Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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MUSVIO_A

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

As I read a pair of statements, tell me whether the first statement or the second statement comes closer to your own views even if neither is exactly right... (Q176)
  1) Statement A: The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers
  2) Statement B: The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others
  3) Neither (VOL.)
  9) Don't know (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Statement A: The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers 38.5% 38.5%
Statement B: The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others 45.4% 83.9%
Neither (VOL.) 1.4% 85.3%
Don't know (VOL.) 14.7% 100%
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
Statement A: The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers 34.3% 35.2% 39.7% 37.8% 38.8% 44.5% 38.6%
Statement B: The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others 56.0% 51.3% 46.8% 45.7% 46.2% 29.7% 45.5%
Neither (VOL.) 0.0% 2.0% 0.0% 1.7% 1.2% 2.7% 1.3%
Don't know (VOL.) 9.7% 11.6% 13.5% 14.8% 13.8% 23.0% 14.6%
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
Statement A: The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers 36.7% 42.5% 36.5% 40.5% 41.8% 38.6% 38.9%
Statement B: The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others 39.4% 43.9% 49.2% 46.6% 48.9% 54.3% 46.8%
Neither (VOL.) 2.0% 1.9% 0.5% 1.1% 0.9% 0.6% 1.1%
Don't know (VOL.) 21.9% 11.8% 13.8% 11.8% 8.4% 6.5% 13.1%
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
Statement A: The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers 43.0% 32.5% 39.2% 38.5% 29.9% 38.6%
Statement B: The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others 42.6% 55.6% 38.3% 28.3% 56.9% 45.3%
Neither (VOL.) 1.5% 1.4% 2.3% 1.7% 0.6% 1.4%
Don't know (VOL.) 12.9% 10.6% 20.3% 31.5% 12.7% 14.7%
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
Statement A: The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers 42.8% 37.0% 40.2% 32.0% 32.7% 38.9%
Statement B: The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others 39.6% 49.2% 42.8% 63.2% 51.3% 45.3%
Neither (VOL.) 1.1% 1.3% 2.0% 0.5% 1.8% 1.4%
Don't know (VOL.) 16.5% 12.4% 15.1% 4.3% 14.2% 14.4%
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
Statement A: The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers 35.9% 41.1% 40.6% 40.4% 26.5% 38.5%
Statement B: The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others 37.4% 39.4% 46.6% 49.5% 63.7% 45.4%
Neither (VOL.) 1.2% 1.7% 1.4% 1.2% 0.8% 1.4%
Don't know (VOL.) 25.6% 17.7% 11.4% 9.0% 9.0% 14.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2004


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Statement A: The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers 41.8% 35.3% 38.5%
Statement B: The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others 45.0% 45.8% 45.4%
Neither (VOL.) 1.8% 0.9% 1.4%
Don't know (VOL.) 11.3% 17.9% 14.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2010


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Statement A: The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers 55.0% 48.4% 37.0% 24.9% 27.4% 39.8%
Statement B: The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others 30.4% 36.9% 49.5% 63.4% 59.4% 46.5%
Neither (VOL.) 0.8% 0.6% 1.8% 1.5% 1.1% 1.2%
Don't know (VOL.) 13.8% 14.1% 11.8% 10.2% 12.1% 12.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1908