Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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

In general, would you describe your political views as...
  1) Very conservative
  2) Conservative
  3) Moderate
  4) Liberal
  5) Very liberal
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very conservative 7.2% 7.2%
Conservative 31.9% 39.1%
Moderate 33.9% 73%
Liberal 14.7% 87.7%
Very liberal 6.2% 93.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.1% 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
Very conservative 6.0% 4.6% 7.4% 9.0% 6.6% 9.2% 7.2%
Conservative 23.4% 24.2% 35.7% 35.3% 35.4% 36.2% 32.1%
Moderate 37.7% 38.0% 34.4% 33.4% 30.8% 29.7% 33.9%
Liberal 20.4% 18.3% 13.8% 13.2% 14.2% 10.7% 14.8%
Very liberal 7.9% 8.1% 5.1% 4.8% 6.8% 5.2% 6.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.8% 6.9% 3.6% 4.3% 6.3% 9.0% 5.8%
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
Very conservative 7.3% 7.4% 7.7% 8.0% 9.2% 4.6% 7.3%
Conservative 27.8% 34.8% 32.0% 31.9% 33.1% 36.4% 32.5%
Moderate 33.4% 29.1% 32.6% 39.2% 33.7% 37.6% 34.4%
Liberal 14.4% 14.3% 15.9% 13.9% 16.9% 15.1% 15.1%
Very liberal 8.5% 8.8% 7.0% 4.6% 5.3% 5.0% 6.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.6% 5.5% 4.9% 2.4% 1.8% 1.2% 4.3%
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
Very conservative 9.4% 0.4% 5.6% 7.6% 4.6% 7.2%
Conservative 36.5% 31.8% 27.7% 31.3% 23.1% 31.9%
Moderate 32.7% 31.1% 37.3% 30.6% 37.4% 34.0%
Liberal 12.2% 24.1% 15.8% 10.9% 18.9% 14.8%
Very liberal 4.6% 7.2% 7.0% 6.5% 9.1% 6.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.6% 5.5% 6.8% 13.2% 6.9% 6.0%
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
Very conservative 9.7% 5.1% 10.5% 3.5% 2.7% 7.3%
Conservative 37.2% 35.5% 35.7% 10.4% 19.2% 32.2%
Moderate 31.4% 36.0% 32.6% 35.5% 37.1% 33.8%
Liberal 11.6% 14.7% 13.6% 26.0% 19.1% 14.6%
Very liberal 3.5% 5.1% 3.5% 17.7% 13.1% 6.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.7% 3.6% 4.0% 7.0% 8.8% 6.0%
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
Very conservative 5.5% 7.5% 7.8% 7.9% 5.8% 7.2%
Conservative 31.5% 35.3% 31.1% 32.1% 25.5% 32.0%
Moderate 28.3% 32.1% 37.3% 35.8% 35.3% 34.0%
Liberal 12.0% 12.1% 14.5% 18.0% 21.5% 14.8%
Very liberal 10.4% 5.5% 4.4% 4.6% 9.6% 6.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 12.2% 7.5% 4.8% 1.7% 2.4% 5.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3990


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very conservative 7.5% 6.9% 7.2%
Conservative 34.6% 29.3% 31.9%
Moderate 33.3% 34.4% 33.9%
Liberal 12.3% 17.0% 14.7%
Very liberal 6.0% 6.3% 6.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.2% 6.1% 6.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
4013


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Very conservative 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 7.6%
Conservative 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 34.0%
Moderate 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 36.1%
Liberal 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 15.7%
Very liberal 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 6.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3801