Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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

(ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THAT THEY THOUGHT RELIGION AS A WHOLE WAS INCREASING OR LOSING ITS INFLUENCE ON AMERICAN LIFE) All in all, do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing?
  1) Good thing
  2) Bad thing
  3) Both
  4) Neither
  5) Depends
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Good thing 40.9% 40.9%
Bad thing 53.2% 94.1%
Both .9% 95%
Neither 1.9% 96.9%
Depends 1.1% 98%
Don't know/Refused 2% 100%
Total N = 1780

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Good thing 41.5% 38.2% 43.0% 41.8% 44.8% 36.3% 40.9%
Bad thing 49.3% 52.7% 50.6% 55.1% 51.7% 59.6% 53.2%
Both 1.9% 1.2% 1.4% 0.5% 0.3% 0.2% 0.9%
Neither 2.4% 3.3% 2.1% 1.0% 0.3% 1.8% 1.9%
Depends 1.7% 1.2% 1.0% 0.8% 0.8% 1.0% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 3.3% 1.8% 0.8% 2.1% 1.2% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1757


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Good thing 36.3% 45.0% 40.9%
Bad thing 55.9% 50.8% 53.2%
Both 1.1% 0.8% 0.9%
Neither 2.6% 1.2% 1.9%
Depends 1.2% 1.0% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.9% 1.2% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1780


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Good thing 41.7% 43.9% 37.5% 38.5% 41.0%
Bad thing 54.7% 50.9% 54.5% 57.1% 53.6%
Both 0.5% 1.1% 1.0% 0.0% 0.8%
Neither 2.0% 1.7% 2.1% 0.0% 1.8%
Depends 0.2% 1.1% 1.8% 1.6% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.8% 1.3% 3.1% 2.7% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1736


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
Good thing 44.5% 37.2% 41.6% 39.3% 44.3% 41.0% 40.9%
Bad thing 51.9% 55.7% 52.8% 52.4% 46.6% 55.9% 53.3%
Both 0.7% 0.6% 0.8% 1.4% 3.1% 0.2% 0.9%
Neither 0.7% 1.7% 2.2% 4.1% 2.3% 1.1% 1.9%
Depends 0.4% 2.4% 0.5% 0.7% 1.1% 0.9% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 2.4% 2.0% 2.1% 2.7% 0.9% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1780


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + TOTAL
Good thing 40.0% 40.8% 44.1% 38.3% 40.9%
Bad thing 56.6% 55.1% 50.1% 52.1% 53.3%
Both 0.0% 0.4% 1.0% 1.9% 0.9%
Neither 0.0% 1.4% 1.5% 4.0% 1.9%
Depends 0.5% 0.7% 1.4% 1.7% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 1.6% 1.9% 1.9% 1.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1774


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Good thing 39.9% 43.9% 38.6% 41.3% 40.8%
Bad thing 54.4% 52.9% 59.4% 48.9% 53.3%
Both 1.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.9% 0.9%
Neither 2.1% 0.9% 0.0% 2.7% 1.9%
Depends 0.7% 1.8% 0.0% 1.8% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 0.5% 2.0% 3.4% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1768


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
Good thing 53.0% 44.8% 40.1% 34.5% 39.3% 27.3% 41.0%
Bad thing 44.2% 53.3% 55.1% 56.6% 50.5% 61.4% 53.1%
Both 0.8% 0.6% 0.7% 0.8% 2.5% 0.0% 0.9%
Neither 0.6% 0.0% 1.7% 3.0% 2.9% 6.1% 1.9%
Depends 0.2% 0.7% 1.7% 1.2% 1.2% 2.3% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.0% 0.5% 0.7% 3.9% 3.7% 3.0% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1768



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