Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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CHRCHPOL

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

During political elections, should churches and other houses of worship come out in favor of one candidate over another, or shouldn't they do this?
  1) Should come out in favor of candidates
  2) Should not come out in favor of candidates
  9) No opinion

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Should come out in favor of candidates 22.4% 22.4%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 70.1% 92.5%
No opinion 7.6% 100.1%
Total N = 2002

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Should come out in favor of candidates 20.9% 27.3% 23.7% 25.5% 20.5% 15.6% 22.6%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 72.5% 67.5% 70.4% 67.9% 71.4% 72.3% 70.1%
No opinion 6.7% 5.2% 5.9% 6.6% 8.1% 12.1% 7.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1974


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Should come out in favor of candidates 23.9% 21.0% 22.4%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 70.3% 69.8% 70.1%
No opinion 5.8% 9.1% 7.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2002


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Should come out in favor of candidates 28.1% 20.6% 20.1% 19.0% 22.7%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 65.8% 72.1% 73.1% 69.6% 70.3%
No opinion 6.1% 7.3% 6.8% 11.4% 7.0%
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
Should come out in favor of candidates 22.7% 19.7% 24.8% 28.0% 17.3% 21.9% 22.4%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 69.7% 73.7% 69.1% 67.9% 78.8% 62.3% 70.1%
No opinion 7.5% 6.6% 6.2% 4.0% 3.9% 15.8% 7.6%
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
Should come out in favor of candidates 25.6% 18.5% 25.0% 24.0% 22.5%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 61.2% 74.5% 70.0% 68.8% 70.1%
No opinion 13.2% 7.0% 5.0% 7.2% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Should come out in favor of candidates 22.7% 24.4% 16.2% 22.8% 22.4%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 70.9% 69.5% 67.7% 69.5% 70.1%
No opinion 6.4% 6.1% 16.2% 7.8% 7.5%
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
Should come out in favor of candidates 38.1% 22.7% 20.3% 14.5% 22.8% 14.4% 22.4%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 53.6% 70.2% 74.1% 80.1% 68.1% 75.2% 70.3%
No opinion 8.3% 7.1% 5.6% 5.4% 9.1% 10.4% 7.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1987



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