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? Allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally [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 16.6% 16.6%
The views of your friends and family 10% 26.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 6.9% 33.5%
Your religious beliefs 35.1% 68.6%
Your education 13.3% 81.9%
Something else 15.1% 97%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3% 100%
Total N = 1354

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 16.7% 22.3% 17.8% 14.4% 15.0% 13.9% 16.6%
The views of your friends and family 17.0% 13.0% 13.2% 6.9% 7.4% 4.4% 10.0%
What you have seen or read in the media 5.6% 7.2% 3.2% 7.7% 7.6% 10.5% 7.0%
Your religious beliefs 26.6% 26.4% 29.8% 40.4% 37.6% 47.2% 35.1%
Your education 19.0% 12.8% 13.4% 13.4% 14.1% 8.3% 13.3%
Something else 13.9% 16.1% 18.4% 14.7% 14.9% 11.5% 15.0%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.2% 2.1% 4.4% 2.4% 3.4% 4.2% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1334


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 8.1% 9.1% 15.1% 22.9% 25.7% 23.0% 16.4%
The views of your friends and family 2.7% 9.5% 11.1% 13.7% 13.2% 7.2% 9.9%
What you have seen or read in the media 3.4% 5.0% 8.8% 9.2% 5.0% 11.0% 6.9%
Your religious beliefs 68.0% 50.9% 33.8% 19.1% 18.0% 8.2% 35.3%
Your education 6.5% 12.6% 12.5% 10.5% 20.1% 22.6% 13.3%
Something else 9.1% 10.9% 15.6% 18.9% 16.7% 25.8% 15.3%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.1% 2.0% 3.0% 5.7% 1.4% 2.2% 2.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1338


Race (I-RACE)

White, non-Hispanic Black, non-Hispanic Hispanic Other TOTAL
A personal experience 17.7% 8.5% 15.0% 21.3% 16.6%
The views of your friends and family 9.7% 8.7% 11.8% 13.2% 10.1%
What you have seen or read in the media 6.5% 7.8% 6.9% 10.0% 6.9%
Your religious beliefs 35.4% 43.9% 31.3% 27.4% 35.3%
Your education 12.3% 9.2% 20.0% 17.1% 13.2%
Something else 15.9% 19.7% 9.9% 8.7% 15.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.5% 2.1% 5.2% 2.3% 2.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1344


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 9.9% 11.8% 17.9% 20.5% 25.8% 16.5%
The views of your friends and family 7.0% 11.4% 10.8% 9.8% 8.3% 10.0%
What you have seen or read in the media 12.6% 8.2% 6.3% 5.3% 2.3% 7.0%
Your religious beliefs 40.4% 40.7% 32.5% 29.4% 29.0% 35.0%
Your education 10.8% 8.5% 14.0% 16.6% 21.0% 13.3%
Something else 13.1% 17.1% 15.5% 14.8% 12.5% 15.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 6.3% 2.2% 3.0% 3.5% 1.2% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1349


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 15.9% 17.3% 16.6%
The views of your friends and family 7.5% 12.4% 10.0%
What you have seen or read in the media 6.5% 7.3% 6.9%
Your religious beliefs 36.2% 34.0% 35.0%
Your education 13.9% 12.7% 13.3%
Something else 15.9% 14.4% 15.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 4.1% 1.9% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1354


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 11.4% 19.9% 21.0% 33.6% 22.9% 10.1% 16.4%
The views of your friends and family 7.3% 14.9% 13.1% 9.2% 11.0% 7.6% 10.0%
What you have seen or read in the media 7.1% 8.0% 4.0% 4.6% 8.3% 5.2% 6.9%
Your religious beliefs 47.0% 26.7% 23.5% 6.3% 14.6% 51.9% 35.3%
Your education 10.7% 11.6% 18.4% 30.3% 17.3% 9.7% 13.1%
Something else 13.7% 13.9% 19.4% 11.3% 25.0% 11.9% 15.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.8% 4.9% 0.5% 4.6% 0.9% 3.6% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1334


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
A personal experience 7.5% 10.5% 17.0% 28.5% 31.9% 16.8%
The views of your friends and family 7.0% 7.4% 11.6% 12.7% 11.5% 9.9%
What you have seen or read in the media 9.2% 7.0% 7.5% 5.2% 1.8% 6.7%
Your religious beliefs 59.8% 50.5% 27.1% 15.8% 13.6% 35.2%
Your education 7.8% 8.0% 14.9% 20.1% 23.3% 13.3%
Something else 6.7% 12.8% 19.0% 16.5% 16.5% 15.3%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.0% 3.8% 2.9% 1.3% 1.4% 2.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1296



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