Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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MARITAL

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

Are you married, divorced, separated, widowed, or never been married?
  1) Married
  2) Divorced
  3) Separated
  4) Widowed
  5) Never been married
  6) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Married 53.2% 53.2%
Divorced 12.1% 65.3%
Separated 2.2% 67.5%
Widowed 8.2% 75.7%
Never been married 24.1% 99.8%
Don't know/Refused .2% 100%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Married 53.7% 52.8% 53.2%
Divorced 10.5% 13.6% 12.1%
Separated 1.7% 2.6% 2.2%
Widowed 3.4% 12.4% 8.2%
Never been married 30.5% 18.4% 24.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 0.2% 0.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Married 63.6% 47.2% 50.6% 53.3%
Divorced 8.7% 15.2% 12.3% 12.2%
Separated 1.2% 3.0% 2.3% 2.2%
Widowed 6.6% 11.5% 5.8% 8.0%
Never been married 19.7% 22.9% 28.9% 24.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.2% 0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Married 29.9% 65.0% 54.9% 53.2%
Divorced 3.0% 14.2% 16.0% 12.2%
Separated 1.5% 3.7% 0.8% 2.2%
Widowed 0.0% 1.3% 22.5% 8.2%
Never been married 65.6% 15.7% 5.8% 24.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Married 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 53.3%
Divorced 0.0% 84.8% 0.0% 0.0% 12.1%
Separated 0.0% 15.2% 0.0% 0.0% 2.2%
Widowed 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 8.2%
Never been married 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 100.0% 24.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
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
Married 45.3% 55.9% 49.7% 57.7% 61.6% 53.3%
Divorced 10.3% 11.8% 15.0% 9.5% 11.3% 12.1%
Separated 3.4% 2.2% 2.1% 0.8% 2.0% 2.2%
Widowed 16.8% 8.0% 7.0% 4.2% 2.5% 8.1%
Never been married 24.2% 22.0% 25.9% 27.8% 22.1% 24.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.5% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Married 56.2% 33.9% 41.4% 53.2%
Divorced 12.5% 11.2% 8.6% 12.2%
Separated 1.7% 6.2% 2.5% 2.2%
Widowed 8.9% 5.0% 2.5% 8.2%
Never been married 20.6% 43.6% 44.9% 24.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Married 27.4% 51.0% 72.0% 74.9% 53.9%
Divorced 18.7% 16.2% 7.5% 4.2% 13.0%
Separated 2.8% 3.1% 1.6% 1.0% 2.4%
Widowed 19.0% 5.9% 2.6% 0.6% 7.6%
Never been married 32.1% 23.6% 16.3% 19.2% 23.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Married 48.0% 54.5% 57.0% 50.8% 53.2%
Divorced 9.1% 11.0% 12.9% 15.1% 12.1%
Separated 2.1% 2.4% 2.6% 1.4% 2.2%
Widowed 10.1% 10.4% 7.8% 4.4% 8.2%
Never been married 30.5% 21.8% 19.2% 28.3% 24.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.2% 0.0% 0.5% 0.0% 0.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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