Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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RACE1

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

Which of the following describes your race? You can select as many as apply. [RACE1 captures the first answer respondents provided to this question.] (RACE1_1)
  1) White
  2) Black or African-American
  3) Asian or Asian-American
  4) Some other race
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
White 75.7% 75.7%
Black or African-American 14.2% 89.9%
Asian or Asian-American 1.9% 91.8%
Some other race 6.7% 98.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.5% 100%
Total N = 4013

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 or older TOTAL
White 69.2% 73.6% 71.0% 75.9% 82.8% 82.8% 76.0%
Black or African-American 14.7% 14.5% 17.8% 15.4% 11.3% 11.2% 14.3%
Asian or Asian-American 3.9% 3.6% 1.4% 1.0% 0.7% 1.7% 2.0%
Some other race 11.3% 7.5% 7.0% 7.0% 4.5% 3.0% 6.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.9% 0.7% 2.8% 0.7% 0.6% 1.3% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3951


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
White 61.7% 75.1% 71.8% 83.5% 84.7% 88.2% 76.7%
Black or African-American 27.1% 15.1% 16.6% 9.5% 6.9% 4.4% 13.9%
Asian or Asian-American 1.1% 1.2% 1.9% 2.0% 3.2% 2.3% 1.9%
Some other race 8.9% 8.2% 8.6% 4.6% 4.9% 3.7% 6.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.2% 0.4% 1.0% 0.4% 0.3% 1.4% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3280


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
White 80.8% 64.6% 72.8% 78.1% 68.2% 75.9%
Black or African-American 11.0% 21.2% 17.9% 16.6% 17.6% 14.2%
Asian or Asian-American 1.9% 0.7% 1.8% 0.7% 2.9% 1.9%
Some other race 4.6% 12.2% 7.4% 3.5% 10.7% 6.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.7% 1.3% 0.2% 1.0% 0.6% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3989


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) Other religion Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular TOTAL
White 76.4% 76.4% 77.1% 63.8% 76.8% 75.9%
Black or African-American 18.2% 8.5% 15.6% 9.4% 12.6% 14.2%
Asian or Asian-American 1.0% 1.2% 1.4% 16.4% 1.2% 1.9%
Some other race 3.4% 12.0% 4.9% 10.0% 7.8% 6.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.9% 2.0% 1.2% 0.3% 1.5% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3954


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
White 61.3% 74.9% 79.2% 80.5% 81.3% 75.9%
Black or African-American 27.8% 15.1% 11.8% 8.5% 10.2% 14.3%
Asian or Asian-American 0.9% 1.3% 1.4% 3.7% 3.4% 1.9%
Some other race 6.4% 8.1% 6.1% 6.6% 4.6% 6.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.6% 0.6% 1.4% 0.8% 0.5% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3990


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
White 73.2% 78.0% 75.7%
Black or African-American 15.2% 13.3% 14.2%
Asian or Asian-American 2.1% 1.8% 1.9%
Some other race 7.5% 5.9% 6.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.0% 1.0% 1.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
4013


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
White 83.1% 79.7% 76.1% 70.5% 69.8% 76.6%
Black or African-American 8.8% 12.0% 14.5% 16.4% 17.2% 13.7%
Asian or Asian-American 1.1% 0.9% 2.8% 3.2% 0.9% 2.0%
Some other race 6.8% 5.8% 5.9% 8.9% 9.7% 6.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.2% 1.6% 0.8% 1.1% 2.3% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3801