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Religion's influence on politics (Demographic Patterns)

Would you rather see religion have greater influence in politics and public life than it does now, less influence, or about the same influence as it does now? (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)


Religion's influence on politics by Marital status (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  Married and living with your spouse Separated Divorced Widowed Never married Missing TOTAL
Greater influence 29.6%
174
32.1%
9
24.6%
33
21.1%
15
22.2%
40
2 27.1%
271
Less influence 31.0%
182
28.6%
8
44.8%
60
36.6%
26
46.1%
83
3 35.9%
359
About the same influence 37.8%
222
39.3%
11
29.1%
39
39.4%
28
30.6%
55
1 35.5%
355
DK/No opinion 1.5%
9
0.0%
0
1.5%
2
2.8%
2
1.1%
2
0 1.5%
15
Missing 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
TOTAL 100%
587
100%
28
100%
134
100%
71
100%
180
6 1000

Religion's influence on politics by Political party (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  A Democrat A Republican An Independent Other DK/No opinion Missing TOTAL
Greater influence 20.8%
69
38.3%
113
23.3%
77
25.0%
11
66.7%
2
1 27.1%
272
Less influence 48.0%
159
13.6%
40
41.7%
138
52.3%
23
33.3%
1
1 36%
361
About the same influence 30.5%
101
46.8%
138
33.2%
110
15.9%
7
0.0%
0
0 35.5%
356
DK/No opinion 0.6%
2
1.4%
4
1.8%
6
6.8%
3
0.0%
0
0 1.5%
15
Missing 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 100%
331
100%
295
100%
331
100%
44
100%
3
2 1004

Religion's influence on politics by Age (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65+ Missing TOTAL
Greater influence 27.6%
35
27.5%
41
30.5%
71
27.8%
87
22.1%
38
1 27.4%
272
Less influence 35.4%
45
36.9%
55
35.2%
82
36.7%
115
35.5%
61
4 36%
358
About the same influence 37.0%
47
33.6%
50
33.5%
78
33.5%
105
40.7%
70
6 35.2%
350
DK/No opinion 0.0%
0
2.0%
3
0.9%
2
1.9%
6
1.7%
3
1 1.4%
14
Missing 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
TOTAL 100%
127
100%
149
100%
233
100%
313
100%
172
12 994

Religion's influence on politics by Race (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  White Black Hispanic Net Asian Other Missing TOTAL
Greater influence 27.1%
220
36.8%
25
36.0%
18
7.7%
1
9.8%
5
4 27%
269
Less influence 35.7%
290
30.9%
21
36.0%
18
53.8%
7
45.1%
23
3 36.1%
359
About the same influence 35.9%
292
30.9%
21
28.0%
14
38.5%
5
39.2%
20
4 35.4%
352
DK/No opinion 1.4%
11
1.5%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
5.9%
3
0 1.5%
15
Missing 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
TOTAL 100%
813
100%
68
100%
50
100%
13
100%
51
12 995

Religion's influence on politics by Religion (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  Protestant Catholic Chst NonPr Othr NonCh None/DK Missing TOTAL
Greater influence 34.5%
162
26.0%
54
36.5%
38
9.7%
6
5.8%
8
5 27.3%
268
Less influence 29.0%
136
25.0%
52
27.9%
29
67.7%
42
66.7%
92
11 35.8%
351
About the same influence 34.3%
161
48.1%
100
35.6%
37
21.0%
13
26.1%
36
9 35.4%
347
DK/No opinion 2.1%
10
1.0%
2
0.0%
0
1.6%
1
1.4%
2
0 1.5%
15
Missing 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 100%
469
100%
208
100%
104
100%
62
100%
138
25 981

Religion's influence on politics by Education (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  Less HS Grad HS/TS Some College Grad College Post-Grad Missing TOTAL
Greater influence 37.3%
19
28.0%
79
32.6%
93
23.0%
59
16.8%
22
1 27.1%
272
Less influence 27.5%
14
30.5%
86
31.2%
89
43.0%
110
48.1%
63
0 36%
362
About the same influence 33.3%
17
39.7%
112
34.4%
98
32.8%
84
34.4%
45
0 35.4%
356
DK/No opinion 2.0%
1
1.8%
5
1.8%
5
1.2%
3
0.8%
1
0 1.5%
15
Missing 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 100%
51
100%
282
100%
285
100%
256
100%
131
1 1005

Religion's influence on politics by Gender (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  Male Female TOTAL
Greater influence 27.8%
147
26.4%
126
27.1%
273
Less influence 34.8%
184
37.3%
178
36%
362
About the same influence 35.9%
190
34.8%
166
35.4%
356
DK/No opinion 1.5%
8
1.5%
7
1.5%
15
Missing 0 1 1
TOTAL 100%
529
100%
477
1006

Notes

In this April 2005 ABC News/Washington Post poll, a random national sample of 1,007 Americans was asked to discuss their attitudes and opinions regarding the Social Security investments in the stock market, terrorism, the death penalty, gay marriage, abortion, stem-cell research, and political parties. In addition, the poll also contains questions on Tom Delay, court judge nominations, and how President Bush is handling Social Security, the economy, energy policy, and the situation in Iraq. Demographic variables include: gender, age, race, education, and income.




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