Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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POLVIEWS

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

In general, would you describe your political views as:
  1) Very conservative
  2) Conservative
  3) Moderate
  4) Liberal
  5) Very liberal
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very conservative 5.8% 5.8%
Conservative 31.1% 36.9%
Moderate 39.4% 76.3%
Liberal 13.3% 89.6%
Very liberal 4.2% 93.8%
Don't know/Refused 6.2% 100%
Total N = 2002

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Very conservative 4.5% 5.2% 4.4% 8.1% 6.7% 6.0% 5.8%
Conservative 24.5% 26.6% 31.4% 29.7% 38.3% 35.8% 30.9%
Moderate 36.6% 41.0% 44.2% 38.7% 34.2% 39.3% 39.6%
Liberal 21.3% 16.0% 12.3% 14.3% 9.5% 7.8% 13.4%
Very liberal 6.5% 4.9% 4.0% 3.8% 5.1% 2.5% 4.3%
Don't know/Refused 6.7% 6.4% 3.7% 5.4% 6.2% 8.7% 6.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1974


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very conservative 5.7% 5.9% 5.8%
Conservative 31.9% 30.3% 31.1%
Moderate 38.5% 40.2% 39.4%
Liberal 12.7% 13.8% 13.3%
Very liberal 5.2% 3.4% 4.2%
Don't know/Refused 6.0% 6.5% 6.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2002


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Very conservative 10.3% 3.8% 4.3% 2.5% 5.9%
Conservative 50.2% 20.9% 23.5% 28.8% 31.3%
Moderate 31.5% 43.6% 45.0% 33.9% 39.6%
Liberal 3.8% 21.1% 16.5% 8.5% 13.5%
Very liberal 1.4% 5.8% 5.4% 6.8% 4.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 4.8% 5.4% 19.5% 5.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1944


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $40,000 $40,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Very conservative 8.0% 4.5% 5.0% 4.3% 6.9% 7.2% 5.8%
Conservative 29.2% 27.7% 32.2% 41.3% 33.6% 29.4% 31.1%
Moderate 35.6% 41.6% 42.2% 37.3% 42.1% 34.9% 39.4%
Liberal 17.2% 16.1% 12.9% 11.8% 12.2% 5.8% 13.3%
Very liberal 4.7% 4.4% 3.6% 2.5% 3.6% 6.0% 4.2%
Don't know/Refused 5.3% 5.7% 4.1% 2.8% 1.6% 16.6% 6.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2002


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + TOTAL
Very conservative 8.9% 5.1% 5.9% 5.3% 5.9%
Conservative 29.0% 33.2% 32.2% 28.2% 31.1%
Moderate 31.0% 39.2% 38.1% 46.0% 39.5%
Liberal 12.6% 10.3% 17.4% 14.2% 13.3%
Very liberal 6.5% 4.5% 3.6% 3.3% 4.3%
Don't know/Refused 12.0% 7.8% 2.9% 3.0% 6.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very conservative 5.8% 7.4% 4.6% 4.9% 5.8%
Conservative 37.0% 31.5% 29.5% 18.6% 31.2%
Moderate 39.6% 36.8% 38.1% 41.4% 39.4%
Liberal 9.7% 15.5% 13.6% 19.8% 13.3%
Very liberal 2.9% 4.2% 2.0% 7.9% 4.2%
Don't know/Refused 5.0% 4.7% 12.3% 7.4% 6.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1990


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
Very conservative 13.4% 4.9% 4.5% 2.7% 5.2% 6.2% 5.9%
Conservative 40.1% 40.4% 28.2% 26.0% 23.9% 18.8% 31.1%
Moderate 28.7% 36.7% 44.8% 46.3% 43.0% 34.2% 39.4%
Liberal 7.0% 11.8% 11.3% 19.0% 15.7% 16.3% 13.3%
Very liberal 3.7% 1.4% 4.5% 3.0% 6.1% 12.3% 4.3%
Don't know/Refused 7.0% 4.7% 6.8% 3.1% 6.2% 12.3% 6.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1987



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