Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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FAVATHST

(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 atheists, that is, people who don't believe in God, 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 4.4% 4.4%
Mostly favorable 24.4% 28.8%
Mostly unfavorable 22% 50.8%
Very unfavorable 35.2% 86%
Never heard of .4% 86.4%
Can't rate 11% 97.4%
Refused 2.8% 100.2%
Total N = 2041

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 5.0% 3.8% 4.4%
Mostly favorable 28.4% 20.8% 24.4%
Mostly unfavorable 21.9% 22.0% 22.0%
Very unfavorable 30.4% 39.5% 35.2%
Never heard of 0.3% 0.4% 0.4%
Can't rate 11.4% 10.6% 11.0%
Refused 2.7% 2.8% 2.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2041


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Very favorable 2.1% 5.6% 5.7% 2.3% 4.4%
Mostly favorable 20.1% 21.9% 33.8% 18.3% 24.3%
Mostly unfavorable 26.2% 21.2% 19.4% 19.1% 22.0%
Very unfavorable 40.2% 38.1% 27.1% 30.7% 35.2%
Never heard of 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.6% 0.4%
Can't rate 9.8% 9.8% 11.7% 18.3% 10.9%
Refused 1.3% 3.1% 1.8% 10.7% 2.8%
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 4.0% 3.7% 4.7% 7.4% 5.8% 4.6%
Mostly favorable 17.8% 23.1% 27.5% 32.0% 37.2% 25.4%
Mostly unfavorable 22.4% 22.5% 25.0% 23.9% 21.1% 23.2%
Very unfavorable 45.0% 38.4% 30.3% 20.5% 19.3% 34.1%
Never heard of 1.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.7% 0.0% 0.3%
Can't rate 8.1% 9.5% 11.3% 12.1% 15.8% 10.6%
Refused 1.7% 2.8% 1.0% 3.4% 0.8% 1.9%
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 2.9% 3.4% 8.3% 4.8% 4.7% 5.7% 4.3%
Mostly favorable 10.2% 16.6% 15.5% 27.7% 37.2% 48.3% 24.4%
Mostly unfavorable 18.3% 24.3% 18.4% 23.6% 24.1% 13.8% 22.0%
Very unfavorable 54.9% 44.3% 43.2% 28.9% 17.9% 14.3% 35.3%
Never heard of 0.7% 0.5% 0.0% 0.2% 0.3% 0.5% 0.4%
Can't rate 8.4% 8.4% 12.6% 12.9% 12.6% 14.9% 10.9%
Refused 4.5% 2.5% 1.9% 2.0% 3.1% 2.5% 2.7%
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 3.5% 4.1% 1.4% 7.6% 4.4%
Mostly favorable 22.5% 24.3% 16.5% 31.5% 24.4%
Mostly unfavorable 23.7% 17.9% 19.8% 22.2% 22.1%
Very unfavorable 36.6% 38.2% 41.3% 28.4% 35.3%
Never heard of 0.4% 0.0% 2.0% 0.2% 0.4%
Can't rate 10.8% 13.6% 12.0% 8.4% 10.8%
Refused 2.5% 1.9% 7.0% 1.8% 2.6%
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 5.7% 4.9% 4.8% 3.8% 2.1% 4.4%
Mostly favorable 26.5% 30.2% 26.1% 20.9% 15.0% 24.3%
Mostly unfavorable 22.1% 21.5% 19.1% 25.5% 23.2% 22.2%
Very unfavorable 35.9% 30.0% 35.0% 35.3% 41.3% 35.2%
Never heard of 0.4% 0.2% 0.0% 0.8% 0.7% 0.4%
Can't rate 8.6% 10.7% 12.4% 11.4% 11.8% 10.8%
Refused 0.8% 2.5% 2.6% 2.4% 5.9% 2.7%
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 2.2% 4.5% 2.5% 3.3% 7.0% 10.7% 4.4%
Mostly favorable 13.7% 13.9% 24.1% 36.7% 37.9% 33.3% 24.5%
Mostly unfavorable 21.5% 24.8% 27.4% 21.1% 16.1% 15.4% 22.1%
Very unfavorable 50.2% 42.3% 34.7% 27.5% 23.4% 18.0% 35.3%
Never heard of 0.4% 0.3% 0.0% 0.3% 0.7% 1.2% 0.4%
Can't rate 9.4% 11.2% 9.9% 9.5% 11.7% 17.1% 10.9%
Refused 2.6% 3.0% 1.4% 1.6% 3.3% 4.3% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2023



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