Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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RELIFE_B

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

How important is religion in your life - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (Q280)
  1) Very important
  2) Somewhat important
  3) Not too important
  4) Not at all important
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very important 58.7% 58.7%
Somewhat important 23.6% 82.3%
Not too important 8.3% 90.6%
Not at all important 8.1% 98.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.3% 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
Very important 43.6% 48.0% 63.1% 56.3% 66.1% 73.2% 58.7%
Somewhat important 33.0% 28.3% 19.2% 28.3% 18.6% 15.6% 23.7%
Not too important 7.1% 14.6% 10.0% 9.1% 4.3% 3.7% 8.3%
Not at all important 14.6% 9.0% 7.4% 5.0% 8.9% 5.8% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.7% 0.2% 0.3% 1.3% 2.0% 1.7% 1.2%
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
Very important 69.1% 63.0% 62.5% 52.3% 56.1% 45.1% 57.9%
Somewhat important 18.6% 19.4% 22.1% 27.6% 27.9% 27.8% 23.9%
Not too important 6.9% 9.2% 8.5% 10.1% 6.4% 11.9% 8.9%
Not at all important 4.8% 7.9% 5.4% 9.7% 8.9% 13.2% 8.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.6% 0.6% 1.5% 0.3% 0.6% 2.0% 1.0%
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
Very important 64.1% 40.4% 51.7% 80.7% 45.7% 58.6%
Somewhat important 20.9% 37.2% 29.5% 11.0% 28.4% 23.7%
Not too important 7.1% 9.5% 7.7% 3.4% 13.2% 8.3%
Not at all important 7.0% 11.8% 10.3% 1.8% 11.0% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.9% 1.1% 0.8% 3.1% 1.7% 1.2%
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
Very important 73.2% 61.1% 71.7% 48.9% 17.6% 59.0%
Somewhat important 20.6% 29.8% 23.5% 25.1% 22.8% 23.7%
Not too important 4.1% 6.2% 3.4% 13.5% 21.2% 8.1%
Not at all important 1.4% 1.8% 0.8% 8.5% 36.4% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.7% 1.1% 0.6% 4.1% 1.9% 1.1%
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
Very important 75.9% 57.7% 59.3% 50.2% 52.3% 58.7%
Somewhat important 12.9% 25.4% 24.0% 27.4% 26.0% 23.7%
Not too important 2.5% 9.5% 7.5% 10.6% 10.4% 8.3%
Not at all important 6.4% 6.3% 8.5% 10.5% 10.6% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.3% 1.1% 0.6% 1.4% 0.8% 1.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very important 52.0% 65.0% 58.7%
Somewhat important 26.2% 21.1% 23.6%
Not too important 10.1% 6.6% 8.3%
Not at all important 10.1% 6.2% 8.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.5% 1.1% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Very important 84.7% 72.3% 48.3% 45.6% 40.0% 58.3%
Somewhat important 9.0% 19.0% 32.0% 27.2% 22.4% 24.4%
Not too important 2.1% 5.5% 10.4% 12.7% 9.3% 8.4%
Not at all important 4.3% 3.0% 8.3% 14.0% 22.6% 8.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.0% 0.3% 1.0% 0.5% 5.6% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1893