Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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CTRBET_B

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

Do you think the country as a whole would be [better off or worse off] if the president and Congress passed health care reform, or don't you think it would make much difference? [Choices 1 and 2 were read in reverse order for random respondents] (Q221B)
  1) Better off
  2) Worse off
  3) Wouldn't make much difference
  4) Depends (VOL.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Better off 39.4% 39.4%
Worse off 32.4% 71.8%
Wouldn't make much difference 18.6% 90.4%
Depends (VOL.) 3.5% 93.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.1% 100%
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
Better off 46.8% 42.1% 40.1% 37.4% 39.3% 33.0% 39.5%
Worse off 25.3% 28.4% 39.2% 33.6% 32.0% 33.4% 32.3%
Wouldn't make much difference 20.4% 23.7% 14.0% 15.4% 19.7% 20.0% 18.7%
Depends (VOL.) 0.6% 2.4% 3.7% 6.1% 3.2% 4.0% 3.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.0% 3.4% 3.0% 7.5% 5.8% 9.6% 6.0%
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
Better off 49.0% 50.9% 38.8% 32.2% 40.5% 38.0% 41.0%
Worse off 17.4% 19.4% 29.6% 41.8% 39.1% 42.7% 31.9%
Wouldn't make much difference 24.8% 22.4% 21.4% 19.5% 13.5% 11.4% 18.9%
Depends (VOL.) 3.8% 1.6% 5.1% 1.7% 2.9% 5.2% 3.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.0% 5.8% 5.1% 4.8% 4.0% 2.7% 4.6%
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
Better off 34.0% 55.9% 49.5% 37.3% 44.2% 39.4%
Worse off 39.7% 14.0% 22.9% 20.9% 26.9% 32.3%
Wouldn't make much difference 16.2% 26.7% 16.8% 24.1% 21.7% 18.6%
Depends (VOL.) 3.6% 2.7% 4.5% 6.6% 2.2% 3.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.5% 0.7% 6.3% 11.0% 5.1% 6.1%
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
Better off 34.0% 36.0% 37.2% 63.5% 51.1% 39.5%
Worse off 37.8% 34.5% 34.0% 14.7% 21.6% 32.4%
Wouldn't make much difference 16.9% 21.1% 20.5% 14.7% 18.9% 18.5%
Depends (VOL.) 4.3% 3.4% 2.2% 3.1% 3.2% 3.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.0% 4.9% 6.1% 3.9% 5.2% 5.9%
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
Better off 49.2% 34.8% 34.9% 39.4% 51.6% 39.5%
Worse off 16.9% 29.9% 39.1% 35.4% 36.2% 32.4%
Wouldn't make much difference 20.4% 24.2% 17.4% 17.5% 6.5% 18.6%
Depends (VOL.) 5.1% 3.7% 2.7% 3.2% 4.1% 3.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.5% 7.4% 6.0% 4.5% 1.5% 6.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Better off 38.9% 39.8% 39.4%
Worse off 35.2% 29.7% 32.4%
Wouldn't make much difference 19.2% 18.1% 18.6%
Depends (VOL.) 2.9% 4.1% 3.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.8% 8.3% 6.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Better off 17.5% 25.4% 44.2% 61.5% 66.2% 40.1%
Worse off 58.8% 50.4% 24.2% 15.2% 6.4% 33.2%
Wouldn't make much difference 15.2% 16.5% 21.6% 14.5% 22.8% 18.3%
Depends (VOL.) 1.4% 3.4% 4.3% 3.1% 2.8% 3.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.1% 4.3% 5.6% 5.6% 1.9% 5.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
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