Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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(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 -- This country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment OR This country has gone too far in its efforts to protect the environment
  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 21.4% 21.4%
The views of your friends and family 3.3% 24.7%
What you have seen or read in the media 24.4% 49.1%
Your religious beliefs 3.7% 52.8%
Your education 35.4% 88.2%
Something else 10.2% 98.4%
Don't know/Refused 1.7% 100.1%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 26.5% 16.8% 21.4%
The views of your friends and family 1.8% 4.5% 3.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 19.1% 29.2% 24.4%
Your religious beliefs 2.8% 4.5% 3.7%
Your education 38.2% 32.9% 35.4%
Something else 10.6% 9.8% 10.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.0% 2.3% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
A personal experience 21.5% 19.4% 23.5% 21.5%
The views of your friends and family 2.9% 3.1% 2.4% 2.8%
What you have seen or read in the media 21.8% 28.5% 23.3% 24.7%
Your religious beliefs 3.1% 4.2% 3.2% 3.5%
Your education 38.2% 34.7% 35.2% 35.9%
Something else 10.7% 8.8% 10.5% 10.0%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 1.3% 1.9% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
A personal experience 17.0% 23.5% 21.8% 21.4%
The views of your friends and family 5.0% 3.1% 2.3% 3.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 21.5% 23.1% 28.2% 24.4%
Your religious beliefs 3.0% 2.8% 5.1% 3.6%
Your education 43.1% 36.4% 28.7% 35.4%
Something else 10.2% 10.0% 10.4% 10.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.2% 1.1% 3.5% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
A personal experience 22.7% 23.6% 19.6% 17.4% 21.3%
The views of your friends and family 3.8% 1.8% 1.8% 3.5% 3.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 23.1% 25.6% 37.1% 22.4% 24.5%
Your religious beliefs 3.2% 3.9% 6.1% 3.9% 3.7%
Your education 35.0% 35.3% 22.8% 40.9% 35.5%
Something else 10.9% 7.5% 7.0% 11.0% 10.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 2.2% 5.6% 0.9% 1.7%
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 13.8% 22.0% 24.4% 20.9% 22.1% 21.3%
The views of your friends and family 5.2% 4.5% 2.1% 2.0% 0.5% 3.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 31.4% 30.8% 20.0% 18.9% 10.6% 24.5%
Your religious beliefs 9.3% 3.1% 2.5% 1.8% 1.8% 3.6%
Your education 23.0% 25.9% 40.7% 49.3% 58.0% 35.5%
Something else 14.4% 12.1% 8.7% 6.8% 5.0% 10.2%
Don't know/Refused 2.9% 1.6% 1.5% 0.4% 2.0% 1.7%
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 22.4% 13.5% 15.7% 21.2%
The views of your friends and family 3.2% 3.2% 5.6% 3.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 24.4% 28.2% 20.2% 24.6%
Your religious beliefs 2.8% 11.9% 0.5% 3.7%
Your education 35.4% 31.2% 46.0% 35.4%
Something else 10.1% 10.6% 11.6% 10.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 1.4% 0.5% 1.7%
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 19.8% 19.3% 25.8% 22.4% 21.5%
The views of your friends and family 4.7% 4.2% 2.3% 1.5% 3.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 28.2% 27.4% 21.1% 13.0% 24.1%
Your religious beliefs 6.9% 4.0% 1.5% 1.0% 3.7%
Your education 28.3% 33.9% 38.9% 52.7% 36.3%
Something else 10.6% 9.7% 9.5% 8.6% 9.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.5% 1.4% 0.9% 0.8% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
A personal experience 21.6% 18.3% 19.0% 28.4% 21.4%
The views of your friends and family 3.0% 2.0% 4.0% 3.8% 3.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 21.4% 25.2% 27.0% 22.4% 24.4%
Your religious beliefs 2.6% 6.2% 4.3% 0.8% 3.7%
Your education 38.2% 40.1% 30.7% 35.0% 35.4%
Something else 11.7% 6.4% 12.6% 9.1% 10.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 1.8% 2.3% 0.6% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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