Religion and Public Life Survey, 2003

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

Now thinking about 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
  9) Can't rate

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very favorable 6.8% 6.8%
Mostly favorable 27% 33.8%
Mostly unfavorable 18.6% 52.4%
Very unfavorable 33.1% 85.5%
Never heard of .3% 85.8%
Can't rate 14.1% 99.9%
Total N = 1003

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
Very favorable 9.4% 5.7% 3.9% 7.3% 8.7% 6.8%
Mostly favorable 28.9% 31.2% 25.2% 28.8% 20.4% 27.1%
Mostly unfavorable 19.1% 14.4% 21.5% 18.5% 19.2% 18.6%
Very unfavorable 32.8% 33.7% 35.1% 30.7% 34.5% 33.1%
Never heard of 0.8% 1.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Can't rate 9.0% 13.9% 14.3% 14.6% 17.1% 14.1%
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
Very favorable 4.5% 3.2% 5.8% 8.2% 5.9% 18.4% 6.8%
Mostly favorable 13.4% 22.2% 25.6% 25.1% 41.9% 44.7% 27.2%
Mostly unfavorable 24.1% 19.4% 21.0% 22.4% 15.1% 4.1% 18.7%
Very unfavorable 44.3% 44.2% 32.7% 31.4% 21.0% 12.4% 33.2%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.0% 1.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Can't rate 13.7% 11.1% 12.9% 12.9% 16.2% 20.3% 13.8%
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
Very favorable 3.0% 5.1% 8.9% 8.8% 10.0% 6.8%
Mostly favorable 7.9% 22.5% 29.9% 38.0% 48.9% 27.2%
Mostly unfavorable 14.2% 17.2% 19.8% 24.4% 16.3% 18.5%
Very unfavorable 58.6% 38.0% 28.2% 19.8% 10.5% 33.1%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.0% 1.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Can't rate 16.2% 17.1% 12.0% 9.1% 14.2% 14.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
998


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 6.7% 7.0% 6.9%
Mostly favorable 27.5% 26.7% 27.1%
Mostly unfavorable 19.0% 18.2% 18.6%
Very unfavorable 30.7% 35.3% 33.1%
Never heard of 0.2% 0.4% 0.3%
Can't rate 15.9% 12.5% 14.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1003


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very favorable 4.2% 7.3% 8.6% 6.8%
Mostly favorable 25.1% 25.1% 32.6% 27.7%
Mostly unfavorable 21.7% 19.3% 14.4% 18.4%
Very unfavorable 35.7% 35.9% 29.0% 33.4%
Never heard of 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate 12.9% 12.5% 15.4% 13.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
925


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very favorable 6.5% 6.5% 6.9% 7.7% 6.8%
Mostly favorable 26.3% 24.2% 18.9% 33.7% 27.2%
Mostly unfavorable 16.9% 16.8% 23.9% 20.3% 18.3%
Very unfavorable 34.0% 37.9% 39.0% 26.6% 33.2%
Never heard of 0.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Can't rate 15.7% 14.6% 11.3% 11.8% 14.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
997



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