PRRI-RNS Religion News Survey, August 2012

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All frequencies weighted by 3) WEIGHT;
(The number of missing cases reported in the codebook are unweighted)
1) Case ID (CASEID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL100634419984.8629491007.46
2) Week (WEEK)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1006832.000.00
3) Weight (WEIGHT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10.703
4) State (STATE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
5) Metro (METRO)
TOTAL%
1) Center City (Metro)37236.9
2) Center City Country (Metro)24624.4
3) Suburban (Metro)17717.6
4) Non-Center City (Metro)181.8
5) Non-Metro19419.3
TOTAL1007100.0
6) Region (REGION)
TOTAL%
1) North East18618.5
2) North Central22122
3) South37237
4) West22722.6
TOTAL1006100.0
7) Division (DIVISION)
TOTAL%
1) New England383.8
2) Mid Atlantic14814.7
3) East North Central13713.6
4) West North Central848.3
5) South Atlantic20120
6) East South Central707
7) West South Central10110
8) Mountain878.6
9) Pacific14013.9
TOTAL1006100.0
8) Is your home owned or rented? (OWNHOME)
TOTAL%
1) Owned65064.6
2) Rented33933.7
8) Don't know4.4
9) Refused131.3
TOTAL1006100.0
9) Are you...? (MARITAL)
TOTAL%
1) Single, that is, never married23122.9
2) Single, living with a partner888.7
3) Married47447.1
4) Separated303
5) Widowed696.9
6) Divorced10510.4
9) Refused101
TOTAL1007100.0
10) Employment Status (EMPLOY)
TOTAL%
1) Full-time40139.9
2) Part-time14114
3) Retired18218.1
4) Housewife525.2
5) Student474.7
6) Temporarily unemployed10410.3
7) Disabled/handicapped696.9
8) Other not employed3.3
9) Refused7.7
TOTAL1006100.0
11) Including yourself, how many people are there living in your household? (HHNUM)
TOTAL%
1) One11611.5
2) Two37136.9
3) Three19119
4) Four14614.5
5) Five10610.5
6) Six313.1
7) Seven151.5
8) Eight or more171.7
9) Refused121.2
TOTAL1005100.0
12) How many of these are adults, 18 or older? (ADULTS)
TOTAL%
1) One14214.1
2) Two56255.9
3) Three17917.8
4) Four808
5) Five212.1
6) Six4.4
7) Seven1.1
8) Eight or more5.5
9) Refused121.2
TOTAL1006100.0
13) How many of these adults are male? (ADULTM)
TOTAL%
0) None11711.8
1) One66667.1
2) Two16716.8
3) Three343.4
4) Four7.7
6) Six2.2
8) Eight or more00
Missing13 
TOTAL993100.0
14) How many of these adults are female? (ADULTF)
TOTAL%
0) None10410.5
1) One68368.7
2) Two16216.3
3) Three313.1
4) Four9.9
5) Five5.5
Missing13 
TOTAL994100.0
15) How many are children 12 to 17? (KIDS1217)
TOTAL%
0) None17751.8
1) One11132.5
2) Two4412.9
3) Three72
4) Four3.9
Missing774 
TOTAL342100.0
16) How many are children six to 11? (KIDS611)
TOTAL%
0) None17150.1
1) One11634
2) Two4814.1
3) Three51.5
4) Four1.3
Missing774 
TOTAL341100.0
17) How many are children under six? (KIDS06)
TOTAL%
0) None18052.9
1) One10631.2
2) Two4212.4
3) Three113.2
4) Four1.3
Missing774 
TOTAL340100.0
18) Enter age of first child age 12 to 17. (DI22A1)
TOTAL%
12) 123521.6
13) 133622.2
14) 142314.2
15) 152515.4
16) 163018.5
17) 17138
99) Refused00
Missing886 
TOTAL162100.0
19) Enter age of second child age 12 to 17. (DI22A2)
TOTAL%
12) 12713
13) 131018.5
14) 141120.4
15) 15814.8
16) 161222.2
17) 1759.3
98) Don't know11.9
Missing967 
TOTAL54100.0
20) Enter age of third child age 12 to 17. (DI22A3)
TOTAL%
14) 14111.1
15) 15111.1
16) 16666.7
17) 17111.1
Missing1001 
TOTAL9100.0
21) Enter age of fourth child age 12 to 17. (DI22A4)
TOTAL%
15) 153100
Missing1005 
TOTAL3100.0
22) Enter age of first child age six to 11. (DI22B1)
TOTAL%
6) 64023.8
7) 73520.8
8) 82414.3
9) 92313.7
10) 102414.3
11) 112112.5
99) Refused1.6
Missing900 
TOTAL168100.0
23) Enter age of second child age six to 11. (DI22B2)
TOTAL%
6) 61018.9
7) 747.5
8) 81732.1
9) 959.4
10) 10713.2
11) 11917
99) Refused11.9
Missing967 
TOTAL53100.0
24) Enter age of third child age six to 11. (DI22B3)
TOTAL%
8) 8120
9) 9120
10) 10120
11) 11120
99) Refused120
Missing1000 
TOTAL5100.0
25) Enter age of fourth child age six to 11. (DI22B4)
TOTAL%
11) 111100
Missing1005 
TOTAL1100.0
26) Enter age of first child under six. (DI22C1)
TOTAL%
0) Less than one year2616.3
1) 1148.8
2) 22716.9
3) 33521.9
4) 41710.6
5) 53823.8
99) Refused31.9
Missing913 
TOTAL160100.0
27) Enter age of second child under six. (DI22C2)
TOTAL%
0) Less than one year1425.9
1) 1916.7
2) 2713
3) 31222.2
4) 4916.7
5) 511.9
99) Refused23.7
Missing976 
TOTAL54100.0
28) Enter age of third child under six. (DI22C3)
TOTAL%
0) Less than one year758.3
1) 118.3
3) 318.3
5) 518.3
99) Refused216.7
Missing999 
TOTAL12100.0
29) Enter age of fourth child under six. (DI22C4)
TOTAL%
1) 11100
Missing1005 
TOTAL1100.0
30) Are you the parent or guardian of anyone under 18 in your household? (PARENT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes26076.5
2) No8023.5
Missing774 
TOTAL340100.0
31) What is your age? (AGE)
TOTAL%
18) 18242.4
19) 19171.7
20) 20171.7
21) 21252.5
22) 22212.1
23) 23242.4
24) 24181.8
25) 25121.2
26) 26202
27) 27141.4
28) 28161.6
29) 29121.2
30) 30212.1
31) 31101
32) 32151.5
33) 33171.7
34) 34161.6
35) 35141.4
36) 36191.9
37) 37161.6
38) 38222.2
39) 39202
40) 40262.6
41) 41131.3
42) 42191.9
43) 43242.4
44) 44111.1
45) 45202
46) 469.9
47) 479.9
48) 48222.2
49) 49202
50) 50141.4
51) 51131.3
52) 52111.1
53) 53212.1
54) 54111.1
55) 55303
56) 56202
57) 57131.3
58) 58232.3
59) 59161.6
60) 60171.7
61) 61101
62) 62181.8
63) 63121.2
64) 64171.7
65) 65101
66) 66101
67) 67111.1
68) 68121.2
69) 698.8
70) 70101
71) 714.4
72) 72111.1
73) 735.5
74) 748.8
75) 75121.2
76) 767.7
77) 776.6
78) 783.3
79) 796.6
80) 80111.1
81) 817.7
82) 825.5
83) 833.3
84) 841.1
85) 854.4
86) 863.3
87) 873.3
88) 882.2
89) 891.1
90) 901.1
92) 9200
99) Refused343.4
TOTAL1007100.0
32) Could you please tell me if you are...? (AGE2)
TOTAL%
2) 30-491235.3
3) 50-641132.4
4) 65 or older617.6
9) Refused514.7
Missing968 
TOTAL34100.0
33) What is the last grade of school you completed? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school graduate13113
2) High school graduate30730.5
3) Some college25525.3
4) Graduated college16416.3
5) Graduate school or more11511.4
6) Technical school/other292.9
9) Refused6.6
TOTAL1007100.0
34) Is your total annual household income from all sources, and before taxes...? (INCOME)
TOTAL%
1) Less than $15,00017617.5
2) $15,000 but less than $25,00012512.4
3) $25,000 but less than $30,000838.2
4) $30,000 but less than $40,000757.4
5) $40,000 but less than $50,000868.5
6) $50,000 but less than $75,00012612.5
7) $75,000 but less than $100,000878.6
8) $100,000 or more (Unspecified)101
9) Less than $50,000242.4
10) $50,000 but less than $100,000101
12) $100,000 to under $150,000747.3
13) $150,000 to under $200,000202
14) $200,000 to under $250,000101
15) $250,000 or more121.2
98) Don't know191.9
99) Refused717
TOTAL1008100.0
35) Race of Respondent (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White Non-Hispanic67066.5
2) Black Non-Hispanic11411.3
3) White Hispanic868.5
4) Black Hispanic313.1
5) Unspecified Hispanic202
6) Other race626.2
7) Refused252.5
TOTAL1008100.0
36) Affiliation rotate (AFFILROT)
TOTAL%
1) Male Republican/Democrat23323.1
2) Male Democrat/Republican25825.6
3) Female Republican/Democrat25024.8
4) Female Democrat/Republican26626.4
TOTAL1007100.0
37) Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as: (PARTY)
TOTAL%
0) Other181.8
1) A Republican24924.7
2) A Democrat28728.5
3) An Independent39439.1
8) Don't know292.9
9) Refused303
TOTAL1007100.0
38) Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement, or not? (TPARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Yes919
2) No85484.9
8) Don't know505
9) Refused111.1
TOTAL1006100.0
39) Ideology rotate (IDEOROT)
TOTAL%
1) IDEO 1-5 asked49148.8
2) IDEO 5-1 asked51551.2
TOTAL1006100.0
40) Generally speaking, would you describe your political views as...? (IDEO)
TOTAL%
1) Very conservative14214.1
2) Somewhat conservative24524.4
3) Moderate30830.6
4) Somewhat liberal16616.5
5) Very liberal747.4
8) Don't know474.7
9) Refused232.3
TOTAL1005100.0
41) Are you registered to vote at your present address or not? (REGVOTE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes73973.5
2) No25725.5
8) Don't know4.4
9) Refused6.6
TOTAL1006100.0
42) Besides the telephone number I reached you on, how many other telephone numbers, if any, does your household have? (OTHTEL)
TOTAL%
0) None58458
1) One555.5
2) Two222.2
3) Three8.8
7) Cell phone household only33032.8
9) Refused8.8
TOTAL1007100.0
43) Enter sex of respondent (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male48948.6
2) Female51751.4
TOTAL1006100.0
44) What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, something else, or nothing in particular? (SURVEY NOTE: REFORMATTED QUESTION) (RELIG)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant32732.6
2) Catholic, Roman Catholic21221.1
3) Jewish/Judaism131.3
4) Muslim/Islamic8.8
5) Mormon/Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints202
6) Something else343.4
7) Nothing in particular19519.4
10) Buddhist3.3
11) Hindu2.2
12) Unitarian/Universalist3.3
13) Christian/Non-denominational Christian16416.3
99) Don't know/Refused232.3
TOTAL1004100.0
45) Would you describe yourself as a 'born-again' or 'Evangelical Christian', or not? (BORN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes28558.5
2) No19239.4
8) Don't know102.1
Missing483 
TOTAL487100.0
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 week12112
2) Once a week24224.1
3) Once or twice a month13513.4
4) A few times a year17917.8
5) Seldom16316.2
6) Never15715.6
9) Refused8.8
TOTAL1005100.0
47) Were you born in the United States, the island of Puerto Rico, or in another country? (USBORN)
TOTAL%
1) United States6043.8
2) Puerto Rico42.9
3) Another country6950.4
9) Refused42.9
Missing915 
TOTAL137100.0
48) How many years have you lived in the United States? (USLIVE)
TOTAL%
2) 222.6
3) 345.3
4) 445.3
7) 745.3
8) 811.3
11) 1122.6
13) 1356.6
15) 1533.9
17) 17911.8
19) 1967.9
20) 201013.2
23) 2333.9
24) 2411.3
30) 3011.3
33) 3322.6
34) 3411.3
36) 3622.6
38) 3822.6
39) 3911.3
40) 4011.3
45) 4522.6
50) 5033.9
51) 5111.3
54) 5411.3
55) 5500
60) 6011.3
98) Don't know45.3
Missing964 
TOTAL76100.0
49) Ident (IDENT)
TOTAL%
1) Landline57557.1
2) Cell phone sample37737.4
3) Hispanic in language222.2
4) Both cell phone and Hispanic in language333.3
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 phone50784.9
2) No8514.2
9) Refused5.8
Missing304 
TOTAL597100.0
51) Of all the telephone calls that you and the other people in your household receive, are...? (L2A)
TOTAL%
1) All or almost all calls received on a cell phone10420.5
2) Some received on a cell phone and some on a regular home25149.5
3) All or almost all calls received on a regular home phone15129.8
8) Don't know1.2
Missing411 
TOTAL507100.0
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 telephone8119.8
2) No, no home telephone32880.2
9) Refused00
Missing702 
TOTAL409100.0
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 phone3137.8
2) Some received on a cell phone and some on a regular home...4048.8
3) All or almost all calls received on a regular home phone1113.4
Missing863 
TOTAL82100.0
54) How many different cell phone numbers do you personally answer calls on? (C1A)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10061.381.18
55) Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in the country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose...? Passing stricter gun control laws. (Q1A)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor29829.6
2) Favor22622.5
3) Oppose21321.2
4) Strongly oppose23623.5
8) Don't know181.8
9) Refused151.5
TOTAL1006100.0
56) Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in the country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose...? Stricter enforcement of existing gun control laws. (Q1B)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor36836.6
2) Favor29729.5
3) Oppose14714.6
4) Strongly oppose16116
8) Don't know262.6
9) Refused7.7
TOTAL1006100.0
57) Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in the country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose...? Loosening current gun control laws. (Q1C)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor11911.8
2) Favor13913.8
3) Oppose33633.4
4) Strongly oppose36636.4
8) Don't know313.1
9) Refused151.5
TOTAL1006100.0
58) Do you think laws about gun control are something that should be decided at the national level or is it something that each state should decide for itself? (Q2)
TOTAL%
1) National level45845.5
2) State level51250.9
3) Both/Neither202
8) Don't know141.4
9) Refused2.2
TOTAL1006100.0
59) In general, do you think people should be allowed or not allowed to carry concealed guns in...? A church or place of worship. (Q3A)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, should be allowed20520.4
2) No, should not be allowed76375.8
3) Depends181.8
8) Don't know151.5
9) Refused6.6
TOTAL1007100.0
60) In general, do you think people should be allowed or not allowed to carry concealed guns in...? A government building. (Q3B)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, should be allowed21921.8
2) No, should not be allowed73573.1
3) Depends333.3
8) Don't know151.5
9) Refused4.4
TOTAL1006100.0
61) In general, do you think people should be allowed or not allowed to carry concealed guns in...? A college campus. (Q3C)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, should be allowed20920.8
2) No, should not be allowed78077.5
3) Depends8.8
8) Don't know6.6
9) Refused3.3
TOTAL1006100.0
62) Now, please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statement. The constitutional right to own and carry a gun is as important as other constitutional rights, such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press. (Q4)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree43142.9
2) Mostly agree25425.3
3) Mostly disagree15315.2
4) Completely disagree15014.9
8) Don't know101
9) Refused7.7
TOTAL1005100.0
63) What do you think is the most important thing that could be done to prevent mass shootings from occurring in the United States? (Q5)
TOTAL%
1) Stricter gun control laws and enforcement27026.8
2) Better mental health screening and support22322.2
3) Stricter security measures for public gatherings14414.3
4) Allow more private citizens to carry guns for protection11411.3
5) Put more emphasis on God and morality in school and society19819.7
7) Other303
8) Don't know171.7
9) Refused101
TOTAL1006100.0
64) What else do you think is the most important thing that could be done to prevent mass shootings from occurring in the United States? (Q5OPEN)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
65) Do you or does anyone in your home own a gun? (Q6)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, self18118
2) Yes, someone in household12812.7
3) Yes, both you and someone else in your household10610.5
4) No56556.2
8) Don't know3.3
9) Refused232.3
TOTAL1006100.0
66) What is your age? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 18-29 years old21922.5
2) 30-39 years old17017.5
3) 40-49 years old17317.8
4) 50-59 years old17217.7
5) 60-69 years old12612.9
6) 70 years and older11311.6
Missing38 
TOTAL973100.0
67) 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? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a week12112.1
2) Once a week24224.3
3) Once or twice a month13513.5
4) A few times a year17918
5) Seldom16316.3
6) Never15715.7
Missing11 
TOTAL997100.0
68) Generally speaking, would you describe your political views as...? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-POLITICS)
TOTAL%
1) Very conservative14215.2
2) Somewhat conservative24526.2
3) Moderate30832.9
4) Liberal24025.7
Missing54 
TOTAL935100.0
69) What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, something else, or nothing in particular? (SURVEY NOTE: REFORMATTED QUESTION) (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RELIGION)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant32733.3
2) Catholic, Roman Catholic21221.6
3) Other44445.2
Missing24 
TOTAL983100.0
70) Enter sex of respondent (for use with online analysis) (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male48948.6
2) Female51751.4
TOTAL1006100.0