Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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MORAL_A

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

Is drinking alcohol morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue? [Form 2 only] (Q180D)
  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 20.2% 20.2%
Morally wrong 15% 35.2%
Not a moral issue 56.1% 91.3%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 6.1% 97.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.6% 100%
Total N = 999

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 16.2% 20.0% 28.0% 18.0% 21.8% 16.3% 20.2%
Morally wrong 13.9% 14.3% 9.7% 15.0% 18.5% 19.4% 15.1%
Not a moral issue 66.2% 56.4% 54.3% 57.9% 53.9% 50.9% 56.3%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 3.8% 5.3% 7.1% 5.0% 4.5% 9.3% 5.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.0% 4.1% 0.9% 4.1% 1.3% 4.1% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
982


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 12.5% 25.8% 20.4% 19.8% 20.7% 24.4% 20.1%
Morally wrong 26.7% 18.7% 7.5% 8.9% 8.1% 9.6% 13.7%
Not a moral issue 48.7% 44.7% 59.5% 66.1% 67.0% 61.7% 57.7%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 9.9% 6.3% 7.6% 3.9% 4.2% 2.9% 6.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.3% 4.4% 5.0% 1.2% 0.0% 1.3% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
828


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Morally acceptable 18.8% 23.6% 20.6% 15.8% 23.8% 20.3%
Morally wrong 13.9% 23.2% 25.4% 27.9% 7.2% 15.1%
Not a moral issue 56.1% 53.1% 42.9% 49.2% 64.9% 56.0%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 8.4% 0.0% 6.0% 2.1% 3.1% 6.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.7% 0.0% 5.0% 5.0% 1.0% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
993


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 22.0% 22.3% 18.6% 18.3% 14.4% 20.3%
Morally wrong 17.7% 8.1% 24.1% 18.8% 8.1% 15.1%
Not a moral issue 50.3% 64.3% 43.3% 60.7% 70.9% 55.9%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 7.2% 3.4% 8.8% 1.0% 6.6% 6.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.8% 1.9% 5.2% 1.0% 0.0% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
979


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 11.5% 19.3% 20.2% 25.5% 25.7% 20.2%
Morally wrong 32.0% 18.8% 8.8% 9.6% 6.7% 15.0%
Not a moral issue 47.7% 52.3% 60.5% 58.7% 62.1% 56.0%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 6.3% 5.9% 8.6% 3.3% 4.8% 6.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.5% 3.6% 2.0% 2.9% 0.8% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
997


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Morally acceptable 21.1% 19.4% 20.2%
Morally wrong 15.0% 15.0% 15.0%
Not a moral issue 55.6% 56.5% 56.0%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 5.1% 7.1% 6.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.2% 2.0% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
999


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Morally acceptable 15.7% 22.0% 19.6% 18.1% 21.1% 20.0%
Morally wrong 29.6% 14.8% 11.1% 12.6% 23.0% 14.6%
Not a moral issue 50.0% 53.8% 58.9% 63.9% 55.8% 57.1%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 4.6% 6.4% 9.0% 1.8% 0.0% 6.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.0% 3.0% 1.5% 3.7% 0.0% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
949