Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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I-POLITICS

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

In general, would you describe your political views as... (Recoded for use with online analysis)
  1) Very conservative
  2) Conservative
  3) Moderate
  4) Liberal
  5) Very liberal

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very conservative 7.6% 7.6%
Conservative 34% 41.6%
Moderate 36.1% 77.7%
Liberal 15.7% 93.4%
Very liberal 6.6% 100%
Total N = 3801

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 6.3% 4.9% 7.6% 9.4% 7.0% 10.1% 7.7%
Conservative 24.5% 25.9% 37.0% 36.9% 37.7% 39.8% 34.0%
Moderate 39.5% 40.8% 35.7% 34.9% 32.8% 32.7% 36.0%
Liberal 21.4% 19.6% 14.3% 13.8% 15.2% 11.7% 15.7%
Very liberal 8.3% 8.7% 5.3% 5.1% 7.2% 5.7% 6.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3754


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 8.0% 7.8% 8.1% 8.2% 9.4% 4.7% 7.6%
Conservative 30.4% 36.9% 33.7% 32.7% 33.7% 36.8% 33.9%
Moderate 36.6% 30.8% 34.3% 40.1% 34.3% 38.1% 35.9%
Liberal 15.7% 15.1% 16.7% 14.3% 17.2% 15.3% 15.7%
Very liberal 9.3% 9.3% 7.3% 4.7% 5.4% 5.0% 6.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3162


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very conservative 9.8% 0.4% 6.0% 8.8% 5.0% 7.7%
Conservative 38.3% 33.6% 29.7% 36.0% 24.8% 34.0%
Moderate 34.2% 32.9% 40.0% 35.2% 40.2% 36.1%
Liberal 12.8% 25.4% 16.9% 12.6% 20.3% 15.7%
Very liberal 4.8% 7.6% 7.5% 7.4% 9.8% 6.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3785


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 10.4% 5.2% 11.0% 3.8% 3.0% 7.7%
Conservative 39.8% 36.8% 37.2% 11.1% 21.1% 34.2%
Moderate 33.6% 37.4% 34.0% 38.2% 40.7% 35.9%
Liberal 12.4% 15.3% 14.2% 27.9% 20.9% 15.5%
Very liberal 3.7% 5.3% 3.7% 19.0% 14.4% 6.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3752


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 6.3% 8.2% 8.2% 8.0% 6.0% 7.6%
Conservative 35.9% 38.2% 32.7% 32.6% 26.1% 34.0%
Moderate 32.3% 34.7% 39.2% 36.5% 36.1% 36.1%
Liberal 13.7% 13.0% 15.3% 18.3% 22.0% 15.7%
Very liberal 11.9% 5.9% 4.6% 4.7% 9.8% 6.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3790


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very conservative 8.0% 7.3% 7.7%
Conservative 36.9% 31.2% 34.0%
Moderate 35.5% 36.6% 36.1%
Liberal 13.1% 18.1% 15.7%
Very liberal 6.4% 6.7% 6.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
3801


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%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3801