Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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SPRISN_B

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

Who could do the best job counseling and educating prisoners: a religious organization, a non-religious community-based group, or a federal or state government agency? [Form 1 only] (Q261IF1)
  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 38.3% 38.3%
A non-religious, community-based group 23% 61.3%
A federal or state government agency 31% 92.3%
None of the above (VOL.) 1.9% 94.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.8% 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 26.9% 40.1% 46.0% 38.4% 35.0% 40.5% 38.4%
A non-religious, community-based group 21.4% 25.5% 19.0% 23.6% 27.3% 19.3% 22.7%
A federal or state government agency 45.1% 27.8% 30.1% 32.5% 28.8% 26.3% 31.3%
None of the above (VOL.) 0.3% 0.8% 1.3% 1.0% 4.7% 3.1% 1.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.2% 5.8% 3.6% 4.5% 4.2% 10.8% 5.8%
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 44.4% 43.4% 39.5% 39.6% 41.8% 28.2% 38.9%
A non-religious, community-based group 15.7% 11.1% 18.9% 25.0% 31.8% 39.6% 24.2%
A federal or state government agency 34.1% 41.9% 37.0% 30.1% 18.5% 26.1% 31.4%
None of the above (VOL.) 1.7% 0.0% 1.8% 2.0% 2.0% 1.5% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.1% 3.6% 2.7% 3.3% 5.9% 4.5% 3.9%
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 44.5% 26.6% 35.9% 32.9% 27.9% 38.4%
A non-religious, community-based group 22.8% 23.2% 26.0% 15.4% 23.7% 22.8%
A federal or state government agency 24.1% 45.2% 33.3% 36.0% 43.6% 31.1%
None of the above (VOL.) 2.0% 4.1% 2.3% 2.4% 0.4% 1.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.6% 0.8% 2.5% 13.3% 4.3% 5.9%
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 49.9% 32.6% 58.4% 21.4% 10.4% 38.4%
A non-religious, community-based group 19.9% 26.0% 12.3% 32.5% 29.9% 22.7%
A federal or state government agency 24.3% 34.3% 25.0% 36.3% 45.7% 31.2%
None of the above (VOL.) 2.2% 1.4% 1.6% 1.7% 2.5% 1.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.8% 5.7% 2.8% 8.1% 11.5% 5.7%
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 35.3% 43.1% 36.9% 37.2% 35.3% 38.5%
A non-religious, community-based group 2.7% 13.2% 29.7% 33.0% 38.9% 22.9%
A federal or state government agency 51.7% 37.0% 26.5% 20.6% 20.5% 31.2%
None of the above (VOL.) 0.7% 1.7% 2.0% 3.8% 0.7% 1.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 9.6% 4.9% 5.0% 5.5% 4.6% 5.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1021


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
A religious organization 38.1% 38.4% 38.3%
A non-religious, community-based group 20.9% 25.0% 23.0%
A federal or state government agency 33.6% 28.6% 31.0%
None of the above (VOL.) 2.6% 1.3% 1.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.9% 6.6% 5.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1034


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
A religious organization 66.7% 50.6% 32.3% 22.6% 18.7% 39.0%
A non-religious, community-based group 9.2% 18.9% 27.7% 28.6% 25.4% 23.2%
A federal or state government agency 17.2% 23.0% 34.3% 42.2% 48.8% 31.2%
None of the above (VOL.) 3.2% 2.2% 1.5% 1.1% 0.0% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.7% 5.3% 4.2% 5.6% 7.2% 4.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
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