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Religion and Public Life Survey, 2007 - Codebook

All Frequencies weighted by 114) WEIGHT;
(The number of missing cases reported in the codebook are unweighted)

1) Respondent age (AGE)
 NMeanStd. Deviation
Total300247.3418.43
2) Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services... more than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, seldom, or never? (ATTEND)
 TOTAL%
1) More than once a week 13.8
2) Once a week 25.9
3) Once or twice a month 15.9
4) A few times a year 17.7
5) Seldom 16.3
6) Never 9.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.1
Total3002100.0
3) Would you describe yourself as a "born-again" or evangelical Christian, or not? (Asked of respondents who reported 1-4 or 13 on RELIG) (BRNAGAIN)
 TOTAL%
1) Yes 42.3
2) No 53.1
9) Don't Know/Refused 4.6
Missing536
Total2466100.0
4) Do you think of yourself as a Christian or not? (Asked of respondents who reported 11 - Something Else or DK/REF on RELIG) (CHRSTIAN)
 TOTAL%
1) Yes 48.2
2) No 24.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 27.2
Missing2892
Total110100.0
5) Which of the following labels best describes your household: (CLASS)
 TOTAL%
1) Professional or business class 33.9
2) Working class 44.6
3) A struggling family or household 12.8
4) More than one apply 1.9
5) None apply 4.6
9) Don't Know/Refused 2.3
Total3002100.0
6) What is the last grade or class that you completed in school? (EDUC)
 TOTAL%
1) None, or grade 1-8 4.4
2) High school incomplete (Grades 9-11) 8.8
3) High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) 34.2
4) Technical, trade, or vocational school AFTER high school 2.0
5) Some college, no 4-year degree (including associate degree) 21.9
6) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) 16.6
7) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) 11.4
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.8
Total3002100.0
7) Are you, yourself, of Hispanic origin or descent, such as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or some other Spanish background? (HISP)
 TOTAL%
1) Yes 11.5
2) No 87.4
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.1
Total3002100.0
8) In general, would you describe your political views as... (IDEOLOGY)
 TOTAL%
1) Very conservative 8.7
2) Conservative 29.6
3) Moderate 37.8
4) Liberal 12.8
5) Very liberal 5.7
9) Don't Know/Refused 5.4
Total3002100.0
9) Last year, that is in 2006, what was your total family income from all sources, before taxes? (INCOME)
 TOTAL%
1) Less than $10,000 6.3
2) 10 to under $20,000 10.2
3) 20 to under $30,000 10.8
4) 30 to under $40,000 10.1
5) 40 to under $50,000 9.7
6) 50 to under $75,000 13.5
7) 75 to under $100,000 10.5
8) 100 to under $150,000 9.1
9) $150,000 or more 5.7
10) Don't Know/Refused 14.1
Total3002100.0
10) Was interview conducted in English or Spanish? (LANGUAGE)
 TOTAL%
1) English 96.1
2) Spanish 3.9
Total3002100.0
11) Are you married, divorced, separated, widowed, or never been married? (MARITAL)
 TOTAL%
1) Married 54.5
2) Divorced 11.6
3) Separated 2.8
4) Widowed 8.5
5) Never been married 21.7
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.0
Total3002100.0
12) Are you the parent or guardian of any children under 18 now living in your household? (PARENT)
 TOTAL%
1) Yes 35.1
2) No 64.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.7
Total3002100.0
13) In politics TODAY, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or Independent? (PARTY)
 TOTAL%
1) Republican 26.2
2) Democrat 32.4
3) Independent 32.1
4) No preference 5.0
5) Other party 0.6
9) Don't Know/Refused 3.7
Total3002100.0
14) As of today do you lean more to the Republican Party or more to the Democratic Party? (Asked of respondents who reported 3, 4, 5 or DK/Ref on PARTY) (PARTYLN)
 TOTAL%
1) Republican 24.8
2) Democrat 38.2
9) Don't Know/Refused 37.1
Missing1822
Total1180100.0
15) Do you consider yourself a STRONG [Republican/Democrat] or NOT a strong [Republican/Democrat]? (Asked of respondents who reported 1 or 2 on PARTY) (PARTYSTR)
 TOTAL%
1) Strong 55.5
2) Not strong 42.0
9) Don't Know/Refused 2.5
Missing1180
Total1822100.0
16) In the 2004 presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry, did things come up that kept you from voting, or did you happen to vote? (VOTE2004)
 TOTAL%
1) Voted 71.3
2) Did not vote (includes too young to vote) 26.9
8) Don't remember if voted 0.9
9) Refused 1.0
Total3002100.0
17) Did you vote for Bush, Kerry or someone else? (VOTEWHO)
 TOTAL%
1) Bush 47.1
2) Kerry 39.4
3) Other candidate 7.7
4) Don't remember which candidate 1.7
9) Refused 4.0
Missing572
Total2430100.0
18) Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president? (APPBUSH)
 TOTAL%
1) Approve 30.9
2) Disapprove 58.7
9) Don't Know/Refused 10.4
Total3002100.0
19) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job? (APPCONG)
 TOTAL%
1) Approve 21.4
2) Disapprove 64.5
9) Don't Know/Refused 14.2
Total3002100.0
20) Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in this country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose – a. The death penalty for persons convicted of murder (DEATHPEN)
 TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor 29.1
2) Favor 33.2
3) Oppose 20.6
4) Strongly oppose 11.0
9) Don't Know/Refused 6.1
Total3002100.0
21) Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in this country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose – b. The U.S. government guaranteeing health insurance for all citizens, even if it means raising taxes (UNIVHLTH)
 TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor 26.0
2) Favor 37.0
3) Oppose 19.1
4) Strongly oppose 12.9
9) Don't Know/Refused 5.0
Total3002100.0
22) Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in this country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose – c. Allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally (GAYMARR)
 TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor 12.9
2) Favor 23.5
3) Oppose 23.7
4) Strongly oppose 31.1
9) Don't Know/Refused 8.7
Total3002100.0
23) Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in this country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose – d. Reducing legal immigration (IMMIGRAT)
 TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor 18.9
2) Favor 26.1
3) Oppose 30.4
4) Strongly oppose 15.2
9) Don't Know/Refused 9.4
Total3002100.0
24) Do you think abortion should be (ABGEN)
 TOTAL%
1) Legal in all cases 17.6
2) Legal in most cases 34.7
3) Illegal in most cases 25.8
4) Illegal in all cases 16.7
9) Don't Know/Refused 5.1
Total3002100.0
25) Now I would like to ask your opinion about a specific abortion procedure known as "late-term" abortion or "partial birth" abortion, which is sometimes performed on women during the last few months of pregnancy. Do you think that this procedure should be legal or illegal? (ABLATE)
 TOTAL%
1) Legal 16.4
2) Illegal 75.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 8.3
Total3002100.0
26) As you may know, the federal government has debated whether to fund certain kinds of medical research known as ‘stem cell research' … How much have you heard about this? (STEMGOVT)
 TOTAL%
1) A lot 45.0
2) A little 42.5
3) Nothing at all 12.0
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.4
Total3002100.0
27) All in all, which is more important… (STEMCELL)
 TOTAL%
1) Conducting stem cell research that might result in new medical cures 51.2
2) Not destroying the potential life of human embryos involved in this research 35.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 13.5
Total3002100.0
28) Is your overall opinion of Catholics very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPCATHS)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 21.1
2) Mostly favorable 54.7
3) Mostly unfavorable 10.2
4) Very unfavorable 4.5
5) Never heard of 0.1
8) Can't rate 7.9
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.6
Total3002100.0
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29) Is your overall opinion of Jews very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPJEWS)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 21.3
2) Mostly favorable 55.0
3) Mostly unfavorable 6.1
4) Very unfavorable 2.8
5) Never heard of 0.2
8) Can't rate 12.6
9) Don't Know/Refused 2.0
Total3002100.0
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30) Is your overall opinion of Evangelical Christians very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPEVANGS)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 18.3
2) Mostly favorable 42.3
3) Mostly unfavorable 13.3
4) Very unfavorable 6.0
5) Never heard of 4.5
8) Can't rate 14.1
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.6
Total3002100.0
31) Is your overall opinion of Atheists (that is, people who don't believe in God) very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPATHSTS)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 7.0
2) Mostly favorable 28.4
3) Mostly unfavorable 22.7
4) Very unfavorable 29.5
5) Never heard of 0.1
8) Can't rate 10.9
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.5
Total3002100.0
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32) Is your overall opinion of Mormons very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPMORMNS)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 9.9
2) Mostly favorable 42.8
3) Mostly unfavorable 18.4
4) Very unfavorable 8.7
5) Never heard of 1.7
8) Can't rate 16.6
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.9
Total3002100.0
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33) Is your overall opinion of Muslims very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (asked of half sample) (OPMUSLMS)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 7.4
2) Mostly favorable 36.3
3) Mostly unfavorable 21.5
4) Very unfavorable 12.7
5) Never heard of 0.9
8) Can't rate 18.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 2.4
Missing1541
Total1461100.0
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34) Is your overall opinion of Muslim Americans very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (asked of half sample) (OPMUSAMS)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 10.0
2) Mostly favorable 43.5
3) Mostly unfavorable 18.2
4) Very unfavorable 10.7
5) Never heard of 0.9
8) Can't rate 14.5
9) Don't Know/Refused 2.2
Missing1461
Total1541100.0
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35) Would you say your overall opinion of George W. Bush is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPGWBUSH)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 11.9
2) Mostly favorable 28.2
3) Mostly unfavorable 22.5
4) Very unfavorable 34.4
5) Never heard of 0.1
8) Can't rate 2.2
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.5
Total3002100.0
36) Would you say your overall opinion of Rudy Giuliani is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPGLIANI)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 11.9
2) Mostly favorable 42.2
3) Mostly unfavorable 19.2
4) Very unfavorable 8.6
5) Never heard of 8.5
8) Can't rate 8.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.8
Total3002100.0
37) Would you say your overall opinion of Mitt Romney is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPROMNEY)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 5.2
2) Mostly favorable 22.6
3) Mostly unfavorable 17.1
4) Very unfavorable 7.0
5) Never heard of 28.8
8) Can't rate 18.6
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.7
Total3002100.0
38) Would you say your overall opinion of John McCain is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPMCCAIN)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 8.1
2) Mostly favorable 39.1
3) Mostly unfavorable 21.0
4) Very unfavorable 8.0
5) Never heard of 11.6
8) Can't rate 11.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.5
Total3002100.0
39) Would you say your overall opinion of Fred Thompson is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPTHMPSN)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 8.0
2) Mostly favorable 21.4
3) Mostly unfavorable 11.7
4) Very unfavorable 4.4
5) Never heard of 34.8
8) Can't rate 18.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.9
Total3002100.0
40) Would you say your overall opinion of Hillary Clinton is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPHCLNTN)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 20.6
2) Mostly favorable 34.2
3) Mostly unfavorable 18.2
4) Very unfavorable 21.1
5) Never heard of 1.7
8) Can't rate 3.7
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.5
Total3002100.0
41) Would you say your overall opinion of John Edwards is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPEDWRDS)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 10.3
2) Mostly favorable 37.3
3) Mostly unfavorable 18.6
4) Very unfavorable 9.8
5) Never heard of 11.2
8) Can't rate 12.0
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.7
Total3002100.0
42) Would you say your overall opinion of Barack Obama is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPOBAMA)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 14.3
2) Mostly favorable 33.7
3) Mostly unfavorable 16.4
4) Very unfavorable 10.0
5) Never heard of 13.0
8) Can't rate 12.0
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.6
Total3002100.0
43) Would you say your overall opinion of Pope Benedict the Sixteenth is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPPOPEBN)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 14.3
2) Mostly favorable 35.9
3) Mostly unfavorable 12.0
4) Very unfavorable 6.2
5) Never heard of 7.7
8) Can't rate 22.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.1
Total3002100.0
44) Would you say your overall opinion of Billy Graham is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPGRAHAM)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 27.9
2) Mostly favorable 31.5
3) Mostly unfavorable 12.2
4) Very unfavorable 8.0
5) Never heard of 10.1
8) Can't rate 9.5
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.8
Total3002100.0
45) Would you say your overall opinion of James Dobson is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPDOBSON)
 TOTAL%
1) Very favorable 7.9
2) Mostly favorable 12.9
3) Mostly unfavorable 8.8
4) Very unfavorable 5.8
5) Never heard of 46.1
8) Can't rate 17.9
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.5
Total3002100.0
46) In making your decision about who to vote for in the presidential election of 2008, will the issue of Iraq be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (IMPIRAQ)
 TOTAL%
1) Very important 72.0
2) Somewhat important 20.6
3) Not too important 2.9
4) Not at all important 2.9
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.5
Total3002100.0
47) In making your decision about who to vote for in the presidential election of 2008, will domestic issues such as the economy, health care, and the environment be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (IMPUSISS)
 TOTAL%
1) Very important 78.2
2) Somewhat important 17.7
3) Not too important 2.0
4) Not at all important 1.2
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.9
Total3002100.0
48) In making your decision about who to vote for in the presidential election of 2008, will social issues like abortion and gay marriage be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (IMPSOCIS)
 TOTAL%
1) Very important 38.3
2) Somewhat important 31.8
3) Not too important 17.3
4) Not at all important 10.9
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.6
Total3002100.0
49) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is a woman, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESWOMN)
 TOTAL%
1) More likely to support 14.6
2) Less likely to support 11.8
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference 72.1
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.6
Total3002100.0
50) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is black, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESBLCK)
 TOTAL%
1) More likely to support 9.4
2) Less likely to support 5.8
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference 83.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.1
Total3002100.0
51) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is Hispanic, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESHSP)
 TOTAL%
1) More likely to support 8.5
2) Less likely to support 15.3
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference 74.9
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.3
Total3002100.0
52) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is Mormon, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESMRMN)
 TOTAL%
1) More likely to support 5.5
2) Less likely to support 25.2
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference 65.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 3.6
Total3002100.0
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53) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is Muslim, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESMSLM)
 TOTAL%
1) More likely to support 3.0
2) Less likely to support 44.9
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference 48.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 3.3
Total3002100.0
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54) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is an evangelical Christian, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESEVNG)
 TOTAL%
1) More likely to support 18.8
2) Less likely to support 16.1
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference 59.6
9) Don't Know/Refused 5.4
Total3002100.0
55) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who does not believe in God, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESATH)
 TOTAL%
1) More likely to support 3.1
2) Less likely to support 61.0
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference 34.4
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.5
Total3002100.0
56) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is Catholic, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESCATH)
 TOTAL%
1) More likely to support 12.4
2) Less likely to support 7.4
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference 78.9
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.3
Total3002100.0
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57) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is Jewish, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESJEW)
 TOTAL%
1) More likely to support 8.6
2) Less likely to support 10.6
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference 79.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.5
Total3002100.0
58) On the abortion issue, do you happen to know if Rudy Giuliani is…pro-choice, that is, a supporter of abortion rights, pro-life, that is, favors new laws to outlaw abortion in almost all cases, or are you not sure where he stands on this issue? (GIULABOR)
 TOTAL%
1) Pro-choice, that is, a support of abortion rights 21.7
2) Pro-life, that is, favors new laws to outlaw abortion in almost all cases 7.0
3) Not sure 68.4
9) Don't Know/Refused 3.0
Total3002100.0
59) Do you think there has been too much, too little or the right amount of expressions of religious faith and prayer by political leaders? (RELLEADR)
 TOTAL%
1) Too much 26.5
2) Too little 37.7
3) Right amount 26.4
9) Don't Know/Refused 9.4
Total3002100.0
60) During political elections, should churches and other houses of worship come out in favor of one candidate over another, or shouldn't they do this? (CHRCHPOL)
 TOTAL%
1) Should come out in favor of candidates 27.5
2) Should not come out in favor of candidates 63.4
9) Don't Know/Refused 9.1
Total3002100.0
61) How do you feel about this statement: It makes me uncomfortable when politicians talk about how religious they are. Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with it? (RELPLTCN)
 TOTAL%
1) Completely Agree 15.3
2) Mostly Agree 27.5
3) Mostly Disagree 30.2
4) Completely Disagree 20.4
9) Don't Know/Refused 6.6
Total3002100.0
62) How do you feel about this statement: It's important to me that a president have strong religious beliefs. Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with it? (RELPRES)
 TOTAL%
1) Completely Agree 30.1
2) Mostly Agree 38.8
3) Mostly Disagree 16.6
4) Completely Disagree 10.6
9) Don't Know/Refused 3.8
Total3002100.0
63) Do you believe that it is proper or improper for journalists to ask politicians how their religious beliefs affect their opinions on issues of the day? (JRNLASK)
 TOTAL%
1) Proper 57.9
2) Improper 37.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 4.8
Total3002100.0
64) Do you feel that The Democratic Party is generally friendly toward religion, neutral toward religion, or unfriendly toward religion? (DEMREL)
 TOTAL%
1) Friendly 29.9
2) Neutral 37.4
3) Unfriendly 15.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 17.5
Total3002100.0
65) And in your view, is this a good thing, a bad thing, or doesn't it matter to you? (DEMRELOP)
 TOTAL%
1) Good thing 34.1
2) Bad thing 25.1
3) Doesn't matter 39.5
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.3
Missing476
Total2526100.0
66) Do you feel that The Republican Party is generally friendly toward religion, neutral toward religion, or unfriendly toward religion? (GOPREL)
 TOTAL%
1) Friendly 50.4
2) Neutral 22.7
3) Unfriendly 8.9
9) Don't Know/Refused 18.0
Total3002100.0
67) And in your view, is this a good thing, a bad thing, or doesn't it matter to you? (GOPRELOP)
 TOTAL%
1) Good thing 36.8
2) Bad thing 23.8
3) Doesn't matter 38.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.7
Missing478
Total2524100.0
68) Here are a couple of statements about the political parties. For each, please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with it. a. Religious conservatives have too much control over the Republican Party. (CNTRLGOP)
 TOTAL%
1) Completely agree 15.3
2) Mostly agree 28.1
3) Mostly disagree 30.8
4) Completely disagree 10.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 15.5
Total3002100.0
69) Here are a couple of statements about the political parties. For each, please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with it. a. Liberals who are not religious have too much control over the Democratic Party. (CNTRLDEM)
 TOTAL%
1) Completely agree 12.7
2) Mostly agree 23.6
3) Mostly disagree 33.6
4) Completely disagree 13.5
9) Don't Know/Refused 16.5
Total3002100.0
70) How important is religion in your life – very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (IMPREL)
 TOTAL%
1) Very important 60.5
2) Somewhat important 24.4
3) Not too important 8.4
4) Not at all important 5.6
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.2
Total3002100.0
71) Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLITRL)
 TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 34.1
2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 43.7
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 16.0
4) Other 2.5
9) Don't Know/Refused 3.7
Total3002100.0
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72) Outside of attending religious services, do you pray several times a day, once a day, a few times a week, once a week, a few times a month, seldom, or never? (PRAYFREQ)
 TOTAL%
1) Several times a day 35.2
2) Once a day 21.3
3) A few times a week 14.9
4) Once a week 3.5
5) A few times a month 5.7
6) Seldom 11.1
7) Never 6.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 2.1
Total3002100.0
73) Do you believe in God or a universal spirit? (BELGOD)
 TOTAL%
1) Yes 94.0
2) No 3.6
3) Other 0.5
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.9
Total3002100.0
74) How certain are you about this belief? Are you absolutely certain, fairly certain, not too certain, or not at all certain? (Asked of respondents who reported 1 – Yes on BELGOD) (BELCERTN)
 TOTAL%
1) Absolutely certain 77.7
2) Fairly certain 17.3
3) Not too certain 3.5
4) Not at all certain 0.7
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.7
Missing190
Total2812100.0
75) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. a. George W. Bush (RLGWBUSH)
 TOTAL%
1) Very religious 37.0
2) Somewhat religious 35.4
3) Not too religious 7.3
4) Not at all religious 7.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 13.0
Total3002100.0
76) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. b. Rudy Giuliani (RLGLIANI)
 TOTAL%
1) Very religious 9.2
2) Somewhat religious 40.6
3) Not too religious 11.6
4) Not at all religious 3.5
9) Don't Know/Refused 35.0
Total3002100.0
77) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. c. Mitt Romney (RLROMNEY)
 TOTAL%
1) Very religious 21.6
2) Somewhat religious 20.6
3) Not too religious 3.5
4) Not at all religious 1.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 53.0
Total3002100.0
78) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. d. John McCain (RLMCCAIN)
 TOTAL%
1) Very religious 11.4
2) Somewhat religious 39.8
3) Not too religious 7.3
4) Not at all religious 2.1
9) Don't Know/Refused 39.4
Total3002100.0
79) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. e. Fred Thompson (RLTHMPSN)
 TOTAL%
1) Very religious 5.5
2) Somewhat religious 23.1
3) Not too religious 4.8
4) Not at all religious 1.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 64.7
Total3002100.0
80) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. f. Hillary Clinton (RLHCLNTN)
 TOTAL%
1) Very religious 12.2
2) Somewhat religious 41.2
3) Not too religious 15.6
4) Not at all religious 8.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 22.2
Total3002100.0
81) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. g. John Edwards (RLEDWRDS)
 TOTAL%
1) Very religious 18.3
2) Somewhat religious 36.8
3) Not too religious 7.3
4) Not at all religious 3.2
9) Don't Know/Refused 34.5
Total3002100.0
82) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. h. Barack Obama (RLOBAMA)
 TOTAL%
1) Very religious 14.6
2) Somewhat religious 35.7
3) Not too religious 6.4
4) Not at all religious 3.1
9) Don't Know/Refused 40.2
Total3002100.0
83) How much would you say you know about the Muslim religion and its practices? (KNOWMSLM)
 TOTAL%
1) A great deal 6.6
2) Some 34.2
3) Not very much 32.7
4) Nothing at all 25.4
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.1
Total3002100.0
84) Please tell me what one word best describes your impression of Islam, the Muslim religion. Tell me just the one best word that comes to mind. (WORDMSLM)
 TOTAL%
1) Answer given 69.9
9) Don't Know/Refused 30.1
Missing1461
Total1541100.0
85) Verbatim response to WORDMSLM (VERBMSLM)
86) Responses to WORDMSLM collapsed to common themes by researchers (REVBMSLM)
 TOTAL%
10) Acceptable/Ok 1.4
30) Fanatic/Radical 5.6
31) Bad/Evil 1.5
32) Cult/Wrong/Not real 3.4
33) Misguided/Confused 3.1
34) Terrorists/Killers/Death 2.4
35) Angry/Dangerous/Violent 2.3
36) Fearful/Scary 1.0
37) Strict/Dogmatic/Controlling 4.1
38) General negative 5.9
39) Crazy/Strange 1.4
40) Religious/cultural reference 5.5
41) Allah/Koran/Muhammad 2.2
50) Confusing/Mysterious 3.1
53) Different 2.2
61) Organized/Unified 0.6
62) Separate/Closed off/Secretive 0.6
70) Peaceful/Respectful/Compassionate 2.6
71) Faithful/Devout/Committed 7.1
72) Strong/Good 1.4
73) General Positive 2.9
74) Misunderstood 1.3
88) Other 6.5
99) Don't Know/Refused 31.7
Missing1461
Total1541100.0
87) From what you know, do you think that the Muslim religion and your own religion have a lot in common, or do you think that the Muslim religion and your religion are very different? (Asked if respondent reported 1-5, 7-8, 11, 13-14 on RELIG) (MSLMRREL)
 TOTAL%
1) A lot in common 18.7
2) Very different 70.5
9) Don't Know/Refused 10.8
Missing424
Total2578100.0
88) From what you know, do you think that the Muslim religion and your own beliefs have a lot in common, or do you think that the Muslim religion and your own beliefs are very different? (Asked if respondent reported 9, 10, 12, or 99 on RELIG) (MSLMRBEL)
 TOTAL%
1) A lot in common 18.0
2) Very different 66.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 15.3
Missing2589
Total413100.0
89) Which of the following has had the biggest influence on your view of Muslims … (INFLMSLM)
 TOTAL%
1) A personal experience 18.1
2) The views of your friends and family 6.3
3) What you have seen or read in the media 32.0
4) Your religious beliefs 10.6
5) Your education 17.7
6) Something else 11.4
9) Don't Know/Refused 4.0
Missing1862
Total1140100.0
90) Do you, yourself happen to know anyone who is Muslim? (KNWAMSLM)
 TOTAL%
1) Yes 45.3
2) No 53.4
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.3
Missing11
Total2991100.0
91) As I read you a pair of statements, tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views even if neither is exactly right. (VIOLISLM)
 TOTAL%
1) Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers 45.1
2) The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others 38.8
3) Neither 3.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 12.4
Total3002100.0
92) How much would you say you know about the Mormon religion and its practices? (KNOWMRMN)
 TOTAL%
1) A great deal 10.6
2) Some 37.8
3) Not very much 31.9
4) Nothing at all 19.2
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.5
Total3002100.0
93) Please tell me what one word best describes your impression of the Mormon religion. Tell me just the one best word that comes to mind. (WORDMRMN)
 TOTAL%
1) Answer given 70.6
9) Don't Know/Refused 29.3
Missing1541
Total1461100.0
94) Verbatim response to WORDMRMN (VERBMRMN)
95) Responses to WORDMRMN collapsed to common themes by researchers (REVBMRMN)
 NMeanStd. Deviation
Total146150.4236.16
96) From what you know, do you think that the Mormon religion and your own religion have a lot in common, or do you think that the Mormon religion and your religion are very different? (Asked if respondent reported 1-5, 7-8, 11, 13-14 on RELIG) (MRMNRREL)
 TOTAL%
1) A lot in common 24.8
2) Very different 62.5
9) Don't Know/Refused 12.8
Missing472
Total2530100.0
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97) From what you know, do you think that the Mormon religion and your own beliefs have a lot in common, or do you think that the Mormon religion and your own beliefs are very different? (Asked if respondent reported 9, 10, 12, or 99 on RELIG) (MRMNRBEL)
 TOTAL%
1) A lot in common 14.6
2) Very different 71.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 14.2
Missing2589
Total413100.0
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98) Which of the following has had the biggest influence on your view of Mormons … (INFLMRMN)
 TOTAL%
1) A personal experience 28.7
2) The views of your friends and family 10.3
3) What you have seen or read in the media 20.4
4) Your religious beliefs 11.0
5) Your education 14.0
6) Something else 11.8
9) Don't Know/Refused 3.9
Missing1733
Total1269100.0
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99) Do you, yourself happen to know anyone who is Mormon? (KNWAMRMN)
 TOTAL%
1) Yes 48.5
2) No 50.6
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.0
Missing59
Total2943100.0
100) Based on what you have read or heard about Mormons, do you think their religion is a Christian religion, or do you think it is not a Christian religion? (MRMNXIAN)
 TOTAL%
1) Yes, their religion is a Christian religion 51.5
2) No, their religion is not a Christian religion 31.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 17.3
Missing59
Total2943100.0
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101) In 2005, Pope Benedict the sixteenth became head of the Roman Catholic Church. How much have you heard about Pope Benedict…a lot, a little, or nothing at all? (POPEHRD)
 TOTAL%
1) A lot 18.6
2) A little 62.3
3) Nothing at all 18.2
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.8
Total3002100.0
102) From what you know, how good a job is the pope doing in promoting good relations between the Catholic Church and other major religions? Is he doing an excellent, good, only fair, or a poor job of promoting good relations with other major religions? (POPEECUM)
 TOTAL%
1) Excellent 6.2
2) Good 31.6
3) Only fair 34.8
4) Poor 11.3
9) Don't Know/Refused 16.1
Missing484
Total2518100.0
103) And how would you describe Pope Benedict the sixteenth…is he very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal or very liberal? (POPELBCN)
 TOTAL%
1) Very conservative 20.2
2) Conservative 36.0
3) Moderate 16.8
4) Liberal 4.2
5) Very Liberal 1.4
9) Don't Know/Refused 21.4
Missing484
Total2518100.0
104) What is your race? Are you white, black, Asian, or some other race? (RACE)
 TOTAL%
1) White 77.8
2) Black 11.5
3) Asian 1.3
4) Other or mixed race 8.0
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.4
Total3002100.0
105) These days, many people are so busy they can't find time to register to vote, or move around so often they don't get a chance to re-register. Are you NOW registered to vote in your precinct or election district or haven't you been able to register so far? (REGIST)
 TOTAL%
1) Yes, registered 79.5
2) No, not registered 19.2
9) Don't Know/Refused 1.3
Total3002100.0
106) Are you absolutely certain that you are registered to vote, or is there a chance that your registration has lapsed because you moved or for some other reason? (Asked of respondents who reported 1 on REGIST) (REGICERT)
 TOTAL%
1) Absolutely certain 96.4
2) Chance registration has lapsed 3.4
9) Don't Know/Refused 0.3
Missing420
Total2582100.0
107) What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Orthodox such as Greek or Russian Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, agnostic, something else, or nothing in particular? (RELIG)
 TOTAL%
1) Protestant (Baptist, Methodist, Non-denominational, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Episcopalian, Reformed, Church of Christ, Jehovah's Witness, etc.) 45.7
2) Roman Catholic (Catholic) 22.9
3) Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/LDS) 1.7
4) Orthodox (Greek, Russian, or some other orthodox church) 0.4
5) Jewish (Judaism) 1.8
6) Muslim (Islam) 0.4
7) Buddhist 0.5
8) Hindu 0.3
9) Atheist (do not believe in God) 1.7
10) Agnostic (not sure if there is a God) 2.2
11) Something else 0.8
12) Nothing in particular 10.0
13) Christian 8.9
14) Unitarian (Universalist) 0.3
99) Don't Know/Refused 2.3
Total3002100.0
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108) Verbatim responses for 11 – Something Else on RELIG (RELIGOTH)
109) Respondent ID (RESPID)
 NMeanStd. Deviation
Total30022,061.611,195.86
110) Sex (SEX)
 TOTAL%
1) Male 48.2
2) Female 51.8
Total3002100.0
111) Religious commitment - coded by researchers (SUMCOM)
 TOTAL%
1) High religious commitment 35.6
2) Medium religious commitment 31.5
3) Low religious commitment 32.9
Total3002100.0
112) Time zone (TIMEZONE)
 TOTAL%
1) Eastern 52.0
2) Central 26.0
3) Mountain 4.4
4) Pacific 17.5
Total3002100.0
113) This survey is being conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. They will be issuing a report on the results of this survey in the coming weeks. If you are interested, I can give you their web site address. (WEBSITE)
 TOTAL%
1) Yes, website requested 51.0
2) No, website not requested 49.0
Total3002100.0
114) Case weight (WEIGHT)
 NMeanStd. Deviation
Total30021.020.70
115) Respondent zipcode (ZIPCODE)
 NMeanStd. Deviation
Total300251,308.0130,488.56
116) Respondent age (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
 TOTAL%
1) 18-24 11.7
2) 25-34 16.9
3) 35-44 19.0
4) 45-64 34.9
5) 65+ 17.5
Missing57
Total2945100.0
117) Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services... more than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, seldom, or never? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-ATTEND)
 TOTAL%
1) More than once a week 13.9
2) Once a week 26.2
3) Once or twice a month 16.0
4) A few times a year 17.9
5) Seldom 16.5
6) Never 9.4
Missing40
Total2962100.0
118) What is the last grade or class that you completed in school? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
 TOTAL%
1) None, or grade 1-8 4.4
2) High school incomplete (Grades 9-11) 8.9
3) High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) 34.5
4) Some college, no 4-year degree (or Vocational or Technical degree AFTER high school) 24.0
5) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) 16.7
6) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) 11.5
Missing26
Total2976100.0
119) Sex (for use with online analysis) (I-GENDER)
 TOTAL%
1) Male 48.2
2) Female 51.8
Total3002100.0
120) Last year, that is in 2006, what was your total family income from all sources, before taxes? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-INCOME)
 TOTAL%
1) Less than $20,000 19.3
2) 20 to under $30,000 12.6
3) 30 to under $50,000 23.0
4) 50 to under $75,000 15.8
5) 75 to under $100,000 12.2
6) $100,000 or more 17.2
Missing438
Total2564100.0
121) Are you married, divorced, separated, widowed, or never been married? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-MARITAL)
 TOTAL%
1) Married 55.0
2) Divorced 11.7
3) Separated 2.8
4) Widowed 8.6
5) Never been married 21.9
Missing31
Total2971100.0

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