Community losing ground 18 41 Never been a problem 38 15 Don’t know/Refused 10 100 100

4. Now I’d like you to think about the way the problem of AIDS is affecting this country today. Do you think AIDS is a more urgent problem for the country than it was a few years ago, is it a less urgent problem, or is it about as urgent as it was?

Based on form 2 respondents.

48 More urgent 12 Less urgent 38 About as urgent 2 Don’t know/Refused 100

5. Thinking about the way the problem of AIDS is affecting your local community today, do you think AIDS is a more urgent problem for your community than it was a few years ago, is it a less urgent problem, is it about as urgent as it was, or has AIDS never been a problem in your community?

Based on form 2 respondents.

25 More urgent 9 Less urgent 28 About as urgent 25 Never been a problem 13 Don’t know/Refused 100

6. How serious a problem do you think AIDS is for people you know? For people you know, do you think AIDS is…(read)

Current 12/95 34 A very serious problem 43 19 A somewhat serious problem 17 17 Not too serious a problem, or 15 25 Not a serious problem at all? 22 5 Don’t know/Refused 3 100 100

7. Bearing in mind the different ways people can be infected with H-I-V, the virus that causes AIDS–how concerned are you, personally, about becoming infected with HIV? Are you…(read)

Current 12/95 5/915 24 Very concerned 22 27 17 Somewhat concerned 18 21 21 Not too concerned, or 22 22 38 Not at all concerned? 38 30 * Don’t know/Refused * * 100 100 100

8. Are you more concerned about becoming infected with HIV than you were a few years ago, less concerned, or about as concerned?

27 More concerned 24 Less concerned 47 About as concerned 2 Don’t know/Refused 100

9. Do you, yourself, have any sons or daughters aged 21 years or younger?

43 Yes 57 No * Don’t know/Refused 100

10. How concerned are you about a son or daughter becoming infected with HIV? Are you…(read)

Based on parents of children aged 21 or younger.

Current 12/95 52 Very concerned 53 21 Somewhat concerned 24 16 Not too concerned, or 10 11 Not at all concerned 11 * Don’t know/Refused 2 100 100 (n=541) (n=666)

11. Are you more concerned about a son or daughter becoming infected with HIV than you were a few years ago, less concerned, or about as concerned?

Based on parents of children aged 21 or younger.

46 More concerned 9 Less concerned 44 About as concerned 1 Don’t know/Refused 100 (n=541)

12. Do you think AIDS is a major threat to public health in this country today, or is not a major threat to public health?

83 Major threat 14 Not a major threat 3 Don’t know/Refused 100

13. I’m going to read a list of groups in your local community. For each one, please tell me how much you think they are doing to help fight against AIDS. As far as you know, how much are (insert first item — rotate) doing to help fight against AIDS? Is this group doing a lot, some, only a little or nothing at all? How much do you think (insert next item — rotate) are doing?

Based on form 1 respondents.

A lot Some Only a little Nothing at all DK/Ref. a. Local church or religious leaders 18 29 24 12 17 =100 b. Local government and political leaders 11 34 30 13 12 =100 c. Local public schools 23 34 20 6 17 =100 d. Local health care providers, such as doctors, health clinics and hospitals 38 32 12 4 14 =100

14. And how about those outside of your local community . . . As far as you know, how much is (insert items in order) doing to help fight against AIDS– a lot, some, only a little or nothing at all?

Based on Form 1 respondents.

A lot Some Only a little Nothing at all DK/Ref. a. Your state government 15 43 24 6 12 =100 b. President Clinton 21 39 21 8 11 =100 c. The federal government 20 42 23 6 9 =100

15. I’m going to read a list of groups in your local community. For each one, please tell me your impression of how much this group cares about the fight against AIDS and makes it a priority. First, what about… (insert first item — rotate)–is it your impression that they care a lot about the fight against AIDS, some, only a little or not at all? How much do you think (insert next item — rotate) care?

Based on form 2 respondents.

A lot Some Only a little Nothing at all DK/Ref. a. Local church or religious leaders 39 34 15 5 7 =100 b. Local government and political leaders 17 42 27 8 6 =100 c. Local public schools 44 31 12 4 9 =100 d. Local health care providers, such as doctors, health clinics and hospitals 59 25 7 3 6 =100

16. And what is your impression of how much those outside of your local community care about the fight against AIDS and make it a priority . . . (First/Next) (insert items in order)–do you think (it/he) cares a lot about the fight against AIDS, some, only a little, or not at all?

Based on form 2 respondents.

A lot Some Only a little Nothing at all DK/Ref. a. Your state government 22 53 19 3 3 =100 b. President Clinton 31 39 16 7 7 =100 c. The federal government 21 47 22 5 5 =100

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