Religion and Public Life Survey, 2003

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ISSUES1

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

I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in this country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?
  1) Strongly favor
  2) Favor
  3) Oppose
  4) Strongly oppose
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Strongly favor 27.9% 27.9%
Favor 36.2% 64.1%
Oppose 19.7% 83.8%
Strongly oppose 9.6% 93.4%
Don't know/Refused 6.6% 100%
Total N = 1003

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
Strongly favor 23.0% 28.0% 31.5% 29.0% 25.2% 27.9%
Favor 32.0% 33.7% 36.3% 36.8% 40.5% 36.2%
Oppose 26.2% 19.5% 18.2% 16.7% 22.5% 19.7%
Strongly oppose 12.5% 13.6% 9.2% 9.9% 3.3% 9.6%
Don't know/Refused 6.3% 5.1% 4.8% 7.6% 8.4% 6.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1003


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
Strongly favor 21.3% 26.6% 28.2% 34.5% 28.3% 27.2% 27.9%
Favor 36.4% 36.1% 38.0% 37.9% 32.4% 35.5% 36.2%
Oppose 15.5% 22.8% 16.9% 16.6% 25.0% 20.7% 19.7%
Strongly oppose 14.1% 9.9% 14.0% 5.3% 5.9% 9.7% 9.7%
Don't know/Refused 12.7% 4.6% 2.9% 5.8% 8.5% 6.9% 6.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
996


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some college, no 4-year degree (or Vocational or Technical degree AFTER high school) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
Strongly favor 22.2% 28.3% 31.5% 28.2% 23.2% 27.7%
Favor 34.1% 36.2% 34.2% 45.0% 32.6% 36.4%
Oppose 22.8% 19.2% 19.0% 17.2% 22.6% 19.7%
Strongly oppose 14.9% 6.5% 9.1% 7.8% 16.3% 9.6%
Don't know/Refused 6.0% 9.7% 6.2% 1.9% 5.3% 6.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
998


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Strongly favor 31.7% 24.4% 27.9%
Favor 36.9% 35.5% 36.2%
Oppose 16.5% 22.7% 19.7%
Strongly oppose 9.4% 9.8% 9.6%
Don't know/Refused 5.5% 7.5% 6.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1003


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Strongly favor 39.1% 19.6% 27.4% 28.3%
Favor 41.9% 30.5% 38.2% 36.7%
Oppose 9.9% 28.0% 19.4% 19.4%
Strongly oppose 4.4% 15.6% 8.0% 9.5%
Don't know/Refused 4.6% 6.3% 7.0% 6.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
925


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Strongly favor 30.7% 26.7% 18.2% 26.0% 27.9%
Favor 37.5% 33.9% 47.8% 31.1% 36.2%
Oppose 16.6% 25.5% 15.1% 23.8% 19.7%
Strongly oppose 10.0% 5.6% 8.8% 12.0% 9.7%
Don't know/Refused 5.1% 8.4% 10.1% 7.1% 6.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
997



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