Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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MORDI_A

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

Is divorce morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue? [Form 1 only] (Q180C)
  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 20.5% 20.5%
Morally wrong 29.4% 49.9%
Not a moral issue 40.3% 90.2%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 5.8% 96%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4% 100%
Total N = 1011

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 17.1% 13.2% 25.3% 19.7% 22.9% 24.1% 20.5%
Morally wrong 21.6% 38.0% 28.2% 33.1% 26.2% 28.2% 29.6%
Not a moral issue 56.8% 40.7% 39.6% 35.6% 39.1% 34.6% 40.3%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 3.1% 5.1% 6.1% 6.6% 7.4% 5.9% 5.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.4% 3.0% 0.9% 5.0% 4.4% 7.3% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
998


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 22.0% 23.8% 23.1% 20.8% 17.0% 18.7% 21.2%
Morally wrong 37.4% 26.4% 31.9% 28.2% 29.2% 22.6% 30.1%
Not a moral issue 33.3% 38.2% 36.0% 46.1% 48.0% 49.6% 40.7%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 5.8% 3.9% 3.9% 3.2% 5.3% 7.1% 4.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.5% 7.7% 5.1% 1.7% 0.4% 2.0% 3.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
824


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Morally acceptable 20.9% 28.0% 25.5% 16.0% 15.9% 20.6%
Morally wrong 32.2% 36.8% 29.3% 21.9% 22.9% 29.4%
Not a moral issue 36.1% 31.2% 35.5% 42.4% 55.0% 40.4%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 6.1% 4.0% 5.7% 10.4% 4.2% 5.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.7% 0.0% 4.1% 9.4% 2.0% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1006


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 21.3% 23.0% 18.6% 16.8% 18.4% 20.5%
Morally wrong 35.1% 28.1% 38.7% 17.8% 15.8% 29.7%
Not a moral issue 30.0% 41.4% 33.3% 62.7% 60.0% 40.1%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 7.7% 6.6% 4.9% 2.2% 3.0% 5.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.0% 0.9% 4.6% 0.5% 2.8% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
995


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 19.9% 24.0% 19.0% 18.7% 17.3% 20.5%
Morally wrong 35.0% 32.1% 30.3% 26.8% 15.6% 29.4%
Not a moral issue 31.6% 35.4% 41.7% 45.9% 55.9% 40.4%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 6.2% 4.5% 6.2% 6.4% 7.7% 5.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.3% 4.0% 2.8% 2.3% 3.4% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1007


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Morally acceptable 20.1% 20.8% 20.5%
Morally wrong 33.0% 26.0% 29.4%
Not a moral issue 37.6% 42.9% 40.4%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 5.0% 6.6% 5.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.2% 3.7% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1011


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Morally acceptable 13.6% 22.9% 19.8% 20.7% 23.3% 20.8%
Morally wrong 52.7% 34.6% 25.5% 19.9% 17.7% 29.5%
Not a moral issue 22.1% 32.0% 46.0% 56.0% 58.7% 41.5%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 7.9% 6.0% 5.5% 1.6% 0.0% 4.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.6% 4.5% 3.1% 1.8% 0.3% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
959