Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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ECON_A

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

Now thinking about the nation's economy... How would you rate economic conditions in this country today... as excellent, good, only fair, or poor? (Q105)
  1) Excellent
  2) Good
  3) Only fair
  4) Poor
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Excellent .4% .4%
Good 7.8% 8.2%
Only fair 38.2% 46.4%
Poor 52% 98.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.6% 100%
Total N = 2010

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 or older TOTAL
Excellent 0.6% 0.2% 0.9% 0.5% 0.0% 0.3% 0.4%
Good 9.3% 5.6% 7.6% 8.5% 7.1% 8.1% 7.7%
Only fair 37.0% 40.6% 39.1% 36.8% 37.3% 38.7% 38.3%
Poor 51.0% 51.9% 51.5% 52.7% 55.1% 50.8% 52.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.1% 1.7% 1.0% 1.6% 0.5% 2.2% 1.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1980


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
Excellent 1.1% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.8% 0.3% 0.4%
Good 10.0% 9.4% 4.9% 6.4% 9.5% 7.3% 7.8%
Only fair 36.5% 32.7% 39.4% 38.7% 41.1% 41.4% 38.4%
Poor 50.0% 57.3% 53.9% 53.2% 48.3% 50.5% 52.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.4% 0.2% 1.8% 1.7% 0.3% 0.5% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1652


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Excellent 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4% 1.1% 0.4%
Good 7.5% 3.3% 6.7% 10.8% 9.8% 7.8%
Only fair 37.9% 32.1% 33.1% 40.8% 42.5% 38.2%
Poor 53.1% 63.9% 59.1% 45.9% 43.7% 52.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.2% 0.7% 1.1% 2.1% 2.8% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1999


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) Other religion Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular TOTAL
Excellent 0.7% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Good 7.7% 8.5% 4.7% 7.7% 9.2% 7.7%
Only fair 35.7% 42.6% 40.3% 39.6% 36.7% 38.4%
Poor 53.6% 48.1% 53.7% 51.6% 51.6% 51.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.2% 0.2% 1.3% 1.1% 2.5% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1974


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
Excellent 0.0% 1.0% 0.0% 0.6% 0.0% 0.4%
Good 8.5% 7.8% 6.4% 8.6% 8.3% 7.7%
Only fair 41.2% 33.3% 34.1% 48.2% 45.0% 38.3%
Poor 48.4% 56.4% 57.9% 40.5% 46.1% 52.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.8% 1.5% 1.6% 2.0% 0.6% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2004


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Excellent 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Good 7.6% 8.0% 7.8%
Only fair 38.2% 38.3% 38.2%
Poor 52.6% 51.4% 52.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.2% 1.9% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2010


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Excellent 0.7% 0.1% 0.6% 0.9% 0.0% 0.4%
Good 8.7% 7.5% 6.0% 12.6% 9.2% 7.9%
Only fair 26.1% 35.0% 44.3% 39.9% 38.9% 38.8%
Poor 64.5% 56.7% 47.9% 45.3% 50.6% 51.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.0% 0.8% 1.2% 1.3% 1.3% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1908