The Lord's Prayer in public schools
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The Lord's Prayer in public schools (Demographic Patterns)

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that no state or local government may require the reading of the Lord's Prayer or Bible verses in public schools. What are your views on this? Do you approve or disapprove of the court ruling? Results weighted by WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2014 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Approve51.2%
235
44.2%
303
35.9%
259
40.2%
199
29.2%
56

10
41.2%
1052
Disapprove42.9%
197
51.2%
351
60.9%
439
56.6%
280
66.7%
128

2
54.6%
1395
No opinion5.9%
27
4.7%
32
3.2%
23
3.2%
16
4.2%
8

4
4.2%
106
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
Missing2243453572577901262
TOTAL 100.0%
459
100.0%
686
100.0%
721
100.0%
495
100.0%
192

16

2553



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOnce to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Approve53.9%
459
46.5%
153
41.5%
112
32.9%
122
32.7%
34
28.5%
181

1
41.4%
1061
Disapprove41.0%
349
49.5%
163
53.3%
144
62.3%
231
64.4%
67
69.5%
442

1
54.5%
1396
No opinion5.1%
43
4.0%
13
5.2%
14
4.9%
18
2.9%
3
2.0%
13

5
4.1%
104
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
Missing4211631351816530101266
TOTAL 100.0%
851
100.0%
329
100.0%
270
100.0%
371
100.0%
104
100.0%
636

7

2561



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservative or extremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Approve61.6%
239
55.7%
166
37.2%
369
37.7%
133
28.1%
133

21
41.5%
1040
Disapprove33.0%
128
41.3%
123
57.4%
570
58.6%
207
70.9%
336

33
54.4%
1364
No opinion5.4%
21
3.0%
9
5.4%
54
3.7%
13
1.1%
5

8
4.1%
102
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
Missing20413148016923801222
TOTAL 100.0%
388
100.0%
298
100.0%
993
100.0%
353
100.0%
474

62

2506



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Approve43.2%
832
25.6%
99
51.0%
130
41.3%
1061
Disapprove52.6%
1013
71.0%
274
43.1%
110
54.4%
1397
No opinion4.2%
81
3.4%
13
5.9%
15
4.2%
109
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
Missing9411761571274
TOTAL 100.0%
1926
100.0%
386
100.0%
255

2567



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Approve31.5%
360
37.8%
235
66.7%
24
64.7%
343
40.1%
89

12
41.2%
1051
Disapprove65.5%
748
57.2%
356
33.3%
12
30.2%
160
54.1%
120

1
54.7%
1396
No opinion3.0%
34
5.0%
31
0.0%
0
5.1%
27
5.9%
13

4
4.1%
105
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
Missing5313072927712401268
TOTAL 100.0%
1142
100.0%
622
100.0%
36
100.0%
530
100.0%
222

17

2552



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Approve44.0%
509
39.2%
554
41.4%
1063
Disapprove50.7%
586
57.4%
811
54.4%
1397
No opinion5.3%
61
3.4%
48
4.2%
109
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
Missing6086651273
TOTAL 100.0%
1156
100.0%
1413

2569



Notes

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972, except for the years 1979, 1981, and 1992 (a supplement was added in 1992), and biennially beginning in 1994. The GSS are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2014 GSS. There are a total of 3,842 cases in the data set but their initial sampling years vary because the GSS now contains panel cases. Sampling years can be identified with the variable SAMPTYPE.




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