Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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NOSEP_B

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

Here are a few reasons why some people oppose the idea of allowing churches and other houses of worship to use government money to provide social services. Please tell me whether each one is an important concern of yours, or not. First: This would interfere with the separation between church and state (Q263A) [Note: NOSEP_B through NOINV_B were read together as a block, but were read in a random order within the block. For random respondents, this block of questions was read after the block of questions comprised of YCHNGE_B through YCHOIC_B was read.]
  1) Important concern
  2) Not an important concern
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Important concern 51.7% 51.7%
Not an important concern 45.5% 97.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.8% 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
Important concern 52.0% 46.1% 50.6% 52.6% 55.9% 52.8% 51.6%
Not an important concern 47.8% 51.2% 47.9% 45.4% 40.4% 41.1% 45.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.3% 2.6% 1.5% 2.0% 3.7% 6.1% 2.7%
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
Important concern 57.8% 50.6% 50.5% 47.2% 56.7% 48.7% 51.6%
Not an important concern 37.4% 46.0% 47.3% 50.7% 41.6% 50.0% 45.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.8% 3.4% 2.2% 2.1% 1.8% 1.3% 2.6%
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
Important concern 49.1% 64.0% 49.9% 58.0% 53.1% 51.6%
Not an important concern 48.8% 31.2% 45.1% 34.2% 45.7% 45.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.1% 4.8% 5.0% 7.8% 1.2% 2.8%
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
Important concern 50.1% 46.9% 53.1% 57.3% 58.5% 51.6%
Not an important concern 46.9% 50.5% 44.5% 39.3% 38.6% 45.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.0% 2.6% 2.3% 3.3% 2.9% 2.8%
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
Important concern 54.6% 51.5% 53.2% 50.5% 46.4% 51.6%
Not an important concern 40.3% 44.9% 44.6% 48.4% 52.4% 45.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.1% 3.6% 2.2% 1.1% 1.2% 2.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Important concern 51.5% 52.0% 51.7%
Not an important concern 45.8% 45.2% 45.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Important concern 41.3% 46.5% 56.0% 56.3% 67.4% 52.4%
Not an important concern 54.1% 51.8% 42.4% 41.8% 32.6% 45.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.6% 1.7% 1.6% 1.9% 0.0% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
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