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Opinion of Muslims (Demographic Patterns)

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


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

  18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 4.9%
5
10.4%
17
7.4%
15
3.6%
6
11.5%
14
5.7%
10
0 7.2%
67
Mostly favorable 49.5%
51
47.9%
78
39.6%
80
53.8%
91
36.9%
45
25.9%
45
3 41.8%
390
Mostly unfavorable 17.5%
18
16.6%
27
19.8%
40
17.2%
29
11.5%
14
16.7%
29
5 16.8%
157
Very unfavorable 8.7%
9
9.8%
16
7.4%
15
10.1%
17
13.1%
16
13.2%
23
0 10.3%
96
Never heard of 1.0%
1
0.6%
1
0.5%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
2.3%
4
0 0.8%
7
Can't rate 14.6%
15
12.3%
20
22.8%
46
14.8%
25
20.5%
25
31.0%
54
2 19.8%
185
Refused 3.9%
4
2.5%
4
2.5%
5
0.6%
1
6.6%
8
5.2%
9
1 3.3%
31
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 Muslims by Gender (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 6.4%
27
7.7%
40
7.1%
67
Mostly favorable 41.4%
176
41.8%
217
41.6%
393
Mostly unfavorable 20.9%
89
14.1%
73
17.2%
162
Very unfavorable 9.6%
41
10.6%
55
10.2%
96
Never heard of 0.5%
2
1.0%
5
0.7%
7
Can't rate 16.9%
72
22.2%
115
19.8%
187
Refused 4.2%
18
2.7%
14
3.4%
32
Missing 497 561 1058
TOTAL 100%
425
100%
519
944

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

  Republican Democrat Independent No preference Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 6.1%
18
6.8%
19
8.5%
24
9.4%
6
0 7.3%
67
Mostly favorable 37.9%
111
46.1%
129
44.5%
125
34.4%
22
6 42.2%
387
Mostly unfavorable 19.1%
56
16.8%
47
17.8%
50
12.5%
8
1 17.5%
161
Very unfavorable 12.6%
37
7.9%
22
9.3%
26
17.2%
11
0 10.5%
96
Never heard of 0.3%
1
0.4%
1
0.7%
2
0.0%
0
3 0.4%
4
Can't rate 19.8%
58
19.6%
55
17.4%
49
21.9%
14
11 19.2%
176
Refused 4.1%
12
2.5%
7
1.8%
5
4.7%
3
5 2.9%
27
Missing 360 314 295 57 32 1058
TOTAL 100%
293
100%
280
100%
281
100%
64
58 918

Opinion of Muslims 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 6.6%
11
8.2%
17
6.1%
15
8.3%
8
7.1%
6
7.0%
10
7.1%
67
Mostly favorable 33.5%
56
39.1%
81
48.0%
118
42.7%
41
57.6%
49
33.6%
48
41.6%
393
Mostly unfavorable 16.8%
28
18.4%
38
17.1%
42
21.9%
21
17.6%
15
12.6%
18
17.2%
162
Very unfavorable 13.2%
22
10.1%
21
8.5%
21
9.4%
9
8.2%
7
11.2%
16
10.2%
96
Never heard of 1.8%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
2.8%
4
0.7%
7
Can't rate 24.6%
41
21.7%
45
18.3%
45
15.6%
15
5.9%
5
25.2%
36
19.8%
187
Refused 3.6%
6
2.4%
5
2.0%
5
2.1%
2
3.5%
3
7.7%
11
3.4%
32
Missing 145 265 275 104 110 159 1058
TOTAL 100%
167
100%
207
100%
246
100%
96
100%
85
100%
143
944

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

  Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 2.2%
2
6.3%
19
8.3%
19
8.5%
27
0 7.1%
67
Mostly favorable 26.9%
25
35.8%
108
40.6%
93
52.5%
166
1 41.7%
392
Mostly unfavorable 20.4%
19
15.6%
47
19.7%
45
15.8%
50
1 17.1%
161
Very unfavorable 12.9%
12
11.9%
36
10.5%
24
7.6%
24
0 10.2%
96
Never heard of 5.4%
5
0.7%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0 0.7%
7
Can't rate 30.1%
28
25.5%
77
18.3%
42
12.0%
38
2 19.7%
185
Refused 2.2%
2
4.3%
13
2.6%
6
3.5%
11
0 3.4%
32
Missing 90 344 296 324 4 1058
TOTAL 100%
93
100%
302
100%
229
100%
316
8 940

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

  Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 5.9%
29
10.4%
15
4.3%
4
8.7%
18
1 7%
66
Mostly favorable 41.8%
207
40.3%
58
26.1%
24
48.8%
101
3 41.6%
390
Mostly unfavorable 16.0%
79
20.1%
29
16.3%
15
18.4%
38
1 17.2%
161
Very unfavorable 11.1%
55
9.7%
14
13.0%
12
7.2%
15
0 10.2%
96
Never heard of 0.6%
3
0.0%
0
3.3%
3
0.5%
1
0 0.7%
7
Can't rate 20.8%
103
17.4%
25
33.7%
31
13.0%
27
1 19.8%
186
Refused 3.8%
19
2.1%
3
3.3%
3
3.4%
7
0 3.4%
32
Missing 557 182 86 227 6 1058
TOTAL 100%
495
100%
144
100%
92
100%
207
12 938

Opinion of Muslims 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 8.0%
10
8.5%
22
5.1%
8
8.5%
15
5.8%
8
5.0%
4
0 7.2%
67
Mostly favorable 29.6%
37
41.5%
107
50.3%
79
43.5%
77
41.3%
57
41.3%
33
3 41.7%
390
Mostly unfavorable 17.6%
22
15.5%
40
16.6%
26
18.6%
33
19.6%
27
16.3%
13
1 17.2%
161
Very unfavorable 17.6%
22
12.4%
32
9.6%
15
4.5%
8
8.0%
11
10.0%
8
0 10.3%
96
Never heard of 0.8%
1
1.2%
3
0.0%
0
1.1%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
1 0.6%
6
Can't rate 23.2%
29
17.1%
44
15.3%
24
21.5%
38
22.5%
31
23.8%
19
2 19.8%
185
Refused 3.2%
4
3.9%
10
3.2%
5
2.3%
4
2.9%
4
3.8%
3
2 3.2%
30
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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