Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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SMENT_B

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

Who could do the best job providing mentoring programs for young people: a religious organization, a non-religious community-based group, or a federal or state government agency? [Form 1 only] (Q261CF1)
  1) A religious organization
  2) A non-religious, community-based group
  3) A federal or state government agency
  4) None of the above (VOL.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
A religious organization 41.6% 41.6%
A non-religious, community-based group 38.7% 80.3%
A federal or state government agency 12.1% 92.4%
None of the above (VOL.) 2.1% 94.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.5% 100%
Total N = 1034

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 religious organization 36.6% 30.5% 41.3% 46.0% 46.8% 49.5% 42.0%
A non-religious, community-based group 41.1% 54.3% 40.5% 38.2% 28.3% 28.7% 38.6%
A federal or state government agency 16.0% 9.7% 13.0% 8.4% 15.9% 9.3% 11.8%
None of the above (VOL.) 0.3% 0.0% 2.5% 1.9% 2.9% 4.9% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.0% 5.6% 2.7% 5.4% 6.0% 7.5% 5.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1014


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 religious organization 47.1% 42.9% 45.9% 41.6% 34.9% 32.2% 40.9%
A non-religious, community-based group 30.4% 34.0% 32.7% 39.8% 50.3% 55.6% 40.4%
A federal or state government agency 13.5% 19.2% 15.6% 8.9% 7.1% 6.1% 11.6%
None of the above (VOL.) 1.7% 0.4% 1.4% 3.8% 1.8% 2.4% 2.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.3% 3.4% 4.4% 6.0% 5.9% 3.6% 5.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
849


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
A religious organization 44.9% 28.3% 42.1% 43.6% 36.3% 41.8%
A non-religious, community-based group 37.6% 50.4% 36.6% 26.1% 42.9% 38.6%
A federal or state government agency 8.9% 20.0% 17.2% 16.7% 14.9% 12.1%
None of the above (VOL.) 2.4% 1.3% 2.3% 5.9% 0.2% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.3% 0.0% 1.8% 7.7% 5.6% 5.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1025


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) Other religion Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular TOTAL
A religious organization 51.8% 36.7% 53.5% 27.2% 21.3% 41.7%
A non-religious, community-based group 31.8% 44.5% 26.6% 43.0% 52.6% 38.4%
A federal or state government agency 12.1% 11.3% 11.6% 10.2% 14.5% 12.2%
None of the above (VOL.) 1.0% 2.3% 2.6% 4.3% 3.8% 2.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.3% 5.1% 5.7% 15.3% 7.7% 5.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1025


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 religious organization 37.5% 48.2% 39.6% 39.7% 37.8% 41.8%
A non-religious, community-based group 28.6% 28.4% 43.6% 49.8% 49.6% 38.7%
A federal or state government agency 21.5% 16.1% 10.1% 4.4% 7.0% 12.1%
None of the above (VOL.) 3.4% 2.6% 1.6% 2.0% 1.2% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 9.1% 4.7% 5.1% 4.2% 4.5% 5.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1021


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
A religious organization 42.3% 40.9% 41.6%
A non-religious, community-based group 39.3% 38.1% 38.7%
A federal or state government agency 10.8% 13.3% 12.1%
None of the above (VOL.) 2.0% 2.3% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.6% 5.4% 5.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1034


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
A religious organization 71.5% 53.0% 31.2% 30.3% 26.1% 41.5%
A non-religious, community-based group 17.0% 29.9% 47.6% 51.3% 44.9% 39.6%
A federal or state government agency 9.5% 10.3% 13.3% 13.8% 11.6% 12.0%
None of the above (VOL.) 0.9% 2.5% 2.7% 0.4% 3.4% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.2% 4.3% 5.2% 4.2% 14.0% 4.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
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