Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010

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

At the present time, do you think religion as a whole is increasing its influence on government leaders and institutions such as the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court, or losing its influence?
  1) Increasing influence
  2) Losing influence
  3) Same (Vol.)
  9) Don't know/refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Increasing influence 23.4% 23.4%
Losing influence 62% 85.4%
Same (Vol.) 4.3% 89.7%
Don't know/refused (Vol.) 10.3% 100%
Total N = 1512

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
Increasing influence 23.7% 24.7% 23.3% 23.0% 27.1% 19.0% 23.4%
Losing influence 66.6% 60.9% 62.9% 62.7% 59.4% 61.0% 62.1%
Same (Vol.) 3.0% 3.7% 5.5% 4.0% 6.0% 3.3% 4.3%
Don't know/refused (Vol.) 6.7% 10.7% 8.2% 10.3% 7.4% 16.7% 10.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1488


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
Increasing influence 12.7% 17.2% 23.9% 31.0% 30.9% 29.0% 23.7%
Losing influence 76.1% 72.0% 61.0% 54.5% 52.7% 50.2% 62.2%
Same (Vol.) 1.9% 2.2% 5.7% 6.7% 3.7% 6.3% 4.3%
Don't know/refused (Vol.) 9.4% 8.5% 9.3% 7.8% 12.7% 14.5% 9.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1493


Race (I-RACE)

White, non-Hispanic Black, non-Hispanic Hispanic Other TOTAL
Increasing influence 21.5% 32.6% 23.3% 27.8% 23.4%
Losing influence 64.0% 55.9% 58.0% 58.6% 61.9%
Same (Vol.) 4.7% 2.0% 6.3% 1.8% 4.4%
Don't know/refused (Vol.) 9.9% 9.4% 12.4% 11.8% 10.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1501


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
Increasing influence 19.6% 20.7% 25.6% 25.0% 27.6% 23.5%
Losing influence 61.8% 65.0% 62.6% 59.1% 56.5% 61.9%
Same (Vol.) 3.3% 4.7% 2.9% 4.5% 7.3% 4.3%
Don't know/refused (Vol.) 15.3% 9.7% 8.9% 11.4% 8.6% 10.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1506


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Increasing influence 24.7% 22.2% 23.4%
Losing influence 61.5% 62.4% 61.9%
Same (Vol.) 4.8% 3.9% 4.3%
Don't know/refused (Vol.) 9.0% 11.6% 10.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1512


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
Increasing influence 18.5% 24.6% 31.8% 45.3% 19.3% 31.2% 23.5%
Losing influence 70.4% 61.5% 45.1% 38.2% 61.1% 52.8% 62.2%
Same (Vol.) 2.9% 5.5% 4.1% 9.8% 6.6% 1.8% 4.3%
Don't know/refused (Vol.) 8.2% 8.3% 18.9% 6.7% 13.0% 14.3% 10.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1488


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Increasing influence 12.8% 17.8% 24.0% 36.3% 37.3% 23.8%
Losing influence 79.8% 71.1% 61.7% 48.7% 45.6% 63.3%
Same (Vol.) 4.8% 2.2% 5.9% 5.3% 4.9% 4.4%
Don't know/refused (Vol.) 2.7% 8.9% 8.3% 9.7% 12.2% 8.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1439