Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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I-RELIGION

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

What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Orthodox such as Greek or Russian Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, agnostic, something else, or nothing in particular? (Recoded for use with online analysis)
  1) Protestant
  2) Roman Catholic
  3) Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian)
  5) Other religion
  6) Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Protestant 40.9% 40.9%
Roman Catholic 23% 63.9%
Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) 14% 77.9%
Other religion 4.9% 82.8%
Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular 17.2% 100%
Total N = 3954

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 or older TOTAL
Protestant 22.0% 29.0% 38.3% 43.4% 49.3% 59.0% 40.8%
Roman Catholic 21.4% 21.4% 23.1% 25.9% 22.2% 23.2% 23.0%
Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) 22.7% 17.7% 17.2% 12.6% 9.4% 5.9% 14.0%
Other religion 5.7% 6.9% 4.7% 4.6% 5.2% 3.1% 5.0%
Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular 28.2% 25.0% 16.7% 13.5% 13.9% 8.8% 17.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3898


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
Protestant 42.0% 41.6% 42.0% 38.5% 40.2% 40.2% 40.8%
Roman Catholic 18.7% 17.4% 21.1% 25.2% 25.5% 25.3% 22.1%
Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) 15.6% 16.7% 16.4% 12.9% 14.6% 10.4% 14.4%
Other religion 4.0% 5.7% 5.2% 4.4% 4.1% 6.8% 5.0%
Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular 19.7% 18.7% 15.3% 19.1% 15.5% 17.4% 17.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3247


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Protestant 44.2% 28.6% 44.5% 63.4% 27.3% 40.8%
Roman Catholic 24.4% 29.1% 18.3% 18.4% 21.6% 23.0%
Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) 13.3% 15.0% 13.7% 5.8% 18.0% 14.0%
Other religion 4.7% 3.6% 3.7% 4.0% 6.9% 4.9%
Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular 13.4% 23.7% 19.9% 8.4% 26.1% 17.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3932


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) Other religion Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular TOTAL
Protestant 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 40.9%
Roman Catholic 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 23.0%
Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 14.0%
Other religion 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 4.9%
Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 17.2%
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
Protestant 45.0% 41.6% 39.4% 40.3% 37.7% 40.8%
Roman Catholic 22.8% 22.1% 23.1% 23.9% 24.1% 23.0%
Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) 12.9% 16.5% 15.5% 11.7% 8.3% 14.0%
Other religion 3.0% 2.2% 5.1% 6.9% 11.4% 4.9%
Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular 16.3% 17.5% 17.0% 17.2% 18.5% 17.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3934


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Protestant 37.4% 44.1% 40.9%
Roman Catholic 23.6% 22.5% 23.0%
Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) 14.2% 13.7% 14.0%
Other religion 4.7% 5.2% 4.9%
Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular 20.1% 14.5% 17.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
3954


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Protestant 54.9% 47.2% 37.9% 32.5% 22.9% 40.6%
Roman Catholic 16.0% 25.4% 24.5% 23.2% 18.8% 23.6%
Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) 20.3% 15.5% 13.5% 13.0% 8.0% 14.3%
Other religion 2.4% 1.6% 5.2% 8.8% 14.1% 4.9%
Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular 6.4% 10.3% 18.9% 22.5% 36.3% 16.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3752