Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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HIRE_B

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

If religious organizations do use government funds to provide social services, do you think these organizations should be allowed to only hire people who share their religious beliefs, or should they not be allowed to do this? (Q265)
  1) Should be allowed to only hire people who share their religious beliefs
  2) Shouldn't be allowed to do this
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Should be allowed to only hire people who share their religious beliefs 21.1% 21.1%
Shouldn't be allowed to do this 73.8% 94.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.1% 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
Should be allowed to only hire people who share their religious beliefs 24.4% 22.5% 24.0% 22.8% 15.4% 17.4% 21.1%
Shouldn't be allowed to do this 74.8% 74.1% 70.9% 72.3% 79.4% 72.2% 73.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.9% 3.4% 5.1% 4.9% 5.2% 10.5% 5.1%
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
Should be allowed to only hire people who share their religious beliefs 22.5% 24.0% 21.5% 22.1% 20.3% 19.6% 21.6%
Shouldn't be allowed to do this 71.2% 70.7% 72.5% 75.9% 76.2% 76.0% 73.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.3% 5.3% 6.0% 2.0% 3.5% 4.4% 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
Should be allowed to only hire people who share their religious beliefs 22.9% 18.4% 12.6% 21.0% 21.2% 21.1%
Shouldn't be allowed to do this 72.4% 73.9% 83.7% 67.5% 74.4% 73.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.7% 7.7% 3.7% 11.5% 4.3% 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
Should be allowed to only hire people who share their religious beliefs 25.6% 18.9% 27.6% 20.3% 8.4% 20.9%
Shouldn't be allowed to do this 68.6% 77.5% 66.5% 72.5% 88.0% 74.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.8% 3.6% 5.9% 7.2% 3.7% 5.0%
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
Should be allowed to only hire people who share their religious beliefs 29.3% 20.2% 18.4% 20.4% 21.7% 21.1%
Shouldn't be allowed to do this 62.7% 75.3% 77.9% 74.3% 72.3% 73.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.0% 4.6% 3.7% 5.3% 6.1% 5.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Should be allowed to only hire people who share their religious beliefs 24.6% 17.7% 21.1%
Shouldn't be allowed to do this 70.1% 77.2% 73.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.2% 5.1% 5.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Should be allowed to only hire people who share their religious beliefs 36.6% 30.7% 13.9% 10.0% 23.2% 21.3%
Shouldn't be allowed to do this 55.8% 64.2% 82.8% 85.8% 69.9% 74.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.6% 5.1% 3.4% 4.2% 6.9% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1893