PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, March 2012

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All frequencies weighted by 3) WEIGHT;
(The number of missing cases reported in the codebook are unweighted)
1) Caseid (CASEID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL100757620216.999717433.91
2) Week (WEEK)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1007810.000.00
3) Weight (WEIGHT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10.606
4) State (STATE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
5) Metro (METRO)
TOTAL%
1) Center City (Metro)32732.4
2) Center City Country (Metro)20420.2
3) Suburban (Metro)24224
4) Non-Center City (Metro)414.1
5) Non-Metro19419.2
TOTAL1008100.0
6) Region (REGION)
TOTAL%
1) North East18618.5
2) North Central22021.9
3) South37136.9
4) West22922.8
TOTAL1006100.0
7) Division (DIVISION)
TOTAL%
1) New England414.1
2) Mid Atlantic14614.5
3) East North Central12512.4
4) West North Central959.4
5) South Atlantic19419.3
6) East South Central696.9
7) West South Central10810.7
8) Mountain848.3
9) Pacific14514.4
TOTAL1007100.0
8) Is your home owned or rented? (OWNHOME)
TOTAL%
1) Owned63162.7
2) Rented34734.5
8) Don't know131.3
9) Refused161.6
TOTAL1007100.0
9) Are you: (MARITAL)
TOTAL%
1) Single, that is never married23022.8
2) Single, living with a partner747.3
3) Married49849.5
4) Separated262.6
5) Widowed676.7
6) Divorced939.2
9) Refused191.9
TOTAL1007100.0
10) Employment Status (EMPLOY)
TOTAL%
1) Full-time44143.8
2) Part-time16116
3) Retired16716.6
4) Housewife616.1
5) Student585.8
6) Temporarily unemployed666.6
7) Disabled/handicapped343.4
8) Other not employed6.6
9) Refused131.3
TOTAL1007100.0
11) Including yourself, how many people are there living in your household? (HHNUM)
TOTAL%
1) One13113
2) Two31831.6
3) Three21321.2
4) Four16116
5) Five757.4
6) Six393.9
7) Seven212.1
8) Eight or more171.7
9) Refused323.2
TOTAL1007100.0
12) How many of these are adults, 18 or older? (ADULTS)
TOTAL%
1) One16316.2
2) Two52652.2
3) Three19619.4
4) Four555.5
5) Five171.7
6) Six101
7) Seven3.3
8) Eight or more6.6
9) Refused323.2
TOTAL1008100.0
13) How many of these adults are male? (ADULTM)
TOTAL%
0) None16316.7
1) One59861.4
2) Two16817.2
3) Three303.1
4) Four8.8
5) Five2.2
7) Seven3.3
8) Eight or more2.2
Missing31 
TOTAL974100.0
14) How many of these adults are female? (ADULTF)
TOTAL%
0) None10610.9
1) One66568.1
2) Two17017.4
3) Three242.5
4) Four7.7
6) Six4.4
Missing31 
TOTAL976100.0
15) How many are children 12 to 17? (KIDS1217)
TOTAL%
0) None18950.5
1) One13135
2) Two4010.7
3) Three71.9
4) Four71.9
5) Five00
Missing722 
TOTAL374100.0
16) How many are children six to 11? (KIDS611)
TOTAL%
0) None18148.5
1) One14137.8
2) Two4712.6
3) Three41.1
Missing722 
TOTAL373100.0
17) How many are children under six? (KIDS06)
TOTAL%
0) None22159.1
1) One10628.3
2) Two4010.7
3) Three61.6
4) Four1.3
Missing722 
TOTAL374100.0
18) Enter age of first child age 12 to 17. (DI22A1)
TOTAL%
12) 124021.5
13) 134122
14) 142211.8
15) 153719.9
16) 16115.9
17) 173116.7
98) Don't know1.5
99) Refused31.6
Missing859 
TOTAL186100.0
19) Enter age of second child age 12 to 17. (DI22A2)
TOTAL%
12) 12814.3
13) 1347.1
14) 141119.6
15) 151425
16) 161221.4
17) 1747.1
99) Refused35.4
Missing959 
TOTAL56100.0
20) Enter age of third child age 12 to 17. (DI22A3)
TOTAL%
13) 13214.3
14) 14321.4
16) 16535.7
17) 17428.6
99) Refused00
Missing993 
TOTAL14100.0
21) Enter age of fourth child age 12 to 17. (DI22A4)
TOTAL%
12) 12342.9
14) 14114.3
15) 15228.6
17) 17114.3
99) Refused00
Missing1000 
TOTAL7100.0
22) Enter age of fifth child age 12 to 17. (DI22A5)
TOTAL%
99) Refused00
Missing1006 
TOTAL0100.0
23) Enter age of first child age six to 11. (DI22B1)
TOTAL%
6) 63015.5
7) 73015.5
8) 83116
9) 9178.8
10) 103417.5
11) 114020.6
98) Don't know42.1
99) Refused84.1
Missing866 
TOTAL194100.0
24) Enter age of second child age six to 11. (DI22B2)
TOTAL%
6) 647.7
7) 735.8
8) 8815.4
9) 9917.3
10) 101223.1
11) 111019.2
98) Don't know11.9
99) Refused59.6
Missing968 
TOTAL52100.0
25) Enter age of third child age six to 11. (DI22B3)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10078.042.26
26) Enter age of first child under six. (DI22C1)
TOTAL%
0) Less than one year159.8
1) 11711.1
2) 23321.6
3) 32516.3
4) 42717.6
5) 53120.3
99) Refused53.3
Missing897 
TOTAL153100.0
27) Enter age of second child under six. (DI22C2)
TOTAL%
0) Less than one year612.8
1) 148.5
2) 21021.3
3) 3612.8
4) 41021.3
5) 5817
99) Refused36.4
Missing973 
TOTAL47100.0
28) Enter age of third child under six. (DI22C3)
TOTAL%
0) Less than one year228.6
1) 1228.6
2) 2114.3
5) 5228.6
Missing1002 
TOTAL7100.0
29) Enter age of fourth child under six. (DI22C4)
TOTAL%
0) Less than one year1100
Missing1006 
TOTAL1100.0
30) Are you the parent or guardian of anyone under 18 in your household? (PARENT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes30280.7
2) No7219.3
Missing722 
TOTAL374100.0
31) What is your age? (AGE)
TOTAL%
18) 18424.2
19) 19232.3
20) 20202
21) 21161.6
22) 22111.1
23) 23212.1
24) 24101
25) 25202
26) 26141.4
27) 27151.5
28) 28141.4
29) 29111.1
30) 30202
31) 317.7
32) 32161.6
33) 33161.6
34) 34121.2
35) 35181.8
36) 36111.1
37) 37161.6
38) 38171.7
39) 39181.8
40) 40535.3
41) 41151.5
42) 42161.6
43) 43141.4
44) 44151.5
45) 45161.6
46) 46252.5
47) 479.9
48) 48191.9
49) 49141.4
50) 50222.2
51) 51131.3
52) 52141.4
53) 53181.8
54) 54191.9
55) 55353.5
56) 56161.6
57) 57131.3
58) 589.9
59) 598.8
60) 60313.1
61) 617.7
62) 62131.3
63) 63141.4
64) 64171.7
65) 65151.5
66) 66101
67) 67161.6
68) 68111.1
69) 694.4
70) 70101
71) 716.6
72) 72121.2
73) 73131.3
74) 743.3
75) 757.7
76) 76101
77) 778.8
78) 786.6
79) 793.3
80) 80101
81) 813.3
82) 823.3
83) 835.5
84) 842.2
85) 853.3
86) 861.1
87) 872.2
88) 881.1
90) 901.1
91) 911.1
92) 9200
93) 9300
99) Refused282.8
TOTAL1007100.0
32) Could you please tell me if you are: (AGE2)
TOTAL%
2) 30-49828.6
3) 50-64621.4
4) 65+414.3
9) Refused1035.7
Missing974 
TOTAL28100.0
33) What is the last grade of school you completed? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school graduate13213.1
2) High school graduate32232
3) Some college24424.2
4) Graduated college18017.9
5) Graduate school or more969.5
6) Technical school/other202
9) Refused131.3
TOTAL1007100.0
34) Is your total annual household income from all sources, and before taxes: (INCOME)
TOTAL%
1) Less than $15,00014013.9
2) $15,000 but less than $25,000999.8
3) $25,000 but less than $30,000717.1
4) $30,000 but less than $40,000838.2
5) $40,000 but less than $50,000707
6) $50,000 but less than $75,00011811.7
7) $75,000 but less than $100,000908.9
8) $100,000 and over (unspecified)151.5
9) Less than $50,000272.7
10) $50,000 but less than $100,000131.3
12) $100,000 to under $150,000868.5
13) $150,000 to under $200,000282.8
14) $200,000 to under $250,000101
15) $250,000 or more191.9
98) Don't know313.1
99) Refused10710.6
TOTAL1007100.0
35) Race of Respondent (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White non-Hispanic66866.3
2) Black non-Hispanic11411.3
3) White Hispanic1009.9
4) Black Hispanic111.1
5) Unspecified Hispanic262.6
6) Other race626.2
7) Refused272.7
TOTAL1008100.0
36) Affiliation rotate (PARTYROT)
TOTAL%
1) Male Republican/Democrat24023.9
2) Male Democrat/Republican24824.7
3) Female Republican/Democrat25125
4) Female Democrat/Republican26726.5
TOTAL1006100.0
37) Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as: (PARTY)
TOTAL%
0) Other7.7
1) A Republican24924.8
2) A Democrat32332.1
3) An Independent35435.2
8) Don't know393.9
9) Refused333.3
TOTAL1005100.0
38) Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement, or not? (TPARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Yes838.2
2) No86986.2
8) Don't know404
9) Refused161.6
TOTAL1008100.0
39) Ideology rotate (IDEOROT)
TOTAL%
1) D3 1-5 asked52552.1
2) D3 5-1 asked48247.9
TOTAL1007100.0
40) Generally speaking, would you describe your political views as: (IDEO)
TOTAL%
1) Very conservative15815.7
2) Somewhat conservative22222.1
3) Moderate29729.5
4) Somewhat liberal16216.1
5) Very liberal898.8
8) Don't know505
9) Refused282.8
TOTAL1006100.0
41) Are you registered to vote at your present address or not? (REGVOTE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes73973.4
2) No24924.7
8) Don't know7.7
9) Refused121.2
TOTAL1007100.0
42) Besides the telephone number I reached you on, how many other telephone numbers, if any, does your household have? (OTHTEL)
TOTAL%
0) None56856.3
1) One686.7
2) Two393.9
3) Three202
7) Cell phone household only30830.6
9) Refused5.5
TOTAL1008100.0
43) Enter sex of respondent (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male49048.7
2) Female51751.3
TOTAL1007100.0
44) What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, something else or nothing in particular? *REFORMATTED QUESTION* (RELIG)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant34334
2) Catholic, Roman Catholic21120.9
3) Jewish/Judaism191.9
4) Muslim/Islamic2.2
5) Mormon/Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints202
6) Something else313.1
7) Nothing in particular19519.3
10) Buddhist5.5
11) Hindu5.5
12) Unitarian/Universalist2.2
13) Christian/Non-denominational Christian15715.6
99) Don't know/refused181.8
TOTAL1008100.0
45) Would you describe yourself as a 'born-again' or 'evangelical Christian,' or not? (BORN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes26352.7
2) No22545.1
8) Don't know112.2
Missing496 
TOTAL499100.0
46) Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services -- more than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, seldom, or never? (ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a week17217.1
2) Once a week22622.5
3) Once or twice a month12912.8
4) A few times a year16416.3
5) Seldom17317.2
6) Never12912.8
8) Don't know1.1
9) Refused111.1
TOTAL1005100.0
47) Were you born in the United States, the island of Puerto Rico, or in another country? (USBORN)
TOTAL%
1) United States5943.4
2) Puerto Rico139.6
3) Another country6245.6
9) Refused21.5
Missing931 
TOTAL136100.0
48) How many years have you lived in the United States? (USLIVE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL100721.7525.60
49) Ident (IDENT)
TOTAL%
1) Landline59559.1
2) Cell Phone sample34133.9
3) Hispanic in language282.8
4) Both cell phone and Hispanic in language434.3
TOTAL1007100.0
50) Now thinking about your telephone use: Does anyone in your household, including yourself, have a working cell phone? (L1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, respondent or someone in household has cell phone52183.5
2) No9214.7
8) Don't know3.5
9) Refused81.3
Missing300 
TOTAL624100.0
51) Of all the telephone calls that you and the other people in your household receive, are: (L2)
TOTAL%
1) All or almost all calls received on a cell phone13125.1
2) Some received on a cell phone and some on a regular home phone25148.2
3) All or almost all calls received on a regular home phone13926.7
Missing462 
TOTAL521100.0
52) Now thinking about your telephone use, is there at least one telephone INSIDE your home that is currently working and is not a cell phone? (C1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, has a home telephone7920.6
2) No, no home telephone30579.4
Missing707 
TOTAL384100.0
53) Of all the telephone calls that you and the other people in your household receive, are: (C2)
TOTAL%
1) All or almost all calls received on a cell phone3341.3
2) Some received on a cell phone and some on a regular home phone3138.8
3) All or almost all calls received on a regular home phone1620
Missing878 
TOTAL80100.0
54) How many different cell phone numbers do you personally answer calls on? (C1A)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10071.541.39
55) Q1rot1 (Q1ROT1)
TOTAL%
1) Pr-1/1a asked first49749.4
2) Pr-2/2a asked first51050.6
TOTAL1007100.0
56) In America today, do you believe that the right of religious liberty is being threatened, or not? (Q1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes39339
2) No56656.2
8) Don't know444.4
9) Refused4.4
TOTAL1007100.0
57) In just a few words, in what way is the right of religious liberty being threatened? (Q1AOPEN)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
58) Q1ACODE (Q1ACODE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
59) Q1ACODE (Q1AFINAL)
TOTAL%
1) General government interference in religion7219.6
2) Hostility towards Christians/religion3810.4
3) Personal liberties threatened246.5
4) Removing religion from the public square8523.2
5) Changing culture339
6) Contraception mandate226
7) Sexuality issues164.4
8) Other7119.3
9) Don't know61.6
Missing582 
TOTAL367100.0
60) Q2ROT2 (Q2ROT2)
TOTAL%
1) Pr-3 asked first49449.1
2) Pr-4 asked first51350.9
TOTAL1007100.0
61) In America today, do you believe that the principle of separation of church and state is being threatened, or not? (Q2)
TOTAL%
1) Yes45445.1
2) No48548.2
8) Don't know616.1
9) Refused7.7
TOTAL1007100.0
62) In just a few words, in what way is the principle of separation of church and state being threatened? (Q12AOPEN)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
63) Do you think religiously affiliated colleges and universities should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost, or not? (Q3A)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, should be required to provide54854.4
2) No, should not be required to provide41941.6
8) Don't know303
9) Refused101
TOTAL1007100.0
64) Do you think religiously affiliated hospitals should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost, or not? (Q3B)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, should be required to provide57757.3
2) No, should not be required to provide38037.7
8) Don't know393.9
9) Refused111.1
TOTAL1007100.0
65) Do you think churches and other places of worship should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost, or not? (Q3C)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, should be required to provide42642.3
2) No, should not be required to provide52752.4
8) Don't know393.9
9) Refused141.4
TOTAL1006100.0
66) Do you think privately owned small businesses should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost, or not? (Q3D)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, should be required to provide53152.7
2) No, should not be required to provide43543.2
8) Don't know323.2
9) Refused101
TOTAL1008100.0
67) Do you think publicly held corporations should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost, or not? (Q3E)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, should be required to provide62562.1
2) No, should not be required to provide32932.7
8) Don't know444.4
9) Refused8.8
TOTAL1006100.0
68) Do you think religiously affiliated social service agencies should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost, or not? (Q3F)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, should be required to provide52752.3
2) No, should not be required to provide43643.3
8) Don't know343.4
9) Refused111.1
TOTAL1008100.0
69) Do you think religiously affiliated adoption agencies that receive federal funding should be able to refuse to place children with qualified gay and lesbian couples, or not? (Q4A)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, should be able to refuse32031.8
2) No, should not be able to refuse63062.6
8) Don't know414.1
9) Refused161.6
TOTAL1007100.0
70) Do you think religiously affiliated adoption agencies that receive NO federal funding should be able to refuse to place children with qualified gay and lesbian couples, or not? (Q4B)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, should be able to refuse44744.3
2) No, should not be able to refuse50850.4
8) Don't know424.2
9) Refused111.1
TOTAL1008100.0
71) All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally?: (Q5A)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor21921.8
2) Favor29829.6
3) Oppose19018.9
4) Strongly oppose24724.6
8) Don't know393.9
9) Refused131.3
TOTAL1006100.0
72) All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing methods of birth control to be generally available to teenagers age 16 or older without parental approval: (Q5B)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor24724.6
2) Favor27527.3
3) Oppose20520.4
4) Strongly oppose25825.6
8) Don't know161.6
9) Refused5.5
TOTAL1006100.0
73) All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children: (Q5C)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor23523.4
2) Favor31231
3) Oppose19018.9
4) Strongly oppose21421.3
8) Don't know414.1
9) Refused141.4
TOTAL1006100.0
74) If the law guaranteed that no church or congregation would be required to perform marriages for gay and lesbian couples, I would support allowing them to legally marry (Q6)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree214.3
2) Mostly agree449
3) Mostly disagree10922.2
4) Completely disagree28157.2
8) Don't know265.3
9) Refused102
Missing469 
TOTAL491100.0
75) What is your age? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 18-2921922.4
2) 30-3915015.3
3) 40-4919620
4) 50-6424925.4
5) 65+16516.9
Missing33 
TOTAL979100.0
76) What is the last grade of school you completed? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school graduate13213.3
2) High school graduate32232.4
3) Some college or technical school/other26326.5
4) Graduated college18018.1
5) Graduate school or more969.7
Missing13 
TOTAL993100.0
77) Region (For use with online analysis) (I-REGION)
TOTAL%
1) North East18618.5
2) North Central22021.9
3) South37136.9
4) West22922.8
TOTAL1006100.0
78) What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, something else or nothing in particular? *REFORMATTED QUESTION* (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RELIGION)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant34334.6
2) Catholic, Roman Catholic21121.3
3) Other848.5
7) Nothing in particular19519.7
13) Christian/non-denominational Christian15715.9
Missing19 
TOTAL990100.0
79) Enter sex of respondent (For use with online analysis) (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male49048.7
2) Female51751.3
TOTAL1007100.0