Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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ABUDDH_A

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

If RELIG = 9-10, 12, or (RELIG = 99 or CHR = 2 or 9): From what you know, do you think that the Buddhist religion and your own beliefs are very similar, somewhat similar, somewhat different, or very different? (Q191F) [See Note 2: Randomization of Religious Similarity Variables on the ARDA Summary Page for randomization information.]
  1) Very similar
  2) Somewhat similar
  3) Somewhat different
  4) Very different
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very similar 3.1% 3.1%
Somewhat similar 22.7% 25.8%
Somewhat different 15.2% 41%
Very different 29.6% 70.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 29.4% 100%
Total N = 295

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 or older TOTAL
Very similar 0.0% 6.4% 0.0% 4.5% 5.4% 4.4% 3.1%
Somewhat similar 27.0% 24.5% 18.5% 17.7% 26.3% 22.1% 23.0%
Somewhat different 17.7% 19.5% 11.8% 13.2% 9.8% 17.6% 15.2%
Very different 42.2% 20.8% 27.7% 32.3% 26.3% 24.3% 29.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 13.1% 28.9% 42.1% 32.3% 32.2% 31.6% 28.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
291


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Very similar 0.0% 4.6% 11.6% 0.0% 2.1% 1.9% 3.3%
Somewhat similar 15.0% 37.2% 14.6% 32.0% 18.2% 35.9% 24.7%
Somewhat different 24.3% 10.2% 9.4% 18.2% 14.7% 11.5% 15.3%
Very different 30.2% 28.1% 29.2% 29.6% 42.0% 29.7% 30.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 30.6% 19.9% 35.2% 20.2% 23.1% 21.1% 25.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
252


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very similar 3.6% 7.5% 0.0% 6.5% 2.4% 3.1%
Somewhat similar 15.7% 43.4% 19.1% 17.4% 27.9% 22.6%
Somewhat different 14.0% 6.6% 18.0% 34.8% 15.6% 15.2%
Very different 36.3% 22.6% 14.6% 21.7% 29.8% 29.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 30.4% 19.8% 48.3% 19.6% 24.3% 29.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
291


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) Other religion Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular TOTAL
Very similar 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.6% 2.6%
Somewhat similar 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 22.9% 22.9%
Somewhat different 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 14.6% 14.6%
Very different 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 30.5% 30.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 29.4% 29.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
286


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than a high school diploma High school graduate Some college, no four-year degree Four-year college degree Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college TOTAL
Very similar 0.0% 3.8% 2.6% 1.3% 7.1% 3.0%
Somewhat similar 3.6% 18.1% 28.3% 22.0% 45.1% 22.7%
Somewhat different 19.6% 9.7% 18.0% 16.3% 18.5% 15.2%
Very different 41.8% 33.3% 25.4% 30.0% 14.1% 29.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 35.1% 35.1% 25.7% 30.4% 15.2% 29.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
294


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very similar 3.8% 1.9% 3.1%
Somewhat similar 20.8% 25.8% 22.7%
Somewhat different 14.6% 16.2% 15.2%
Very different 28.4% 31.4% 29.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 32.4% 24.7% 29.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
295


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Very similar 0.0% 0.0% 1.3% 4.7% 11.0% 3.1%
Somewhat similar 0.0% 16.9% 22.0% 29.1% 32.0% 23.1%
Somewhat different 0.0% 13.0% 17.2% 18.9% 11.5% 15.4%
Very different 51.2% 19.7% 34.1% 34.2% 22.5% 30.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 48.8% 50.4% 25.3% 13.1% 23.0% 28.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
278