PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, April 2011

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All frequencies weighted by 41) WEIGHT
1) From what you know, do you believe that the current economic downturn is just a natural part of how our economy works, or not? (ECONDOWN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes36536.5
2) No60160.1
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)343.4
TOTAL1000100.0
2) IF 'NO, OTHER, OR DON'T KNOW', ASK: Who or what do you think is most responsible for our current economic situation? (RESPONSB)
TOTAL%
1) Individuals who were careless and borrowed more money than they could afford9214.5
2) Corporations that were greedy and made risky business decisions19330.4
3) Government that neglected its duty and allowed unethical business practices33152.1
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)193
Missing365 
TOTAL635100.0
3) As I read a couple statements please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with each one: Most businesses would act ethically on their own, without regulation from government. (BUSETHIC)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree999.9
2) Mostly agree26626.6
3) Mostly disagree32332.3
4) Completely disagree29429.4
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)191.9
TOTAL1001100.0
4) The federal budget is a moral document that reflects our national priorities. (FEDBUDG)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree17717.7
2) Mostly agree39539.5
3) Mostly disagree20020
4) Completely disagree20920.9
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)202
TOTAL1001100.0
5) It's fair that wealthier Americans pay more taxes than the middle class or those less well off. (WEALTHAM)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree37537.5
2) Mostly agree29329.3
3) Mostly disagree16416.4
4) Completely disagree15315.3
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)151.5
TOTAL1000100.0
6) Now I'm going to read you a couple pairs of statements. Please tell me whether the first statement or the second statement comes closer to your own views – even if neither is exactly right. (WEALTH)
TOTAL%
1) It's not really that big a problem if wealth in this country is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few.24124.1
2) One of the biggest problems in this country is that more and more of the wealth is held by just a few people.61961.9
97) Both (Vol.)434.3
98) Neither (Vol.)656.5
99) Don't know (Vol.)323.2
TOTAL1000100.0
7) Now I'm going to read you a couple pairs of statements. Please tell me whether the first statement or the second statement comes closer to your own views – even if neither is exactly right. (CAPITLSM)
TOTAL%
1) Capitalism and the free market system are consistent with Christian values.36436.4
2) Capitalism and the free market system are at odds with Christian values.43543.5
97) Both (Vol.)242.4
98) Neither (Vol.)868.6
99) Don't know (Vol.)919.1
TOTAL1000100.0
8) Now, please tell me how important you think it is for religious leaders to speak out publicly on the following issues. Would you say that it is very important, somewhat important, not too important or not at all important that religious leaders speak out about this? The issue of abortion (ABORTION)
TOTAL%
1) Very important41741.7
2) Somewhat important25025
3) Not too important898.9
4) Not at all important19019
98) Should not speak out on this issue (Vol.)414.1
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)131.3
TOTAL1000100.0
9) Would you say that it is very important, somewhat important, not too important or not at all important that religious leaders speak out about this? The issue of homosexuality (HOMOSEX)
TOTAL%
1) Very important32332.3
2) Somewhat important22922.9
3) Not too important12712.7
4) Not at all important25925.9
98) Should not speak out on this issue (Vol.)474.7
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)161.6
TOTAL1001100.0
10) Would you say that it is very important, somewhat important, not too important or not at all important that religious leaders speak out about this? The issue of home foreclosures (FORCLOSE)
TOTAL%
1) Very important24524.5
2) Somewhat important22422.4
3) Not too important19319.3
4) Not at all important28528.5
98) Should not speak out on this issue (Vol.)424.2
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)111.1
TOTAL1000100.0
11) Would you say that it is very important, somewhat important, not too important or not at all important that religious leaders speak out about this? Reducing the deficit (DEFICIT)
TOTAL%
1) Very important30630.6
2) Somewhat important19219.2
3) Not too important17417.4
4) Not at all important28028
98) Should not speak out on this issue (Vol.)404
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)9.9
TOTAL1001100.0
12) Would you say that it is very important, somewhat important, not too important or not at all important that religious leaders speak out about this? Raising the minimum wage (MINWAGE)
TOTAL%
1) Very important27427.4
2) Somewhat important21321.3
3) Not too important17617.6
4) Not at all important28328.3
98) Should not speak out on this issue (Vol.)505
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)5.5
TOTAL1001100.0
13) Would you say that it is very important, somewhat important, not too important or not at all important that religious leaders speak out about this? The gap between the rich and poor (RICHPOOR)
TOTAL%
1) Very important27427.4
2) Somewhat important25825.8
3) Not too important18118.1
4) Not at all important23923.9
98) Should not speak out on this issue (Vol.)353.5
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)121.2
TOTAL999100.0
14) Do you consider yourself a part of the Tea Party movement, or not? (TEAPARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Yes13613.6
2) No82182.1
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)434.3
TOTAL1000100.0
15) What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, something else or nothing in particular? (RELIG)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant38938.9
2) Catholic18318.3
3) Jewish181.8
4) Mormon212.1
5) Muslim4.4
6) Christian or 'just Christian'12512.5
7) Unitarian Universalist3.3
8) Hindu1.1
9) Buddhist4.4
95) Something else111.1
98) Nothing in particular21821.8
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)222.2
TOTAL999100.0
16) Would you describe yourself as a 'born again' or evangelical Christian, or not? (BORN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes29051.9
2) No26246.9
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)71.3
Missing442 
TOTAL559100.0
17) Unique respondent identifier (QNO)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1000158006610.574015.43
18) Case ID (CASEID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10006610.574015.43
19) Respondent's sex (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male49249.2
2) Female50850.8
TOTAL1000100.0
20) Are you the male/female head of this household? (HEADHH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes83483.4
2) No15715.7
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)9.9
TOTAL1000100.0
21) Which of the following best describes your current employment status? Are you . . . (EMPLOY)
TOTAL%
1) Employed full-time41141.1
2) Employed part-time10110.1
3) Self-employed929.2
4) Retired19619.6
5) Not currently employed919.1
6) Student454.5
7) Homemaker555.5
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)9.9
TOTAL1000100.0
22) In politics, as of today, do you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent? (PARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Republican23123.1
2) Democrat32632.6
3) Independent39939.9
98) Other party (Vol.)151.5
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)292.9
TOTAL1000100.0
23) IF INDEPENDENT OR OTHER PARTY, ASK: As of today, do you lean more to the Democratic Party or the Republican Party? (PARTYLN)
TOTAL%
1) Republican16938.1
2) Democratic15033.8
98) Neither/Other (Vol.)10022.5
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)255.6
Missing557 
TOTAL444100.0
24) Political party identification (PARTYFUL)
TOTAL%
1) Republican23123.1
2) Independent-lean Republican16916.9
3) Independent949.4
4) Independent-lean Democratic15015
5) Democrat32632.6
98) Other party9.9
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)212.1
TOTAL1000100.0
25) What is your occupation? (OCCUP)
TOTAL%
1) White collar -- professional, managerial, owner21034.8
2) White collar -- sales, clerical13722.7
3) Blue collar -- craftsmen/foremen9515.7
4) Blue collar -- semiskilled, unskilled7612.6
5) Service worker8113.4
199) Refused/No response (Vol.)5.8
Missing395 
TOTAL604100.0
26) What is your current marital status? Are you . . . (MARITAL)
TOTAL%
1) Married51251.2
2) Living as married282.8
3) Single and never been married25825.8
4) Divorced999.9
5) Separated191.9
6) Widowed717.1
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)131.3
TOTAL1000100.0
27) Do you own or rent the dwelling in which you live? (OWN)
TOTAL%
1) Own69469.4
2) Rent27527.5
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)313.1
TOTAL1000100.0
28) Altogether, including you and any others, how many people regularly live in this household? (HH)
TOTAL%
1) One17417.4
2) Two33033
3) Three17317.3
4) Four15115.1
5) Five979.7
6) Six282.8
7) Seven101
8) Eight111.1
9) Nine5.5
10) 10 or more8.8
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)141.4
TOTAL1001100.0
29) Are there any children living in your household under six years of age? (CHILD6)
TOTAL%
1) Yes17321.3
2) No64078.7
Missing188 
TOTAL813100.0
30) Are there any children living in your household aged six through 11? (CHILD11)
TOTAL%
1) Yes19624.1
2) No61775.9
Missing188 
TOTAL813100.0
31) Are there any children living in your household aged 12 through 17? (CHILD17)
TOTAL%
1) Yes18622.9
2) No62677.1
Missing188 
TOTAL812100.0
32) What was the last grade in school you completed? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Eighth grade or less232.3
2) High school incomplete (grades 9, 10, 11)10410.4
3) High school complete (grade 12)33133.1
4) Some college, but no degree17717.7
5) Associate degree797.9
6) College, graduate/bachelor's degree14914.9
7) Postgraduate degree, such as master's, Ph.D., MD, JD12412.4
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)121.2
TOTAL999100.0
33) What is your age? (AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 18-20737.3
2) 21-24404
3) 25-29747.4
4) 30-34999.9
5) 35-39565.6
6) 40-4411911.9
7) 45-49646.4
8) 50-5413213.2
9) 55-59737.3
10) 60-64848.4
11) 65-69525.2
12) 70-74525.2
13) 75 or older676.7
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)131.3
TOTAL998100.0
34) Are you Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino? (HISP)
TOTAL%
1) Yes12412.4
2) No86486.3
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)131.3
TOTAL1001100.0
35) Which of the following describes your race? You can select as many as apply. (RACE1)
TOTAL%
1) White/Caucasian73973.8
2) Black/African American11811.8
3) Asian/Asian American4.4
4) Some other race12112.1
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)191.9
TOTAL1001100.0
36) Which of the following describes your race? You can select as many as apply. (RACE2)
TOTAL%
2) Black/African American26.3
3) Asian/Asian American26.3
4) Some other race2887.5
Missing968 
TOTAL32100.0
37) Which of the following describes your race? You can select as many as apply. (RACE3)
TOTAL%
4) Some other race1100
Missing999 
TOTAL1100.0
38) Was your total household income before taxes for 2010 less than $50,000 or $50,000 or more? (INC1)
TOTAL%
1) Less than $50,00040340.3
2) $50,000 or more50350.2
99) Don't know/Refused/No response (Vol.)959.5
TOTAL1001100.0
39) Was that . . .? (INC2)
TOTAL%
1) Under $25,00016541
2) $25,000 but less than $30,0006315.7
3) $30,000 but less than $35,0004010
4) $35,000 but less than $40,000389.5
5) $40,000 but less than $50,0007919.7
99) Refused (unspecified after less than $50,000) (Vol.)174.2
Missing597 
TOTAL402100.0
40) Was that . . .? (INC3)
TOTAL%
1) $50,000 but less than $60,0009218.3
2) $60,000 but less than $75,0008617.1
3) $75,000 but less than $100,00011222.2
4) $100,000 but less than $125,0005911.7
5) $125,000 or more9819.4
99) Refused (unspecified after $50,000 or more) (Vol.)5711.3
Missing497 
TOTAL504100.0
41) Weight (WEIGHT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0.990.77
42) Time zone (TIMEZONE)
TOTAL%
5) Eastern Standard Time50450.4
6) Central Standard Time26426.4
7) Mountain Standard Time606
8) Pacific Standard Time17217.2
TOTAL1000100.0
43) State (STATE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
44) Metro/Non-metro (METRO)
TOTAL%
1) In center city of metropolitan area27827.8
2) Outside center city, inside center city county18618.6
3) Inside suburban county of metropolitan area25925.9
4) In metropolitan area with no center city454.5
5) In non-metropolitan area23223.2
TOTAL1000100.0
45) Census division (DIVISION)
TOTAL%
1) New England414.1
2) Middle Atlantic14114.1
3) East North Central15115.1
4) West North Central717.1
5) South Atlantic19519.5
6) East South Central646.4
7) West South Central11311.3
8) Mountain828.2
9) Pacific14414.4
TOTAL1002100.0
46) Region (REGION)
TOTAL%
1) Northeast18218.2
2) Midwest22122.1
3) South37137.1
4) West22622.6
TOTAL1000100.0
47) Date of interview (INTVWDT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL100041578.7296.29
48) What is your age? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
1) Under 30 years old18719
2) 30 to 39 years old15515.7
3) 40 to 49 years old18418.7
4) 50 to 59 years old20520.8
5) 60 to 69 years old13613.8
6) 70 years and older11912.1
Missing13 
TOTAL986100.0
49) What was the last grade in school you completed? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
2) High school incomplete (grades 1-11)12712.9
3) High school complete (grade 12)33133.5
4) Some college, but no degree17717.9
5) Associate degree798
6) College, graduate/bachelor's degree14915.1
7) Postgraduate degree, such as aster's, Ph.D., MD, JD12412.6
Missing12 
TOTAL987100.0
50) Which of the following describes your race? You can select as many as apply. (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White/Caucasian73975.3
2) Black/African American11812
3) Asian/Asian American4.4
4) Some other race12112.3
Missing19 
TOTAL982100.0
51) Region (for use with online analysis) (I-REGION)
TOTAL%
1) Northeast18218.2
2) Midwest22122.1
3) South37137.1
4) West22622.6
TOTAL1000100.0
52) What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, something else or nothing in particular? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RELIGION)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant38939.8
2) Catholic18318.7
3) Other18819.2
4) None21822.3
Missing22 
TOTAL978100.0
53) Political party identification (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-PARTYID)
TOTAL%
1) Republican23123.6
2) Independent-lean Republican16917.3
3) Independent949.6
4) Independent-lean Democratic15015.3
5) Democrat32633.3
98) Other party9.9
Missing21 
TOTAL979100.0
54) Respondent's sex (for use with online analysis) (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male49249.2
2) Female50850.8
TOTAL1000100.0