Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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GOVMARRY

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

In your view, should the government start up programs that encourage people to get and stay married, or should the government stay out of this?
  1) The government should start up programs that encourage marriage.
  2) The government should stay out.
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
The government should start up programs that encourage marriage. 17.5% 17.5%
The government should stay out. 79.5% 97%
Don't know/Refused 3.1% 100.1%
Total N = 2002

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
The government should start up programs that encourage marriage. 20.0% 21.2% 19.0% 14.9% 15.2% 14.0% 17.4%
The government should stay out. 76.3% 76.8% 79.2% 82.4% 82.0% 79.9% 79.5%
Don't know/Refused 3.7% 2.0% 1.8% 2.7% 2.8% 6.1% 3.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1974


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
The government should start up programs that encourage marriage. 17.3% 17.6% 17.5%
The government should stay out. 80.0% 79.0% 79.5%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 3.4% 3.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2002


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
The government should start up programs that encourage marriage. 22.3% 15.9% 13.8% 21.5% 17.6%
The government should stay out. 73.8% 81.4% 84.2% 77.2% 79.6%
Don't know/Refused 3.9% 2.8% 1.9% 1.3% 2.8%
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
The government should start up programs that encourage marriage. 18.8% 16.4% 18.8% 17.4% 16.1% 16.2% 17.5%
The government should stay out. 77.6% 80.6% 77.6% 81.9% 81.6% 80.2% 79.5%
Don't know/Refused 3.6% 3.0% 3.6% 0.6% 2.3% 3.6% 3.1%
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
The government should start up programs that encourage marriage. 16.5% 16.6% 20.6% 16.3% 17.5%
The government should stay out. 76.0% 80.4% 77.8% 81.5% 79.4%
Don't know/Refused 7.5% 2.9% 1.6% 2.2% 3.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
The government should start up programs that encourage marriage. 18.8% 16.5% 19.8% 14.7% 17.5%
The government should stay out. 78.3% 81.8% 71.9% 83.0% 79.4%
Don't know/Refused 3.0% 1.8% 8.3% 2.3% 3.0%
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
The government should start up programs that encourage marriage. 33.0% 20.6% 15.8% 12.4% 10.4% 9.2% 17.5%
The government should stay out. 63.5% 76.5% 81.8% 85.4% 86.1% 85.8% 79.4%
Don't know/Refused 3.5% 2.9% 2.5% 2.2% 3.6% 4.9% 3.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1987



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