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4 May 2012

MPIRG’s Public Policy Opinion Poll

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Phone: 612.626.0006 Fax: 612.624.1336 879 29th Ave. S.E. Room 103 Minneapolis, MN 55414 http://oms.umn.edu

MPIRG - Public Policy Opinion Poll
Frequencies
University Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Augsburg College 2 Bemidji State 3 Hamline University 4 Normandale Community College 5 UMNCR 6 UMNDL 7 UMNMO 8 UMNTC 9 UMR Total 142 620 197 943 2 2367 6.0 26.2 8.3 39.8 .1 100.0 6.0 26.2 8.3 39.8 .1 100.0 25.6 51.8 60.1 99.9 100.0 72 70 218 103 Percent 3.0 3.0 9.2 4.4 Valid Percent 3.0 3.0 9.2 4.4 Percent 3.0 6.0 15.2 19.6

Group: Cumulative Frequency Valid 11 22 Total Missing Total System 753 1611 2364 3 2367 Percent 31.8 68.1 99.9 .1 100.0 Valid Percent 31.9 68.1 100.0 Percent 31.9 100.0

Generally speaking, do you think that things in your part of Minnesota are on the right track or on the wrong track? Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Right track 2 Wrong track 3 Don't know 4 Not applicable Total Missing System 1032 478 680 48 2238 129 Percent 43.6 20.2 28.7 2.0 94.6 5.4 Valid Percent 46.1 21.4 30.4 2.1 100.0 Percent 46.1 67.5 97.9 100.0

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Generally speaking, do you think that things in your part of Minnesota are on the right track or on the wrong track? Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Right track 2 Wrong track 3 Don't know 4 Not applicable Total Missing Total System 1032 478 680 48 2238 129 2367 Percent 43.6 20.2 28.7 2.0 94.6 5.4 100.0 Valid Percent 46.1 21.4 30.4 2.1 100.0 Percent 46.1 67.5 97.9 100.0

In your opinion, which of the following will be the biggest threat to the country in the future? Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Big business 2 Big labor 3 Big government Total Missing Total System 1086 135 1009 2230 137 2367 Percent 45.9 5.7 42.6 94.2 5.8 100.0 Valid Percent 48.7 6.1 45.2 100.0 Percent 48.7 54.8 100.0

Environment Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all important 2 Not very important 3 Somewhat important 4 Very important Total Missing Total System 26 184 1007 1061 2278 89 2367 Percent 1.1 7.8 42.5 44.8 96.2 3.8 100.0 Valid Percent 1.1 8.1 44.2 46.6 100.0 Percent 1.1 9.2 53.4 100.0

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Energy Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all important 2 Not very important 3 Somewhat important 4 Very important Total Missing Total System 11 135 973 1155 2274 93 2367 Percent .5 5.7 41.1 48.8 96.1 3.9 100.0 Valid Percent .5 5.9 42.8 50.8 100.0 Percent .5 6.4 49.2 100.0

Economy Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all important 2 Not very important 3 Somewhat important 4 Very important Total Missing Total System 5 46 585 1634 2270 97 2367 Percent .2 1.9 24.7 69.0 95.9 4.1 100.0 Valid Percent .2 2.0 25.8 72.0 100.0 Percent .2 2.2 28.0 100.0

Taxes Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all important 2 Not very important 3 Somewhat important 4 Very important Total Missing Total System 14 190 961 1104 2269 98 2367 Percent .6 8.0 40.6 46.6 95.9 4.1 100.0 Valid Percent .6 8.4 42.4 48.7 100.0 Percent .6 9.0 51.3 100.0

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Health care Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all important 2 Not very important 3 Somewhat important 4 Very important Total Missing Total System 20 144 743 1340 2247 120 2367 Percent .8 6.1 31.4 56.6 94.9 5.1 100.0 Valid Percent .9 6.4 33.1 59.6 100.0 Percent .9 7.3 40.4 100.0

Social issues (e.g., same sex marriage, abortion, religion, etc.) Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all important 2 Not very important 3 Somewhat important 4 Very important Total Missing Total System 136 307 649 1182 2274 93 2367 Percent 5.7 13.0 27.4 49.9 96.1 3.9 100.0 Valid Percent 6.0 13.5 28.5 52.0 100.0 Percent 6.0 19.5 48.0 100.0

Education Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all important 2 Not very important 3 Somewhat important 4 Very important Total Missing Total System 6 57 490 1719 2272 95 2367 Percent .3 2.4 20.7 72.6 96.0 4.0 100.0 Valid Percent .3 2.5 21.6 75.7 100.0 Percent .3 2.8 24.3 100.0

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National security Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all important 2 Not very important 3 Somewhat important 4 Very important Total Missing Total System 61 410 1009 786 2266 101 2367 Percent 2.6 17.3 42.6 33.2 95.7 4.3 100.0 Valid Percent 2.7 18.1 44.5 34.7 100.0 Percent 2.7 20.8 65.3 100.0

Social Security Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all important 2 Not very important 3 Somewhat important 4 Very important Total Missing Total System 48 357 1106 753 2264 103 2367 Percent 2.0 15.1 46.7 31.8 95.6 4.4 100.0 Valid Percent 2.1 15.8 48.9 33.3 100.0 Percent 2.1 17.9 66.7 100.0

Government ethics and corruption Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all important 2 Not very important 3 Somewhat important 4 Very important Total Missing Total System 26 188 820 1238 2272 95 2367 Percent 1.1 7.9 34.6 52.3 96.0 4.0 100.0 Valid Percent 1.1 8.3 36.1 54.5 100.0 Percent 1.1 9.4 45.5 100.0

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Immigration Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all important 2 Not very important 3 Somewhat important 4 Very important Total Missing Total System 155 616 968 532 2271 96 2367 Percent 6.5 26.0 40.9 22.5 95.9 4.1 100.0 Valid Percent 6.8 27.1 42.6 23.4 100.0 Percent 6.8 33.9 76.6 100.0

Global warming Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all concerned 2 Not too concerned 3 Somewhat concerned 4 Very concerned Total Missing Total System 184 426 907 757 2274 93 2367 Percent 7.8 18.0 38.3 32.0 96.1 3.9 100.0 Valid Percent 8.1 18.7 39.9 33.3 100.0 Percent 8.1 26.8 66.7 100.0

College affordability Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all concerned 2 Not too concerned 3 Somewhat concerned 4 Very concerned Total Missing Total System 26 130 557 1560 2273 94 2367 Percent 1.1 5.5 23.5 65.9 96.0 4.0 100.0 Valid Percent 1.1 5.7 24.5 68.6 100.0 Percent 1.1 6.9 31.4 100.0

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Job prospects post-graduation/ unemployment Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all concerned 2 Not too concerned 3 Somewhat concerned 4 Very concerned Total Missing Total System 28 141 525 1573 2267 100 2367 Percent 1.2 6.0 22.2 66.5 95.8 4.2 100.0 Valid Percent 1.2 6.2 23.2 69.4 100.0 Percent 1.2 7.5 30.6 100.0

Corporate money and influence over our elected officials' decisions Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all concerned 2 Not too concerned 3 Somewhat concerned 4 Very concerned Total Missing Total System 57 255 752 1205 2269 98 2367 Percent 2.4 10.8 31.8 50.9 95.9 4.1 100.0 Valid Percent 2.5 11.2 33.1 53.1 100.0 Percent 2.5 13.8 46.9 100.0

Access to quality, affordable health care Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not at all concerned 2 Not too concerned 3 Somewhat concerned 4 Very concerned Total Missing Total System 67 272 807 1127 2273 94 2367 Percent 2.8 11.5 34.1 47.6 96.0 4.0 100.0 Valid Percent 2.9 12.0 35.5 49.6 100.0 Percent 2.9 14.9 50.4 100.0

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Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage in Minnesota? Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 I don't know how I will vote. 2 I will vote no. 3 I will probably vote no. 4 I will probably vote yes. 5 I will vote yes. Total Missing Total System 1461 202 129 347 2268 99 2367 61.7 8.5 5.4 14.7 95.8 4.2 100.0 64.4 8.9 5.7 15.3 100.0 70.1 79.0 84.7 100.0 129 Percent 5.4 Valid Percent 5.7 Percent 5.7

Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require a three-fifths vote of each house of the legislature to pass a law that increases state income, state sales, or property taxes? Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 I don't know how I will vote. 2 I will vote no. 3 I will probably vote no. 4 I will probably vote yes. 5 I will vote yes. Total Missing Total System 236 239 618 291 2270 97 2367 10.0 10.1 26.1 12.3 95.9 4.1 100.0 10.4 10.5 27.2 12.8 100.0 49.4 60.0 87.2 100.0 886 Percent 37.4 Valid Percent 39.0 Percent 39.0

Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require that state government expenditures for all funds be limited to the amount of actual revenues received by the state in the previous two-year budget period and any additional expenditures may only... Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 I don't know how I will vote. 2 I will vote no. 130 5.5 5.7 44.2 871 Percent 36.8 Valid Percent 38.4 Percent 38.4

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3 I will probably vote no. 4 I will probably vote yes. 5 I will vote yes. Total Missing Total System

189 673 404 2267 100 2367

8.0 28.4 17.1 95.8 4.2 100.0

8.3 29.7 17.8 100.0

52.5 82.2 100.0

Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013? Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 I don't know how I will vote. 2 I will vote no. 3 I will probably vote no. 4 I will probably vote yes. 5 I will vote yes. Total Missing Total System 524 248 513 705 2268 99 2367 22.1 10.5 21.7 29.8 95.8 4.2 100.0 23.1 10.9 22.6 31.1 100.0 35.4 46.3 68.9 100.0 278 Percent 11.7 Valid Percent 12.3 Percent 12.3

Do you have a Minnesota Driver's License or State I.D. that has your current college residence address on it? Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Yes 2 No 3 I don't know. Total Missing Total System 623 1611 37 2271 96 2367 Percent 26.3 68.1 1.6 95.9 4.1 100.0 Valid Percent 27.4 70.9 1.6 100.0 Percent 27.4 98.4 100.0

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Under the proposed constitutional amendment, a photo I.D. must have your current address on it in order for you to use it to vote on Election Day in Minnesota. Based on your response, you would not be able to vote in the voting district for your... Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Unconvincing 2 Not very convincing 3 Somewhat convincing 4 Very convincing Total Missing Total System 307 393 679 889 2268 99 2367 Percent 13.0 16.6 28.7 37.6 95.8 4.2 100.0 Valid Percent 13.5 17.3 29.9 39.2 100.0 Percent 13.5 30.9 60.8 100.0

If you were required to obtain a photo ID that shows your current address before each Election Day, what kind of impact would this have on your voting behavior? Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Don't know 2 I would not vote at all. 3 I would not obtain the photo ID and would fill out a provisional absentee ballot. 4 I would obtain the photo ID so that I could vote in person on Election Day. Total Missing Total System 2268 99 2367 95.8 4.2 100.0 100.0 834 35.2 36.8 100.0 277 425 732 Percent 11.7 18.0 30.9 Valid Percent 12.2 18.7 32.3 Percent 12.2 31.0 63.2

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Please select the statement that best represents your views regarding the voter ID amendment. Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 The voter ID amendment requires individuals to show a MN Driver's license or state ID card with a current address.... 2 The voter ID amendment requires individuals to show a MN Driver's license or state ID card with a current address.... Total Missing Total System 734 1633 2367 31.0 69.0 100.0 100.0 219 9.3 29.8 100.0 515 Percent 21.8 Valid Percent 70.2 Percent 70.2

Please select the statement that best represents your views regarding the voter ID law. Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 The voter ID amendment requires individuals to show a MN Driver's license or state ID card with a current address.... 2 Voter fraud in Minnesota is extremely rare. The voter ID amendment is costly and will do little to reduce the... Total Missing Total System 1517 850 2367 64.1 35.9 100.0 100.0 891 37.6 58.7 100.0 626 Percent 26.4 Valid Percent 41.3 Percent 41.3

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Do you support raising taxes, cutting spending or a combination of spending cuts and taxes to balance state and federal budgets? Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Raising taxes 2 Cutting spending 3 Combination of spending cuts and taxes Total Missing Total System 2255 112 2367 95.3 4.7 100.0 100.0 209 650 1396 Percent 8.8 27.5 59.0 Valid Percent 9.3 28.8 61.9 Percent 9.3 38.1 100.0

Do you support or oppose ensuring that people who make over a million dollars a year pay the same percentage of taxes or more of their total income as those who make less than a million dollars a year? Cumulative Frequency Valid 2 Support 1 Oppose Total Missing Total System 1649 602 2251 116 2367 Percent 69.7 25.4 95.1 4.9 100.0 Valid Percent 73.3 26.7 100.0 Percent 73.3 100.0

Renewable energy standard: Minnesota set a standard requiring utilities to obtain 25% of their electricity from renewable energy sources, like solar and wind power, by the year 2025. Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not Applicable 2 Don't know 3 Strongly oppose 4 Somewhat oppose 5 Somewhat support 6 Strongly support Total Missing Total System 19 75 71 80 557 1457 2259 108 2367 Percent .8 3.2 3.0 3.4 23.5 61.6 95.4 4.6 100.0 Valid Percent .8 3.3 3.1 3.5 24.7 64.5 100.0 Percent .8 4.2 7.3 10.8 35.5 100.0

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Nuclear power: Minnesota currently has a state law that prohibits the construction of new nuclear power plants. Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not applicable 2 Don't know 3 Strongly oppose 4 Somewhat oppose 5 Somewhat support 6 Strongly support Total Missing Total System 23 291 330 423 521 671 2259 108 2367 Percent 1.0 12.3 13.9 17.9 22.0 28.3 95.4 4.6 100.0 Valid Percent 1.0 12.9 14.6 18.7 23.1 29.7 100.0 Percent 1.0 13.9 28.5 47.2 70.3 100.0

Coal: Minnesota currently has a state law that prohibits the construction of new coal power plants until there is a plan in place to reduce global warming pollution. Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not applicable 2 Don't know 3 Strongly oppose 4 Somewhat oppose 5 Somewhat support 6 Strongly support Total Missing Total System 25 171 112 183 631 1138 2260 107 2367 Percent 1.1 7.2 4.7 7.7 26.7 48.1 95.5 4.5 100.0 Valid Percent 1.1 7.6 5.0 8.1 27.9 50.4 100.0 Percent 1.1 8.7 13.6 21.7 49.6 100.0

Wind Cumulative Frequency Valid 0 Not applicable 1 Don't know 2 Strongly oppose 3 Somewhat oppose 4 Somewhat support 11 48 46 75 464 Percent .5 2.0 1.9 3.2 19.6 Valid Percent .5 2.1 2.0 3.3 20.5 Percent .5 2.6 4.6 8.0 28.5

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5 Strongly support Total Missing Total System

1617 2261 106 2367

68.3 95.5 4.5 100.0

71.5 100.0

100.0

Solar Cumulative Frequency Valid 0 Not applicable 1 Don't know 2 Strongly oppose 3 Somewhat oppose 4 Somewhat support 5 Strongly support Total Missing Total System 12 51 30 65 457 1643 2258 109 2367 Percent .5 2.2 1.3 2.7 19.3 69.4 95.4 4.6 100.0 Valid Percent .5 2.3 1.3 2.9 20.2 72.8 100.0 Percent .5 2.8 4.1 7.0 27.2 100.0

Hydropower from dams Cumulative Frequency Valid 0 Not applicable 1 Don't know 2 Strongly oppose 3 Somewhat oppose 4 Somewhat support 5 Strongly support Total Missing Total System 14 153 69 267 763 982 2248 119 2367 Percent .6 6.5 2.9 11.3 32.2 41.5 95.0 5.0 100.0 Valid Percent .6 6.8 3.1 11.9 33.9 43.7 100.0 Percent .6 7.4 10.5 22.4 56.3 100.0

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Natural gas Cumulative Frequency Valid 0 Not applicable 1 Don't know 2 Strongly oppose 3 Somewhat oppose 4 Somewhat support 5 Strongly support Total Missing Total System 18 261 192 572 814 384 2241 126 2367 Percent .8 11.0 8.1 24.2 34.4 16.2 94.7 5.3 100.0 Valid Percent .8 11.6 8.6 25.5 36.3 17.1 100.0 Percent .8 12.4 21.0 46.5 82.9 100.0

Nuclear Cumulative Frequency Valid 0 Not applicable 1 Don't know 2 Strongly oppose 3 Somewhat oppose 4 Somewhat support 5 Strongly support Total Missing Total System 19 256 500 559 547 374 2255 112 2367 Percent .8 10.8 21.1 23.6 23.1 15.8 95.3 4.7 100.0 Valid Percent .8 11.4 22.2 24.8 24.3 16.6 100.0 Percent .8 12.2 34.4 59.2 83.4 100.0

Coal Cumulative Frequency Valid 0 Not applicable 1 Don't know 2 Strongly oppose 3 Somewhat oppose 4 Somewhat support 17 226 811 769 322 Percent .7 9.5 34.3 32.5 13.6 Valid Percent .8 10.0 36.1 34.2 14.3 Percent .8 10.8 46.9 81.1 95.4

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5 Strongly support Total Missing Total System

104 2249 118 2367

4.4 95.0 5.0 100.0

4.6 100.0

100.0

The Clean Air Act was passed in 1971 to protect public health from air toxics and pollutants such as smog, mercury, and soot. Recently, legislators in Congress have proposed rolling back several of these protections, arguing that doing so would... Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not applicable 2 Don't know 3 Strongly oppose 4 Somewhat oppose 5 Somewhat support 6 Strongly support Total Missing Total System 14 143 118 176 544 1263 2258 109 2367 Percent .6 6.0 5.0 7.4 23.0 53.4 95.4 4.6 100.0 Valid Percent .6 6.3 5.2 7.8 24.1 55.9 100.0 Percent .6 7.0 12.2 20.0 44.1 100.0

Increasingly, more money is required to mount and win a campaign for public office. Some have proposed dedicating public tax dollars to finance campaigns for any candidate that can demonstrate grassroots support for their candidacy, thereby reducing... Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not applicable 2 Don't know 3 Strongly oppose 4 Somewhat oppose 5 Somewhat support 6 Strongly support Total Missing Total System 30 411 588 398 572 256 2255 112 2367 Percent 1.3 17.4 24.8 16.8 24.2 10.8 95.3 4.7 100.0 Valid Percent 1.3 18.2 26.1 17.6 25.4 11.4 100.0 Percent 1.3 19.6 45.6 63.3 88.6 100.0

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A Right-To-Work law says that no company or union can negotiate a contract that requires workers to join a union, or pay fees to a union, as a condition of employment. Do you support or oppose adopting a Right-To-Work law in Minnesota? Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Not applicable 2 Don't know 3 Strongly oppose 4 Somewhat oppose 5 Somewhat support 6 Strongly support Total Missing Total System 30 524 179 169 679 678 2259 108 2367 Percent 1.3 22.1 7.6 7.1 28.7 28.6 95.4 4.6 100.0 Valid Percent 1.3 23.2 7.9 7.5 30.1 30.0 100.0 Percent 1.3 24.5 32.4 39.9 70.0 100.0

Please select your gender: Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Male 2 Female 3 Gender queer 4 Prefer not to answer Total Missing Total System 873 1356 10 26 2265 102 2367 Percent 36.9 57.3 .4 1.1 95.7 4.3 100.0 Valid Percent 38.5 59.9 .4 1.1 100.0 Percent 38.5 98.4 98.9 100.0

How old are you? Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Under 18 years 2 18 - 22 years 3 23 - 25 years 4 26 - 28 years 5 29 - 31 years 6 32 - 34 years 7 35 - 37 years 4 1876 172 59 38 20 14 Percent .2 79.3 7.3 2.5 1.6 .8 .6 Valid Percent .2 83.1 7.6 2.6 1.7 .9 .6 Percent .2 83.3 90.9 93.5 95.2 96.1 96.7

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8 38 - 40 years 9 41+ years 10 Prefer not to answer Total Missing Total System

8 45 21 2257 110 2367

.3 1.9 .9 95.4 4.6 100.0

.4 2.0 .9 100.0

97.1 99.1 100.0

With which of the following racial/ethnic categories do you best identify? Check all that apply. Black or African American Cumulative Frequency Valid Missing Total 1 Black or African American System 55 2312 2367 Percent 2.3 97.7 100.0 Valid Percent 100.0 Percent 100.0

With which of the following racial/ethnic categories do you best identify? Check all that apply. - Asian Cumulative Frequency Valid Missing Total 1 Asian System 155 2212 2367 Percent 6.5 93.5 100.0 Valid Percent 100.0 Percent 100.0

With which of the following racial/ethnic categories do you best identify? Check all that apply. - Caucasian or white Cumulative Frequency Valid Missing Total 1 Caucasian or white System 1935 432 2367 Percent 81.7 18.3 100.0 Valid Percent 100.0 Percent 100.0

With which of the following racial/ethnic categories do you best identify? Check all that apply. - Hispanic or Latino (a) Cumulative Frequency Valid Missing 1 Hispanic or Latino (a) System 59 2308 Percent 2.5 97.5 Valid Percent 100.0 Percent 100.0

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With which of the following racial/ethnic categories do you best identify? Check all that apply. - Hispanic or Latino (a) Cumulative Frequency Valid Missing Total 1 Hispanic or Latino (a) System 59 2308 2367 Percent 2.5 97.5 100.0 Valid Percent 100.0 Percent 100.0

With which of the following racial/ethnic categories do you best identify? Check all that apply. Native American or Alaska Native Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 Native American or Alaska Native Missing Total System 2320 2367 98.0 100.0 47 Percent 2.0 Valid Percent 100.0 Percent 100.0

With which of the following racial/ethnic categories do you best identify? Check all that apply. - Pacific Islander Cumulative Frequency Valid Missing Total 1 Pacific Islander System 10 2357 2367 Percent .4 99.6 100.0 Valid Percent 100.0 Percent 100.0

With which of the following racial/ethnic categories do you best identify? Check all that apply. - Prefer not to answer Cumulative Frequency Valid Missing Total 1 Prefer not to answer System 132 2235 2367 Percent 5.6 94.4 100.0 Valid Percent 100.0 Percent 100.0

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What is your student status? Cumulative Frequency Valid 1 In-state student 2 Out-of-state student 3 International student Total Missing Total System 1796 417 50 2263 104 2367 Percent 75.9 17.6 2.1 95.6 4.4 100.0 Valid Percent 79.4 18.4 2.2 100.0 Percent 79.4 97.8 100.0

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