Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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PRISLAM

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

(ASKED ONLY ON FORM 2) 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 Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers, or B. The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others.
  1) The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers.
  2) The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others.
  3) Neither
  9) Don't know

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers. 25% 25%
The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others. 51% 76%
Neither 2.7% 78.7%
Don't know 21.3% 100%
Total N = 944

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers. 28.9% 17.1% 28.5% 23.4% 27.2% 25.7% 24.9%
The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others. 52.6% 62.1% 46.7% 58.7% 44.7% 41.9% 51.4%
Neither 2.6% 3.4% 4.1% 0.3% 4.1% 2.3% 2.8%
Don't know 15.9% 17.4% 20.8% 17.6% 24.0% 30.0% 20.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
933


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers. 28.0% 22.2% 25.0%
The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others. 52.4% 49.7% 51.0%
Neither 2.9% 2.6% 2.8%
Don't know 16.8% 25.4% 21.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
944


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers. 32.9% 22.2% 26.1% 10.5% 25.7%
The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others. 46.7% 55.1% 53.4% 47.4% 51.5%
Neither 1.5% 2.7% 2.9% 6.8% 2.7%
Don't know 18.8% 20.0% 17.6% 35.3% 20.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
918


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 Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers. 28.5% 27.3% 22.9% 22.4% 29.5% 20.1% 25.1%
The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others. 43.1% 54.5% 53.8% 68.3% 58.3% 37.0% 50.9%
Neither 1.4% 3.8% 3.7% 0.0% 1.4% 3.7% 2.8%
Don't know 27.1% 14.5% 19.6% 9.3% 10.8% 39.2% 21.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
944


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + TOTAL
The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers. 27.8% 24.5% 25.6% 23.9% 25.1%
The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others. 37.5% 47.3% 52.2% 63.0% 51.1%
Neither 3.1% 2.4% 2.5% 3.3% 2.8%
Don't know 31.7% 25.7% 19.6% 9.8% 21.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
940


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
The Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers. 22.9% 28.1% 29.9% 26.3% 25.2%
The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others. 52.9% 49.3% 31.7% 55.7% 51.1%
Neither 2.1% 3.4% 1.2% 4.2% 2.7%
Don't know 22.2% 19.2% 37.2% 13.8% 21.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
938


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 Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers. 32.8% 26.1% 23.7% 24.5% 23.6% 18.1% 25.3%
The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others. 40.3% 48.1% 55.8% 56.6% 51.7% 57.5% 51.3%
Neither 5.5% 1.7% 1.0% 2.7% 1.8% 5.0% 2.6%
Don't know 21.3% 24.0% 19.6% 16.2% 22.9% 19.4% 20.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
935



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