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Opinion of Protestants (Demographic Patterns)

Thinking about specific religious groups, what is your overall opinion of: Protestants? (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)


Opinion of Protestants by Age (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 15.9%
38
16.0%
51
14.9%
61
16.1%
61
28.0%
75
33.2%
120
6 20.6%
406
Mostly favorable 51.0%
122
51.9%
165
59.4%
243
68.1%
258
51.5%
138
49.3%
178
17 55.9%
1104
Mostly unfavorable 7.9%
19
8.2%
26
5.4%
22
3.4%
13
5.6%
15
2.2%
8
1 5.2%
103
Very unfavorable 3.8%
9
2.5%
8
1.7%
7
0.8%
3
1.9%
5
0.6%
2
0 1.7%
34
Never heard of 1.3%
3
2.2%
7
0.5%
2
2.1%
8
0.4%
1
0.6%
2
0 1.2%
23
Can't rate 18.0%
43
17.0%
54
15.6%
64
9.0%
34
9.7%
26
10.8%
39
2 13.2%
260
Refused 2.1%
5
2.2%
7
2.4%
10
0.5%
2
3.0%
8
3.3%
12
2 2.2%
44
TOTAL 100%
239
100%
318
100%
409
100%
379
100%
268
100%
361
28 1974

Opinion of Protestants by Gender (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 17.0%
157
23.6%
255
20.6%
412
Mostly favorable 56.6%
522
55.5%
599
56.0%
1121
Mostly unfavorable 6.6%
61
4.0%
43
5.2%
104
Very unfavorable 2.5%
23
1.0%
11
1.7%
34
Never heard of 1.0%
9
1.3%
14
1.1%
23
Can't rate 13.1%
121
13.1%
141
13.1%
262
Refused 3.1%
29
1.6%
17
2.3%
46
TOTAL 100%
922
100%
1080
2002

Opinion of Protestants by Political party (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Republican Democrat Independent No preference Other party Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Very favorable 24.3%
159
20.2%
120
16.0%
92
24.8%
30
0.0%
0
20.4%
11
20.6%
412
Mostly favorable 58.7%
383
56.9%
338
58.3%
336
35.5%
43
50.0%
2
35.2%
19
56.0%
1121
Mostly unfavorable 3.8%
25
5.9%
35
5.9%
34
8.3%
10
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
5.2%
104
Very unfavorable 1.1%
7
2.0%
12
2.3%
13
1.7%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
1.7%
34
Never heard of 0.9%
6
1.2%
7
0.7%
4
3.3%
4
0.0%
0
3.7%
2
1.1%
23
Can't rate 9.3%
61
11.8%
70
15.1%
87
22.3%
27
25.0%
1
29.6%
16
13.1%
262
Refused 1.8%
12
2.0%
12
1.7%
10
4.1%
5
25.0%
1
11.1%
6
2.3%
46
TOTAL 100%
653
100%
594
100%
576
100%
121
100%
4
100%
54
2002

Opinion of Protestants 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 21.8%
68
21.0%
99
17.3%
90
22.0%
44
17.4%
34
25.5%
77
20.6%
412
Mostly favorable 51.3%
160
51.9%
245
61.8%
322
65.5%
131
67.2%
131
43.7%
132
56.0%
1121
Mostly unfavorable 5.1%
16
6.8%
32
5.6%
29
4.5%
9
4.6%
9
3.0%
9
5.2%
104
Very unfavorable 2.9%
9
2.5%
12
1.9%
10
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
1.0%
3
1.7%
34
Never heard of 2.2%
7
1.5%
7
0.4%
2
0.5%
1
0.0%
0
2.0%
6
1.1%
23
Can't rate 14.4%
45
15.0%
71
10.9%
57
6.5%
13
8.7%
17
19.5%
59
13.1%
262
Refused 2.2%
7
1.3%
6
2.1%
11
1.0%
2
2.1%
4
5.3%
16
2.3%
46
TOTAL 100%
312
100%
472
100%
521
100%
200
100%
195
100%
302
2002

Opinion of Protestants by Education (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + Refused TOTAL
Very favorable 21.3%
39
22.1%
143
20.8%
109
18.6%
119
25.0%
2
20.6%
412
Mostly favorable 39.3%
72
52.3%
338
57.3%
301
63.9%
409
12.5%
1
56.0%
1121
Mostly unfavorable 9.8%
18
5.3%
34
5.5%
29
3.4%
22
12.5%
1
5.2%
104
Very unfavorable 2.2%
4
2.2%
14
2.1%
11
0.8%
5
0.0%
0
1.7%
34
Never heard of 4.9%
9
1.2%
8
0.6%
3
0.5%
3
0.0%
0
1.1%
23
Can't rate 19.1%
35
14.4%
93
12.4%
65
10.2%
65
50.0%
4
13.1%
262
Refused 3.3%
6
2.5%
16
1.3%
7
2.7%
17
0.0%
0
2.3%
46
TOTAL 100%
183
100%
646
100%
525
100%
640
100%
8
2002

Opinion of Protestants by Marital status (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Married Divorced Separated Widowed Never been married Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Very favorable 21.9%
230
19.5%
54
16.3%
8
30.9%
55
14.5%
63
16.7%
2
20.6%
412
Mostly favorable 56.7%
596
56.7%
157
67.3%
33
49.4%
88
55.1%
239
66.7%
8
56.0%
1121
Mostly unfavorable 4.3%
45
4.7%
13
2.0%
1
5.1%
9
8.3%
36
0.0%
0
5.2%
104
Very unfavorable 1.0%
10
2.9%
8
0.0%
0
0.6%
1
3.5%
15
0.0%
0
1.7%
34
Never heard of 1.2%
13
0.7%
2
2.0%
1
1.7%
3
0.9%
4
0.0%
0
1.1%
23
Can't rate 12.7%
134
14.4%
40
10.2%
5
8.4%
15
15.2%
66
16.7%
2
13.1%
262
Refused 2.3%
24
1.1%
3
2.0%
1
3.9%
7
2.5%
11
0.0%
0
2.3%
46
TOTAL 100%
1052
100%
277
100%
49
100%
178
100%
434
100%
12
2002

Opinion of Protestants by Church 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 33.8%
105
24.8%
132
17.1%
55
17.3%
62
13.3%
39
10.5%
18
1 20.7%
411
Mostly favorable 46.0%
143
59.8%
318
62.7%
202
58.1%
208
58.7%
172
43.9%
75
3 56.3%
1118
Mostly unfavorable 6.1%
19
2.3%
12
5.0%
16
5.3%
19
6.5%
19
10.5%
18
1 5.2%
103
Very unfavorable 1.6%
5
0.8%
4
1.9%
6
1.7%
6
1.7%
5
4.7%
8
0 1.7%
34
Never heard of 0.3%
1
1.1%
6
0.9%
3
2.2%
8
1.0%
3
1.2%
2
0 1.2%
23
Can't rate 10.9%
34
9.2%
49
11.2%
36
14.2%
51
15.4%
45
24.6%
42
5 12.9%
257
Refused 1.3%
4
2.1%
11
1.2%
4
1.1%
4
3.4%
10
4.7%
8
5 2.1%
41
TOTAL 100%
311
100%
532
100%
322
100%
358
100%
293
100%
171
15 1987

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 Americaís struggle with religion in the post 9-11 climate. The second report examined the publicís attitudes about genetic research.