Mid-November Survey, 2001

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FAVATHST

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

For the following group or organization, please indicate which category best describes your overall opinion of that group or organization. Would you say your overall opinion of atheists, that is, people who don't believe in God, is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?
  1) Very favorable
  2) Mostly favorable
  3) Mostly unfavorable
  4) Very unfavorable
  5) Never heard of
  8) Can't rate
  9) Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very favorable 7.3% 7.3%
Mostly favorable 25% 32.3%
Mostly unfavorable 21.1% 53.4%
Very unfavorable 28.1% 81.5%
Never heard of .1% 81.6%
Can't rate 15.7% 97.3%
Refused 2.7% 100%
Total N = 1500

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
Very favorable 11.0% 6.8% 7.3% 6.6% 6.4% 7.3%
Mostly favorable 31.8% 28.0% 28.7% 23.6% 15.4% 25.2%
Mostly unfavorable 18.2% 23.5% 24.7% 19.6% 19.3% 21.2%
Very unfavorable 29.2% 23.7% 21.6% 31.4% 36.0% 28.3%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.4% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate 9.0% 14.3% 14.9% 16.5% 19.6% 15.3%
Refused 0.9% 3.2% 2.5% 2.4% 3.3% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1479


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + TOTAL
Very favorable 6.9% 5.2% 7.9% 10.2% 7.3%
Mostly favorable 11.5% 20.2% 28.8% 36.4% 25.1%
Mostly unfavorable 19.2% 22.3% 21.5% 20.3% 21.2%
Very unfavorable 46.9% 33.8% 24.7% 12.4% 28.1%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.2% 0.3% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate 14.4% 15.3% 14.3% 17.7% 15.5%
Refused 1.0% 3.1% 2.4% 3.0% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1495


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $40,000 $40,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Very favorable 6.8% 4.1% 7.8% 10.5% 12.9% 6.5% 7.3%
Mostly favorable 20.3% 24.7% 30.6% 32.5% 29.9% 16.2% 25.0%
Mostly unfavorable 17.8% 25.9% 19.8% 21.5% 25.5% 16.6% 21.1%
Very unfavorable 40.5% 30.9% 26.3% 15.2% 14.6% 27.2% 28.1%
Never heard of 0.4% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate 12.4% 12.2% 14.1% 18.1% 14.6% 26.5% 15.7%
Refused 1.9% 1.8% 1.5% 2.1% 2.4% 7.0% 2.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1500


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 8.0% 6.6% 7.3%
Mostly favorable 28.1% 22.2% 25.0%
Mostly unfavorable 22.9% 19.5% 21.1%
Very unfavorable 24.9% 31.0% 28.1%
Never heard of 0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
Can't rate 13.6% 17.7% 15.7%
Refused 2.5% 2.9% 2.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1500


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very favorable 6.8% 9.3% 6.3% 7.5%
Mostly favorable 25.6% 22.5% 29.5% 25.8%
Mostly unfavorable 21.3% 21.4% 21.3% 21.3%
Very unfavorable 30.4% 29.2% 24.9% 28.3%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.2%
Can't rate 13.0% 15.6% 15.1% 14.5%
Refused 2.9% 2.1% 2.5% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1393


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Very favorable 10.0% 6.7% 5.5% 8.4% 7.3%
Mostly favorable 35.3% 23.9% 17.5% 29.5% 25.0%
Mostly unfavorable 14.7% 20.7% 23.7% 22.8% 21.1%
Very unfavorable 17.2% 30.2% 38.1% 18.8% 28.1%
Never heard of 0.4% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate 19.2% 15.9% 12.9% 17.0% 15.7%
Refused 3.2% 2.3% 2.2% 3.5% 2.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1500


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very favorable 6.8% 6.8% 4.7% 9.3% 7.2%
Mostly favorable 23.7% 21.3% 13.1% 35.8% 25.2%
Mostly unfavorable 22.0% 20.0% 23.9% 19.0% 21.2%
Very unfavorable 29.4% 30.3% 28.6% 23.3% 28.1%
Never heard of 0.1% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate 14.8% 19.5% 25.4% 11.5% 15.6%
Refused 3.2% 1.8% 4.2% 1.0% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1488


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other religion TOTAL
Very favorable 4.4% 9.7% 11.4% 7.0%
Mostly favorable 18.6% 32.2% 24.8% 23.5%
Mostly unfavorable 23.0% 22.0% 19.4% 22.2%
Very unfavorable 36.4% 20.4% 21.4% 29.6%
Never heard of 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Can't rate 15.6% 13.7% 19.9% 15.6%
Refused 1.6% 2.1% 3.1% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1355



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