Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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BRNAGN2

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

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO DESCRIBE THEMSELVES AS BORN AGAIN OR EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS: By 'born again' do you mean a specific, one-time conversion experience or gradual development of faith over time?
  1) Specific experience
  2) Gradual over time
  3) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Specific experience 38.1% 38.1%
Gradual over time 54.5% 92.6%
Don't know/Refused 7.4% 100%
Total N = 645

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Specific experience 41.2% 36.2% 38.1%
Gradual over time 53.4% 55.1% 54.5%
Don't know/Refused 5.4% 8.7% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
645


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Specific experience 44.7% 34.9% 34.8% 38.2%
Gradual over time 49.3% 56.6% 58.2% 54.5%
Don't know/Refused 6.1% 8.5% 7.1% 7.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
621


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Specific experience 30.8% 36.0% 44.2% 38.2%
Gradual over time 66.9% 59.9% 41.8% 54.3%
Don't know/Refused 2.3% 4.1% 13.9% 7.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
636


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Specific experience 40.1% 44.6% 32.9% 28.7% 38.0%
Gradual over time 52.0% 52.5% 49.0% 68.8% 54.5%
Don't know/Refused 7.9% 2.8% 18.1% 2.5% 7.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
644


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
Specific experience 42.9% 40.1% 32.8% 37.3% 35.9% 38.1%
Gradual over time 45.2% 52.0% 62.5% 56.3% 60.3% 54.5%
Don't know/Refused 11.9% 7.9% 4.6% 6.3% 3.8% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
645


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Specific experience 39.6% 32.0% 32.7% 38.2%
Gradual over time 52.5% 62.2% 61.5% 54.3%
Don't know/Refused 7.9% 5.9% 5.8% 7.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
640


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Specific experience 33.4% 40.1% 33.8% 36.8% 36.5%
Gradual over time 56.7% 54.0% 59.9% 61.4% 56.8%
Don't know/Refused 9.9% 5.9% 6.3% 1.8% 6.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
576


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Specific experience 30.3% 36.6% 42.7% 31.9% 38.1%
Gradual over time 52.8% 57.6% 50.1% 65.3% 54.5%
Don't know/Refused 16.9% 5.8% 7.3% 2.8% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
645



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