Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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MORGL_A

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

And is homosexual behavior morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue? (Q180B)
  1) Morally acceptable
  2) Morally wrong
  3) Not a moral issue
  4) Depends on situation (VOL.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Morally acceptable 8.9% 8.9%
Morally wrong 48.6% 57.5%
Not a moral issue 35.1% 92.6%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 1.8% 94.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.7% 100.1%
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
Morally acceptable 10.3% 11.3% 7.4% 8.6% 8.4% 7.5% 8.8%
Morally wrong 38.9% 40.8% 50.1% 52.9% 51.4% 55.2% 48.7%
Not a moral issue 45.4% 43.1% 34.8% 30.6% 33.4% 26.8% 35.1%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 2.6% 2.3% 1.0% 1.0% 1.4% 2.3% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.8% 2.5% 6.7% 6.9% 5.3% 8.2% 5.6%
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
Morally acceptable 7.7% 8.0% 7.9% 9.4% 8.0% 10.3% 8.5%
Morally wrong 53.8% 52.5% 52.9% 48.1% 44.6% 42.5% 49.5%
Not a moral issue 29.8% 30.6% 31.6% 39.4% 43.1% 41.7% 35.4%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 2.3% 2.9% 1.3% 0.2% 0.8% 2.9% 1.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.4% 6.0% 6.3% 2.9% 3.5% 2.5% 4.8%
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
Morally acceptable 8.5% 8.3% 9.6% 4.4% 10.8% 8.9%
Morally wrong 53.2% 49.8% 54.2% 59.1% 32.1% 48.7%
Not a moral issue 31.7% 37.2% 29.9% 22.0% 48.0% 34.9%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 1.4% 0.7% 0.5% 2.7% 3.4% 1.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.2% 4.0% 5.8% 11.9% 5.6% 5.7%
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
Morally acceptable 7.7% 12.4% 3.8% 15.4% 9.5% 8.8%
Morally wrong 59.7% 39.5% 62.5% 25.0% 29.3% 48.9%
Not a moral issue 24.6% 40.6% 28.4% 55.6% 53.4% 35.0%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 1.2% 2.4% 3.2% 0.0% 0.4% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.8% 5.1% 2.1% 4.0% 7.5% 5.7%
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
Morally acceptable 9.6% 8.3% 7.9% 9.1% 11.8% 8.9%
Morally wrong 54.0% 54.9% 46.6% 46.3% 31.7% 48.6%
Not a moral issue 25.5% 28.9% 37.9% 40.0% 50.7% 35.0%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 1.5% 1.5% 2.3% 2.1% 1.2% 1.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 9.5% 6.3% 5.4% 2.6% 4.5% 5.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2004


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Morally acceptable 7.7% 10.0% 8.9%
Morally wrong 51.4% 45.9% 48.6%
Not a moral issue 33.5% 36.5% 35.1%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 2.0% 1.6% 1.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.4% 6.0% 5.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2010


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Morally acceptable 5.1% 8.2% 8.8% 11.6% 13.9% 9.1%
Morally wrong 77.0% 63.1% 42.3% 25.4% 28.5% 48.5%
Not a moral issue 11.8% 22.5% 42.9% 54.5% 53.1% 36.0%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 1.0% 1.0% 2.2% 3.2% 0.0% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.1% 5.2% 3.9% 5.3% 4.5% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1908