Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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OPTERISM

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

I'd like to read you a list of some programs and proposals that are being discussed in this country today. For each one, please tell me whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose it. The first one is: the death penalty for persons convicted of terrorism.
  1) Strongly favor
  2) Favor
  3) Oppose
  4) Strongly oppose
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Strongly favor 48% 48%
Favor 28.2% 76.2%
Oppose 11.7% 87.9%
Strongly oppose 6.1% 94%
Don't know/Refused 6% 100%
Total N = 944

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Strongly favor 40.9% 49.1% 52.8% 44.4% 47.9% 51.6% 48.3%
Favor 28.0% 33.2% 24.4% 30.1% 31.8% 23.4% 28.2%
Oppose 19.4% 8.4% 11.5% 14.9% 6.0% 9.2% 11.5%
Strongly oppose 9.1% 6.2% 4.1% 3.6% 8.3% 7.2% 6.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.6% 3.1% 7.2% 7.0% 6.0% 8.6% 5.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
933


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Strongly favor 50.8% 45.6% 48.1%
Favor 27.3% 29.0% 28.2%
Oppose 11.3% 12.1% 11.8%
Strongly oppose 6.3% 5.8% 6.0%
Don't know/Refused 4.3% 7.5% 6.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
944


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Strongly favor 57.0% 40.9% 49.3% 41.7% 48.3%
Favor 32.4% 28.1% 25.1% 29.5% 28.5%
Oppose 5.2% 16.2% 12.3% 12.1% 11.4%
Strongly oppose 1.0% 9.6% 6.2% 10.6% 6.1%
Don't know/Refused 4.4% 5.3% 7.1% 6.1% 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
Strongly favor 45.6% 53.3% 45.5% 56.9% 41.3% 46.3% 48.2%
Favor 20.2% 29.9% 31.2% 27.5% 35.5% 28.3% 28.2%
Oppose 15.5% 9.2% 13.7% 10.6% 12.3% 7.4% 11.7%
Strongly oppose 10.5% 5.2% 4.1% 4.4% 4.3% 6.3% 6.0%
Don't know/Refused 8.3% 2.4% 5.4% 0.6% 6.5% 11.8% 5.9%
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
Strongly favor 43.5% 54.2% 48.4% 42.2% 48.2%
Favor 19.2% 26.6% 33.2% 31.1% 28.3%
Oppose 13.1% 8.5% 8.3% 18.2% 11.6%
Strongly oppose 10.4% 7.0% 4.8% 3.5% 6.1%
Don't know/Refused 13.8% 3.7% 5.3% 5.0% 5.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
940


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Strongly favor 52.6% 40.1% 45.1% 45.7% 48.3%
Favor 29.9% 32.9% 20.7% 24.2% 28.2%
Oppose 8.9% 14.7% 12.8% 14.7% 11.6%
Strongly oppose 3.2% 6.5% 10.4% 10.3% 6.0%
Don't know/Refused 5.4% 5.8% 11.0% 5.1% 5.9%
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
Strongly favor 52.0% 47.4% 40.3% 57.2% 49.6% 40.6% 48.4%
Favor 24.4% 28.8% 37.4% 24.2% 28.1% 23.1% 28.2%
Oppose 9.4% 11.8% 13.1% 7.7% 10.7% 21.3% 11.6%
Strongly oppose 6.7% 5.2% 5.1% 4.4% 6.7% 11.9% 6.1%
Don't know/Refused 7.5% 6.8% 4.2% 6.5% 4.8% 3.1% 5.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
935



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