Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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PARTY

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

In politics today, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or Independent?
  1) Republican
  2) Democrat
  3) Independent
  4) No preference (VOL.)
  5) Other party (VOL.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Republican 24.6% 24.6%
Democrat 32.2% 56.8%
Independent 36.6% 93.4%
No preference (VOL.) 3.1% 96.5%
Other party (VOL.) .3% 96.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.2% 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
Republican 23.4% 21.0% 23.9% 25.4% 23.9% 30.1% 24.7%
Democrat 29.9% 27.3% 33.5% 30.9% 34.7% 36.9% 32.2%
Independent 42.7% 44.8% 37.2% 36.7% 34.1% 26.0% 36.7%
No preference (VOL.) 1.2% 4.7% 2.2% 2.7% 3.5% 3.6% 3.0%
Other party (VOL.) 0.2% 0.3% 0.1% 0.1% 1.0% 0.1% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.6% 1.9% 3.0% 4.2% 2.8% 3.2% 3.0%
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
Republican 16.3% 19.5% 23.5% 25.9% 31.2% 34.5% 24.9%
Democrat 35.5% 34.0% 35.8% 33.4% 29.7% 27.0% 32.8%
Independent 38.2% 40.8% 34.4% 37.5% 34.9% 36.3% 36.8%
No preference (VOL.) 4.8% 2.8% 4.3% 1.8% 2.3% 0.7% 2.9%
Other party (VOL.) 0.5% 0.0% 0.6% 0.0% 0.2% 0.4% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.6% 2.8% 1.5% 1.4% 1.6% 1.1% 2.2%
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
Republican 29.7% 12.1% 17.5% 22.8% 20.3% 24.7%
Democrat 29.8% 37.1% 34.4% 40.6% 33.3% 32.2%
Independent 34.5% 45.3% 41.3% 26.4% 40.4% 36.8%
No preference (VOL.) 2.7% 3.2% 2.8% 5.4% 3.3% 3.0%
Other party (VOL.) 0.2% 0.0% 0.5% 1.2% 0.3% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.1% 2.3% 3.6% 3.6% 2.5% 3.0%
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
Republican 31.7% 23.1% 28.4% 9.4% 12.4% 24.8%
Democrat 32.1% 36.1% 26.5% 37.7% 31.4% 32.4%
Independent 30.1% 35.4% 39.6% 45.8% 48.7% 36.6%
No preference (VOL.) 3.5% 1.2% 2.6% 5.9% 3.2% 2.9%
Other party (VOL.) 0.2% 0.0% 0.9% 0.0% 0.4% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.4% 4.1% 2.1% 1.2% 3.9% 3.0%
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
Republican 17.4% 25.0% 27.3% 25.7% 24.1% 24.6%
Democrat 34.1% 32.9% 29.6% 31.0% 36.7% 32.3%
Independent 36.6% 34.2% 38.3% 40.2% 35.3% 36.7%
No preference (VOL.) 3.4% 4.3% 2.9% 1.0% 2.8% 3.1%
Other party (VOL.) 0.8% 0.1% 0.2% 0.5% 0.2% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.7% 3.5% 1.8% 1.7% 0.9% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3990


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Republican 25.1% 24.2% 24.6%
Democrat 25.6% 38.5% 32.2%
Independent 42.9% 30.7% 36.6%
No preference (VOL.) 2.8% 3.3% 3.1%
Other party (VOL.) 0.4% 0.2% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.2% 3.2% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
4013


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Republican 53.0% 40.4% 16.4% 6.2% 13.5% 25.6%
Democrat 13.6% 20.7% 36.8% 52.7% 49.2% 32.9%
Independent 30.5% 34.6% 41.6% 36.3% 34.1% 37.1%
No preference (VOL.) 2.6% 2.1% 2.4% 1.9% 1.1% 2.2%
Other party (VOL.) 0.1% 0.2% 0.5% 0.1% 0.0% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.3% 2.0% 2.2% 2.7% 2.1% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3801