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 WTCOMBNR (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Approve45.9%
695
40.2%
719
42.8%
1414
Disapprove49.8%
753
56.1%
1002
53.2%
1755
No opinion4.2%
64
3.6%
65
3.9%
129
No answer0.1%
1
0.1%
1
0.1%
2
Missing7438571600
TOTAL 100.0%
1513
100.0%
1787

3300



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservativeExtremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Approve64.7%
336
55.1%
232
37.9%
433
38.1%
185
33.5%
172
24.6%
32

24
43.3%
1390
Disapprove32.9%
171
42.0%
177
56.4%
643
59.7%
290
63.8%
328
73.1%
95

51
53.1%
1704
No opinion2.3%
12
2.9%
12
5.5%
63
2.3%
11
2.7%
14
2.3%
3

14
3.6%
115
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
2
Missing2591775821842806201544
TOTAL 100.0%
519
100.0%
421
100.0%
1141
100.0%
486
100.0%
514
100.0%
130

89

3211



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Age


18 to 29 years old30 to 44 years old45 to 59 years old60 to 74 years old75 years or olderMissingTOTAL
Approve52.1%
345
46.9%
406
36.8%
343
40.9%
238
30.4%
65

17
42.9%
1397
Disapprove42.1%
279
47.6%
412
60.8%
567
56.7%
330
66.4%
142

25
53.1%
1730
No opinion5.7%
38
5.4%
47
2.3%
21
2.2%
13
3.3%
7

3
3.9%
126
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.2%
1
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
2
Missing30443947824612901596
TOTAL 100.0%
662
100.0%
865
100.0%
932
100.0%
582
100.0%
214

45

3255



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Region


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Approve50.2%
291
42.7%
305
33.5%
425
53.2%
393
42.8%
1414
Disapprove45.0%
261
54.2%
387
62.0%
785
43.6%
322
53.2%
1755
No opinion4.8%
28
3.1%
22
4.4%
56
3.1%
23
3.9%
129
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.1%
1
0.1%
2
Missing2633386103881599
TOTAL 100.0%
580
100.0%
714
100.0%
1267
100.0%
739

3300



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Approve32.9%
512
42.8%
357
80.0%
48
67.5%
380
41.9%
108

10
42.9%
1405
Disapprove64.1%
999
54.0%
450
20.0%
12
26.3%
148
50.8%
131

14
53.2%
1740
No opinion3.0%
46
3.1%
26
0.0%
0
6.2%
35
7.4%
19

4
3.8%
126
No answer0.1%
1
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
2
Missing7784103324612601593
TOTAL 100.0%
1558
100.0%
834
100.0%
60
100.0%
563
100.0%
258

28

3273



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Approve44.5%
1121
30.8%
139
46.7%
154
42.8%
1414
Disapprove52.3%
1317
63.3%
286
46.1%
152
53.2%
1755
No opinion3.2%
80
5.8%
26
7.0%
23
3.9%
129
No answer0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.3%
1
0.1%
2
Missing12092091831601
TOTAL 100.0%
2518
100.0%
452
100.0%
330

3300



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Church attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekOnce a week or moreMissingTOTAL
Approve53.4%
520
58.2%
272
40.4%
126
36.4%
186
37.2%
55
31.7%
202

54
44.7%
1361
Disapprove41.2%
401
39.0%
182
54.5%
170
59.7%
305
59.5%
88
66.2%
422

187
51.4%
1568
No opinion5.3%
52
2.8%
13
4.8%
15
3.9%
20
3.4%
5
2.0%
13

11
3.9%
118
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

1
0.0%
1
Missing4412151992746127801468
TOTAL 100.0%
973
100.0%
467
100.0%
312
100.0%
511
100.0%
148
100.0%
637

253

3048



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 2010 GSS. There are a total of 4,901 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.