Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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CATH_A

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

Now thinking about some specific religious groups... Is your overall opinion of Catholics very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (Q141A) [NOTE: CATH_A through BUDDH_A were read together as a block, but were read in random order within the block (except that ATHEIS_A was always read last).]
  1) Very favorable
  2) Mostly favorable
  3) Mostly unfavorable
  4) Very unfavorable
  5) Never heard of (VOL.)
  8) Can't rate (VOL.)
  9) Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very favorable 19.4% 19.4%
Mostly favorable 48% 67.4%
Mostly unfavorable 9.1% 76.5%
Very unfavorable 4% 80.5%
Never heard of (VOL.) .1% 80.6%
Can't rate (VOL.) 12.9% 93.5%
Refused (VOL.) 6.5% 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
Very favorable 18.3% 19.8% 18.6% 19.8% 18.0% 23.1% 19.7%
Mostly favorable 47.8% 46.0% 48.5% 47.9% 53.2% 44.9% 47.9%
Mostly unfavorable 16.3% 9.2% 11.1% 7.2% 7.9% 5.0% 9.2%
Very unfavorable 4.1% 6.1% 3.7% 2.2% 4.4% 3.9% 4.0%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate (VOL.) 10.2% 13.9% 11.4% 14.8% 11.8% 14.0% 12.8%
Refused (VOL.) 3.3% 5.0% 6.8% 7.5% 4.7% 9.1% 6.3%
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
Very favorable 23.3% 15.3% 18.2% 17.6% 17.0% 20.8% 19.1%
Mostly favorable 38.9% 50.8% 45.9% 59.5% 52.5% 57.5% 49.8%
Mostly unfavorable 8.6% 8.3% 10.8% 10.0% 9.9% 8.1% 9.3%
Very unfavorable 6.4% 6.3% 4.1% 1.6% 3.0% 2.2% 4.1%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate (VOL.) 13.4% 11.5% 15.5% 8.8% 13.2% 8.4% 12.0%
Refused (VOL.) 9.4% 7.9% 4.8% 2.5% 4.4% 2.9% 5.5%
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
Very favorable 19.6% 18.4% 19.5% 28.5% 17.0% 19.5%
Mostly favorable 50.6% 39.2% 49.8% 34.2% 47.5% 48.1%
Mostly unfavorable 8.5% 8.3% 8.6% 6.6% 11.7% 9.1%
Very unfavorable 3.1% 5.2% 5.7% 5.9% 4.1% 3.9%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 0.1%
Can't rate (VOL.) 12.4% 23.1% 10.1% 13.9% 12.2% 12.9%
Refused (VOL.) 5.8% 5.7% 6.3% 11.0% 6.9% 6.4%
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
Very favorable 13.8% 42.0% 14.2% 14.6% 8.0% 19.5%
Mostly favorable 50.9% 44.3% 50.7% 50.0% 43.3% 48.0%
Mostly unfavorable 9.0% 2.8% 12.1% 13.6% 14.1% 9.1%
Very unfavorable 4.9% 1.3% 3.2% 8.2% 5.7% 4.1%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.9% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate (VOL.) 15.0% 5.9% 14.6% 7.4% 17.3% 12.9%
Refused (VOL.) 6.3% 3.7% 5.3% 3.2% 11.6% 6.3%
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
Very favorable 24.8% 16.5% 18.6% 20.5% 21.8% 19.5%
Mostly favorable 33.7% 45.6% 52.3% 56.2% 50.1% 48.0%
Mostly unfavorable 11.8% 9.3% 7.5% 7.7% 11.1% 9.1%
Very unfavorable 4.7% 7.1% 2.2% 1.5% 1.7% 4.0%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate (VOL.) 18.7% 12.9% 11.6% 10.8% 12.1% 13.0%
Refused (VOL.) 6.2% 8.6% 7.2% 3.3% 3.1% 6.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2004


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 17.6% 21.1% 19.4%
Mostly favorable 49.4% 46.6% 48.0%
Mostly unfavorable 8.7% 9.5% 9.1%
Very unfavorable 4.0% 4.0% 4.0%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.0% 0.2% 0.1%
Can't rate (VOL.) 12.8% 13.0% 12.9%
Refused (VOL.) 7.4% 5.6% 6.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2010


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Very favorable 19.7% 20.2% 19.3% 19.4% 20.7% 19.7%
Mostly favorable 47.4% 50.6% 50.8% 48.5% 39.6% 49.4%
Mostly unfavorable 13.0% 6.9% 10.2% 10.4% 12.8% 9.5%
Very unfavorable 5.6% 3.4% 2.2% 3.3% 13.0% 3.8%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.0% 0.0% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Can't rate (VOL.) 6.9% 14.0% 11.5% 11.6% 12.1% 12.1%
Refused (VOL.) 7.5% 4.9% 5.6% 6.8% 1.8% 5.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1908