Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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BUDDH_A

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

Is your overall opinion of Buddhists very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (Q141H)
  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 10.4% 10.4%
Mostly favorable 34.5% 44.9%
Mostly unfavorable 11% 55.9%
Very unfavorable 8.9% 64.8%
Never heard of (VOL.) 1.9% 66.7%
Can't rate (VOL.) 25.6% 92.3%
Refused (VOL.) 7.7% 100%
Total N = 999

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 16.4% 15.3% 9.7% 7.9% 10.3% 5.8% 10.5%
Mostly favorable 39.6% 33.0% 35.3% 39.4% 35.6% 24.1% 34.4%
Mostly unfavorable 21.2% 8.2% 10.0% 12.8% 5.5% 10.8% 11.2%
Very unfavorable 8.1% 10.5% 10.0% 6.9% 7.9% 10.4% 9.0%
Never heard of (VOL.) 3.3% 0.0% 1.2% 3.1% 0.6% 3.1% 1.9%
Can't rate (VOL.) 7.7% 30.2% 23.7% 19.1% 32.9% 36.4% 25.4%
Refused (VOL.) 3.8% 2.8% 10.0% 10.8% 7.3% 9.4% 7.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
982


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 11.4% 6.1% 8.0% 11.8% 7.3% 8.8% 9.1%
Mostly favorable 25.2% 32.9% 28.9% 45.8% 36.0% 50.9% 36.1%
Mostly unfavorable 13.5% 15.1% 17.1% 5.8% 14.9% 6.6% 12.1%
Very unfavorable 15.5% 8.2% 8.7% 10.5% 4.4% 4.0% 8.9%
Never heard of (VOL.) 5.4% 0.4% 2.1% 0.7% 0.0% 1.8% 2.0%
Can't rate (VOL.) 19.5% 27.3% 30.0% 21.8% 29.1% 23.3% 24.8%
Refused (VOL.) 9.6% 10.1% 5.2% 3.7% 8.4% 4.6% 6.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
828


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very favorable 8.8% 14.1% 9.3% 6.7% 14.5% 10.4%
Mostly favorable 35.2% 31.3% 28.0% 13.8% 42.6% 34.6%
Mostly unfavorable 9.5% 3.1% 12.8% 11.7% 15.7% 11.1%
Very unfavorable 8.2% 20.3% 11.8% 11.7% 5.9% 9.0%
Never heard of (VOL.) 1.3% 3.1% 2.3% 7.5% 1.5% 1.9%
Can't rate (VOL.) 30.0% 15.2% 26.4% 34.3% 14.8% 25.5%
Refused (VOL.) 7.0% 12.9% 9.3% 14.2% 4.9% 7.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
993


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 6.4% 12.5% 6.6% 27.2% 13.9% 9.9%
Mostly favorable 30.5% 37.0% 32.0% 57.6% 39.1% 34.7%
Mostly unfavorable 14.4% 10.5% 11.6% 7.3% 4.5% 11.3%
Very unfavorable 12.5% 7.0% 10.0% 1.0% 3.1% 8.9%
Never heard of (VOL.) 2.4% 1.5% 2.4% 0.0% 1.3% 1.9%
Can't rate (VOL.) 28.4% 23.0% 28.3% 4.2% 27.2% 25.8%
Refused (VOL.) 5.4% 8.5% 9.1% 2.6% 10.9% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
979


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 11.5% 7.4% 12.0% 7.7% 17.1% 10.4%
Mostly favorable 19.8% 28.3% 37.4% 51.1% 41.2% 34.6%
Mostly unfavorable 21.0% 10.0% 10.7% 7.5% 7.9% 11.0%
Very unfavorable 16.6% 11.7% 6.8% 4.8% 2.3% 8.9%
Never heard of (VOL.) 5.1% 2.2% 1.3% 0.6% 0.4% 1.9%
Can't rate (VOL.) 19.8% 31.9% 21.0% 25.0% 25.6% 25.5%
Refused (VOL.) 6.3% 8.5% 10.9% 3.2% 5.6% 7.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
997


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 10.4% 10.4% 10.4%
Mostly favorable 35.1% 34.0% 34.5%
Mostly unfavorable 9.9% 12.1% 11.0%
Very unfavorable 9.1% 8.7% 8.9%
Never heard of (VOL.) 1.1% 2.6% 1.9%
Can't rate (VOL.) 24.2% 27.0% 25.6%
Refused (VOL.) 10.2% 5.3% 7.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
999


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Very favorable 5.0% 7.4% 12.6% 8.1% 29.4% 10.8%
Mostly favorable 25.8% 33.6% 37.2% 45.6% 22.6% 35.5%
Mostly unfavorable 21.5% 14.2% 10.3% 7.6% 6.0% 11.7%
Very unfavorable 16.1% 9.4% 7.7% 9.0% 7.2% 9.0%
Never heard of (VOL.) 3.9% 2.0% 1.0% 1.0% 2.3% 1.6%
Can't rate (VOL.) 23.7% 24.2% 26.2% 22.6% 21.1% 24.5%
Refused (VOL.) 3.9% 9.2% 5.0% 6.1% 11.3% 6.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
949