Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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ENRON

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

Do you think the recent Enron case is a sign that morals in American business have been declining in the last few years, or not?
  1) Yes, major decline
  2) Yes, minor decline
  3) Yes, in between
  4) Yes, don't know
  5) No, not a sign that business morals are declining
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Yes, major decline 37.9% 37.9%
Yes, minor decline 21.6% 59.5%
Yes, in between 2.3% 61.8%
Yes, don't know .7% 62.5%
No, not a sign that business morals are declining 28% 90.5%
Don't know/Refused 9.5% 100%
Total N = 2002

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Yes, major decline 27.8% 30.3% 41.7% 42.0% 44.7% 40.6% 38.1%
Yes, minor decline 25.6% 26.2% 20.8% 17.7% 17.3% 23.1% 21.8%
Yes, in between 1.3% 2.8% 2.1% 1.8% 2.1% 3.6% 2.3%
Yes, don't know 1.1% 0.3% 0.4% 0.6% 0.7% 1.2% 0.7%
No, not a sign that business morals are declining 30.6% 30.6% 29.9% 31.2% 26.0% 17.2% 27.7%
Don't know/Refused 13.6% 9.9% 5.1% 6.6% 9.2% 14.3% 9.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1974


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Yes, major decline 37.2% 38.6% 37.9%
Yes, minor decline 21.9% 21.3% 21.6%
Yes, in between 2.0% 2.6% 2.3%
Yes, don't know 0.6% 0.7% 0.7%
No, not a sign that business morals are declining 31.8% 24.4% 28.0%
Don't know/Refused 6.5% 12.3% 9.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2002


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Yes, major decline 33.6% 43.4% 36.8% 42.4% 38.3%
Yes, minor decline 22.0% 21.3% 23.6% 14.0% 21.7%
Yes, in between 2.1% 2.4% 2.3% 2.1% 2.3%
Yes, don't know 0.8% 0.8% 0.5% 0.4% 0.7%
No, not a sign that business morals are declining 33.5% 23.9% 27.6% 28.4% 28.3%
Don't know/Refused 8.0% 8.2% 9.2% 12.7% 8.7%
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
Yes, major decline 43.6% 42.1% 38.0% 33.2% 26.6% 33.3% 37.9%
Yes, minor decline 19.5% 23.1% 21.3% 19.9% 25.7% 20.5% 21.6%
Yes, in between 1.7% 1.9% 2.3% 3.7% 1.3% 3.4% 2.3%
Yes, don't know 0.8% 0.3% 0.7% 0.6% 1.0% 1.1% 0.7%
No, not a sign that business morals are declining 20.3% 24.0% 31.6% 37.9% 43.1% 23.2% 28.0%
Don't know/Refused 14.2% 8.7% 6.3% 4.7% 2.3% 18.5% 9.6%
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
Yes, major decline 41.0% 43.0% 37.7% 29.2% 38.0%
Yes, minor decline 23.9% 22.9% 20.7% 19.5% 21.6%
Yes, in between 1.6% 1.7% 2.7% 3.3% 2.3%
Yes, don't know 0.0% 0.8% 0.9% 0.8% 0.7%
No, not a sign that business morals are declining 18.1% 20.5% 30.1% 42.1% 27.9%
Don't know/Refused 15.4% 11.1% 7.9% 5.2% 9.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Yes, major decline 38.4% 46.0% 38.3% 31.3% 38.0%
Yes, minor decline 21.6% 17.1% 23.8% 24.3% 21.7%
Yes, in between 3.2% 1.8% 1.7% 0.8% 2.3%
Yes, don't know 0.8% 0.3% 1.3% 0.5% 0.7%
No, not a sign that business morals are declining 28.0% 27.1% 16.8% 32.5% 27.9%
Don't know/Refused 8.0% 7.7% 18.2% 10.7% 9.4%
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
Yes, major decline 46.5% 39.2% 36.2% 37.8% 34.4% 30.5% 38.0%
Yes, minor decline 18.6% 19.6% 23.1% 26.8% 20.3% 21.8% 21.7%
Yes, in between 1.1% 3.8% 1.2% 1.9% 2.9% 2.2% 2.3%
Yes, don't know 1.1% 0.1% 1.0% 0.6% 0.9% 0.6% 0.7%
No, not a sign that business morals are declining 22.7% 27.3% 28.4% 26.9% 32.1% 33.2% 28.0%
Don't know/Refused 10.0% 9.9% 10.1% 6.0% 9.4% 11.7% 9.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1987



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