Campaign 2000 Typology Survey

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OPATHEIS

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

Now I'd like your opinion of some religious groups. Would you say your overall opinion of Atheists, that is, people who don't believe in God is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?
  1) Very favorable
  2) Mostly favorable
  3) Mostly unfavorable
  4) Very unfavorable
  5) Never heard of
  8) Can't rate
  9) Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very favorable 7.4% 7.4%
Mostly favorable 24% 31.4%
Mostly unfavorable 19.5% 50.9%
Very unfavorable 32.2% 83.1%
Never heard of .4% 83.5%
Can't rate 11.3% 94.8%
Refused 5.1% 99.9%
Total N = 974

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 9.6% 5.7% 7.4%
Mostly favorable 26.1% 22.2% 24.0%
Mostly unfavorable 20.3% 18.9% 19.5%
Very unfavorable 29.6% 34.3% 32.2%
Never heard of 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Can't rate 8.8% 13.4% 11.3%
Refused 5.1% 5.0% 5.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
974


Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Very favorable 7.4% 9.4% 5.4% 8.5% 9.1% 6.2% 7.5%
Mostly favorable 30.0% 25.1% 25.2% 25.6% 18.5% 20.4% 23.8%
Mostly unfavorable 14.8% 18.3% 23.4% 21.0% 15.1% 20.2% 19.7%
Very unfavorable 36.5% 33.6% 26.8% 26.9% 40.3% 37.2% 32.5%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.0% 0.9% 0.9% 0.5% 0.0% 0.5%
Can't rate 8.4% 9.8% 11.3% 12.0% 12.1% 10.6% 10.9%
Refused 3.0% 3.9% 7.0% 5.1% 4.3% 5.5% 5.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
962


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College graduate TOTAL
Very favorable 6.7% 7.4% 5.1% 10.1% 7.5%
Mostly favorable 17.8% 21.3% 22.8% 31.0% 23.9%
Mostly unfavorable 11.4% 18.4% 20.1% 24.2% 19.5%
Very unfavorable 50.7% 36.6% 32.9% 18.0% 32.3%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.4% 0.3% 0.8% 0.4%
Can't rate 8.9% 10.6% 13.1% 12.0% 11.4%
Refused 4.5% 5.3% 5.8% 4.0% 5.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
971


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other religion No religion or atheist TOTAL
Very favorable 6.1% 8.2% 8.6% 18.5% 7.6%
Mostly favorable 19.7% 29.2% 29.0% 42.2% 24.0%
Mostly unfavorable 19.4% 24.0% 18.3% 9.2% 19.8%
Very unfavorable 38.5% 19.9% 30.6% 21.4% 32.5%
Never heard of 0.5% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Can't rate 10.4% 14.6% 7.5% 7.5% 11.1%
Refused 5.4% 3.7% 5.9% 1.2% 4.7%
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
Very favorable 7.9% 6.1% 2.1% 7.6% 11.0% 16.7% 7.5%
Mostly favorable 11.9% 19.3% 26.8% 31.0% 30.3% 35.7% 24.2%
Mostly unfavorable 14.0% 22.9% 24.9% 22.4% 11.7% 15.1% 19.7%
Very unfavorable 50.2% 37.8% 31.6% 20.0% 21.5% 19.8% 32.2%
Never heard of 1.1% 0.6% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Can't rate 12.3% 10.2% 7.6% 12.5% 19.6% 8.1% 11.4%
Refused 2.6% 3.0% 6.5% 6.5% 6.0% 4.7% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
963


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal or very liberal TOTAL
Very favorable 11.6% 4.0% 6.7% 12.7% 7.5%
Mostly favorable 8.3% 21.1% 25.8% 30.3% 24.0%
Mostly unfavorable 19.4% 21.2% 19.1% 18.8% 19.7%
Very unfavorable 52.8% 37.9% 27.6% 27.1% 32.5%
Never heard of 0.0% 0.8% 0.3% 0.0% 0.4%
Can't rate 6.5% 10.2% 13.9% 8.5% 11.1%
Refused 1.4% 4.8% 6.5% 2.6% 4.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
948



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