Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010

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DEATHPEN

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

Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?
  1) Strong favor
  2) Favor
  3) Oppose
  4) Strongly oppose
  9) Don't know\Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Strong favor 30% 30%
Favor 31.7% 61.7%
Oppose 20% 81.7%
Strongly oppose 9.8% 91.5%
Don't know\Refused (Vol.) 8.5% 100%
Total N = 3003

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 to 24 years old 25 to 34 years old 35 to 44 years old 45 to 54 years old 55 to 64 years old 65 years and older TOTAL
Strong favor 22.8% 30.2% 33.3% 35.1% 28.1% 28.8% 30.2%
Favor 30.6% 32.3% 30.8% 30.0% 34.0% 32.8% 31.7%
Oppose 22.6% 19.8% 22.2% 19.5% 17.0% 18.2% 19.8%
Strongly oppose 16.5% 8.8% 7.0% 8.1% 12.2% 8.3% 9.8%
Don't know\Refused (Vol.) 7.5% 8.8% 6.7% 7.3% 8.7% 11.9% 8.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2946


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
Strong favor 31.1% 28.2% 27.2% 28.0% 32.7% 37.5% 30.1%
Favor 28.3% 31.9% 37.1% 33.0% 31.2% 26.7% 31.7%
Oppose 20.6% 21.9% 20.7% 19.4% 19.7% 17.5% 20.2%
Strongly oppose 8.1% 10.1% 9.4% 10.6% 8.9% 11.9% 9.8%
Don't know\Refused (Vol.) 11.8% 8.1% 5.6% 9.0% 7.5% 6.4% 8.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2960


Race (I-RACE)

White, non-Hispanic Black, non-Hispanic Hispanic Other TOTAL
Strong favor 33.9% 20.1% 16.8% 32.3% 30.0%
Favor 35.6% 13.8% 28.9% 27.3% 31.7%
Oppose 16.4% 32.2% 30.8% 16.8% 20.1%
Strongly oppose 7.5% 19.1% 11.7% 11.8% 9.6%
Don't know\Refused (Vol.) 6.5% 14.7% 11.8% 11.8% 8.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2973


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than a high school diploma High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Technical, trade, or vocational school after high school or some college College graduate (B.S., B.A., orother 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a Master's degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
Strong favor 22.7% 35.0% 35.2% 25.8% 18.6% 30.1%
Favor 24.0% 30.6% 30.4% 38.4% 35.4% 31.7%
Oppose 26.0% 15.7% 19.0% 21.0% 26.2% 20.0%
Strongly oppose 14.5% 8.3% 8.1% 8.2% 15.1% 9.8%
Don't know\Refused (Vol.) 12.9% 10.4% 7.2% 6.5% 4.7% 8.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Strong favor 34.1% 26.3% 30.0%
Favor 33.5% 30.0% 31.7%
Oppose 17.1% 22.7% 20.0%
Strongly oppose 9.0% 10.5% 9.8%
Don't know\Refused (Vol.) 6.4% 10.5% 8.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
3003


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant (Baptist, Methodist, Non-denominational, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Episcopalian, Reformed, Church of Christ, Jehovah's Witness, etc.) Roman Catholic (Catholic) Other Atheist or agnostic Nothing in particular Christian (Vol.) TOTAL
Strong favor 31.8% 26.3% 24.2% 25.9% 31.4% 36.8% 30.0%
Favor 32.6% 33.3% 28.4% 35.3% 29.8% 28.2% 31.9%
Oppose 17.7% 24.1% 27.2% 23.9% 17.3% 15.3% 19.9%
Strongly oppose 9.1% 8.2% 12.5% 12.7% 13.5% 8.2% 9.8%
Don't know\Refused (Vol.) 8.7% 8.1% 7.8% 2.2% 8.0% 11.5% 8.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2937


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Strong favor 51.2% 34.9% 26.9% 23.6% 17.3% 30.3%
Favor 30.2% 34.0% 33.9% 30.8% 17.0% 32.2%
Oppose 10.4% 17.2% 23.0% 25.5% 23.0% 20.5%
Strongly oppose 6.6% 6.9% 8.9% 10.3% 37.2% 9.9%
Don't know\Refused (Vol.) 1.5% 7.0% 7.2% 9.8% 5.5% 7.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2839



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