Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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DTHPNLTY

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

Now, I am going to read you a list of some programs and proposals that are being discussed in this country today. For each one, please tell me whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose it. -- The death penalty for persons convicted of murder
  1) Strongly favor
  2) Favor
  3) Oppose
  4) Strongly oppose
  5) Don't know

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Strongly favor 42.8% 42.8%
Favor 35.2% 78%
Oppose 10.9% 88.9%
Strongly oppose 6.7% 95.6%
Don't know 4.3% 99.9%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Strongly favor 45.3% 40.6% 42.8%
Favor 38.2% 32.6% 35.2%
Oppose 7.3% 14.2% 10.9%
Strongly oppose 6.5% 6.9% 6.7%
Don't know 2.6% 5.8% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Strongly favor 50.8% 36.1% 42.4% 42.8%
Favor 35.8% 34.2% 37.0% 35.7%
Oppose 6.6% 15.9% 9.8% 10.9%
Strongly oppose 3.8% 9.4% 6.5% 6.7%
Don't know 3.0% 4.4% 4.2% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Strongly favor 42.9% 46.2% 38.8% 42.9%
Favor 36.6% 33.2% 37.1% 35.3%
Oppose 10.4% 10.2% 11.9% 10.9%
Strongly oppose 6.6% 6.6% 6.6% 6.6%
Don't know 3.5% 3.7% 5.6% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Strongly favor 44.7% 50.6% 28.9% 38.7% 42.8%
Favor 35.8% 30.2% 41.2% 35.1% 35.3%
Oppose 9.7% 9.4% 16.1% 12.9% 11.0%
Strongly oppose 5.4% 5.7% 7.9% 9.7% 6.7%
Don't know 4.5% 4.2% 5.8% 3.6% 4.3%
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
Strongly favor 43.2% 45.6% 44.8% 39.4% 31.2% 42.9%
Favor 26.5% 36.0% 37.4% 37.2% 38.4% 35.3%
Oppose 14.5% 9.4% 8.8% 12.5% 15.3% 11.0%
Strongly oppose 10.7% 4.7% 4.4% 7.4% 12.8% 6.6%
Don't know 5.1% 4.4% 4.6% 3.6% 2.3% 4.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Strongly favor 45.0% 26.8% 41.9% 42.9%
Favor 36.4% 26.4% 34.3% 35.2%
Oppose 9.3% 22.7% 14.1% 10.9%
Strongly oppose 5.8% 14.4% 6.1% 6.7%
Don't know 3.6% 9.6% 3.5% 4.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Strongly favor 40.0% 43.0% 45.7% 43.7% 43.1%
Favor 31.1% 39.0% 36.5% 36.0% 36.0%
Oppose 13.9% 10.0% 9.4% 9.2% 10.7%
Strongly oppose 9.4% 5.0% 4.8% 6.9% 6.3%
Don't know 5.6% 2.9% 3.6% 4.2% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Strongly favor 39.8% 43.3% 41.7% 47.0% 42.8%
Favor 37.9% 35.4% 34.3% 34.0% 35.2%
Oppose 9.0% 12.1% 12.2% 9.5% 10.9%
Strongly oppose 9.1% 5.7% 6.6% 5.6% 6.7%
Don't know 4.1% 3.5% 5.3% 3.9% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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