Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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GRPATHST

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

Thinking about specific religious groups, what is your overall opinion of: Atheists, that is, people who don't believe in God?
  1) Very favorable
  2) Mostly favorable
  3) Mostly unfavorable
  4) Very unfavorable
  5) Never heard of
  8) Can't rate
  9) Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very favorable 4.7% 4.7%
Mostly favorable 29.2% 33.9%
Mostly unfavorable 22.8% 56.7%
Very unfavorable 31.6% 88.3%
Never heard of .2% 88.5%
Can't rate 9.8% 98.3%
Refused 1.7% 100%
Total N = 1058

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Very favorable 7.3% 9.8% 2.8% 4.5% 2.8% 2.0% 4.8%
Mostly favorable 37.1% 27.0% 37.5% 31.0% 23.5% 15.7% 29.0%
Mostly unfavorable 24.1% 26.0% 18.6% 23.2% 24.0% 23.1% 22.9%
Very unfavorable 25.0% 24.1% 30.7% 27.7% 37.3% 46.2% 31.6%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Can't rate 5.6% 12.4% 8.8% 11.0% 10.6% 10.0% 9.9%
Refused 0.9% 0.6% 1.6% 1.8% 1.8% 3.0% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1041


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 4.9% 4.6% 4.7%
Mostly favorable 31.9% 26.6% 29.2%
Mostly unfavorable 24.3% 21.4% 22.8%
Very unfavorable 26.9% 36.0% 31.6%
Never heard of 0.3% 0.0% 0.2%
Can't rate 9.5% 10.1% 9.8%
Refused 2.2% 1.3% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1058


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Very favorable 2.4% 4.0% 8.1% 5.8% 4.8%
Mostly favorable 24.7% 28.6% 35.3% 22.3% 29.0%
Mostly unfavorable 25.3% 25.0% 19.5% 15.5% 22.9%
Very unfavorable 35.4% 34.6% 25.0% 35.0% 32.0%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 0.0% 0.2%
Can't rate 10.4% 6.2% 10.7% 20.4% 9.8%
Refused 1.7% 1.6% 0.8% 1.0% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1026


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 favorable 2.5% 4.9% 7.8% 2.5% 4.8% 2.3% 4.7%
Mostly favorable 22.9% 26.4% 31.0% 39.4% 41.8% 23.9% 29.2%
Mostly unfavorable 21.1% 25.8% 17.1% 25.0% 30.9% 22.8% 22.8%
Very unfavorable 44.7% 31.7% 33.0% 24.4% 10.9% 32.4% 31.6%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Can't rate 8.4% 9.3% 9.8% 8.1% 10.3% 12.7% 9.8%
Refused 0.4% 1.2% 1.3% 0.6% 1.2% 5.8% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1058


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + TOTAL
Very favorable 3.6% 3.5% 5.6% 6.5% 4.8%
Mostly favorable 20.2% 22.1% 33.8% 40.5% 29.3%
Mostly unfavorable 18.1% 26.0% 21.5% 21.4% 22.7%
Very unfavorable 46.0% 38.7% 29.9% 14.9% 31.5%
Never heard of 1.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Can't rate 8.5% 8.6% 7.4% 14.7% 9.8%
Refused 2.4% 1.2% 1.9% 1.9% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1054


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very favorable 4.6% 3.6% 1.4% 7.1% 4.8%
Mostly favorable 27.5% 27.1% 12.9% 40.0% 29.1%
Mostly unfavorable 22.5% 27.7% 21.6% 20.1% 22.8%
Very unfavorable 33.1% 28.9% 50.4% 24.1% 31.6%
Never heard of 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Can't rate 9.7% 12.2% 12.9% 6.9% 9.8%
Refused 2.3% 0.6% 0.7% 1.7% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1052


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 favorable 2.1% 2.1% 2.8% 6.3% 8.7% 9.7% 4.7%
Mostly favorable 13.1% 21.4% 32.2% 36.3% 42.9% 35.8% 29.3%
Mostly unfavorable 22.4% 30.3% 25.3% 21.1% 17.0% 14.5% 23.0%
Very unfavorable 52.4% 39.2% 31.1% 24.2% 17.3% 16.4% 31.7%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.8% 0.2%
Can't rate 7.6% 6.6% 8.0% 12.1% 13.1% 15.2% 9.8%
Refused 2.4% 0.5% 0.7% 0.0% 1.0% 6.7% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1052



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