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? The death penalty for persons convicted of murder [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 15.2% 15.2%
The views of your friends and family 7.2% 22.4%
What you have seen or read in the media 14.6% 37%
Your religious beliefs 18.7% 55.7%
Your education 22.2% 77.9%
Something else 20% 97.9%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.1% 100%
Total N = 1351

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 13.6% 17.8% 18.4% 13.0% 14.7% 12.0% 15.0%
The views of your friends and family 13.8% 11.7% 8.4% 5.9% 2.1% 3.4% 7.4%
What you have seen or read in the media 17.2% 15.3% 12.0% 15.3% 16.1% 13.7% 14.8%
Your religious beliefs 19.0% 10.3% 17.8% 19.3% 16.9% 28.6% 18.6%
Your education 21.4% 24.8% 21.4% 21.5% 26.9% 17.8% 22.2%
Something else 15.0% 17.9% 19.0% 24.4% 21.3% 20.0% 19.9%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 0.0% 2.3% 3.0% 0.6% 2.1% 4.4% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1323


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 9.9% 16.8% 16.5% 14.5% 15.1% 17.6% 15.2%
The views of your friends and family 3.3% 5.6% 8.2% 12.0% 5.7% 7.2% 7.1%
What you have seen or read in the media 12.0% 14.5% 11.4% 19.2% 15.0% 13.0% 14.6%
Your religious beliefs 42.2% 26.4% 12.9% 11.0% 11.9% 5.6% 18.8%
Your education 13.7% 18.3% 25.7% 22.6% 26.6% 29.3% 22.2%
Something else 16.2% 14.6% 25.3% 19.3% 23.7% 26.1% 20.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.7% 3.8% 0.0% 1.4% 1.9% 1.3% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1334


Race (I-RACE)

White, non-Hispanic Black, non-Hispanic Hispanic Other TOTAL
A personal experience 14.4% 16.4% 15.4% 23.1% 15.2%
The views of your friends and family 6.9% 13.0% 7.4% 1.8% 7.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 14.7% 9.4% 19.1% 16.2% 14.7%
Your religious beliefs 17.3% 29.9% 19.4% 15.5% 18.8%
Your education 23.1% 13.0% 22.8% 23.5% 22.0%
Something else 21.6% 18.4% 13.3% 18.8% 20.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.0% 0.0% 2.5% 1.1% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1335


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 13.0% 17.0% 15.0% 15.8% 9.6% 15.0%
The views of your friends and family 8.2% 9.5% 5.9% 7.6% 2.4% 7.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 20.6% 17.0% 16.9% 9.0% 5.7% 14.7%
Your religious beliefs 25.8% 16.1% 18.1% 16.9% 24.6% 18.8%
Your education 11.4% 12.6% 25.0% 30.0% 40.9% 22.2%
Something else 15.9% 25.3% 17.3% 20.3% 15.3% 20.0%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 5.1% 2.5% 1.8% 0.4% 1.4% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1343


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 16.5% 14.0% 15.2%
The views of your friends and family 8.9% 5.6% 7.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 14.1% 15.0% 14.6%
Your religious beliefs 15.9% 21.4% 18.7%
Your education 24.1% 20.4% 22.2%
Something else 18.6% 21.4% 20.0%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.9% 2.1% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1351


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 14.4% 14.2% 18.3% 15.1% 17.1% 14.0% 15.0%
The views of your friends and family 6.5% 7.7% 1.9% 6.7% 10.2% 11.0% 7.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 13.6% 19.3% 16.9% 8.8% 12.2% 12.3% 14.7%
Your religious beliefs 25.8% 16.9% 15.8% 1.3% 5.8% 26.6% 19.0%
Your education 19.3% 24.7% 24.4% 41.2% 20.8% 18.6% 22.2%
Something else 18.4% 12.9% 22.2% 25.6% 33.3% 17.5% 19.7%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.0% 4.3% 0.6% 1.3% 0.6% 0.0% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1315


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
A personal experience 10.7% 14.7% 16.4% 11.2% 20.7% 14.9%
The views of your friends and family 4.6% 7.3% 6.0% 9.3% 9.5% 7.1%
What you have seen or read in the media 6.7% 13.9% 16.4% 19.2% 7.4% 14.8%
Your religious beliefs 41.2% 20.7% 17.5% 10.9% 16.1% 19.2%
Your education 15.7% 22.3% 23.0% 24.8% 27.4% 22.8%
Something else 17.1% 18.2% 19.2% 23.4% 18.9% 19.3%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 4.1% 3.0% 1.5% 1.1% 0.0% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1284



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