Opinion of non-religious people
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Opinion of non-religious people (Demographic Patterns)

Thinking about specific religious groups, what is your overall opinion of: people who are not religious? (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)


Opinion of non-religious people by Age (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 12.6%
13
9.8%
16
9.4%
19
6.5%
11
9.8%
12
6.3%
11
2 8.8%
82
Mostly favorable 47.6%
49
49.7%
81
44.6%
90
48.5%
82
41.0%
50
31.6%
55
2 43.6%
407
Mostly unfavorable 13.6%
14
18.4%
30
17.3%
35
17.2%
29
18.9%
23
24.7%
43
3 18.6%
174
Very unfavorable 9.7%
10
9.8%
16
8.4%
17
9.5%
16
6.6%
8
13.2%
23
1 9.6%
90
Never heard of 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.5%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.6%
1
0 0.2%
2
Can't rate 11.7%
12
9.8%
16
16.8%
34
15.4%
26
16.4%
20
14.4%
25
2 14.3%
133
Refused 4.9%
5
2.5%
4
3.0%
6
3.0%
5
7.4%
9
9.2%
16
1 4.8%
45
Missing 136 155 207 210 146 187 17 1058
TOTAL 100%
103
100%
163
100%
202
100%
169
100%
122
100%
174
28 933

Opinion of non-religious people by Gender (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 8.9%
38
8.9%
46
8.9%
84
Mostly favorable 47.1%
200
40.3%
209
43.3%
409
Mostly unfavorable 19.3%
82
18.3%
95
18.8%
177
Very unfavorable 6.1%
26
12.5%
65
9.6%
91
Never heard of 0.0%
0
0.4%
2
0.2%
2
Can't rate 13.6%
58
14.8%
77
14.3%
135
Refused 4.9%
21
4.8%
25
4.9%
46
Missing 497 561 1058
TOTAL 100%
425
100%
519
944

Opinion of non-religious people by Political party (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Republican Democrat Independent No preference Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 5.5%
16
8.2%
23
11.4%
32
14.1%
9
4 8.7%
80
Mostly favorable 44.0%
129
45.4%
127
47.0%
132
26.6%
17
4 44.1%
405
Mostly unfavorable 25.6%
75
17.5%
49
14.9%
42
10.9%
7
4 18.8%
173
Very unfavorable 8.9%
26
9.3%
26
9.3%
26
20.3%
13
0 9.9%
91
Never heard of 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.7%
2
0.0%
0
0 0.2%
2
Can't rate 10.9%
32
14.3%
40
14.2%
40
23.4%
15
8 13.8%
127
Refused 5.1%
15
5.4%
15
2.5%
7
4.7%
3
6 4.4%
40
Missing 360 314 295 57 32 1058
TOTAL 100%
293
100%
280
100%
281
100%
64
58 918

Opinion of non-religious people by Household income (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $40,000 $40,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Very favorable 7.8%
13
8.7%
18
7.7%
19
11.5%
11
7.1%
6
11.9%
17
8.9%
84
Mostly favorable 31.7%
53
48.3%
100
46.3%
114
52.1%
50
56.5%
48
30.8%
44
43.3%
409
Mostly unfavorable 22.2%
37
16.9%
35
18.3%
45
10.4%
10
21.2%
18
22.4%
32
18.8%
177
Very unfavorable 16.8%
28
6.8%
14
8.5%
21
9.4%
9
7.1%
6
9.1%
13
9.6%
91
Never heard of 0.6%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.7%
1
0.2%
2
Can't rate 15.0%
25
16.4%
34
15.0%
37
12.5%
12
4.7%
4
16.1%
23
14.3%
135
Refused 6.0%
10
2.9%
6
4.1%
10
4.2%
4
3.5%
3
9.1%
13
4.9%
46
Missing 145 265 275 104 110 159 1058
TOTAL 100%
167
100%
207
100%
246
100%
96
100%
85
100%
143
944

Opinion of non-religious people by Education (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 8.6%
8
9.3%
28
7.9%
18
9.2%
29
1 8.8%
83
Mostly favorable 34.4%
32
38.4%
116
44.1%
101
50.3%
159
1 43.4%
408
Mostly unfavorable 14.0%
13
20.2%
61
22.3%
51
16.5%
52
0 18.8%
177
Very unfavorable 15.1%
14
12.3%
37
8.3%
19
6.6%
21
0 9.7%
91
Never heard of 1.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.4%
1
0.0%
0
0 0.2%
2
Can't rate 22.6%
21
14.9%
45
14.4%
33
10.8%
34
2 14.1%
133
Refused 4.3%
4
5.0%
15
2.6%
6
6.6%
21
0 4.9%
46
Missing 90 344 296 324 4 1058
TOTAL 100%
93
100%
302
100%
229
100%
316
8 940

Opinion of non-religious people by Marital status (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 7.9%
39
12.5%
18
3.3%
3
11.1%
23
1 8.8%
83
Mostly favorable 44.4%
220
38.9%
56
28.3%
26
50.7%
105
2 43.4%
407
Mostly unfavorable 20.0%
99
18.1%
26
27.2%
25
12.6%
26
1 18.8%
176
Very unfavorable 9.3%
46
11.1%
16
18.5%
17
5.8%
12
0 9.7%
91
Never heard of 0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.5%
1
0 0.2%
2
Can't rate 14.1%
70
13.9%
20
15.2%
14
14.5%
30
1 14.3%
134
Refused 4.0%
20
5.6%
8
7.6%
7
4.8%
10
1 4.8%
45
Missing 557 182 86 227 6 1058
TOTAL 100%
495
100%
144
100%
92
100%
207
12 938

Opinion of non-religious people by Worship attendance (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 9.6%
12
8.9%
23
4.5%
7
10.2%
18
9.4%
13
13.8%
11
0 9%
84
Mostly favorable 28.0%
35
34.1%
88
50.3%
79
50.8%
90
55.8%
77
48.8%
39
1 43.6%
408
Mostly unfavorable 21.6%
27
25.2%
65
20.4%
32
16.4%
29
10.9%
15
10.0%
8
1 18.8%
176
Very unfavorable 19.2%
24
12.4%
32
10.8%
17
4.5%
8
2.9%
4
6.3%
5
1 9.6%
90
Never heard of 0.0%
0
0.4%
1
0.6%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0 0.2%
2
Can't rate 17.6%
22
12.8%
33
9.6%
15
15.3%
27
15.9%
22
16.3%
13
3 14.1%
132
Refused 4.0%
5
6.2%
16
3.8%
6
2.8%
5
5.1%
7
5.0%
4
3 4.6%
43
Missing 186 274 165 181 155 91 6 1058
TOTAL 100%
125
100%
258
100%
157
100%
177
100%
138
100%
80
15 935

Notes

This project investigated the public's attitudes on religion and public life. The survey was commissioned by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press (www.people-press.org) and produced two reports. The first report addressed America's struggle with religion in the post 9-11 climate. The second report examined the public's attitudes about genetic research.




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