Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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ATHEIS_A

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

Is your overall opinion of Atheists, that is, people who don't believe in God, very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (Q141F)
  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 6.4% 6.4%
Mostly favorable 22.9% 29.3%
Mostly unfavorable 22.9% 52.2%
Very unfavorable 26.4% 78.6%
Never heard of (VOL.) .4% 79%
Can't rate (VOL.) 14.4% 93.4%
Refused (VOL.) 6.7% 100.1%
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 11.3% 10.4% 4.5% 3.7% 6.7% 3.9% 6.4%
Mostly favorable 29.0% 22.7% 23.5% 21.9% 29.1% 13.9% 22.9%
Mostly unfavorable 25.1% 25.3% 23.0% 24.5% 18.3% 21.1% 22.9%
Very unfavorable 19.1% 24.9% 27.0% 22.1% 27.5% 36.7% 26.4%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.0% 0.0% 0.8% 0.7% 0.2% 0.5% 0.4%
Can't rate (VOL.) 9.9% 13.1% 14.3% 17.8% 12.0% 17.2% 14.3%
Refused (VOL.) 5.6% 3.6% 6.9% 9.3% 6.2% 6.8% 6.5%
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
Very favorable 5.9% 6.4% 5.4% 6.9% 6.0% 3.9% 5.7%
Mostly favorable 12.3% 19.9% 19.9% 32.4% 25.9% 37.0% 23.8%
Mostly unfavorable 26.1% 21.1% 22.1% 26.8% 20.9% 26.8% 24.2%
Very unfavorable 33.4% 33.8% 33.0% 19.2% 23.7% 17.5% 27.3%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 0.3%
Can't rate (VOL.) 15.2% 8.9% 15.0% 12.3% 16.2% 10.3% 13.2%
Refused (VOL.) 6.4% 9.9% 4.5% 2.4% 5.9% 4.4% 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 5.3% 10.6% 5.5% 3.4% 8.9% 6.4%
Mostly favorable 22.4% 19.8% 19.2% 9.5% 30.8% 23.0%
Mostly unfavorable 23.8% 14.3% 19.9% 20.3% 25.7% 22.9%
Very unfavorable 28.3% 28.0% 34.8% 37.2% 13.8% 26.4%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.5% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.4% 0.4%
Can't rate (VOL.) 12.9% 19.5% 13.7% 20.9% 15.1% 14.4%
Refused (VOL.) 6.7% 7.8% 6.7% 8.7% 5.5% 6.6%
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
Very favorable 3.1% 6.1% 3.3% 17.0% 15.0% 6.4%
Mostly favorable 17.6% 22.6% 16.9% 49.3% 34.3% 22.8%
Mostly unfavorable 24.6% 26.7% 28.4% 15.6% 11.0% 23.0%
Very unfavorable 33.4% 23.5% 33.9% 8.0% 12.5% 26.6%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.3% 0.0% 1.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Can't rate (VOL.) 14.5% 16.1% 10.8% 4.2% 17.1% 14.3%
Refused (VOL.) 6.5% 5.0% 4.9% 5.8% 10.1% 6.4%
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 8.7% 4.6% 6.0% 6.8% 9.0% 6.4%
Mostly favorable 11.4% 18.2% 24.7% 30.9% 36.1% 23.0%
Mostly unfavorable 20.6% 23.3% 20.1% 28.7% 22.4% 22.9%
Very unfavorable 39.9% 30.3% 26.1% 16.0% 13.8% 26.4%
Never heard of (VOL.) 1.5% 0.1% 0.0% 0.9% 0.0% 0.4%
Can't rate (VOL.) 12.4% 16.5% 13.7% 13.1% 14.4% 14.4%
Refused (VOL.) 5.5% 7.0% 9.4% 3.6% 4.3% 6.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2004


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 7.2% 5.7% 6.4%
Mostly favorable 23.7% 22.2% 22.9%
Mostly unfavorable 23.4% 22.4% 22.9%
Very unfavorable 22.8% 29.7% 26.4%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.3% 0.5% 0.4%
Can't rate (VOL.) 15.6% 13.2% 14.4%
Refused (VOL.) 7.0% 6.3% 6.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2010


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Very favorable 4.4% 3.4% 6.1% 9.6% 18.1% 6.4%
Mostly favorable 10.8% 17.9% 25.4% 33.9% 35.7% 23.7%
Mostly unfavorable 25.4% 26.9% 23.5% 19.3% 12.1% 23.4%
Very unfavorable 35.7% 31.2% 26.1% 18.7% 15.9% 26.8%
Never heard of (VOL.) 0.0% 0.1% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Can't rate (VOL.) 14.3% 15.5% 12.0% 12.1% 15.7% 13.6%
Refused (VOL.) 9.3% 5.0% 6.5% 6.5% 2.5% 5.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1908