Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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WRLDBAD

(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 THE WORLD) 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 36.5% 36.5%
Bad thing 55.9% 92.4%
Both 1.3% 93.7%
Neither 2% 95.7%
Depends 2.1% 97.8%
Don't know/Refused 2.1% 99.9%
Total N = 1751

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Good thing 35.6% 35.4% 40.6% 34.8% 42.2% 31.3% 36.7%
Bad thing 55.2% 54.9% 53.3% 58.6% 52.5% 59.9% 55.8%
Both 2.6% 2.1% 1.4% 0.7% 0.3% 0.6% 1.3%
Neither 1.4% 4.2% 1.6% 1.4% 1.1% 2.5% 2.1%
Depends 2.1% 1.4% 1.6% 3.3% 2.9% 1.4% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.1% 2.1% 1.6% 1.2% 1.1% 4.3% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1727


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Good thing 34.0% 38.8% 36.5%
Bad thing 56.4% 55.5% 55.9%
Both 1.3% 1.3% 1.3%
Neither 2.8% 1.3% 2.0%
Depends 2.6% 1.7% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 1.6% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1751


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Good thing 39.3% 35.6% 33.9% 37.6% 36.4%
Bad thing 52.6% 58.6% 57.4% 54.1% 56.1%
Both 1.4% 0.9% 1.6% 1.0% 1.3%
Neither 2.3% 2.1% 2.0% 1.0% 2.1%
Depends 2.8% 1.3% 2.0% 2.6% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 1.5% 3.1% 3.6% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1711


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 38.5% 33.5% 41.6% 34.4% 32.2% 34.4% 36.5%
Bad thing 55.2% 60.5% 51.4% 58.2% 50.2% 58.8% 55.9%
Both 0.5% 1.5% 1.4% 0.0% 4.1% 0.9% 1.3%
Neither 1.6% 1.5% 2.6% 2.1% 4.1% 0.9% 2.0%
Depends 1.4% 2.0% 1.7% 4.2% 4.5% 1.3% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 1.1% 1.4% 1.1% 4.9% 3.8% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1751


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + TOTAL
Good thing 39.5% 35.2% 40.2% 33.5% 36.6%
Bad thing 56.2% 59.6% 51.9% 54.1% 55.9%
Both 0.7% 0.1% 2.6% 2.1% 1.3%
Neither 0.5% 1.7% 2.0% 3.3% 2.0%
Depends 0.7% 1.4% 2.0% 4.0% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.5% 2.0% 1.4% 3.0% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1745


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Good thing 34.6% 40.4% 36.7% 37.8% 36.5%
Bad thing 57.8% 54.8% 56.3% 52.5% 55.9%
Both 1.1% 0.5% 0.4% 2.4% 1.3%
Neither 1.9% 2.5% 1.6% 2.1% 2.0%
Depends 2.8% 1.3% 0.8% 1.7% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 0.5% 4.1% 3.4% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1740


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 50.3% 39.7% 34.2% 30.6% 33.2% 27.4% 36.7%
Bad thing 44.1% 53.3% 61.2% 60.8% 56.6% 62.2% 55.8%
Both 1.5% 2.3% 0.7% 0.9% 1.2% 0.0% 1.3%
Neither 0.4% 0.7% 2.0% 2.2% 3.7% 5.0% 2.0%
Depends 3.3% 1.7% 1.1% 1.9% 2.0% 3.1% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 2.2% 0.7% 3.6% 3.3% 2.3% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1739



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