Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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

Please tell me whether you think [this reason why some people favor the idea of allowing churches and other houses of worship to use government money to provide social services] is an important reason to favor this [idea], or not: Religious groups could provide services more efficiently than government programs (Q264C)
  1) Important reason
  2) Not an important reason
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Important reason 58.5% 58.5%
Not an important reason 36.3% 94.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.2% 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 58.7% 57.3% 64.6% 58.0% 54.3% 58.1% 58.6%
Not an important reason 38.7% 39.4% 32.4% 36.6% 40.8% 30.2% 36.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.7% 3.3% 3.0% 5.4% 4.8% 11.6% 5.2%
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
Important reason 54.9% 55.0% 59.0% 59.9% 58.9% 62.1% 58.5%
Not an important reason 37.4% 37.7% 35.3% 36.2% 39.1% 36.4% 36.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.7% 7.3% 5.7% 3.9% 2.0% 1.5% 4.7%
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 61.8% 53.8% 50.9% 52.4% 57.5% 58.6%
Not an important reason 33.8% 43.2% 41.6% 34.0% 38.5% 36.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.5% 3.0% 7.5% 13.6% 4.0% 5.2%
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 63.5% 63.2% 64.1% 44.3% 41.8% 58.6%
Not an important reason 30.0% 32.5% 33.3% 46.6% 54.2% 36.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.5% 4.3% 2.5% 9.1% 4.1% 5.2%
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 60.0% 59.5% 57.5% 58.3% 57.4% 58.5%
Not an important reason 29.2% 36.3% 37.5% 37.7% 39.7% 36.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 10.8% 4.2% 4.9% 4.0% 3.0% 5.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Important reason 61.0% 56.2% 58.5%
Not an important reason 34.3% 38.1% 36.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.6% 5.8% 5.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Important reason 75.3% 69.4% 55.3% 49.5% 37.9% 59.6%
Not an important reason 22.0% 25.8% 39.7% 46.8% 60.4% 36.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.7% 4.7% 5.0% 3.7% 1.7% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
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