Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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INF_HOMO

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

Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on this issue -- Allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally
  10) A personal experience
  11) The views of your friends and family
  12) What you have seen or read in the media
  13) Your religious beliefs
  14) Your education
  15) Something else
  16) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
A personal experience 9.5% 9.5%
The views of your friends and family 7.2% 16.7%
What you have seen or read in the media 8.9% 25.6%
Your religious beliefs 36.9% 62.5%
Your education 16.6% 79.1%
Something else 17.6% 96.7%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 100%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 11.4% 7.9% 9.5%
The views of your friends and family 6.2% 8.0% 7.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 8.7% 9.1% 8.9%
Your religious beliefs 33.8% 39.6% 36.9%
Your education 19.1% 14.4% 16.6%
Something else 16.9% 18.2% 17.6%
Don't know/Refused 3.9% 2.8% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
A personal experience 6.8% 9.6% 11.4% 9.4%
The views of your friends and family 5.4% 6.5% 9.1% 7.1%
What you have seen or read in the media 8.5% 8.7% 9.4% 8.9%
Your religious beliefs 46.5% 34.8% 30.7% 36.9%
Your education 14.9% 18.1% 17.9% 17.0%
Something else 15.0% 18.1% 18.8% 17.4%
Don't know/Refused 3.0% 4.2% 2.8% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
A personal experience 11.3% 10.2% 7.8% 9.6%
The views of your friends and family 12.0% 7.3% 3.6% 7.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 11.2% 7.1% 9.5% 8.9%
Your religious beliefs 26.6% 38.1% 42.4% 36.8%
Your education 19.4% 16.8% 14.4% 16.6%
Something else 17.6% 18.4% 16.4% 17.6%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 2.1% 5.9% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
A personal experience 8.7% 12.2% 7.0% 10.5% 9.5%
The views of your friends and family 5.7% 6.0% 8.2% 10.7% 7.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 7.8% 10.2% 11.1% 9.8% 8.9%
Your religious beliefs 42.6% 30.0% 41.8% 26.5% 36.8%
Your education 15.4% 17.1% 12.0% 20.9% 16.7%
Something else 17.0% 22.3% 11.1% 18.3% 17.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 2.2% 8.8% 3.3% 3.3%
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
A personal experience 6.7% 8.4% 11.1% 8.7% 14.6% 9.5%
The views of your friends and family 7.4% 6.4% 8.3% 8.7% 4.5% 7.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 10.7% 11.8% 7.0% 6.2% 4.8% 8.9%
Your religious beliefs 40.0% 40.1% 34.7% 36.2% 27.9% 36.9%
Your education 9.5% 11.7% 18.1% 25.8% 29.9% 16.6%
Something else 18.8% 19.1% 18.2% 12.1% 15.3% 17.6%
Don't know/Refused 6.9% 2.6% 2.6% 2.2% 3.0% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
A personal experience 9.6% 6.0% 14.1% 9.4%
The views of your friends and family 7.6% 3.2% 8.6% 7.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 9.8% 4.4% 4.0% 9.0%
Your religious beliefs 36.1% 46.8% 29.8% 36.9%
Your education 16.5% 14.7% 22.7% 16.6%
Something else 16.8% 23.9% 19.2% 17.7%
Don't know/Refused 3.6% 1.1% 1.5% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
A personal experience 8.0% 9.2% 11.4% 12.3% 9.9%
The views of your friends and family 9.4% 7.4% 6.7% 5.4% 7.4%
What you have seen or read in the media 9.1% 10.2% 8.5% 7.1% 9.1%
Your religious beliefs 37.2% 39.6% 37.1% 28.9% 37.0%
Your education 16.2% 14.7% 15.8% 24.7% 16.6%
Something else 15.2% 15.8% 19.0% 18.2% 16.8%
Don't know/Refused 5.0% 3.1% 1.6% 3.3% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
A personal experience 10.2% 6.8% 10.1% 11.1% 9.5%
The views of your friends and family 5.1% 7.7% 8.1% 7.0% 7.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 9.8% 10.0% 8.1% 8.0% 8.9%
Your religious beliefs 29.9% 40.7% 43.1% 29.4% 36.9%
Your education 17.0% 16.8% 14.0% 20.2% 16.6%
Something else 25.1% 13.6% 13.4% 21.4% 17.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 4.5% 3.2% 2.8% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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