Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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CONG_B

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

Is your overall opinion of Congress favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (Q212C)
  1) Very favorable
  2) Mostly favorable
  3) Mostly unfavorable
  4) Very unfavorable
  5) Never heard of (VOL.)
  8) Can't rate (VOL.)
  9) Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very favorable 4.1% 4.1%
Mostly favorable 32.6% 36.7%
Mostly unfavorable 31.7% 68.4%
Very unfavorable 20.4% 88.8%
Never heard of (VOL.) .4% 89.2%
Can't rate (VOL.) 6% 95.2%
Refused (VOL.) 4.6% 99.8%
Total N = 2003

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 favorable 5.8% 3.7% 5.8% 2.1% 4.8% 3.7% 4.2%
Mostly favorable 46.6% 40.4% 31.3% 29.6% 27.2% 24.0% 32.7%
Mostly unfavorable 30.1% 27.0% 34.6% 31.0% 34.2% 32.5% 31.6%
Very unfavorable 3.9% 14.4% 22.1% 26.3% 24.8% 27.1% 20.4%
Never heard of (VOL.) 2.1% 0.0% 0.6% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.4%
Can't rate (VOL.) 7.3% 6.2% 3.5% 4.9% 6.1% 8.6% 6.0%
Refused (VOL.) 4.2% 8.2% 2.1% 6.2% 2.7% 4.1% 4.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1971


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 favorable 3.5% 5.2% 6.1% 4.4% 5.0% 1.1% 4.2%
Mostly favorable 38.0% 34.0% 37.9% 26.5% 36.1% 32.4% 34.2%
Mostly unfavorable 23.2% 30.8% 31.2% 38.6% 31.3% 35.6% 31.9%
Very unfavorable 20.5% 13.8% 15.5% 24.7% 22.7% 24.8% 20.3%
Never heard of (VOL.) 1.1% 0.0% 1.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Can't rate (VOL.) 6.9% 5.9% 6.5% 4.6% 3.3% 3.7% 5.2%
Refused (VOL.) 6.8% 10.2% 1.8% 1.2% 1.6% 2.4% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1628


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very favorable 3.6% 3.6% 2.9% 2.9% 6.7% 4.1%
Mostly favorable 28.9% 52.8% 32.1% 31.7% 37.3% 32.7%
Mostly unfavorable 32.1% 23.0% 34.4% 27.0% 33.6% 31.7%
Very unfavorable 25.5% 11.5% 21.3% 20.1% 9.2% 20.4%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.3% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.9% 0.4%
Can't rate (VOL.) 6.0% 2.7% 3.5% 10.7% 6.8% 6.0%
Refused (VOL.) 3.6% 6.5% 5.4% 7.6% 5.4% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1990


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) Other religion Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular TOTAL
Very favorable 4.0% 4.0% 4.2% 4.1% 4.8% 4.2%
Mostly favorable 31.6% 30.6% 32.7% 44.8% 35.3% 32.9%
Mostly unfavorable 29.7% 34.0% 31.6% 27.6% 35.7% 31.9%
Very unfavorable 24.5% 18.2% 23.9% 8.5% 13.3% 20.1%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.6% 0.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Can't rate (VOL.) 6.7% 4.7% 5.6% 12.7% 4.4% 6.0%
Refused (VOL.) 2.9% 7.5% 1.9% 2.3% 6.6% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1980


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 favorable 4.8% 6.0% 3.6% 2.0% 2.8% 4.1%
Mostly favorable 34.4% 31.4% 34.7% 30.8% 32.4% 32.8%
Mostly unfavorable 20.6% 30.3% 34.4% 36.4% 35.8% 31.8%
Very unfavorable 14.7% 21.4% 18.0% 23.2% 25.2% 20.3%
Never heard of (VOL.) 2.0% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Can't rate (VOL.) 9.3% 5.8% 6.2% 5.5% 2.9% 6.0%
Refused (VOL.) 14.3% 4.6% 3.0% 2.1% 1.0% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 4.8% 3.5% 4.1%
Mostly favorable 26.3% 38.6% 32.6%
Mostly unfavorable 33.8% 29.9% 31.8%
Very unfavorable 25.6% 15.4% 20.4%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.2% 0.7% 0.4%
Can't rate (VOL.) 4.3% 7.7% 6.0%
Refused (VOL.) 5.0% 4.3% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Very favorable 3.2% 4.3% 3.8% 3.1% 8.6% 4.1%
Mostly favorable 17.8% 26.3% 37.3% 44.3% 32.6% 32.9%
Mostly unfavorable 27.2% 30.9% 35.5% 32.8% 34.5% 32.8%
Very unfavorable 45.0% 29.8% 13.0% 10.2% 14.7% 20.9%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 1.2% 0.0% 0.4%
Can't rate (VOL.) 5.6% 5.1% 6.4% 4.3% 4.3% 5.4%
Refused (VOL.) 1.2% 3.6% 3.4% 4.1% 5.2% 3.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1893