Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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

(ASKED ONLY ON FORM 1) Which is the bigger reason for American children being raised in poverty these days? Is it because of social and economic problems or is it because of the failure of their parents as individuals?
  1) Social and economic problems
  2) Failure of parents as individuals
  3) Both
  4) Other
  9) No opinion

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Social and economic problems 31.2% 31.2%
Failure of parents as individuals 50.4% 81.6%
Both 13.8% 95.4%
Other .7% 96.1%
No opinion 3.9% 100%
Total N = 1058

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Social and economic problems 36.5% 33.1% 36.4% 31.3% 25.8% 22.7% 31.3%
Failure of parents as individuals 47.2% 52.9% 43.9% 48.8% 58.1% 57.9% 50.9%
Both 12.0% 11.1% 17.6% 17.0% 9.7% 10.7% 13.5%
Other 2.1% 0.0% 0.3% 0.6% 1.4% 0.3% 0.7%
No opinion 2.1% 2.9% 1.8% 2.4% 5.1% 8.4% 3.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1041


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Social and economic problems 31.1% 31.3% 31.2%
Failure of parents as individuals 52.9% 48.1% 50.4%
Both 12.5% 15.0% 13.8%
Other 0.9% 0.5% 0.7%
No opinion 2.6% 5.0% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1058


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Social and economic problems 21.9% 38.8% 36.8% 14.4% 31.2%
Failure of parents as individuals 63.3% 40.6% 46.7% 62.5% 51.1%
Both 10.6% 16.7% 13.5% 15.4% 13.7%
Other 0.7% 0.4% 1.1% 1.0% 0.7%
No opinion 3.5% 3.6% 1.9% 6.7% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1026


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
Social and economic problems 32.2% 31.5% 30.1% 29.4% 36.5% 29.6% 31.3%
Failure of parents as individuals 54.7% 51.2% 52.6% 46.9% 43.7% 46.7% 50.4%
Both 9.4% 13.2% 15.2% 16.3% 16.8% 13.6% 13.8%
Other 0.0% 0.2% 0.6% 3.1% 1.8% 0.4% 0.7%
No opinion 3.6% 3.9% 1.5% 4.4% 1.2% 9.7% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1058


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + TOTAL
Social and economic problems 27.9% 28.1% 33.8% 35.2% 31.3%
Failure of parents as individuals 50.6% 56.5% 46.3% 46.0% 50.6%
Both 13.0% 12.5% 16.4% 13.4% 13.7%
Other 1.2% 0.3% 0.2% 1.7% 0.8%
No opinion 7.3% 2.7% 3.2% 3.7% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1054


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Social and economic problems 28.8% 31.2% 25.0% 39.2% 31.3%
Failure of parents as individuals 52.1% 53.0% 56.4% 42.9% 50.5%
Both 14.6% 13.0% 8.6% 14.0% 13.7%
Other 0.6% 0.0% 0.7% 1.2% 0.7%
No opinion 3.8% 2.7% 9.3% 2.7% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1052


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
Social and economic problems 27.2% 30.2% 33.9% 34.8% 31.4% 29.5% 31.3%
Failure of parents as individuals 47.6% 50.0% 51.2% 47.9% 53.4% 56.0% 50.5%
Both 17.2% 15.7% 9.0% 15.2% 12.1% 10.8% 13.7%
Other 1.4% 0.7% 0.3% 0.6% 1.0% 0.0% 0.7%
No opinion 6.6% 3.4% 5.5% 1.5% 2.1% 3.6% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1052



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