Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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LESS911

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

In your view, which is the bigger lesson to be taken from the September 11 terrorist attacks?
  1) Religion has too much influence in the world these days.
  2) Religion has too little influence in the world these days.
  3) Both
  4) Neither
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Religion has too much influence in the world these days. 27.7% 27.7%
Religion has too little influence in the world these days. 51.1% 78.8%
Both 1.9% 80.7%
Neither 10.8% 91.5%
Don't know/Refused 8.4% 99.9%
Total N = 2002

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Religion has too much influence in the world these days. 37.5% 35.0% 30.2% 28.0% 17.6% 16.6% 27.8%
Religion has too little influence in the world these days. 46.8% 44.4% 49.5% 52.0% 55.4% 61.0% 51.4%
Both 2.4% 2.0% 2.4% 2.1% 1.2% 1.0% 1.9%
Neither 7.8% 11.4% 10.9% 9.7% 15.9% 9.5% 10.8%
Don't know/Refused 5.6% 7.2% 6.8% 8.1% 9.9% 12.0% 8.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1974


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Religion has too much influence in the world these days. 35.1% 20.9% 27.7%
Religion has too little influence in the world these days. 44.2% 57.5% 51.1%
Both 2.0% 1.9% 1.9%
Neither 9.6% 11.9% 10.8%
Don't know/Refused 9.1% 7.8% 8.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2002


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Religion has too much influence in the world these days. 20.7% 28.0% 36.6% 21.1% 27.9%
Religion has too little influence in the world these days. 60.0% 52.8% 43.2% 48.9% 51.9%
Both 1.7% 2.0% 1.9% 1.3% 1.8%
Neither 10.9% 9.5% 10.7% 16.5% 10.8%
Don't know/Refused 6.7% 7.7% 7.5% 12.2% 7.6%
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
Religion has too much influence in the world these days. 20.4% 26.8% 30.5% 36.4% 36.5% 22.8% 27.7%
Religion has too little influence in the world these days. 62.0% 53.3% 51.1% 41.7% 40.5% 46.2% 51.1%
Both 1.9% 2.5% 1.8% 1.6% 0.3% 2.1% 1.9%
Neither 8.6% 10.1% 9.2% 15.9% 16.1% 11.3% 10.8%
Don't know/Refused 7.1% 7.3% 7.3% 4.4% 6.6% 17.5% 8.4%
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
Religion has too much influence in the world these days. 23.5% 25.4% 27.5% 33.5% 27.7%
Religion has too little influence in the world these days. 57.4% 56.8% 50.3% 40.5% 51.2%
Both 0.8% 2.0% 2.4% 2.0% 1.9%
Neither 8.9% 6.8% 12.8% 16.1% 10.9%
Don't know/Refused 9.5% 9.1% 6.8% 7.9% 8.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Religion has too much influence in the world these days. 26.9% 26.7% 11.3% 36.5% 27.8%
Religion has too little influence in the world these days. 50.9% 57.0% 65.6% 42.4% 51.2%
Both 2.0% 1.6% 1.0% 2.3% 1.9%
Neither 10.6% 10.5% 9.9% 11.7% 10.8%
Don't know/Refused 9.6% 4.2% 12.3% 7.1% 8.3%
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
Religion has too much influence in the world these days. 8.5% 15.9% 26.4% 33.3% 48.8% 48.9% 27.9%
Religion has too little influence in the world these days. 72.9% 64.2% 54.7% 42.5% 32.3% 24.0% 51.3%
Both 1.1% 2.0% 2.5% 3.0% 1.4% 0.3% 1.9%
Neither 11.2% 8.8% 8.0% 11.5% 11.4% 16.6% 10.6%
Don't know/Refused 6.3% 9.1% 8.5% 9.7% 6.1% 10.2% 8.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1987



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