Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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GAYMAR_A

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

If MARGL_A = 1 or 2: Which of these statements comes closer to your view? [Choices #1 and 2 were read in random order] (Q147)
  1) Supporters of gay marriage should not push too hard to make it legal right away, because doing so could create bad feelings against homosexuals
  2) Supporters of gay marriage should push hard to make it legal as soon as possible, despite the risk of creating bad feelings against homosexuals
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Supporters of gay marriage should not push too hard to make it legal right away, because doing so could create bad feelings against homosexuals 41.8% 41.8%
Supporters of gay marriage should push hard to make it legal as soon as possible, despite the risk of creating bad feelings against homosexuals 45.5% 87.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 12.7% 100%
Total N = 757

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 or older TOTAL
Supporters of gay marriage should not push too hard to make it legal right away, because doing so could create bad feelings against homosexuals 42.7% 37.8% 46.1% 37.7% 43.2% 45.7% 41.6%
Supporters of gay marriage should push hard to make it legal as soon as possible, despite the risk of creating bad feelings against homosexuals 51.2% 56.8% 37.0% 40.6% 42.1% 37.6% 45.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.1% 5.4% 16.9% 21.7% 14.8% 16.7% 12.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
746


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
Supporters of gay marriage should not push too hard to make it legal right away, because doing so could create bad feelings against homosexuals 43.4% 50.9% 41.2% 43.7% 40.7% 44.8% 43.8%
Supporters of gay marriage should push hard to make it legal as soon as possible, despite the risk of creating bad feelings against homosexuals 43.6% 34.6% 45.2% 45.7% 51.2% 43.7% 44.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 13.0% 14.5% 13.6% 10.5% 8.0% 11.4% 11.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
649


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Supporters of gay marriage should not push too hard to make it legal right away, because doing so could create bad feelings against homosexuals 40.4% 37.7% 45.8% 48.7% 42.9% 41.8%
Supporters of gay marriage should push hard to make it legal as soon as possible, despite the risk of creating bad feelings against homosexuals 45.2% 48.8% 41.5% 27.4% 48.4% 45.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 14.4% 13.5% 12.6% 23.9% 8.7% 12.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
752


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) Other religion Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular TOTAL
Supporters of gay marriage should not push too hard to make it legal right away, because doing so could create bad feelings against homosexuals 44.0% 44.4% 46.6% 40.7% 34.3% 41.7%
Supporters of gay marriage should push hard to make it legal as soon as possible, despite the risk of creating bad feelings against homosexuals 41.6% 43.3% 40.9% 51.2% 52.3% 45.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 14.4% 12.4% 12.5% 8.1% 13.4% 12.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
743


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
Supporters of gay marriage should not push too hard to make it legal right away, because doing so could create bad feelings against homosexuals 42.3% 47.1% 41.4% 41.4% 33.0% 41.8%
Supporters of gay marriage should push hard to make it legal as soon as possible, despite the risk of creating bad feelings against homosexuals 40.3% 38.5% 48.4% 44.8% 57.3% 45.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 17.4% 14.4% 10.2% 13.8% 9.7% 12.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
757


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Supporters of gay marriage should not push too hard to make it legal right away, because doing so could create bad feelings against homosexuals 49.2% 36.3% 41.8%
Supporters of gay marriage should push hard to make it legal as soon as possible, despite the risk of creating bad feelings against homosexuals 40.3% 49.2% 45.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 10.4% 14.4% 12.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
757


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Supporters of gay marriage should not push too hard to make it legal right away, because doing so could create bad feelings against homosexuals 43.8% 58.5% 46.5% 28.5% 25.2% 42.0%
Supporters of gay marriage should push hard to make it legal as soon as possible, despite the risk of creating bad feelings against homosexuals 29.7% 24.3% 42.7% 62.6% 64.9% 46.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 26.6% 17.3% 10.9% 8.8% 9.9% 11.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
726