Portraits of American Life Study
Hosted by The ARDA
The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.
Results & Summaries

Intergroup Contact

  All frequencies weighted by LOWEIGHT


Now think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know, is an elected official? (IC_1W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know6.5
1) Never82762.9
2) Once or twice a year29222.2
3) About once a month665
4) A few times a month423.2
5) Once a week372.8
6) A few times a week251.9
7) Every day191.4
TOTAL1314100.0
Now think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know, is on welfare or government assistance? (IC_2W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused00
-4) Dont know11.8
1) Never61947.1
2) Once or twice a year13710.4
3) About once a month1229.3
4) A few times a month1138.6
5) Once a week916.9
6) A few times a week957.2
7) Every day1259.5
TOTAL1313100.0
Now think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know, had a graduate or professional degree? (IC_3W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know12.9
1) Never18514.1
2) Once or twice a year896.8
3) About once a month1078.1
4) A few times a month17513.3
5) Once a week14711.2
6) A few times a week22116.8
7) Every day37828.8
TOTAL1314100.0
Now think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know, is a single mom or single dad with children in the home? (IC_4W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know3.2
1) Never36727.9
2) Once or twice a year13410.2
3) About once a month13510.3
4) A few times a month15912.1
5) Once a week1309.9
6) A few times a week19514.8
7) Every day19214.6
TOTAL1315100.0
Now think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know, is a Muslim? (IC_6W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know141.1
1) Never92070
2) Once or twice a year14811.3
3) About once a month624.7
4) A few times a month594.5
5) Once a week382.9
6) A few times a week463.5
7) Every day272.1
TOTAL1314100.0
Now, think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. [IF NE1=1-12]: Do not count the people you just told [me/us] about.] How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know: is Muslim? (IC_6) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never87367.3
2) Less than monthly23818.3
3) One to three times a month876.7
4) Once a week282.2
5) A few times a week473.6
6) Every day251.9
Missing16 
TOTAL1298100.0
Now think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know, is a Catholic? (IC_7W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused3.2
-4) Dont know352.7
1) Never23117.6
2) Once or twice a year1037.8
3) About once a month1279.7
4) A few times a month18213.9
5) Once a week1189
6) A few times a week21916.7
7) Every day29522.5
TOTAL1313100.0
How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know: is Catholic? (IC_7) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never21816.8
2) Less than monthly20515.8
3) One to three times a month21216.4
4) Once a week16512.7
5) A few times a week23818.4
6) Every day25719.8
Missing19 
TOTAL1295100.0
Now think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know, is an evangelical or fundamentalist Christian? (IC_8W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know1209.1
1) Never51639.3
2) Once or twice a year16512.6
3) About once a month1108.4
4) A few times a month957.2
5) Once a week886.7
6) A few times a week1219.2
7) Every day997.5
TOTAL1314100.0
How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know: is an evangelical or fundamentalist Christian? (IC_8) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never47337.4
2) Less than monthly25720.3
3) One to three times a month17613.9
4) Once a week927.3
5) A few times a week15912.6
6) Every day1088.5
Missing49 
TOTAL1265100.0
Now think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know, does not believe that God exists? (IC_9W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know473.6
1) Never66550.6
2) Once or twice a year24018.3
3) About once a month725.5
4) A few times a month695.3
5) Once a week614.6
6) A few times a week765.8
7) Every day836.3
TOTAL1313100.0
How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know: does not believe that God exists? (IC_9) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never67352.5
2) Less than monthly23718.5
3) One to three times a month1239.6
4) Once a week715.5
5) A few times a week836.5
6) Every day957.4
Missing32 
TOTAL1282100.0
Now think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know, is gay or lesbian? (IC_10W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know221.7
1) Never48036.5
2) Once or twice a year27220.7
3) About once a month16412.5
4) A few times a month1088.2
5) Once a week765.8
6) A few times a week1128.5
7) Every day806.1
TOTAL1314100.0
How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know: is gay or lesbian? (IC_10) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never39030.2
2) Less than monthly34126.4
3) One to three times a month21316.5
4) Once a week987.6
5) A few times a week13710.6
6) Every day1148.8
Missing21 
TOTAL1293100.0
Now think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know, is white, not of Hispanic origin? (IC_11W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
1) Never5714
2) Once or twice a year245.9
3) About once a month286.9
4) A few times a month358.6
5) Once a week225.4
6) A few times a week6415.7
7) Every day17743.5
Missing908 
TOTAL407100.0
How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know: is white, not of Hispanic origin? (IC_11) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never3910.1
2) Less than monthly225.7
3) One to three times a month4010.3
4) Once a week307.7
5) A few times a week7318.8
6) Every day18447.4
Missing924 
TOTAL388100.0
Now think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know, is black? (IC_12W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know3.3
1) Never18015.5
2) Once or twice a year15413.2
3) About once a month11910.2
4) A few times a month15913.7
5) Once a week1018.7
6) A few times a week20417.5
7) Every day24421
Missing150 
TOTAL1164100.0
How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know: is black? (IC_12) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never14112.3
2) Less than monthly23420.4
3) One to three times a month19116.7
4) Once a week11610.1
5) A few times a week23720.7
6) Every day22719.8
Missing168 
TOTAL1146100.0
Now think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know, is Asian? (IC_13W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know9.7
1) Never38630.8
2) Once or twice a year19415.5
3) About once a month15212.1
4) A few times a month15112
5) Once a week937.4
6) A few times a week14711.7
7) Every day1239.8
Missing59 
TOTAL1255100.0
How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know: is Asian? (IC_13) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never37230.1
2) Less than monthly31225.3
3) One to three times a month18214.7
4) Once a week917.4
5) A few times a week13711.1
6) Every day14011.3
Missing80 
TOTAL1234100.0
Now think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know, is Hispanic? (IC_14W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know3.3
1) Never20718.1
2) Once or twice a year12510.9
3) About once a month12410.8
4) A few times a month14412.6
5) Once a week1129.8
6) A few times a week20818.2
7) Every day22119.3
Missing171 
TOTAL1144100.0
How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know: is Hispanic? (IC_14) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never18216.2
2) Less than monthly22920.4
3) One to three times a month18416.4
4) Once a week12210.9
5) A few times a week18616.6
6) Every day21919.5
Missing192 
TOTAL1122100.0
About how many of your friends or family are in full-time religious ministry, such as being clergy, religious youth workers, or missionaries? (IC_15W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused00
-4) Dont know6.5
0) 078359.6
1) 119314.7
2) 21148.7
3) 3634.8
4) 4362.7
5) 5403
6) 6151.1
7) 71.1
8) 812.9
9) 92.2
10) 10131
15) 11-1510.8
20) 16-2012.9
30) 21-306.5
40) Over 307.5
TOTAL1313100.0
Now, think about conversations you have had with different types of people in the past 12 months. [IF NE1=1-12]: Do not count the people you just told [me/us] about.] How often do you have a conversation with someone who, as far as you know: is Muslim? (IC_6) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never87367.3
2) Less than monthly23818.3
3) One to three times a month876.7
4) Once a week282.2
5) A few times a week473.6
6) Every day251.9
Missing16 
TOTAL1298100.0


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