Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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INFLCELL

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

(ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED 'SHOULD NOT,' 'SHOULD,' OR 'DEPENDS' TO WHETHER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT FUND STEM CELL RESEARCH) Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on this issue?
  1) A personal experience
  2) The views of your friends and family
  3) What you have seen or read in the media
  4) Your religious beliefs
  5) Your education
  6) Something else
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
A personal experience 7.2% 7.2%
The views of your friends and family 3.6% 10.8%
What you have seen or read in the media 34.2% 45%
Your religious beliefs 18.4% 63.4%
Your education 21.5% 84.9%
Something else 12.9% 97.8%
Don't know/Refused 2.3% 100.1%
Total N = 1667

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
A personal experience 7.6% 7.1% 7.9% 7.7% 5.9% 6.6% 7.2%
The views of your friends and family 7.9% 3.2% 3.5% 3.4% 3.9% 1.0% 3.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 30.2% 30.2% 38.6% 37.5% 31.0% 35.1% 34.4%
Your religious beliefs 13.0% 14.7% 16.3% 18.1% 27.0% 24.1% 18.5%
Your education 28.8% 28.6% 16.0% 21.2% 17.5% 17.8% 21.3%
Something else 11.9% 15.6% 16.2% 9.4% 11.5% 10.4% 12.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.6% 0.7% 1.4% 2.7% 3.1% 5.0% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1648


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 7.2% 7.2% 7.2%
The views of your friends and family 3.1% 4.1% 3.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 34.5% 33.9% 34.2%
Your religious beliefs 15.6% 21.1% 18.4%
Your education 25.3% 17.8% 21.5%
Something else 11.7% 14.1% 12.9%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 1.8% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1667


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
A personal experience 5.7% 7.4% 8.5% 7.7% 7.2%
The views of your friends and family 4.0% 4.3% 2.6% 4.5% 3.7%
What you have seen or read in the media 34.5% 33.1% 37.0% 26.5% 34.4%
Your religious beliefs 23.2% 17.3% 12.0% 33.5% 18.4%
Your education 19.6% 22.7% 23.9% 10.3% 21.4%
Something else 10.9% 12.9% 14.2% 13.5% 12.7%
Don't know/Refused 2.1% 2.3% 1.6% 3.9% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1633


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
A personal experience 5.7% 7.3% 6.3% 12.5% 6.0% 7.8% 7.2%
The views of your friends and family 6.1% 2.9% 4.2% 1.1% 2.8% 2.9% 3.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 29.7% 35.5% 38.6% 36.3% 27.8% 31.4% 34.2%
Your religious beliefs 24.4% 17.5% 17.3% 14.2% 13.5% 21.7% 18.4%
Your education 15.0% 17.6% 21.9% 26.7% 37.0% 21.2% 21.4%
Something else 15.2% 17.5% 10.0% 7.5% 11.7% 11.5% 12.9%
Don't know/Refused 3.9% 1.8% 1.8% 1.8% 1.1% 3.5% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1667


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + TOTAL
A personal experience 8.6% 6.4% 8.5% 6.2% 7.1%
The views of your friends and family 3.4% 4.6% 3.8% 2.2% 3.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 24.7% 42.2% 30.8% 31.5% 34.2%
Your religious beliefs 24.7% 21.6% 17.2% 12.4% 18.4%
Your education 18.0% 7.9% 24.9% 37.4% 21.5%
Something else 13.8% 15.6% 13.1% 8.9% 12.9%
Don't know/Refused 6.8% 1.7% 1.6% 1.5% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1664


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
A personal experience 7.8% 7.0% 4.4% 7.0% 7.2%
The views of your friends and family 2.7% 3.0% 1.3% 6.9% 3.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 36.8% 34.5% 31.1% 29.9% 34.4%
Your religious beliefs 19.7% 21.3% 23.7% 12.0% 18.5%
Your education 20.5% 16.1% 17.5% 28.2% 21.3%
Something else 10.7% 15.7% 15.8% 14.2% 12.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 2.4% 6.1% 1.9% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1658


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
A personal experience 4.3% 6.8% 9.1% 6.4% 7.9% 10.6% 7.2%
The views of your friends and family 1.8% 2.9% 4.3% 6.1% 4.8% 0.0% 3.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 24.0% 33.6% 33.1% 39.6% 39.5% 36.0% 34.3%
Your religious beliefs 41.7% 24.8% 15.1% 9.4% 7.0% 6.4% 18.4%
Your education 15.5% 18.3% 24.6% 22.1% 22.8% 29.2% 21.3%
Something else 9.9% 12.0% 11.6% 14.6% 15.6% 14.0% 12.8%
Don't know/Refused 2.9% 1.7% 2.1% 1.8% 2.4% 3.8% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1661



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