Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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RELIMPRT

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

How important would you say religion is in your own life?
  1) Very important
  2) Fairly important
  3) Not very important
  4) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very important 58.9% 58.9%
Fairly important 25.9% 84.8%
Not very important 14.8% 99.6%
Don't know/Refused .4% 100%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very important 47.5% 69.0% 58.9%
Fairly important 31.6% 20.8% 25.9%
Not very important 20.5% 9.7% 14.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 0.5% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very important 59.8% 64.1% 52.8% 58.8%
Fairly important 26.7% 24.3% 28.1% 26.4%
Not very important 13.2% 11.2% 18.6% 14.4%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 0.4% 0.5% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Very important 46.7% 57.7% 68.5% 58.8%
Fairly important 33.0% 28.8% 17.4% 25.9%
Not very important 20.2% 13.3% 13.4% 14.9%
Don't know/Refused 0.1% 0.2% 0.8% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very important 63.1% 50.8% 77.8% 47.7% 58.8%
Fairly important 25.4% 26.6% 12.0% 31.3% 25.9%
Not very important 11.2% 21.3% 9.6% 21.0% 14.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 1.3% 0.6% 0.1% 0.4%
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
Very important 67.7% 63.7% 54.9% 52.9% 45.2% 58.8%
Fairly important 15.0% 24.4% 31.5% 32.4% 25.4% 26.0%
Not very important 17.2% 11.6% 13.2% 14.7% 27.9% 14.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.2% 0.3% 0.5% 0.0% 1.5% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Very important 55.7% 86.7% 52.0% 58.7%
Fairly important 27.9% 7.1% 33.3% 26.0%
Not very important 16.0% 6.2% 14.1% 14.9%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 0.0% 0.5% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Very important 65.6% 62.0% 51.6% 44.4% 57.8%
Fairly important 19.8% 25.5% 32.7% 31.8% 26.8%
Not very important 14.3% 12.2% 15.2% 23.4% 14.9%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 0.3% 0.5% 0.4% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Very important 48.7% 59.8% 69.4% 50.9% 58.9%
Fairly important 32.5% 27.9% 20.3% 26.0% 25.9%
Not very important 18.5% 11.9% 10.0% 22.3% 14.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 0.4% 0.3% 0.8% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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