Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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IMPREL_A

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

How important is religion in your life -- very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (Q185)
  1) Very important
  2) Somewhat important
  3) Not too important
  4) Not at all important
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very important 56% 56%
Somewhat important 25.9% 81.9%
Not too important 8.4% 90.3%
Not at all important 8.6% 98.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.2% 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
Very important 38.2% 49.6% 58.0% 59.6% 56.6% 69.5% 56.1%
Somewhat important 33.3% 25.8% 28.1% 27.1% 25.8% 16.9% 25.9%
Not too important 11.3% 12.9% 7.8% 5.8% 7.7% 5.5% 8.3%
Not at all important 17.2% 11.7% 5.0% 5.8% 8.4% 6.8% 8.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.0% 0.0% 1.0% 1.7% 1.6% 1.3% 1.0%
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
Very important 67.8% 52.4% 57.9% 50.2% 48.2% 49.7% 55.6%
Somewhat important 16.5% 30.5% 27.6% 24.8% 29.8% 32.9% 26.3%
Not too important 8.2% 4.3% 8.1% 10.1% 10.6% 9.6% 8.5%
Not at all important 7.0% 10.7% 6.0% 13.8% 10.7% 6.9% 8.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.5% 2.1% 0.3% 1.2% 0.6% 0.9% 0.8%
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
Very important 60.4% 41.9% 55.9% 78.0% 43.7% 55.9%
Somewhat important 24.0% 37.8% 26.6% 13.1% 30.1% 26.0%
Not too important 6.7% 7.5% 6.6% 3.2% 14.8% 8.4%
Not at all important 7.4% 12.8% 8.4% 4.6% 11.3% 8.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.4% 0.0% 2.6% 1.1% 0.0% 1.1%
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
Very important 69.8% 55.7% 67.7% 41.1% 16.1% 56.0%
Somewhat important 23.6% 32.0% 21.8% 24.4% 25.6% 25.7%
Not too important 4.3% 8.5% 6.2% 26.3% 16.3% 8.5%
Not at all important 1.6% 2.7% 4.0% 6.9% 39.4% 8.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.6% 1.1% 0.3% 1.3% 2.6% 1.0%
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
Very important 65.0% 55.2% 55.3% 52.6% 53.8% 56.0%
Somewhat important 20.5% 27.2% 26.2% 29.1% 23.9% 25.9%
Not too important 3.2% 8.6% 7.5% 10.4% 13.2% 8.4%
Not at all important 10.1% 7.9% 9.4% 7.6% 8.1% 8.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.2% 1.1% 1.6% 0.3% 0.9% 1.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2004


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very important 48.5% 63.0% 56.0%
Somewhat important 28.6% 23.3% 25.9%
Not too important 9.9% 6.9% 8.4%
Not at all important 11.6% 5.8% 8.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.5% 0.9% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2010


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Very important 79.1% 64.4% 49.8% 46.8% 39.2% 55.8%
Somewhat important 14.6% 23.0% 31.6% 30.6% 16.8% 26.2%
Not too important 4.4% 6.1% 9.6% 9.4% 18.6% 8.6%
Not at all important 1.8% 5.6% 8.5% 12.2% 22.7% 8.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.0% 0.8% 0.5% 1.0% 2.7% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1908