Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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GAYMAR_A (Weighted by WEIGHT)

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 Frequency 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 1430 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 1556 45.5% 87.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 435 12.7% 100%
Missing 14237 % %

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 or older Missing 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%
273
37.8%
303
46.1%
268
37.7%
219
43.2%
193
45.7%
153

21
41.6%
1409
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%
327
56.8%
455
37.0%
215
40.6%
236
42.1%
188
37.6%
126

9
45.7%
1547
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.1%
39
5.4%
43
16.9%
98
21.7%
126
14.8%
66
16.7%
56

6
12.6%
428
Missing 1685 2134 2586 2845 2160 2641 0 14051
TOTAL 100.0%
639
100.0%
801
100.0%
581
100.0%
581
100.0%
447
100.0%
335

36

3384


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 Missing 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%
254
50.9%
172
41.2%
246
43.7%
220
40.7%
167
44.8%
247

124
43.8%
1306
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%
255
34.6%
117
45.2%
270
45.7%
230
51.2%
210
43.7%
241

234
44.3%
1323
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 13.0%
76
14.5%
49
13.6%
81
10.5%
53
8.0%
33
11.4%
63

80
11.9%
355
Missing 2229 1592 2561 1819 1483 2024 0 11708
TOTAL 100.0%
585
100.0%
338
100.0%
597
100.0%
503
100.0%
410
100.0%
551

438

2984


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced Separated Widowed Never been married Missing 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%
629
37.7%
98
49.1%
134
35.1%
26
48.7%
57
42.9%
483

3
41.9%
1427
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%
704
48.8%
127
37.0%
101
58.1%
43
27.4%
32
48.4%
546

1
45.6%
1553
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 14.4%
224
13.5%
35
13.9%
38
6.8%
5
23.9%
28
8.7%
98

6
12.6%
428
Missing 7907 874 1345 305 1027 2707 0 14165
TOTAL 100.0%
1557
100.0%
260
100.0%
273
100.0%
74
100.0%
117
100.0%
1127

10

3408


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) Jewish Other religion Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular Missing 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%
400
44.4%
402
46.6%
194
38.5%
45
42.6%
60
34.3%
295

33
41.7%
1396
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%
379
43.3%
392
40.9%
170
53.0%
62
49.6%
70
52.3%
449

34
45.4%
1522
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 14.4%
131
12.4%
112
12.5%
52
8.5%
10
7.8%
11
13.4%
115

4
12.9%
431
Missing 6192 3093 2012 165 436 2134 0 14032
TOTAL 100.0%
910
100.0%
906
100.0%
416
100.0%
117
100.0%
141
100.0%
859

71

3349


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%
151
47.1%
445
41.4%
390
41.4%
271
33.0%
173
41.8%
1430
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%
144
38.5%
363
48.4%
455
44.8%
293
57.3%
300
45.5%
1555
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 17.4%
62
14.4%
136
10.2%
96
13.8%
90
9.7%
51
12.7%
435
Missing 2027 4568 3873 2186 1505 14159
TOTAL 100.0%
357
100.0%
944
100.0%
941
100.0%
654
100.0%
524

3420


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%
713
36.3%
717
41.8%
1430
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%
584
49.2%
972
45.5%
1556
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 10.4%
151
14.4%
285
12.7%
436
Missing 7107 7130 14237
TOTAL 100.0%
1448
100.0%
1974

3422


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal Missing 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%
28
58.5%
352
46.5%
687
28.5%
229
25.2%
87

47
42.0%
1383
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%
19
24.3%
146
42.7%
631
62.6%
503
64.9%
224

31
46.2%
1523
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 26.6%
17
17.3%
104
10.9%
161
8.8%
71
9.9%
34

49
11.8%
387
Missing 1203 5031 4502 1797 745 0 13278
TOTAL 100.0%
64
100.0%
602
100.0%
1479
100.0%
803
100.0%
345

127

3293