Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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PRSOCITY

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

As you read the following pair, please indicate whether the first statement or the second statement comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right: A. The strength of American society is based on the religious faith of its people, or B. Our society would be strong even if most Americans did not have a religious faith.
  1) The strength of American society is based on the religious faith of its people.
  2) Our society would be strong even if most Americans did not have a religious faith.
  3) Neither
  9) Don't know

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
The strength of American society is based on the religious faith of its people. 58.1% 58.1%
Our society would be strong even if most Americans did not have a religious faith. 36.2% 94.3%
Neither 1.4% 95.7%
Don't know 4.2% 99.9%
Total N = 2002

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
The strength of American society is based on the religious faith of its people. 45.3% 49.6% 54.3% 62.5% 68.0% 70.1% 58.1%
Our society would be strong even if most Americans did not have a religious faith. 53.2% 45.9% 40.7% 32.4% 24.0% 21.1% 36.4%
Neither 0.6% 1.1% 2.4% 0.3% 2.1% 1.7% 1.4%
Don't know 0.9% 3.4% 2.6% 4.8% 6.0% 7.1% 4.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1974


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
The strength of American society is based on the religious faith of its people. 55.2% 60.9% 58.2%
Our society would be strong even if most Americans did not have a religious faith. 38.7% 33.9% 36.2%
Neither 1.6% 1.2% 1.4%
Don't know 4.5% 4.0% 4.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2002


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
The strength of American society is based on the religious faith of its people. 69.4% 57.8% 49.1% 54.7% 58.5%
Our society would be strong even if most Americans did not have a religious faith. 24.9% 38.1% 47.5% 32.2% 36.5%
Neither 1.4% 1.0% 1.6% 2.1% 1.4%
Don't know 4.3% 3.1% 1.9% 11.0% 3.6%
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 strength of American society is based on the religious faith of its people. 58.6% 56.1% 58.3% 62.7% 52.5% 61.1% 58.1%
Our society would be strong even if most Americans did not have a religious faith. 35.5% 38.6% 38.0% 34.2% 44.6% 26.4% 36.2%
Neither 2.2% 1.5% 0.3% 0.9% 0.3% 2.8% 1.4%
Don't know 3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 2.2% 2.6% 9.6% 4.3%
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 strength of American society is based on the religious faith of its people. 58.8% 60.9% 56.6% 55.3% 58.1%
Our society would be strong even if most Americans did not have a religious faith. 30.8% 34.3% 37.9% 40.7% 36.3%
Neither 3.7% 1.0% 1.4% 0.5% 1.4%
Don't know 6.7% 3.9% 4.0% 3.5% 4.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
The strength of American society is based on the religious faith of its people. 63.3% 57.0% 68.6% 43.7% 58.1%
Our society would be strong even if most Americans did not have a religious faith. 30.8% 38.6% 20.5% 52.5% 36.3%
Neither 1.6% 0.6% 2.3% 1.2% 1.4%
Don't know 4.3% 3.7% 8.6% 2.6% 4.2%
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 strength of American society is based on the religious faith of its people. 84.3% 72.2% 58.7% 53.1% 37.2% 21.5% 58.2%
Our society would be strong even if most Americans did not have a religious faith. 12.3% 23.2% 38.5% 41.1% 56.4% 65.2% 36.4%
Neither 1.1% 1.3% 0.3% 1.3% 1.1% 4.9% 1.4%
Don't know 2.2% 3.3% 2.5% 4.5% 5.3% 8.3% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1987



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