Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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YCHNGE_B

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

Here are a few reasons why some people favor the idea of allowing churches and other houses of worship to use government money to provide social services. Please tell me whether you think each one is an important reason to favor this, or not? First: Religious groups could do a better job because the power of religion can change people's lives (Q264A) [Note: YCHNGE_B through YEFFIC_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 before the block of questions comprised of NOSEP_B through NOINV_B was read.]
  1) Important reason
  2) Not an important reason
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Important reason 59.4% 59.4%
Not an important reason 37.3% 96.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.3% 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 reason 56.3% 60.5% 61.5% 61.0% 53.7% 61.9% 59.4%
Not an important reason 42.9% 37.4% 36.1% 36.3% 42.0% 30.6% 37.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.8% 2.0% 2.5% 2.7% 4.4% 7.5% 3.3%
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 reason 70.1% 63.5% 62.2% 56.2% 53.8% 48.5% 59.1%
Not an important reason 26.8% 32.3% 35.4% 41.5% 42.8% 50.5% 38.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.2% 4.3% 2.4% 2.3% 3.3% 1.0% 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 reason 60.7% 54.8% 52.8% 60.0% 60.1% 59.4%
Not an important reason 36.0% 42.8% 42.7% 31.9% 38.4% 37.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.3% 2.3% 4.5% 8.1% 1.5% 3.3%
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
Important reason 67.1% 61.4% 77.5% 36.6% 34.2% 59.5%
Not an important reason 29.5% 34.5% 21.7% 57.3% 62.3% 37.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.4% 4.0% 0.7% 6.0% 3.5% 3.4%
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 reason 78.7% 65.5% 52.5% 52.0% 48.2% 59.3%
Not an important reason 16.1% 30.9% 44.5% 45.8% 49.9% 37.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.3% 3.6% 3.0% 2.2% 1.9% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Important reason 60.7% 58.1% 59.4%
Not an important reason 36.5% 38.0% 37.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.8% 3.9% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Important reason 75.5% 72.9% 53.8% 45.5% 47.1% 60.1%
Not an important reason 20.5% 24.7% 43.3% 53.0% 51.4% 37.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.1% 2.4% 2.9% 1.5% 1.5% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1893