Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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POLVIEWS

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

In general, would you describe your political views as...
  1) Very conservative
  2) Conservative
  3) Moderate
  4) Liberal
  5) Very liberal
  6) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very conservative 6.8% 6.8%
Conservative 32.2% 39%
Moderate 37.9% 76.9%
Liberal 14.5% 91.4%
Very liberal 5.6% 97%
Don't know/Refused 3% 100%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very conservative 5.9% 7.7% 6.8%
Conservative 35.2% 29.5% 32.2%
Moderate 37.5% 38.3% 37.9%
Liberal 12.9% 15.9% 14.5%
Very liberal 5.6% 5.5% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 3.0% 3.0% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very conservative 12.0% 3.2% 6.0% 6.8%
Conservative 46.5% 28.1% 24.6% 32.4%
Moderate 31.8% 39.9% 42.6% 38.4%
Liberal 6.1% 20.2% 16.5% 14.6%
Very liberal 1.9% 6.0% 7.7% 5.4%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 2.6% 2.6% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Very conservative 4.7% 7.1% 8.0% 6.9%
Conservative 25.3% 32.8% 36.6% 32.3%
Moderate 38.8% 38.5% 36.0% 37.7%
Liberal 18.5% 14.5% 11.9% 14.6%
Very liberal 9.7% 5.5% 3.0% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 3.1% 1.6% 4.5% 2.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very conservative 7.9% 8.2% 5.0% 4.4% 6.8%
Conservative 35.9% 26.5% 37.4% 25.5% 32.2%
Moderate 38.9% 38.7% 38.0% 35.4% 38.0%
Liberal 11.2% 19.6% 11.7% 20.0% 14.5%
Very liberal 4.0% 5.4% 2.3% 10.2% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 1.7% 5.6% 4.6% 2.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1971


Education (I-EDUCATN)

Less than High school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some College (no 4-year degree)/Business, technical, or vocational school AFTER high school College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
Very conservative 12.1% 6.3% 5.4% 5.6% 6.0% 6.8%
Conservative 29.1% 36.0% 32.8% 30.2% 24.4% 32.2%
Moderate 32.8% 37.1% 39.6% 41.9% 40.7% 38.0%
Liberal 12.3% 13.4% 15.4% 16.3% 16.8% 14.4%
Very liberal 7.2% 4.9% 4.4% 4.0% 9.8% 5.5%
Don't know/Refused 6.6% 2.3% 2.4% 2.0% 2.3% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Very conservative 7.0% 8.3% 2.0% 6.9%
Conservative 33.8% 20.6% 29.8% 32.3%
Moderate 37.9% 36.5% 41.9% 37.9%
Liberal 13.5% 20.9% 17.2% 14.5%
Very liberal 5.2% 8.3% 6.1% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.5% 5.5% 3.0% 2.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Very conservative 8.8% 6.8% 4.8% 5.9% 6.7%
Conservative 29.5% 35.1% 31.0% 36.6% 32.8%
Moderate 30.5% 37.8% 44.6% 37.7% 37.8%
Liberal 19.7% 13.5% 13.5% 12.3% 14.9%
Very liberal 8.7% 3.7% 4.4% 6.5% 5.5%
Don't know/Refused 2.9% 3.1% 1.5% 1.0% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Very conservative 4.9% 6.4% 8.4% 6.6% 6.8%
Conservative 28.2% 34.9% 34.5% 29.2% 32.2%
Moderate 39.5% 40.2% 36.0% 36.9% 37.9%
Liberal 16.9% 12.6% 11.9% 18.5% 14.5%
Very liberal 7.8% 3.6% 5.1% 6.4% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.6% 2.4% 4.1% 2.4% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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