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 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Approve54.5%
374
39.9%
362
34.0%
292
36.6%
215
28.2%
57

15
40.1%
1300
Disapprove39.8%
273
55.0%
499
63.1%
542
61.7%
363
69.8%
141

12
56.1%
1818
No opinion5.5%
38
5.1%
46
2.8%
24
1.5%
9
2.0%
4

4
3.7%
121
No answer0.1%
1
0.1%
1
0.1%
1
0.2%
1
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
4
Missing25341646828511301535
TOTAL 100.0%
686
100.0%
908
100.0%
859
100.0%
588
100.0%
202

31

3243



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Approve53.2%
556
45.8%
200
35.8%
118
38.3%
181
28.8%
34
26.1%
224

3
40.3%
1313
Disapprove42.6%
446
50.6%
221
59.4%
196
56.6%
267
68.6%
81
71.2%
610

9
55.9%
1821
No opinion4.1%
43
3.7%
16
4.8%
16
5.1%
24
2.5%
3
2.5%
21

2
3.8%
123
No answer0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
2

1
0.1%
3
Missing4692031622566738601543
TOTAL 100.0%
1046
100.0%
437
100.0%
330
100.0%
472
100.0%
118
100.0%
857

15

3260



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Approve62.7%
323
53.5%
198
37.1%
443
34.3%
165
27.4%
161

25
41.0%
1290
Disapprove34.2%
176
43.0%
159
58.3%
697
62.4%
300
70.1%
412

85
55.4%
1744
No opinion3.1%
16
3.0%
11
4.5%
54
3.3%
16
2.6%
15

14
3.6%
112
No answer0.0%
0
0.5%
2
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

1
0.1%
3
Missing23017355421731101485
TOTAL 100.0%
515
100.0%
370
100.0%
1195
100.0%
481
100.0%
588

125

3149



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Approve43.0%
1067
26.8%
126
37.9%
122
40.2%
1315
Disapprove53.6%
1329
69.2%
326
54.3%
175
55.9%
1830
No opinion3.4%
85
3.6%
17
7.5%
24
3.8%
126
No answer0.0%
0
0.4%
2
0.3%
1
0.1%
3
Missing11512331611545
TOTAL 100.0%
2481
100.0%
471
100.0%
322

3274



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Approve29.0%
435
36.9%
283
77.2%
44
67.8%
450
37.0%
101

1
40.2%
1313
Disapprove68.4%
1027
58.0%
445
19.3%
11
28.0%
186
56.4%
154

6
55.9%
1823
No opinion2.7%
40
5.0%
38
3.5%
2
3.9%
26
6.6%
18

1
3.8%
124
No answer0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.3%
2
0.0%
0

1
0.1%
3
Missing7233643229512801542
TOTAL 100.0%
1502
100.0%
767
100.0%
57
100.0%
664
100.0%
273

9

3263



The Lord's Prayer in public schools by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Approve43.4%
662
37.4%
653
40.2%
1315
Disapprove52.7%
803
58.7%
1026
55.9%
1829
No opinion3.9%
59
3.8%
67
3.8%
126
No answer0.1%
1
0.1%
2
0.1%
3
Missing7058411546
TOTAL 100.0%
1525
100.0%
1748

3273



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 2012 GSS. There are a total of 4,820 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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