Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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ABINFL_A

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

Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on the issue of abortion? [Choices read in random order, with Choice 6 always read last] (Q126)
  1) A personal experience
  2) The views of your friends and family
  3) What you have seen or read in the media
  4) Your religious beliefs
  5) Your education
  6) Something else
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
A personal experience 14.4% 14.4%
The views of your friends and family 6.2% 20.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 5% 25.6%
Your religious beliefs 32.1% 57.7%
Your education 20.5% 78.2%
Something else 20.5% 98.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.3% 100%
Total N = 1816

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 or older TOTAL
A personal experience 10.5% 21.7% 19.3% 14.2% 11.1% 8.1% 14.3%
The views of your friends and family 12.4% 7.1% 5.8% 4.8% 4.1% 3.8% 6.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 5.7% 4.5% 6.1% 2.8% 4.8% 6.7% 5.0%
Your religious beliefs 22.8% 24.2% 26.3% 35.8% 38.7% 44.0% 32.1%
Your education 24.4% 21.6% 24.5% 18.5% 20.7% 13.9% 20.5%
Something else 21.5% 20.7% 18.0% 22.6% 19.4% 20.9% 20.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.8% 0.2% 0.0% 1.3% 1.2% 2.5% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1792


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
A personal experience 15.9% 17.8% 17.1% 15.4% 12.7% 12.1% 15.2%
The views of your friends and family 8.9% 6.9% 6.9% 4.7% 5.3% 3.8% 6.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 8.0% 4.8% 7.5% 2.2% 4.1% 3.6% 5.3%
Your religious beliefs 29.9% 32.7% 31.5% 29.7% 34.4% 29.0% 31.0%
Your education 15.9% 18.1% 15.2% 29.0% 23.4% 27.9% 21.1%
Something else 19.5% 18.4% 21.2% 18.9% 17.8% 22.5% 20.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.9% 1.2% 0.7% 0.0% 2.3% 1.1% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1518


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
A personal experience 11.9% 22.5% 21.7% 6.0% 15.7% 14.3%
The views of your friends and family 5.1% 6.3% 6.4% 4.0% 9.3% 6.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 3.9% 8.3% 3.2% 8.0% 6.7% 5.0%
Your religious beliefs 38.3% 24.5% 29.0% 44.4% 18.3% 32.1%
Your education 18.8% 18.0% 22.6% 12.4% 26.2% 20.6%
Something else 20.8% 20.4% 16.0% 22.0% 22.2% 20.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.2% 0.0% 1.0% 3.1% 1.5% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1808


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) Other religion Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular TOTAL
A personal experience 11.8% 11.8% 21.5% 11.1% 18.6% 14.5%
The views of your friends and family 5.9% 7.6% 3.6% 3.2% 8.8% 6.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 4.9% 4.2% 5.2% 12.0% 3.9% 4.9%
Your religious beliefs 41.2% 34.6% 38.1% 9.7% 7.6% 32.2%
Your education 17.7% 22.1% 9.7% 45.2% 28.2% 20.4%
Something else 17.4% 18.2% 20.7% 17.9% 31.2% 20.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.1% 1.4% 1.1% 0.9% 1.7% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1786


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
A personal experience 7.1% 17.8% 14.7% 14.6% 12.1% 14.4%
The views of your friends and family 11.1% 5.5% 6.0% 3.9% 6.3% 6.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 9.0% 5.2% 2.6% 5.4% 4.8% 5.0%
Your religious beliefs 35.3% 33.8% 31.1% 29.5% 28.9% 32.0%
Your education 8.4% 14.1% 23.5% 30.5% 32.5% 20.6%
Something else 25.3% 22.8% 21.0% 15.5% 15.1% 20.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.8% 1.0% 1.3% 0.6% 0.3% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1810


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 12.5% 16.2% 14.4%
The views of your friends and family 6.2% 6.2% 6.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 5.4% 4.6% 5.0%
Your religious beliefs 28.3% 35.6% 32.1%
Your education 20.7% 20.4% 20.5%
Something else 24.8% 16.6% 20.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.2% 0.4% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1816


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
A personal experience 9.6% 12.3% 13.9% 24.8% 13.4% 14.6%
The views of your friends and family 3.5% 4.6% 7.9% 6.0% 10.3% 6.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 1.3% 4.3% 4.5% 9.8% 4.2% 5.0%
Your religious beliefs 57.6% 44.2% 26.0% 13.9% 12.4% 31.9%
Your education 7.4% 15.0% 23.5% 26.3% 39.3% 20.9%
Something else 17.5% 18.6% 22.7% 18.8% 20.0% 20.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.0% 1.1% 1.4% 0.3% 0.4% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1746