Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

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MARPUSHC

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

Combined responses to questions GAYMAR and MARPUSH (regarding pushing legalizing gay marriage).
  1) Favor gay marriage and say 'push hard' to legalize
  2) Favor gay marriage but say 'do not push too hard'
  3) Favor gay marriage but don't know on 'push'
  4) Oppose gay marriage
  5) Don't know on gay marriage

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Favor gay marriage and say 'push hard' to legalize 17.8% 17.8%
Favor gay marriage but say 'do not push too hard' 14.4% 32.2%
Favor gay marriage but don't know on 'push' 2.8% 35%
Oppose gay marriage 56.3% 91.3%
Don't know on gay marriage 8.7% 100%
Total N = 2003

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
Favor gay marriage and say 'push hard' to legalize 30.0% 24.9% 17.9% 16.5% 4.0% 17.6%
Favor gay marriage but say 'do not push too hard' 21.1% 19.3% 16.1% 11.8% 8.9% 14.5%
Favor gay marriage but don't know on 'push' 0.8% 4.1% 2.6% 3.3% 2.9% 2.9%
Oppose gay marriage 40.1% 42.4% 56.7% 59.7% 73.4% 56.2%
Don't know on gay marriage 8.0% 9.4% 6.7% 8.7% 10.9% 8.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1981


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
Favor gay marriage and say 'push hard' to legalize 8.3% 7.1% 19.5% 24.4% 24.6% 31.5% 17.8%
Favor gay marriage but say 'do not push too hard' 4.3% 11.7% 14.6% 15.6% 22.2% 22.6% 14.6%
Favor gay marriage but don't know on 'push' 1.7% 2.0% 1.7% 2.7% 4.4% 5.5% 2.8%
Oppose gay marriage 81.7% 71.3% 54.6% 46.3% 38.6% 30.2% 56.1%
Don't know on gay marriage 4.0% 7.9% 9.6% 11.0% 10.2% 10.2% 8.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1990


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
Favor gay marriage and say 'push hard' to legalize 11.6% 14.9% 19.1% 20.2% 27.6% 17.6%
Favor gay marriage but say 'do not push too hard' 12.3% 13.0% 15.3% 17.8% 15.8% 14.5%
Favor gay marriage but don't know on 'push' 3.3% 1.0% 3.4% 3.0% 7.4% 2.9%
Oppose gay marriage 66.3% 62.9% 53.0% 48.9% 38.9% 56.2%
Don't know on gay marriage 6.5% 8.2% 9.3% 10.0% 10.3% 8.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1992


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Favor gay marriage and say 'push hard' to legalize 14.6% 20.7% 17.8%
Favor gay marriage but say 'do not push too hard' 13.8% 15.0% 14.4%
Favor gay marriage but don't know on 'push' 2.0% 3.8% 2.9%
Oppose gay marriage 61.7% 51.1% 56.2%
Don't know on gay marriage 7.9% 9.4% 8.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 20 to under $30,000 30 to under $50,000 50 to under $75,000 75 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Favor gay marriage and say 'push hard' to legalize 14.1% 13.0% 15.3% 20.3% 21.8% 25.3% 18.0%
Favor gay marriage but say 'do not push too hard' 17.2% 13.5% 14.1% 12.7% 20.5% 14.9% 15.4%
Favor gay marriage but don't know on 'push' 3.4% 1.4% 1.9% 1.4% 3.8% 4.2% 2.6%
Oppose gay marriage 58.9% 63.7% 59.3% 58.4% 49.8% 47.5% 56.6%
Don't know on gay marriage 6.4% 8.4% 9.3% 7.2% 4.2% 8.0% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1737


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Favor gay marriage and say 'push hard' to legalize 15.0% 18.7% 6.7% 28.1% 17.6%
Favor gay marriage but say 'do not push too hard' 12.4% 15.5% 8.5% 22.2% 14.6%
Favor gay marriage but don't know on 'push' 2.4% 1.3% 4.2% 4.6% 2.8%
Oppose gay marriage 61.7% 53.9% 70.3% 38.1% 56.3%
Don't know on gay marriage 8.5% 10.6% 10.3% 6.8% 8.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1991



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