Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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ABIMP_B

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

Do you think the issue of abortion is a critical issue facing the country, one among many important issues, or not that important compared to other issues? (Q242)
  1) A critical issue facing the country
  2) One among many important issues
  3) Not that important compared to other issues
  9) Don't know/refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
A critical issue facing the country 15.3% 15.3%
One among many important issues 33.1% 48.4%
Not that important compared to other issues 48.3% 96.7%
Don't know/refused (VOL.) 3.2% 99.9%
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
A critical issue facing the country 13.8% 15.3% 13.7% 16.2% 14.4% 17.5% 15.2%
One among many important issues 32.5% 32.9% 36.7% 33.1% 34.5% 29.5% 33.2%
Not that important compared to other issues 50.5% 50.5% 47.8% 48.5% 47.8% 45.5% 48.4%
Don't know/refused (VOL.) 3.2% 1.4% 1.9% 2.2% 3.2% 7.5% 3.2%
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
A critical issue facing the country 20.0% 19.4% 17.6% 8.4% 9.7% 11.0% 14.4%
One among many important issues 34.0% 26.2% 36.8% 33.9% 40.0% 30.1% 33.7%
Not that important compared to other issues 41.5% 51.0% 42.8% 54.9% 49.6% 58.5% 49.4%
Don't know/refused (VOL.) 4.5% 3.4% 2.9% 2.8% 0.7% 0.4% 2.5%
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
A critical issue facing the country 16.0% 14.3% 12.6% 12.6% 15.2% 15.2%
One among many important issues 35.6% 36.0% 32.5% 32.9% 26.7% 33.2%
Not that important compared to other issues 45.5% 47.8% 52.5% 43.1% 55.8% 48.4%
Don't know/refused (VOL.) 2.9% 1.8% 2.3% 11.3% 2.3% 3.2%
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
A critical issue facing the country 18.7% 15.4% 20.0% 8.5% 6.6% 15.4%
One among many important issues 36.5% 35.9% 34.5% 30.6% 20.9% 33.0%
Not that important compared to other issues 41.0% 45.9% 44.0% 56.5% 69.8% 48.5%
Don't know/refused (VOL.) 3.7% 2.8% 1.5% 4.3% 2.7% 3.1%
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
A critical issue facing the country 21.4% 17.5% 14.1% 9.0% 13.5% 15.2%
One among many important issues 31.5% 31.1% 35.5% 36.0% 31.4% 33.2%
Not that important compared to other issues 38.1% 48.9% 47.5% 53.6% 54.0% 48.4%
Don't know/refused (VOL.) 9.0% 2.5% 3.0% 1.4% 1.2% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
A critical issue facing the country 15.1% 15.5% 15.3%
One among many important issues 30.8% 35.4% 33.1%
Not that important compared to other issues 51.2% 45.7% 48.4%
Don't know/refused (VOL.) 3.0% 3.5% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
A critical issue facing the country 31.7% 23.0% 8.4% 4.5% 16.0% 15.0%
One among many important issues 39.3% 38.3% 32.9% 26.3% 25.9% 33.7%
Not that important compared to other issues 24.9% 37.8% 56.3% 64.1% 55.7% 48.8%
Don't know/refused (VOL.) 4.1% 0.9% 2.4% 5.1% 2.4% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
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