Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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MARGL_A

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

Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally? (Q146A)
  1) Strongly favor
  2) Favor
  3) Oppose
  4) Strongly oppose
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Strongly favor 14.1% 14.1%
Favor 24.6% 38.7%
Oppose 22.1% 60.8%
Strongly oppose 30.9% 91.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.2% 99.9%
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
Strongly favor 26.7% 22.7% 11.7% 10.2% 11.3% 5.3% 14.0%
Favor 28.1% 34.2% 24.0% 23.6% 23.6% 16.9% 24.8%
Oppose 21.4% 17.3% 18.6% 23.3% 22.1% 28.9% 22.0%
Strongly oppose 20.1% 18.2% 38.2% 32.7% 36.2% 37.9% 31.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.8% 7.5% 7.4% 10.3% 6.9% 11.0% 8.1%
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
Strongly favor 10.3% 9.8% 11.3% 20.3% 17.4% 16.3% 13.8%
Favor 26.0% 25.0% 26.8% 25.5% 26.6% 27.2% 26.3%
Oppose 23.6% 23.5% 20.6% 18.4% 21.9% 23.0% 21.9%
Strongly oppose 32.6% 34.0% 33.5% 28.7% 27.9% 27.7% 31.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.5% 7.7% 7.7% 7.0% 6.2% 5.8% 7.0%
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
Strongly favor 11.1% 16.1% 8.5% 4.9% 25.6% 14.0%
Favor 22.7% 29.2% 23.3% 17.3% 31.0% 24.7%
Oppose 21.6% 29.7% 25.3% 29.2% 17.4% 22.1%
Strongly oppose 36.4% 16.8% 33.1% 38.0% 19.4% 30.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.2% 8.2% 9.8% 10.6% 6.6% 8.2%
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
Strongly favor 7.9% 14.3% 7.8% 33.6% 29.7% 14.1%
Favor 18.3% 30.6% 22.9% 34.9% 30.0% 24.5%
Oppose 25.9% 24.8% 16.5% 12.3% 17.5% 22.2%
Strongly oppose 40.1% 18.2% 45.8% 15.7% 16.7% 30.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.7% 12.1% 7.1% 3.5% 6.0% 8.2%
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
Strongly favor 3.3% 11.7% 17.8% 15.2% 24.2% 14.1%
Favor 26.2% 21.3% 22.6% 31.0% 28.8% 24.7%
Oppose 29.5% 22.8% 19.4% 21.3% 18.0% 22.1%
Strongly oppose 32.9% 35.3% 32.0% 26.0% 19.5% 30.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.0% 8.8% 8.2% 6.4% 9.5% 8.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2004


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Strongly favor 11.0% 17.0% 14.1%
Favor 22.9% 26.3% 24.6%
Oppose 26.1% 18.4% 22.1%
Strongly oppose 32.8% 29.1% 30.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.2% 9.2% 8.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2010


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Strongly favor 3.6% 3.8% 15.5% 29.9% 38.6% 14.3%
Favor 6.9% 17.4% 32.9% 35.2% 23.6% 25.4%
Oppose 21.1% 26.5% 21.5% 15.6% 15.1% 21.9%
Strongly oppose 64.1% 44.2% 22.5% 12.2% 16.2% 31.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.3% 8.1% 7.7% 7.1% 6.5% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1908