Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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

Do you feel that news reporters and the news media are generally friendly toward religion, neutral toward religion, or unfriendly toward religion? (Q250D)
  1) Friendly toward religion
  2) Neutral toward religion
  3) Unfriendly toward religion
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Friendly toward religion 14% 14%
Neutral toward religion 42.3% 56.3%
Unfriendly toward religion 35% 91.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.7% 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
Friendly toward religion 18.6% 11.5% 14.6% 12.1% 12.8% 15.0% 13.9%
Neutral toward religion 50.5% 48.5% 43.3% 40.1% 37.6% 35.9% 42.4%
Unfriendly toward religion 28.8% 33.5% 37.1% 36.3% 40.4% 32.8% 35.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.2% 6.5% 4.9% 11.5% 9.2% 16.3% 8.7%
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
Friendly toward religion 19.3% 17.3% 13.6% 10.6% 10.5% 13.2% 14.0%
Neutral toward religion 36.5% 40.0% 53.3% 41.2% 47.3% 42.6% 44.0%
Unfriendly toward religion 35.4% 33.3% 25.2% 42.3% 38.4% 38.6% 35.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.8% 9.5% 8.0% 6.0% 3.8% 5.7% 7.0%
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
Friendly toward religion 11.6% 18.3% 15.8% 18.3% 16.7% 14.0%
Neutral toward religion 41.1% 51.4% 39.3% 37.9% 46.0% 42.4%
Unfriendly toward religion 38.4% 23.8% 33.6% 27.8% 32.3% 35.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.8% 6.5% 11.3% 16.0% 5.0% 8.6%
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
Friendly toward religion 11.2% 18.0% 7.9% 15.6% 19.2% 14.0%
Neutral toward religion 38.5% 40.3% 46.9% 43.8% 50.4% 42.4%
Unfriendly toward religion 40.9% 35.2% 39.5% 24.7% 21.7% 35.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 9.4% 6.5% 5.8% 16.0% 8.7% 8.5%
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
Friendly toward religion 15.7% 15.4% 12.5% 13.5% 12.6% 14.0%
Neutral toward religion 39.6% 40.9% 44.5% 41.6% 46.7% 42.5%
Unfriendly toward religion 29.9% 33.4% 36.3% 39.8% 35.2% 35.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 14.8% 10.3% 6.7% 5.1% 5.5% 8.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Friendly toward religion 14.0% 13.9% 14.0%
Neutral toward religion 39.9% 44.6% 42.3%
Unfriendly toward religion 37.8% 32.4% 35.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.2% 9.1% 8.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Friendly toward religion 10.9% 8.8% 15.8% 18.9% 23.9% 14.1%
Neutral toward religion 24.9% 37.1% 45.7% 55.4% 40.7% 42.4%
Unfriendly toward religion 58.7% 46.8% 31.5% 19.8% 23.4% 36.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.5% 7.3% 6.9% 5.9% 12.0% 7.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1893