ABC News Religion Poll, 1997

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All frequencies weighted by 33) WT1;
(The number of missing cases reported in the codebook are unweighted)
1) What was the last grade of school you completed? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Eighth grade or less627
2) Some high school10211.4
3) Graduated high school/technical school29633.2
4) Some college18721
5) Graduated college16418.4
6) Postgraduate809
Missing4 
TOTAL891100.0
2) In what year were you born? (YRBORN)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL8961951.7117.02
3) Recoded age (AGECODE)
TOTAL%
1) 18-3022925.8
2) 31-4425628.8
3) 45-6022625.4
4) 61+17820
Missing5 
TOTAL889100.0
4) On another subject, in what religion were you brought up? (RELIGION)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant42147.3
2) Catholic26229.4
3) Another Christian religion10611.9
4) Jewish141.6
5) Or, another non-Christian religion384.3
6) None495.5
Missing5 
TOTAL890100.0
5) Are you of Hispanic origin or background? (IF "YES", ASK:) Are you white Hispanic or black Hispanic? (IF "NO", ASK:) Are you white, black, or some other race? (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White67175.8
2) Black9610.8
3) White Hispanic495.5
4) Black Hispanic6.7
5) Hispanic (no race given)202.3
6) Other race434.9
Missing8 
TOTAL885100.0
6) Respondent's age (AGE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL89644.4817.01
7) Respondent's sex: (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male43048
2) Female46652
TOTAL896100.0
8) State (STATE)
TOTAL%
1) Maine6.7
2) New Hampshire8.9
3) Vermont2.2
4) Massachusetts161.8
5) Connecticut111.2
6) Rhode Island4.4
7) New York647.1
8) New Jersey151.7
9) Pennsylvania505.6
10) Ohio364
11) Indiana242.7
12) Illinois273
13) Michigan374.1
14) Wisconsin182
15) Minnesota232.6
16) Iowa111.2
17) Missouri252.8
18) Kansas121.3
19) Nebraska6.7
21) North Dakota5.6
22) Delaware1.1
23) Maryland182
24) District of Columbia1.1
25) West Virginia8.9
26) Virginia222.4
27) North Carolina303.3
28) South Carolina151.7
29) Georgia161.8
30) Florida485.3
31) Mississippi222.4
32) Alabama192.1
33) Tennessee212.3
34) Kentucky151.7
35) Arkansas121.3
36) Louisiana151.7
37) Texas434.8
38) Oklahoma131.4
39) New Mexico91
40) Arizona121.3
41) Nevada3.3
42) Utah4.4
43) Colorado182
44) Wyoming4.4
45) Montana2.2
46) Idaho2.2
47) Washington242.7
48) Oregon101.1
49) California9110.1
TOTAL898100.0
9) Region (REGION)
TOTAL%
1) Northeast17619.6
2) Midwest22324.9
3) South31835.5
4) West18020.1
TOTAL897100.0
10) ABC State (ABCST)
TOTAL%
1) Alabama192.1
3) Arizona121.3
4) Arkansas121.3
5) California9110.1
6) Colorado182
7) Connecticut111.2
8) Delaware1.1
9) District of Columbia1.1
10) Florida485.3
11) Georgia161.8
13) Idaho2.2
14) Illinois273
15) Indiana242.7
16) Iowa111.2
17) Kansas121.3
18) Kentucky151.7
19) Louisiana151.7
20) Maine6.7
21) Maryland182
22) Massachusetts161.8
23) Michigan374.1
24) Minnesota232.6
25) Mississippi222.4
26) Missouri252.8
27) Montana2.2
28) Nebraska6.7
29) Nevada3.3
30) New Hampshire8.9
31) New Jersey151.7
32) New Mexico91
33) New York647.1
34) North Carolina303.3
35) North Dakota5.6
36) Ohio364
37) Oklahoma131.4
38) Oregon101.1
39) Pennsylvania505.6
40) Rhode Island4.4
41) South Carolina151.7
43) Tennessee212.3
44) Texas434.8
45) Utah4.4
46) Vermont2.2
47) Virginia222.4
48) Washington242.7
49) West Virginia8.9
50) Wisconsin182
51) Wyoming4.4
TOTAL898100.0
11) ABC News Region (ABCRE)
TOTAL%
1) Northeast, including D.C., Delaware, Maryland19621.9
2) Midwest22324.9
3) South29733.1
4) West18020.1
TOTAL896100.0
12) State (ABC3LET)
TOTAL%
1) Alabama192.1
3) Arizona121.3
4) Arkansas121.3
5) California9110.1
6) Colorado182
7) Connecticut111.2
8) Delaware1.1
9) District of Columbia1.1
10) Florida485.3
11) Georgia161.8
13) Idaho2.2
14) Illinois273
15) Indiana242.7
16) Iowa111.2
17) Kansas121.3
18) Kentucky151.7
19) Louisiana151.7
20) Maine6.7
21) Maryland182
22) Massachusetts161.8
23) Michigan374.1
24) Minnesota232.6
26) Missouri475.2
27) Montana2.2
28) Nebraska6.7
29) Nevada3.3
30) New Hampshire8.9
31) New Jersey151.7
32) New Mexico91
33) New York647.1
34) North Carolina303.3
35) North Dakota5.6
36) Ohio364
37) Oklahoma131.4
38) Oregon101.1
39) Pennsylvania505.6
40) Rhode Island4.4
41) South Carolina151.7
43) Tennessee212.3
44) Texas434.8
45) Utah4.4
46) Vermont2.2
47) Virginia222.4
48) Washington242.7
49) West Virginia8.9
50) Wisconsin182
51) Wyoming4.4
TOTAL898100.0
13) Julian date (JULIAN)
TOTAL%
97083) 9708345751
97084) 9708443949
TOTAL896100.0
14) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as president? (CLINTON)
TOTAL%
1) Approve49462.5
2) Disapprove29637.5
Missing83 
TOTAL790100.0
15) And what religion do you consider yourself now? (RELNOW)
TOTAL%
0) None687.6
1) Protestant40345.1
2) Catholic21824.4
3) Another Christian religion9110.2
4) Jewish161.8
5) Or, another non-Christian religion202.2
6) Something else202.2
7) Non-denominational Christian293.2
8) Believe in God but not organized religion101.1
9) Agnostic182
Missing3 
TOTAL893100.0
16) Basically speaking, do you consider yourself religious or unreligious? Is that very religious/unreligious or somewhat religious/unreligious? (RELIG)
TOTAL%
1) Very religious34439.3
2) Somewhat religious37743.1
3) Somewhat unreligious9510.9
4) Very unreligious364.1
8) DK/No opinion232.6
Missing17 
TOTAL875100.0
17) Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible: (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God to be taken literally, word for word,37543.5
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God -- not everything should be taken word for word, or38244.3
3) The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and more perceptions recorded by men.10612.3
Missing26 
TOTAL863100.0
18) I'm going to read you a statement and please tell me whether you tend to agree or disagree with it, or if perhaps you have no opinion about the statement. There's no excuse for anti-Semitism, but much of the anti-Jewish feeling in this country today has been brought on by Jews themselves. Do you agree or disagree? (OPINANTI)
TOTAL%
1) Agree13015
2) Disagree54362.8
8) DK/No opinion19222.2
Missing21 
TOTAL865100.0
19) I'm going to read you a statement and please tell me whether you tend to agree or disagree with it, or if perhaps you have no opinion about the statement. Marriages between Christians and Jews are not a good idea. Do you agree or disagree? (OPINJEW)
TOTAL%
1) Agree15217.5
2) Disagree60269.3
8) DK/No opinion11513.2
Missing19 
TOTAL869100.0
20) I'm going to read you a statement and please tell me whether you tend to agree or disagree with it, or if perhaps you have no opinion about the statement. Marriages between blacks and whites are not a good idea. Do you agree or disagree? (OPINWHIT)
TOTAL%
1) Agree23927.3
2) Disagree56664.8
8) DK/No opinion697.9
Missing18 
TOTAL874100.0
21) Do you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross, or not? (CROSS)
TOTAL%
1) Believe he died on the cross81291.2
2) Do not believe434.8
8) DK/No opinion353.9
Missing5 
TOTAL890100.0
22) Do you believe that Jesus Christ was the son of God or not? (SONGOD)
TOTAL%
1) Believe he was the son of God79289.2
2) Do not believe627
8) DK/No opinion343.8
Missing7 
TOTAL888100.0
23) Do you believe that Jesus rose from the dead or not? (ROSEDEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Believe Jesus rose from the dead75084.4
2) Do not believe879.8
8) DK/No opinion525.8
Missing7 
TOTAL889100.0
24) Do you believe in God, or not? (GOD)
TOTAL%
1) Believe in God84696.4
2) Do not Believe323.6
Missing16 
TOTAL878100.0
25) IF BELIEVE IN GOD: Do you think God is a man, a woman or what? (GODMAN)
TOTAL%
1) Man36343.5
2) Woman91.1
3) Asexual spirit35542.6
8) DK/No opinion10712.8
Missing57 
TOTAL834100.0
26) Do you feel the Jews were responsible for Christ's death or not? (JEWS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes17019.5
2) No55964.2
8) DK/No opinion14216.3
Missing20 
TOTAL871100.0
27) IF FEEL THE JEWS WERE RESPONISBLE FOR CHRIST'S DEATH: Do you think God will punish the Jews for that some day or not? (JEWSGOD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes3018.1
2) No12575.3
8) DK/No opinion116.6
Missing613 
TOTAL166100.0
28) I'm going to mention some items and ask you to please tell me whether you think each is acceptable or not acceptable to you personally. Telling a joke about the Pope? (ACCJOKE)
TOTAL%
1) Acceptable40946.4
2) Not acceptable42047.6
8) DK/No opinion536
Missing13 
TOTAL882100.0
29) I'm going to mention some items and ask you to please tell me whether you think each is acceptable or not acceptable to you personally. Having a black man play Jesus Christ in an Easter play or pageant? (ACCBLACK)
TOTAL%
1) Acceptable75789.9
2) Not acceptable8510.1
Missing42 
TOTAL842100.0
30) I'm going to mention some items and ask you to please tell me whether you think each is acceptable or not acceptable to you personally. Having a woman play Jesus Christ in an Easter play or pageant? (ACCWOMAN)
TOTAL%
1) Acceptable43951.7
2) Not acceptable41048.3
Missing40 
TOTAL849100.0
31) I'm going to mention some items and ask you to please tell me whether you think each is acceptable or not acceptable to you personally. Having a Jewish child play Jesus Christ in a Christmas pageant? (ACCCHILD)
TOTAL%
1) Acceptable71882.7
2) Not acceptable8810.1
8) DK/No opinion627.1
Missing20 
TOTAL868100.0
32) Do you think the Bible says blacks are inferior to whites or do you think it does not say that? (INFERIOR)
TOTAL%
1) Says blacks are inferior to whites182
2) Does not say that76586.6
8) DK/No opinion10011.3
Missing13 
TOTAL883100.0
33) Weight 1 (WT1)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1.1920.517
34) What was the last grade of school you completed? (recoded for use with on-line analysis). (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
0) Less HS16418.4
1) Grad HS29633.2
2) Some coll18721
3) Grad coll16418.4
4) Postgrad809
Missing4 
TOTAL891100.0
35) Are you of Hispanic origin or background? (IF "YES", ASK:) Are you white Hispanic or black Hispanic? (IF "NO", ASK:) Are you white, black, or some other race? (recoded for use with on-line analysis). (I-RACE)
TOTAL%
0) White67175.8
1) Black9610.8
2) Hispanic758.5
3) Other434.9
Missing8 
TOTAL885100.0
36) Respondent's age (recoded for use with on-line analysis). (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
0) 18-3022525.3
1) 31-4528231.8
2) 46-6424427.5
3) 65+13715.4
Missing5 
TOTAL888100.0
37) Region (for use with on-line analysis). (I-REGION)
TOTAL%
1) Northeast17619.6
2) Midwest22324.9
3) South31835.5
4) West18020.1
TOTAL897100.0
38) And what religion do you consider yourself now? (recoded for use with on-line analysis). (I-RELNOW)
TOTAL%
0) Protestant40345.1
1) Catholic21824.4
2) None687.6
3) Christian (Non-Protestant)9110.2
4) Other Non-Christian11312.7
Missing3 
TOTAL893100.0
39) Respondent's sex: (for use with on-line analysis). (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male43048
2) Female46652
TOTAL896100.0