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Should political leaders rely on religious beliefs to make decisions? (Demographic Patterns)

Do you think a political leader should or should not rely on his or her religious beliefs in making policy decisions? (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)


Should political leaders rely on religious beliefs to make decisions? by Marital status (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  Married and living with your spouse Separated Divorced Widowed Never married Missing TOTAL
Yes, should 46.3%
272
57.1%
16
33.6%
45
29.2%
21
36.1%
65
2 41.9%
419
No, should not 48.4%
284
39.3%
11
59.7%
80
62.5%
45
60.0%
108
3 52.7%
528
Depends 4.3%
25
3.6%
1
6.0%
8
2.8%
2
2.8%
5
0 4.1%
41
DK/No opinion 1.0%
6
0.0%
0
0.7%
1
5.6%
4
1.1%
2
0 1.3%
13
Missing 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
TOTAL 100%
587
100%
28
100%
134
100%
72
100%
180
6 1001

Should political leaders rely on religious beliefs to make decisions? by Political party (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  A Democrat A Republican An Independent Other DK/No opinion Missing TOTAL
Yes, should 26.0%
86
62.7%
185
40.2%
133
36.4%
16
33.3%
1
0 41.9%
421
No, should not 66.2%
219
33.6%
99
55.6%
184
56.8%
25
66.7%
2
2 52.7%
529
Depends 5.1%
17
3.4%
10
3.9%
13
2.3%
1
0.0%
0
0 4.1%
41
DK/No opinion 2.7%
9
0.3%
1
0.3%
1
4.5%
2
0.0%
0
0 1.3%
13
Missing 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 100%
331
100%
295
100%
331
100%
44
100%
3
2 1004

Should political leaders rely on religious beliefs to make decisions? by Age (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65+ Missing TOTAL
Yes, should 33.9%
43
49.7%
74
44.6%
104
44.1%
138
33.7%
58
4 42%
417
No, should not 61.4%
78
47.7%
71
51.1%
119
49.8%
156
59.3%
102
5 52.9%
526
Depends 3.1%
4
2.0%
3
3.4%
8
5.4%
17
4.1%
7
2 3.9%
39
DK/No opinion 1.6%
2
0.7%
1
0.9%
2
0.6%
2
2.9%
5
1 1.2%
12
Missing 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
TOTAL 100%
127
100%
149
100%
233
100%
313
100%
172
12 994

Should political leaders rely on religious beliefs to make decisions? by Race (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  White Black Hispanic Net Asian Other Missing TOTAL
Yes, should 43.7%
355
36.8%
25
42.0%
21
15.4%
2
29.4%
15
3 42.1%
418
No, should not 51.2%
416
54.4%
37
52.0%
26
84.6%
11
62.7%
32
9 52.5%
522
Depends 4.1%
33
4.4%
3
2.0%
1
0.0%
0
7.8%
4
0 4.1%
41
DK/No opinion 1.0%
8
4.4%
3
4.0%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0 1.3%
13
Missing 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 100%
812
100%
68
100%
50
100%
13
100%
51
12 994

Should political leaders rely on religious beliefs to make decisions? by Religion (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  Protestant Catholic Chst NonPr Othr NonCh None/DK Missing TOTAL
Yes, should 49.9%
234
46.9%
98
48.1%
50
24.6%
15
12.3%
17
7 42.2%
414
No, should not 44.6%
209
48.3%
101
44.2%
46
70.5%
43
83.3%
115
17 52.4%
514
Depends 4.9%
23
2.9%
6
4.8%
5
3.3%
2
3.6%
5
0 4.2%
41
DK/No opinion 0.6%
3
1.9%
4
2.9%
3
1.6%
1
0.7%
1
1 1.2%
12
Missing 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
TOTAL 100%
469
100%
209
100%
104
100%
61
100%
138
25 981

Should political leaders rely on religious beliefs to make decisions? by Education (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  Less HS Grad HS/TS Some College Grad College Post-Grad Missing TOTAL
Yes, should 39.2%
20
36.2%
102
42.3%
121
46.9%
120
44.6%
58
0 41.9%
421
No, should not 52.9%
27
57.1%
161
52.1%
149
49.2%
126
51.5%
67
1 52.7%
530
Depends 3.9%
2
4.3%
12
4.2%
12
3.9%
10
3.8%
5
0 4.1%
41
DK/No opinion 3.9%
2
2.5%
7
1.4%
4
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0 1.3%
13
Missing 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
TOTAL 100%
51
100%
282
100%
286
100%
256
100%
130
1 1005

Should political leaders rely on religious beliefs to make decisions? by Gender (ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005)

  Male Female TOTAL
Yes, should 47.7%
252
35.4%
169
41.8%
421
No, should not 47.2%
249
59.0%
282
52.8%
531
Depends 4.7%
25
3.3%
16
4.1%
41
DK/No opinion 0.4%
2
2.3%
11
1.3%
13
Missing 1 0 1
TOTAL 100%
528
100%
478
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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