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Opinion of Catholics (Demographic Patterns)

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


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

  18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 22.6%
54
16.0%
51
19.6%
80
15.8%
60
20.9%
56
21.3%
77
3 19.1%
378
Mostly favorable 54.4%
130
56.3%
179
55.5%
227
65.4%
248
53.7%
144
51.2%
185
15 56.4%
1113
Mostly unfavorable 7.9%
19
11.0%
35
10.0%
41
7.4%
28
9.0%
24
8.3%
30
3 9%
177
Very unfavorable 3.3%
8
3.8%
12
2.7%
11
2.4%
9
3.0%
8
3.6%
13
1 3.1%
61
Never heard of 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.6%
2
0 0.2%
3
Can't rate 9.6%
23
11.6%
37
10.8%
44
7.7%
29
10.4%
28
11.4%
41
2 10.2%
202
Refused 2.1%
5
1.3%
4
1.5%
6
1.1%
4
3.0%
8
3.6%
13
4 2%
40
TOTAL 100%
239
100%
318
100%
409
100%
379
100%
268
100%
361
28 1974

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

  Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 16.5%
152
21.2%
229
19%
381
Mostly favorable 56.6%
522
56.1%
606
56.3%
1128
Mostly unfavorable 9.9%
91
8.2%
89
9%
180
Very unfavorable 3.7%
34
2.6%
28
3.1%
62
Never heard of 0.1%
1
0.2%
2
0.1%
3
Can't rate 10.5%
97
9.9%
107
10.2%
204
Refused 2.7%
25
1.8%
19
2.2%
44
TOTAL 100%
922
100%
1080
2002

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

  Republican Democrat Independent No preference Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 20.4%
133
19.2%
114
18.4%
106
12.4%
15
13 18.9%
368
Mostly favorable 58.8%
384
57.9%
344
55.7%
321
46.3%
56
23 56.8%
1105
Mostly unfavorable 8.3%
54
7.7%
46
11.1%
64
13.2%
16
0 9.3%
180
Very unfavorable 2.0%
13
3.9%
23
3.1%
18
4.1%
5
3 3%
59
Never heard of 0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
1 0.1%
2
Can't rate 8.6%
56
9.3%
55
9.9%
57
20.7%
25
11 9.9%
193
Refused 2.0%
13
1.9%
11
1.6%
9
3.3%
4
7 1.9%
37
TOTAL 100%
653
100%
594
100%
576
100%
121
58 1944

Opinion of Catholics 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 19.2%
60
19.1%
90
16.3%
85
21.5%
43
19.5%
38
21.5%
65
19%
381
Mostly favorable 52.2%
163
54.0%
255
60.5%
315
63.0%
126
63.6%
124
48.0%
145
56.3%
1128
Mostly unfavorable 9.6%
30
9.3%
44
9.8%
51
9.0%
18
9.7%
19
6.0%
18
9%
180
Very unfavorable 5.1%
16
3.8%
18
2.3%
12
0.5%
1
0.0%
0
5.0%
15
3.1%
62
Never heard of 0.3%
1
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.1%
3
Can't rate 12.2%
38
11.7%
55
9.8%
51
5.0%
10
5.6%
11
12.9%
39
10.2%
204
Refused 1.3%
4
1.9%
9
1.3%
7
1.0%
2
1.5%
3
6.3%
19
2.2%
44
TOTAL 100%
312
100%
472
100%
521
100%
200
100%
195
100%
302
2002

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

  Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 16.4%
30
18.7%
121
20.0%
105
19.4%
124
1 19.1%
380
Mostly favorable 45.9%
84
54.6%
353
55.2%
290
62.2%
398
3 56.4%
1125
Mostly unfavorable 8.7%
16
8.8%
57
9.7%
51
8.6%
55
1 9%
179
Very unfavorable 6.6%
12
3.4%
22
3.6%
19
1.3%
8
1 3.1%
61
Never heard of 1.6%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0 0.2%
3
Can't rate 18.0%
33
11.6%
75
9.7%
51
6.7%
43
2 10.1%
202
Refused 2.7%
5
2.8%
18
1.7%
9
1.9%
12
0 2.2%
44
TOTAL 100%
183
100%
646
100%
525
100%
640
8 1994

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

  Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married Missing TOTAL
Very favorable 19.6%
206
18.4%
60
22.5%
40
17.1%
74
1 19.1%
380
Mostly favorable 57.2%
602
57.7%
188
45.5%
81
57.8%
251
6 56.4%
1122
Mostly unfavorable 8.8%
93
8.9%
29
10.1%
18
8.8%
38
2 8.9%
178
Very unfavorable 2.6%
27
3.4%
11
4.5%
8
3.5%
15
1 3.1%
61
Never heard of 0.1%
1
0.0%
0
1.1%
2
0.0%
0
0 0.2%
3
Can't rate 9.2%
97
10.1%
33
14.6%
26
10.8%
47
1 10.2%
203
Refused 2.5%
26
1.5%
5
1.7%
3
2.1%
9
1 2.2%
43
TOTAL 100%
1052
100%
326
100%
178
100%
434
12 1990

Opinion of Catholics 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 17.7%
55
23.9%
127
21.4%
69
20.9%
75
14.0%
41
6.4%
11
3 19%
378
Mostly favorable 51.1%
159
61.5%
327
60.2%
194
57.0%
204
56.7%
166
43.9%
75
3 56.6%
1125
Mostly unfavorable 13.5%
42
3.6%
19
5.0%
16
9.2%
33
11.6%
34
19.9%
34
2 9%
178
Very unfavorable 5.1%
16
1.7%
9
3.1%
10
1.7%
6
3.4%
10
6.4%
11
0 3.1%
62
Never heard of 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.6%
1
1 0.1%
2
Can't rate 11.6%
36
7.1%
38
8.4%
27
10.3%
37
11.6%
34
18.1%
31
1 10.2%
203
Refused 1.0%
3
2.3%
12
1.6%
5
0.8%
3
2.7%
8
4.7%
8
5 2%
39
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 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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