Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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

(ASKED ONLY ON FORM 2) Which is the bigger reason more than 10 million American children are 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 30.7% 30.7%
Failure of parents as individuals 49% 79.7%
Both 13.3% 93%
Other .7% 93.7%
No opinion 6.3% 100%
Total N = 944

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Social and economic problems 27.6% 32.5% 30.5% 40.3% 31.0% 21.7% 30.9%
Failure of parents as individuals 48.3% 42.1% 51.8% 37.9% 51.4% 63.2% 48.9%
Both 18.5% 18.9% 10.0% 15.2% 13.0% 5.6% 13.3%
Other 1.7% 0.0% 0.8% 1.2% 0.5% 0.0% 0.7%
No opinion 3.9% 6.5% 6.9% 5.5% 4.2% 9.5% 6.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
933


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Social and economic problems 28.9% 32.4% 30.7%
Failure of parents as individuals 51.8% 46.4% 49.0%
Both 13.5% 13.2% 13.3%
Other 0.9% 0.4% 0.7%
No opinion 4.8% 7.6% 6.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
944


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Social and economic problems 21.0% 40.1% 32.8% 25.6% 31.1%
Failure of parents as individuals 57.0% 43.3% 48.3% 51.1% 49.5%
Both 14.3% 13.1% 10.8% 17.3% 13.1%
Other 0.2% 0.0% 1.8% 0.0% 0.6%
No opinion 7.5% 3.5% 6.2% 6.0% 5.7%
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
Social and economic problems 27.1% 32.3% 35.3% 42.9% 28.3% 19.1% 30.7%
Failure of parents as individuals 53.3% 48.5% 44.7% 47.8% 58.0% 47.8% 49.0%
Both 13.0% 11.6% 14.8% 6.8% 7.2% 21.0% 13.3%
Other 1.1% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0% 2.2% 0.7% 0.7%
No opinion 5.5% 6.9% 5.2% 2.5% 4.3% 11.4% 6.3%
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
Social and economic problems 22.4% 27.4% 35.1% 36.2% 30.8%
Failure of parents as individuals 56.4% 50.1% 47.8% 44.5% 49.0%
Both 12.0% 14.3% 12.0% 14.0% 13.3%
Other 0.8% 0.6% 0.9% 0.4% 0.7%
No opinion 8.5% 7.6% 4.2% 4.8% 6.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
940


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Social and economic problems 29.1% 37.5% 22.6% 32.7% 30.7%
Failure of parents as individuals 50.6% 44.3% 63.4% 43.0% 48.9%
Both 13.2% 13.4% 3.0% 17.8% 13.4%
Other 0.2% 0.7% 2.4% 0.9% 0.7%
No opinion 7.0% 4.1% 8.5% 5.6% 6.3%
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
Social and economic problems 27.3% 29.5% 43.1% 30.4% 26.2% 22.6% 30.6%
Failure of parents as individuals 51.8% 49.1% 39.6% 51.6% 52.0% 52.8% 49.1%
Both 15.0% 12.9% 12.8% 13.6% 12.2% 13.8% 13.3%
Other 0.0% 0.4% 0.6% 0.0% 1.8% 2.5% 0.7%
No opinion 5.9% 8.1% 3.8% 4.4% 7.7% 8.2% 6.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
935



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