Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010

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

Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on this issue? Dealing with illegal immigration in the U.S. [IF R SAYS ALL OR MORE THAN ONE, PROBE WITH: Which has had the biggest influence?]
  1) A personal experience
  2) The views of your friends and family
  3) What you have seen or read in the media
  4) Your religious beliefs
  5) Your education
  6) Something else
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
A personal experience 27.1% 27.1%
The views of your friends and family 6.2% 33.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 20.8% 54.1%
Your religious beliefs 7.2% 61.3%
Your education 20.2% 81.5%
Something else 16% 97.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.4% 99.9%
Total N = 2929

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
A personal experience 23.6% 32.6% 32.4% 28.3% 22.6% 20.7% 27.0%
The views of your friends and family 9.9% 7.5% 6.6% 4.3% 5.9% 5.1% 6.4%
What you have seen or read in the media 15.8% 18.7% 16.0% 24.5% 23.6% 24.6% 20.8%
Your religious beliefs 5.3% 4.3% 6.8% 5.3% 8.9% 12.9% 7.2%
Your education 29.6% 22.2% 19.0% 19.3% 19.6% 14.7% 20.4%
Something else 15.5% 13.2% 15.1% 17.4% 17.5% 16.4% 15.9%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 0.4% 1.5% 4.0% 0.9% 1.8% 5.7% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2876


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
A personal experience 25.2% 24.7% 29.0% 29.6% 26.5% 28.4% 27.1%
The views of your friends and family 5.5% 7.1% 6.7% 5.1% 6.5% 5.9% 6.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 16.9% 22.3% 21.3% 22.0% 21.9% 19.3% 21.0%
Your religious beliefs 16.7% 9.9% 5.4% 4.3% 2.7% 2.4% 7.1%
Your education 15.0% 18.5% 21.2% 21.0% 23.0% 24.2% 20.2%
Something else 16.7% 15.7% 14.8% 15.7% 16.4% 17.4% 16.0%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.9% 1.9% 1.5% 2.2% 3.1% 2.3% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2894


Race (I-RACE)

White, non-Hispanic Black, non-Hispanic Hispanic Other TOTAL
A personal experience 28.1% 21.4% 25.3% 30.2% 27.1%
The views of your friends and family 5.4% 6.1% 10.2% 9.5% 6.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 21.8% 22.7% 17.7% 13.5% 20.9%
Your religious beliefs 6.0% 13.5% 9.1% 5.8% 7.3%
Your education 20.0% 15.4% 22.7% 25.5% 20.2%
Something else 16.6% 19.5% 11.0% 14.6% 16.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.1% 1.5% 4.0% 1.0% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2899


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
A personal experience 22.4% 24.1% 30.8% 30.5% 26.2% 27.1%
The views of your friends and family 10.0% 8.5% 4.7% 4.3% 3.2% 6.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 19.6% 25.5% 20.6% 16.7% 16.2% 20.8%
Your religious beliefs 16.7% 6.6% 6.5% 4.9% 4.1% 7.2%
Your education 11.9% 11.6% 19.9% 30.3% 37.5% 20.2%
Something else 13.5% 21.4% 15.0% 12.0% 12.2% 16.0%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 5.9% 2.4% 2.4% 1.2% 0.7% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2913


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 30.2% 24.3% 27.1%
The views of your friends and family 6.0% 6.5% 6.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 17.7% 23.6% 20.8%
Your religious beliefs 7.4% 7.0% 7.2%
Your education 21.9% 18.6% 20.2%
Something else 14.7% 17.3% 16.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.1% 2.7% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2929


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
A personal experience 25.8% 25.2% 33.6% 30.1% 29.9% 29.3% 27.2%
The views of your friends and family 4.9% 6.6% 6.6% 6.9% 7.3% 9.1% 6.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 21.7% 25.2% 18.0% 21.1% 14.5% 18.3% 21.0%
Your religious beliefs 9.2% 7.0% 4.6% 0.0% 4.2% 9.6% 7.3%
Your education 19.6% 18.7% 24.8% 33.3% 19.2% 14.8% 19.9%
Something else 16.7% 12.7% 11.2% 8.5% 23.6% 16.9% 15.8%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.1% 4.6% 1.2% 0.0% 1.2% 2.1% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2869


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
A personal experience 25.4% 25.9% 28.6% 27.1% 25.6% 27.0%
The views of your friends and family 8.1% 6.2% 5.1% 8.9% 4.4% 6.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 21.9% 22.9% 20.8% 19.5% 13.5% 21.0%
Your religious beliefs 15.2% 7.3% 5.8% 5.4% 11.0% 7.2%
Your education 15.3% 19.6% 20.5% 23.0% 30.3% 20.8%
Something else 11.0% 15.1% 17.0% 14.3% 15.2% 15.4%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.1% 3.0% 2.2% 1.8% 0.0% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2786



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