Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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SERVS_B

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

In general, who do you think can do the best job of providing services to people in need... [Choices 1 through 3 were read in random order] (Q260)
  1) Religious organizations
  2) Non-religious, community-based organizations
  3) Federal and state government agencies
  4) Family/friends/other (VOL.)
  5) None of the above (VOL.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Religious organizations 36.5% 36.5%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 28.5% 65%
Federal and state government agencies 24.6% 89.6%
Family/friends/other (VOL.) .5% 90.1%
None of the above (VOL.) 1.7% 91.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.3% 100.1%
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
Religious organizations 34.0% 38.0% 34.8% 38.4% 35.1% 38.3% 36.6%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 34.2% 27.5% 32.6% 30.3% 24.0% 22.8% 28.5%
Federal and state government agencies 26.4% 27.3% 21.7% 22.5% 28.6% 22.3% 24.6%
Family/friends/other (VOL.) 1.5% 0.4% 0.5% 0.2% 0.1% 0.3% 0.5%
None of the above (VOL.) 0.2% 0.4% 0.9% 3.5% 1.4% 2.9% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.7% 6.4% 9.4% 5.1% 10.9% 13.4% 8.2%
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
Religious organizations 43.3% 31.7% 37.0% 36.4% 37.6% 30.2% 36.1%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 17.7% 22.9% 24.4% 31.6% 37.6% 43.5% 29.5%
Federal and state government agencies 30.8% 34.3% 29.6% 22.7% 16.0% 17.7% 25.3%
Family/friends/other (VOL.) 0.0% 1.8% 0.3% 0.7% 0.3% 0.0% 0.5%
None of the above (VOL.) 0.8% 2.7% 0.7% 1.9% 2.0% 2.0% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.4% 6.7% 8.0% 6.8% 6.6% 6.7% 7.1%
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
Religious organizations 39.1% 23.1% 33.0% 41.7% 34.3% 36.6%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 28.1% 41.2% 27.5% 18.4% 28.7% 28.3%
Federal and state government agencies 22.2% 26.7% 28.7% 26.2% 27.8% 24.6%
Family/friends/other (VOL.) 0.3% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 1.1% 0.5%
None of the above (VOL.) 1.7% 1.1% 3.4% 2.3% 0.4% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.5% 7.3% 7.4% 11.3% 7.7% 8.3%
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
Religious organizations 45.5% 34.5% 49.6% 11.6% 19.0% 36.9%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 23.9% 29.6% 19.8% 36.0% 39.7% 28.2%
Federal and state government agencies 21.4% 25.3% 22.4% 37.5% 28.8% 24.6%
Family/friends/other (VOL.) 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 1.0% 1.3% 0.5%
None of the above (VOL.) 2.0% 1.5% 0.7% 1.4% 2.1% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.7% 9.1% 7.6% 12.4% 9.1% 8.1%
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
Religious organizations 41.5% 39.9% 38.0% 31.9% 25.8% 36.6%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 18.8% 21.0% 28.8% 38.9% 42.8% 28.4%
Federal and state government agencies 29.0% 28.8% 22.8% 19.2% 21.0% 24.6%
Family/friends/other (VOL.) 0.0% 0.6% 0.7% 0.2% 0.2% 0.5%
None of the above (VOL.) 1.4% 1.6% 1.7% 1.4% 2.1% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 9.4% 8.1% 7.9% 8.4% 8.2% 8.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Religious organizations 39.7% 33.5% 36.5%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 28.0% 28.9% 28.4%
Federal and state government agencies 23.3% 25.7% 24.6%
Family/friends/other (VOL.) 0.7% 0.2% 0.5%
None of the above (VOL.) 1.3% 2.1% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.0% 9.6% 8.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Religious organizations 66.0% 47.7% 28.1% 25.7% 22.8% 36.9%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 11.4% 24.0% 33.9% 36.3% 33.2% 29.1%
Federal and state government agencies 15.8% 19.1% 28.3% 28.0% 40.3% 24.9%
Family/friends/other (VOL.) 0.3% 0.2% 0.4% 0.2% 0.6% 0.3%
None of the above (VOL.) 1.7% 1.2% 1.1% 3.2% 1.1% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.9% 7.9% 8.3% 6.6% 2.1% 7.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1893