Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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FAVCATH

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

Now I'd like your views on some specific religious groups. Is your overall opinion of Catholics 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 19.1% 19.1%
Mostly favorable 55% 74.1%
Mostly unfavorable 10.2% 84.3%
Very unfavorable 3.2% 87.5%
Never heard of .4% 87.9%
Can't rate 9.7% 97.6%
Refused 2.5% 100.1%
Total N = 2041

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 19.0% 19.1% 19.1%
Mostly favorable 56.7% 53.4% 55.0%
Mostly unfavorable 9.4% 10.9% 10.2%
Very unfavorable 2.9% 3.5% 3.2%
Never heard of 0.3% 0.6% 0.4%
Can't rate 9.3% 10.0% 9.6%
Refused 2.4% 2.5% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2041


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Very favorable 19.3% 22.1% 16.2% 14.5% 19.1%
Mostly favorable 58.7% 52.9% 57.0% 43.6% 55.0%
Mostly unfavorable 10.0% 9.1% 11.9% 10.4% 10.2%
Very unfavorable 3.1% 2.6% 3.7% 4.3% 3.2%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.9% 0.2% 0.6% 0.4%
Can't rate 6.8% 9.5% 9.8% 19.7% 9.5%
Refused 2.0% 2.9% 1.2% 6.9% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2036


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 TOTAL
Very favorable 19.7% 19.9% 14.1% 21.4% 23.0% 18.5%
Mostly favorable 49.6% 53.7% 62.3% 63.6% 60.6% 56.9%
Mostly unfavorable 11.6% 12.7% 10.3% 6.8% 5.3% 10.6%
Very unfavorable 6.2% 2.7% 2.2% 2.0% 1.9% 3.2%
Never heard of 0.2% 0.0% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Can't rate 11.4% 8.7% 9.4% 3.4% 7.4% 8.9%
Refused 1.2% 2.2% 1.2% 2.7% 1.9% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1697


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Business, Technical, or vocational school after high school Some college, no four-year degree College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Postgraduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., towards a master's degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
Very favorable 25.1% 20.2% 14.5% 18.2% 14.7% 16.8% 19.0%
Mostly favorable 38.1% 52.0% 53.1% 57.4% 66.6% 67.8% 55.0%
Mostly unfavorable 14.6% 10.9% 11.6% 9.2% 8.3% 6.0% 10.2%
Very unfavorable 5.1% 3.9% 6.8% 2.7% 1.0% 1.4% 3.2%
Never heard of 1.6% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.4%
Can't rate 12.0% 9.8% 14.0% 10.2% 7.7% 5.5% 9.7%
Refused 3.5% 2.7% 0.0% 2.3% 1.6% 2.5% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2030


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very favorable 18.4% 18.5% 22.6% 20.1% 19.1%
Mostly favorable 57.6% 53.9% 46.9% 52.6% 55.0%
Mostly unfavorable 9.1% 11.1% 9.2% 12.6% 10.3%
Very unfavorable 2.7% 4.2% 3.4% 3.5% 3.2%
Never heard of 0.4% 0.4% 1.4% 0.2% 0.4%
Can't rate 9.0% 10.3% 11.2% 9.9% 9.6%
Refused 2.8% 1.6% 5.3% 1.1% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2031


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-40 41-50 51-64 65+ TOTAL
Very favorable 21.2% 14.8% 17.3% 20.5% 21.9% 19.0%
Mostly favorable 51.0% 61.0% 57.2% 53.7% 52.2% 55.1%
Mostly unfavorable 12.6% 10.1% 10.0% 11.7% 6.2% 10.3%
Very unfavorable 4.4% 2.2% 3.9% 3.4% 1.3% 3.2%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.5% 0.7% 0.7% 0.3% 0.4%
Can't rate 9.8% 9.4% 9.4% 7.8% 12.4% 9.7%
Refused 1.0% 2.1% 1.4% 2.1% 5.7% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2009


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
Very favorable 16.3% 26.3% 20.4% 18.9% 9.8% 15.3% 19.1%
Mostly favorable 46.7% 55.3% 56.9% 60.1% 65.3% 39.6% 55.2%
Mostly unfavorable 12.9% 8.4% 10.2% 8.7% 11.1% 12.7% 10.3%
Very unfavorable 7.2% 0.9% 1.8% 2.0% 3.7% 7.5% 3.2%
Never heard of 0.4% 0.2% 0.9% 0.3% 0.4% 0.6% 0.4%
Can't rate 14.5% 6.3% 7.9% 8.1% 7.9% 20.8% 9.6%
Refused 2.0% 2.7% 1.9% 2.0% 1.8% 3.5% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2023



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