PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, May 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
TOTAL100632891745.1229160037.96
2) Week (WEEK)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1006818.000.00
3) Weight (WEIGHT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10.577
4) State (STATE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
5) Metro (METRO)
TOTAL%
1) Center City (Metro)35835.6
2) Center City Country (Metro)26726.5
3) Suburban (Metro)17117
4) Non-Center City (Metro)181.8
5) Non-Metro19319.2
TOTAL1007100.0
6) Region (REGION)
TOTAL%
1) North East18618.5
2) North Central22021.9
3) South37237
4) West22822.7
TOTAL1006100.0
7) Division (DIVISION)
TOTAL%
1) New England474.7
2) Mid Atlantic13913.8
3) East North Central14114
4) West North Central797.9
5) South Atlantic18318.2
6) East South Central666.6
7) West South Central12312.2
8) Mountain636.3
9) Pacific16516.4
TOTAL1006100.0
8) Is your home owned or rented? (OWNHOME)
TOTAL%
1) Owned66065.6
2) Rented33933.7
9) Refused7.7
TOTAL1006100.0
9) Are you: (MARITAL)
TOTAL%
1) Single, that is never married22322.2
2) Single, living with a partner898.9
3) Married52251.9
4) Separated161.6
5) Widowed606
6) Divorced888.8
9) Refused7.7
TOTAL1005100.0
10) Employment Status (EMPLOY)
TOTAL%
1) Full-time43543.2
2) Part-time14614.5
3) Retired17817.7
4) Housewife676.7
5) Student393.9
6) Temporarily unemployed797.8
7) Disabled/handicapped565.6
8) Other not employed3.3
9) Refused4.4
TOTAL1007100.0
11) Including yourself, how many people are there living in your household? (HHNUM)
TOTAL%
1) One13113
2) Two34634.3
3) Three18318.2
4) Four16916.8
5) Five10710.6
6) Six454.5
7) Seven121.2
8) Eight or more5.5
9) Refused101
TOTAL1008100.0
12) How many of these are adults, 18 or older? (ADULTS)
TOTAL%
1) One16616.5
2) Two53653.3
3) Three18318.2
4) Four767.6
5) Five262.6
6) Six6.6
7) Seven1.1
8) Eight or more2.2
9) Refused101
TOTAL1006100.0
13) How many of these adults are male? (ADULTM)
TOTAL%
0) None12712.7
1) One64865
2) Two17117.2
3) Three343.4
4) Four8.8
5) Five7.7
6) Six2.2
Missing9 
TOTAL997100.0
14) How many of these adults are female? (ADULTF)
TOTAL%
0) None11011
1) One69469.7
2) Two16216.3
3) Three252.5
4) Four5.5
Missing9 
TOTAL996100.0
15) How many are children 12 to 17? (KIDS1217)
TOTAL%
0) None17951
1) One12836.5
2) Two339.4
3) Three113.1
Missing736 
TOTAL351100.0
16) How many are children six to 11? (KIDS611)
TOTAL%
0) None19054.1
1) One9827.9
2) Two5315.1
3) Three102.8
Missing736 
TOTAL351100.0
17) How many are children under six? (KIDS06)
TOTAL%
0) None18953.8
1) One10931.1
2) Two4011.4
3) Three123.4
4) Four1.3
Missing736 
TOTAL351100.0
18) Enter age of first child age 12 to 17. (DI22A1)
TOTAL%
12) 123017.5
13) 133319.3
14) 142112.3
15) 152313.5
16) 163319.3
17) 172715.8
99) Refused42.3
Missing864 
TOTAL171100.0
19) Enter age of second child age 12 to 17. (DI22A2)
TOTAL%
12) 1236.5
13) 13613
14) 14715.2
15) 15919.6
16) 161123.9
17) 17715.2
99) Refused36.5
Missing968 
TOTAL46100.0
20) Enter age of third child age 12 to 17. (DI22A3)
TOTAL%
12) 12216.7
13) 1318.3
15) 15216.7
16) 16433.3
17) 1718.3
99) Refused216.7
Missing997 
TOTAL12100.0
21) Enter age of first child age six to 11. (DI22B1)
TOTAL%
6) 63924.2
7) 73219.9
8) 81911.8
9) 91710.6
10) 102314.3
11) 112817.4
99) Refused31.9
Missing883 
TOTAL161100.0
22) Enter age of second child age six to 11. (DI22B2)
TOTAL%
6) 646.3
7) 7812.7
8) 834.8
9) 91828.6
10) 101727
11) 111219
99) Refused11.6
Missing959 
TOTAL63100.0
23) Enter age of third child age six to 11. (DI22B3)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10069.951.51
24) Enter age of first child under six. (DI22C1)
TOTAL%
0) Less than one year2616
1) 1106.1
2) 22817.2
3) 33119
4) 43119
5) 53320.2
99) Refused42.5
Missing895 
TOTAL163100.0
25) Enter age of second child under six. (DI22C2)
TOTAL%
0) Less than one year35.7
1) 1815.1
2) 21528.3
3) 31120.8
4) 4815.1
5) 5713.2
99) Refused11.9
Missing968 
TOTAL53100.0
26) Enter age of third child under six. (DI22C3)
TOTAL%
0) Less than one year642.9
3) 3428.6
4) 4428.6
Missing999 
TOTAL14100.0
27) Enter age of fourth child under six. (DI22C4)
TOTAL%
0) Less than one year1100
Missing1005 
TOTAL1100.0
28) Are you the parent or guardian of anyone under 18 in your household? (PARENT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes28581.2
2) No6618.8
Missing736 
TOTAL351100.0
29) What is your age? (AGE)
TOTAL%
18) 18383.8
19) 19161.6
20) 20161.6
21) 21272.7
22) 22181.8
23) 23202
24) 24171.7
25) 25131.3
26) 26121.2
27) 27141.4
28) 28171.7
29) 29131.3
30) 30161.6
31) 31151.5
32) 32171.7
33) 33171.7
34) 34161.6
35) 35282.8
36) 36202
37) 37131.3
38) 389.9
39) 39151.5
40) 40141.4
41) 41121.2
42) 42191.9
43) 43181.8
44) 44131.3
45) 45292.9
46) 46191.9
47) 47191.9
48) 48222.2
49) 49212.1
50) 50242.4
51) 51191.9
52) 52212.1
53) 53121.2
54) 54181.8
55) 55171.7
56) 568.8
57) 57151.5
58) 58121.2
59) 59121.2
60) 60242.4
61) 61181.8
62) 62161.6
63) 63121.2
64) 64191.9
65) 659.9
66) 669.9
67) 67161.6
68) 68101
69) 69101
70) 709.9
71) 716.6
72) 72111.1
73) 739.9
74) 746.6
75) 75101
76) 767.7
77) 773.3
78) 787.7
79) 796.6
80) 804.4
81) 816.6
82) 824.4
83) 832.2
84) 844.4
85) 854.4
86) 861.1
87) 873.3
88) 883.3
89) 891.1
90) 903.3
92) 921.1
98) 981.1
99) Refused212.1
TOTAL1006100.0
30) Could you please tell me if you are: (AGE2)
TOTAL%
2) 30-49419
3) 50-64942.9
4) 65+523.8
9) Refused314.3
Missing981 
TOTAL21100.0
31) What is the last grade of school you completed? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school graduate13413.3
2) High school graduate30530.3
3) Some college25625.4
4) Graduated college16716.6
5) Graduate school or more11211.1
6) Technical school/other313.1
9) Refused1.1
TOTAL1006100.0
32) 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 $25,00012011.9
3) $25,000 but less than $30,000939.2
4) $30,000 but less than $40,000979.6
5) $40,000 but less than $50,000908.9
6) $50,000 but less than $75,00012812.7
7) $75,000 but less than $100,000908.9
8) $100,000 and over (unspecified)101
9) Less than $50,000161.6
10) $50,000 but less than $100,000101
12) $100,000 to under $150,000908.9
13) $150,000 to under $200,000313.1
14) $200,000 to under $250,000101
15) $250,000 or more141.4
98) Don't know262.6
99) Refused424.2
TOTAL1007100.0
33) Race of Respondent (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White Non-Hispanic67166.7
2) Black Non-Hispanic11411.3
3) White Hispanic10410.3
4) Black Hispanic212.1
5) Unspecified Hispanic141.4
6) Other race636.3
7) Refused191.9
TOTAL1006100.0
34) Affiliation rotate (PARTYROT)
TOTAL%
1) Male Republican/Democrat24224
2) Male Democrat/Republican24724.5
3) Female Republican/Democrat26426.2
4) Female Democrat/Republican25425.2
TOTAL1007100.0
35) Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as: (PARTY)
TOTAL%
0) Other101
1) A Republican22922.8
2) A Democrat32332.1
3) An Independent39739.5
8) Don't know171.7
9) Refused292.9
TOTAL1005100.0
36) Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement, or not? (TPARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Yes797.9
2) No86886.3
8) Don't know494.9
9) Refused101
TOTAL1006100.0
37) Ideology rotate (IDEOROT)
TOTAL%
1) Ideology 1-5 asked50750.4
2) Ideology 5-1 asked49949.6
TOTAL1006100.0
38) Generally speaking, would you describe your political views as: (IDEO)
TOTAL%
1) Very conservative14013.9
2) Somewhat conservative21721.5
3) Moderate31231
4) Somewhat liberal19219.1
5) Very liberal818
8) Don't know404
9) Refused252.5
TOTAL1007100.0
39) Are you registered to vote at your present address or not? (REGVOTE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes76876.3
2) No22422.2
8) Don't know101
9) Refused5.5
TOTAL1007100.0
40) Besides the telephone number I reached you on, how many other telephone numbers, if any, does your household have? (OTHTEL)
TOTAL%
0) None62361.9
1) One444.4
2) Two191.9
3) Three8.8
7) Cell phone household only30930.7
9) Refused3.3
TOTAL1006100.0
41) Enter sex of respondent (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male48948.6
2) Female51751.4
TOTAL1006100.0
42) 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) Protestant32232
2) Catholic, Roman Catholic22222.1
3) Jewish/Judaism151.5
4) Muslim/Islamic9.9
5) Mormon/Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints212.1
6) Something else222.2
7) Nothing in particular18418.3
10) Buddhist4.4
11) Hindu1.1
12) Unitarian/Universalist4.4
13) Christian/non-denominational Christian17217.1
99) Don't know/Refused303
TOTAL1006100.0
43) Would you describe yourself as a 'born-again' or 'Evangelical Christian', or not? (BORN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes25351.2
2) No21743.9
8) Don't know244.9
Missing495 
TOTAL494100.0
44) Were you born in the United States, the island of Puerto Rico, or in another country? (USBORN)
TOTAL%
1) United States6043.2
2) Puerto Rico64.3
3) Another Country7352.5
Missing912 
TOTAL139100.0
45) How many years have you lived in the United States? (USLIVE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL100617.6312.11
46) Ident (IDENT)
TOTAL%
1) Landline60159.7
2) Cell Phone sample34434.2
3) Hispanic in language212.1
4) Both cell phone and Hispanic in language404
TOTAL1006100.0
47) 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 phone52784.7
2) No9214.8
9) Refused3.5
Missing300 
TOTAL622100.0
48) 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 phone12924.5
2) Some received on a cell phone and some on a regular home phone23043.7
3) All or almost all calls received on a regular home phone16731.7
Missing428 
TOTAL526100.0
49) 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 telephone7519.6
2) No, no home telephone30880.4
Missing706 
TOTAL383100.0
50) 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 phone3242.1
2) Some received on a cell phone and some on a regular home phone3444.7
3) All or almost all calls received on a regular home phone911.8
8) Don't know11.3
Missing874 
TOTAL76100.0
51) How many different cell phone numbers do you personally answer calls on? (C1A)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10061.290.85
52) Q1rot (Q1ROT)
TOTAL%
1) Q1 asked first52051.7
2) Q2 asked first48648.3
TOTAL1006100.0
53) How important is it for a candidate to share your religious beliefs? Is it very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (Q1)
TOTAL%
1) Very important19819.7
2) Somewhat important21921.8
3) Not too important19919.8
4) Not at all important37937.7
8) Don't know6.6
9) Refused5.5
TOTAL1006100.0
54) Q2rot (Q2ROT)
TOTAL%
1) Q2 Democrat first52051.7
2) Q2 Republican first48648.3
TOTAL1006100.0
55) If the 2012 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were Barack Obama, the Democrat, and Mitt Romney, the Republican, for whom would you vote? (Q2)
TOTAL%
1) Obama47146.8
2) Romney35435.2
3) Other candidate8.8
4) Neither686.8
5) Would not vote191.9
8) Don't know707
9) Refused161.6
TOTAL1006100.0
56) Q3rot (Q3ROT)
TOTAL%
1) Obama asked first47547.2
2) Romney asked first53152.8
TOTAL1006100.0
57) Regardless of how you intend to vote, would you say your overall opinion of Barack Obama is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (Q3A)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable19319.2
2) Mostly favorable37136.9
3) Mostly unfavorable21221.1
4) Very unfavorable21020.9
8) Don't know171.7
9) Refused3.3
TOTAL1006100.0
58) Regardless of how you intend to vote, would you say your overall opinion of Mitt Romney is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (Q3B)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable737.3
2) Mostly favorable39539.3
3) Mostly unfavorable28428.2
4) Very unfavorable17417.3
8) Don't know747.4
9) Refused6.6
TOTAL1006100.0
59) Q4rota (Q4ROTA)
TOTAL%
1) Q4 asked first49849.5
2) Q5 asked first50850.5
TOTAL1006100.0
60) Q4rotb (Q4ROTB)
TOTAL%
1) Pr-4a asked first48448.1
2) Pr-4b asked first52251.9
TOTAL1006100.0
61) Do you happen to know what Barack Obama's religion is? Is he Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, something else, or is he not religious? (Q4A)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant25425.2
2) Catholic535.3
3) Jewish1.1
4) Mormon5.5
5) Muslim15915.8
7) Something else5.5
8) Christian797.8
97) Not religious313.1
98) Don't know what his religious beliefs are41541.2
99) Refused5.5
TOTAL1007100.0
62) Do you happen to know what Barack Obama's religion is? Enter other response. (Q4AOTHER)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
63) Do you happen to know what Mitt Romney's religion is? Is he Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, something else, or is he not religious? (Q4B)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant505
2) Catholic484.8
3) Jewish3.3
4) Mormon45745.4
5) Muslim2.2
8) Christian151.5
97) Not religious202
98) Don't know what his religious beliefs are40440.2
99) Refused7.7
TOTAL1006100.0
64) Do you happen to know what Mitt Romney's religion is? Enter other response. (QBAOTHER)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
65) Q5rot (Q5ROT)
TOTAL%
1) Q5a asked first51050.7
2) Q5b asked first49649.3
TOTAL1006100.0
66) And from what you know, do you think Barack Obama has RELIGIOUS BELIEFS that are similar, somewhat similar, somewhat different than your own RELIGIOUS BELIEFS? (Q5A)
TOTAL%
1) Very similar10710.6
2) Somewhat similar28528.4
3) Somewhat different17317.2
4) Very different28428.3
8) Don't know what his religious beliefs are14114
9) Refused151.5
TOTAL1005100.0
67) And from what you know, do you think Mitt Romney has RELIGIOUS BELIEFS that are similar, somewhat similar, somewhat different than your own RELIGIOUS BELIEFS? (Q5B)
TOTAL%
1) Very similar474.7
2) Somewhat similar25525.3
3) Somewhat different23022.9
4) Very different26626.4
8) Don't know what his religious beliefs are19519.4
9) Refused131.3
TOTAL1006100.0
68) FORM (FORM)
TOTAL%
1) Halfsamp a50049.7
2) Halfsamp b50650.3
TOTAL1006100.0
69) Q6rot (Q6ROT)
TOTAL%
1) Q6/7 asked48848.5
2) Q8/9 asked51851.5
TOTAL1006100.0
70) Now I'm going to read you three things that some people say are reasons NOT to support Barack Obama in the 2012 election. After I read all three items, please just tell me HOW MANY of these reasons you agree with, if any. Do not tell me which ones, just how many. How many, if any, of these things do you agree with? His political views are too liberal, He's not a strong leader, He doesn't believe in the principles of capitalism. (Q6)
TOTAL%
0) 017434.7
1) 19719.4
2) 210821.6
3) 311523
8) Don't know61.2
9) Refused1.2
Missing502 
TOTAL501100.0
71) Now I'm going to read you four things that some people say are reasons NOT to support Barack Obama in the 2012 election. After I read all four items, please just tell me HOW MANY of these reasons you agree with, if any. Do not tell me which ones, just how many. How many, if any, of these things do you agree with? His political views are too liberal, He's not a strong leader, He doesn't believe in the principles of capitalism, He doesn't understand the problems of white Americans. (Q7)
TOTAL%
0) 018336.1
1) 18817.4
2) 28015.8
3) 37414.6
4) 47013.8
8) Don't know91.8
9) Refused3.6
Missing504 
TOTAL507100.0
72) Now I'm going to read you three things that some people say are reasons NOT to support Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. After I read all three items, please just tell me HOW MANY of these reasons you agree with, if any. Do not tell me which ones, just how many. How many, if any, of these things do you agree with? His political views are too conservative, He doesn't stick to his positions, He's out of touch with the needs of everyday Americans. (Q8)
TOTAL%
0) 011222.1
1) 111923.5
2) 213827.3
3) 312224.1
8) Don't know142.8
9) Refused1.2
Missing504 
TOTAL506100.0
73) Now I'm going to read you four things that some people say are reasons NOT to support Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. After I read all four items, please just tell me HOW MANY of these reasons you agree with, if any. Do not tell me which ones, just how many. How many, if any, of these things do you agree with? His political views are too conservative, He doesn't stick to his positions, He's out of touch with the needs of everyday Americans, His Mormon faith is out of the mainstream. (Q9)
TOTAL%
0) 010220.4
1) 18917.8
2) 215430.7
3) 38917.8
4) 45511
8) Don't know112.2
9) Refused1.2
Missing502 
TOTAL501100.0
74) What is your age? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 18-2922122.4
2) 30-3916516.8
3) 40-4918719
4) 50-6424725.1
5) 65+16516.8
Missing25 
TOTAL985100.0
75) What is the last grade of school you completed? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school graduate13413.3
2) High school graduate30530.3
3) Some college or technical school/other28728.6
4) Graduated college16716.6
5) Graduate school or more11211.1
Missing1 
TOTAL1005100.0
76) Region (For use with online analysis) (I-REGION)
TOTAL%
1) North East18618.5
2) North Central22021.9
3) South37237
4) West22822.7
TOTAL1006100.0
77) 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) Protestant32233
2) Catholic, Roman Catholic22222.7
3) Other767.8
7) Nothing in particular18418.9
13) Christian/non-denominational Christian17217.6
Missing31 
TOTAL976100.0
78) Enter sex of respondent (For use with online analysis) (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male48948.6
2) Female51751.4
TOTAL1006100.0