PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, May 2011

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All frequencies weighted by 40) WEIGHT
1) Do you think capturing and killing Osama Bin Laden will help or hurt America's image in the world? (OSAMA)
TOTAL%
1) Help51651.5
2) Hurt19719.7
97) Neither (Vol.)848.4
98) Help in some places, hurt in others (Vol.)13513.5
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)696.9
TOTAL1001100.0
2) As I read a couple statements please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with each one. God has granted America a special role in human history. (SPCLROLE)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree30030
2) Mostly agree20720.7
3) Mostly disagree18118.1
4) Completely disagree22322.3
98) Do not believe in God (Vol.)141.4
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)747.4
TOTAL999100.0
3) Osama Bin Laden distorted the teachings of Islam to suit his own purposes. (DISTORT)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree59659.7
2) Mostly agree21821.8
3) Mostly disagree444.4
4) Completely disagree262.6
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)11411.4
TOTAL998100.0
4) God had a hand in helping the U.S. find and kill Osama Bin Laden. (GODOSAMA)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree20520.5
2) Mostly agree18918.9
3) Mostly disagree17817.8
4) Completely disagree32232.2
98) Do not believe in God (Vol.)202
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)868.6
TOTAL1000100.0
5) Using torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can never be justified. (TORTURE)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree24825.1
2) Mostly agree24124.4
3) Mostly disagree20320.5
4) Completely disagree22923.2
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)686.9
Missing11 
TOTAL989100.0
6) It is immoral to celebrate the death of another human being, no matter how bad that person was. (CELEBRTE)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree34434.5
2) Mostly agree28228.3
3) Mostly disagree14914.9
4) Completely disagree16917
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)535.3
Missing3 
TOTAL997100.0
7) I personally believe Osama Bin Laden will be eternally punished for his sins in hell. (OSAMPNSH)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree47747.7
2) Mostly agree16616.6
3) Mostly disagree868.6
4) Completely disagree11811.8
98) Do not believe in hell (Vol.)161.6
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)13713.7
TOTAL1000100.0
8) Scripture says, 'Do not rejoice when your enemies fall.' Do you believe this passage applies to how Americans should react to the death of Osama Bin Laden, or not? (SCRIPTUR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes59759.6
2) No29529.5
95) Other (Vol.)171.7
99) Don't know (Vol.)929.2
TOTAL1001100.0
9) Thinking about how the U.S. was able to locate Osama Bin Laden, do you think the use of harsh interrogation techniques such as water boarding of suspected terrorists provided critical information, some important but not critical information, little important information or no important information? (OSAMINFO)
TOTAL%
1) Critical information27227.2
2) Important, but not critical information16516.5
3) Little important information21121.1
4) No important information16116.1
5) Wrong information (Vol.)2.2
95) Other (Vol.)7.7
99) Don't know (Vol.)18218.2
TOTAL1000100.0
10) Now I'm going to read you a pair 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. (METHODS)
TOTAL%
1) In these dangerous times, it is justifiable for our government to use methods against our enemies that we would not want used on American soldiers.44644.6
2) Even in these dangerous times, our government should follow unchanging principles like the Golden Rule. We should never use methods against our enemies that we would not want used on American soldiers.46546.5
97) Both (Vol.)191.9
98) Neither (Vol.)272.7
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)434.3
TOTAL1000100.0
11) Order in which statements are seen (ORDER)
TOTAL%
1) Saw first – statement one50050
2) Saw first – statement two50050
TOTAL1000100.0
12) Do you consider yourself a part of the Tea Party movement, or not? (TEAPARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Yes12212.2
2) No81681.6
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)626.2
TOTAL1000100.0
13) What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, something else or nothing in particular? (RELIG)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant38838.8
2) Catholic20120.1
3) Jewish111.1
4) Mormon242.4
5) Muslim8.8
6) Christian or 'just Christian'979.7
7) Unitarian Universalist1.1
8) Hindu1.1
9) Buddhist1.1
95) Something else181.8
98) Nothing in particular21421.4
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)363.6
TOTAL1000100.0
14) Would you describe yourself as a 'born again' or evangelical Christian, or not? (BORN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes27254.2
2) No21843.4
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)122.4
Missing498 
TOTAL502100.0
15) Unique respondent identifier (QNO)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1000188005905.614380.59
16) Case ID (CASEID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10005905.614380.59
17) Respondent's sex (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male48848.8
2) Female51251.2
TOTAL1000100.0
18) Are you the male/female head of this household? (HEADHH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes81381.2
2) No17617.6
99) Refused/No response121.2
TOTAL1001100.0
19) Are you currently…? (EMPLOY)
TOTAL%
1) Employed full-time34935
2) Employed part-time727.2
3) Self-employed919.1
4) Retired22122.1
5) Not currently employed12812.8
6) Student616.1
7) Homemaker676.7
99) Refused/No response9.9
TOTAL998100.0
20) In politics, as of today, do you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent? (PARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Republican25125.1
2) Democrat28128.1
3) Independent39839.8
98) Other party (Vol.)171.7
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)525.2
TOTAL999100.0
21) IF INDEPENDENT OR OTHER PARTY, ASK: As of today, do you lean more to the Democratic Party or the Republican Party? (PARTYLN)
TOTAL%
1) Republican12125.9
2) Democratic16234.7
98) Neither/Other (Vol.)14230.4
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)429
Missing533 
TOTAL467100.0
22) Political party identification (PARTYFUL)
TOTAL%
1) Republican25125.1
2) Independent-lean Republican12112.1
3) Independent12712.7
4) Independent-lean Democratic16216.2
5) Democrat28128.1
98) Other party (Vol.)282.8
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)292.9
TOTAL999100.0
23) What is your occupation? (OCCUP)
TOTAL%
1) White collar -- professional, managerial, owner21541.9
2) White collar -- sales, clerical9518.5
3) Blue collar -- craftsmen/foremen7915.4
4) Blue collar -- semiskilled, unskilled5811.3
5) Service worker5410.5
199) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)122.3
Missing488 
TOTAL513100.0
24) What is your current marital status? Are you . . . (MARITAL)
TOTAL%
1) Married46846.8
2) Living as married373.7
3) Single and never been married26926.9
4) Divorced11011
5) Separated252.5
6) Widowed777.7
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)141.4
TOTAL1000100.0
25) Do you own or rent the dwelling in which you live? (OWN)
TOTAL%
1) Own67767.6
2) Rent27427.4
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)505
TOTAL1001100.0
26) Altogether, including you and any others, how many people regularly live in this household? (HHNUM)
TOTAL%
1) One17217.2
2) Two30430.4
3) Three19119.1
4) Four16016
5) Five999.9
6) Six272.7
7) Seven141.4
8) Eight7.7
10) 10 or more9.9
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)171.7
TOTAL1000100.0
27) Are there any children living in your household under six years of age? (CHILD6)
TOTAL%
1) Yes16220
2) No64980
Missing189 
TOTAL811100.0
28) Are there any children living in your household aged six through 11? (CHILD11)
TOTAL%
1) Yes18622.9
2) No62476.9
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)1.1
Missing189 
TOTAL811100.0
29) Are there any children living in your household aged 12 through 17? (CHILD17)
TOTAL%
1) Yes19624.2
2) No61475.7
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)1.1
Missing189 
TOTAL811100.0
30) What was the last grade in school you completed? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Eighth grade or less161.6
2) High school incomplete (grades 9, 10, 11)11911.9
3) High school complete (grade 12)33133.1
4) Some college, but no degree17517.5
5) Associate degree787.8
6) College, graduate/bachelor's degree15415.4
7) Postgraduate degree, such as master's, Ph.D., MD, JD11011
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)171.7
TOTAL1000100.0
31) What is your age? (AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 18-20808
2) 21-24494.9
3) 25-29787.8
4) 30-34898.9
5) 35-39626.2
6) 40-4411411.4
7) 45-4910310.3
8) 50-54909
9) 55-59737.3
10) 60-64808
11) 65-69464.6
12) 70-74535.3
13) 75 or older696.9
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)141.4
TOTAL1000100.0
32) Are you Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino? (HISP)
TOTAL%
1) Yes13013
2) No85185.1
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)191.9
TOTAL1000100.0
33) Which of the following describes your race? You can select as many as apply. (RACE1)
TOTAL%
1) White/Caucasian74474.5
2) Black/African American12112.1
3) Asian/Asian American161.6
4) Some other race949.4
99) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)242.4
TOTAL999100.0
34) Which of the following describes your race? You can select as many as apply. (RACE2)
TOTAL%
2) Black/African American825.8
3) Asian/Asian American26.5
4) Some other race2167.7
Missing969 
TOTAL31100.0
35) Which of the following describes your race? You can select as many as apply. (RACE3)
TOTAL%
3) Asian/Asian American337.5
4) Some other race562.5
Missing992 
TOTAL8100.0
36) Which of the following describes your race? You can select as many as apply. (RACE4)
TOTAL%
4) Some other race3100
Missing997 
TOTAL3100.0
37) Was your total household income before taxes for 2010 less than $50,000 or $50,000 or more? (INC1)
TOTAL%
1) Less than $50,00043843.8
2) $50,000 or more42942.9
99) Don't know/Refused/No response (Vol.)13413.4
TOTAL1001100.0
38) Total household income before taxes for 2010 less than $50,000 (INC2)
TOTAL%
1) Under $25,00016537.7
2) $25,000 but less than $30,0006815.5
3) $30,000 but less than $35,000378.4
4) $35,000 but less than $40,0005713
5) $40,000 but less than $50,0008318.9
99) Refused (unspecified after less than $50,000) (Vol.)286.4
Missing562 
TOTAL438100.0
39) Total household income before taxes for 2010 $50,000 or more (INC3)
TOTAL%
1) $50,000 but less than $60,0009121.2
2) $60,000 but less than $75,0007417.2
3) $75,000 but less than $100,0007918.4
4) $100,000 but less than $125,0005212.1
5) $125,000 or more9321.7
99) Refused (unspecified after $50,000 or more) (Vol.)409.3
Missing571 
TOTAL429100.0
40) Weight (WEIGHT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0.9930.774
41) Time zone (TIMEZONE)
TOTAL%
5) Eastern Standard Time49749.7
6) Central Standard Time27427.4
7) Mountain Standard Time626.2
8) Pacific Standard Time16816.8
TOTAL1001100.0
42) State (STATE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
43) Metro/Non-metro (METRO)
TOTAL%
1) In center city of metropolitan area30330.3
2) Outside center city, inside center city county18818.8
3) Inside suburban county of metropolitan area20420.4
4) In metropolitan area with no center city393.9
5) In non-metropolitan area26726.7
TOTAL1001100.0
44) Census division (CENDIV)
TOTAL%
1) New England464.6
2) Middle Atlantic13813.8
3) East North Central16316.3
4) West North Central585.8
5) South Atlantic17617.6
6) East South Central767.6
7) West South Central11711.7
8) Mountain929.2
9) Pacific13513.5
TOTAL1001100.0
45) Region (REGION)
TOTAL%
1) Northeast18418.4
2) Midwest22122.1
3) South36836.8
4) West22622.6
TOTAL999100.0
46) Date of interview (INTVWDT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL100050626.29114.19
47) What is your age? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
1) Under 30 years old20620.9
2) 30 to 39 years old15115.3
3) 40 to 49 years old21722
4) 50 to 59 years old16416.6
5) 60 to 69 years old12612.8
6) 70 years and older12212.4
Missing14 
TOTAL986100.0
48) 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/Caucasian74476.3
2) Black/African American12112.4
3) Asian/Asian American161.6
4) Some other race949.6
Missing24 
TOTAL975100.0
49) Political party identification (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-PARTYID)
TOTAL%
1) Republican25125.9
2) Independent-lean Republican12112.5
3) Independent12713.1
4) Independent-lean Democratic16216.7
5) Democrat28129
98) Other party (Vol.)282.9
Missing29 
TOTAL970100.0
50) 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)13513.7
3) High school complete (grade 12)33133.7
4) Some college, but no degree17517.8
5) Associate degree787.9
6) College, graduate/bachelor's degree15415.7
7) Postgraduate degree, such as master's, Ph.D., MD, JD11011.2
Missing17 
TOTAL983100.0
51) Region (for use with online analysis) (I-REGION)
TOTAL%
1) Northeast18418.4
2) Midwest22122.1
3) South36836.8
4) West22622.6
TOTAL999100.0
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) Protestant38840.2
2) Catholic20120.9
3) Other16116.7
4) None21422.2
Missing36 
TOTAL964100.0
53) Respondent's sex (for use with online analysis) (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male48848.8
2) Female51251.2
TOTAL1000100.0