Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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CH_POLMA

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

In your opinion, should the churches keep out of political matters or should they express their views on day-to-day social and political questions?
  1) Should keep out
  2) Should express views
  3) No opinion

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Should keep out 42.8% 42.8%
Should express views 53.8% 96.6%
No opinion 3.4% 100%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Should keep out 47.4% 38.6% 42.8%
Should express views 50.2% 57.0% 53.8%
No opinion 2.3% 4.4% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Should keep out 42.1% 43.7% 41.6% 42.5%
Should express views 55.0% 52.9% 54.9% 54.2%
No opinion 2.9% 3.4% 3.5% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Should keep out 39.6% 39.2% 49.4% 42.8%
Should express views 58.0% 57.3% 46.4% 53.8%
No opinion 2.4% 3.5% 4.1% 3.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Should keep out 41.4% 46.7% 48.2% 41.7% 42.8%
Should express views 55.5% 49.6% 47.1% 54.7% 53.8%
No opinion 3.1% 3.7% 4.7% 3.6% 3.4%
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
Should keep out 43.5% 40.1% 43.1% 45.7% 47.0% 42.8%
Should express views 50.2% 56.4% 54.1% 53.5% 50.0% 53.8%
No opinion 6.3% 3.5% 2.8% 0.8% 3.0% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Should keep out 44.1% 30.0% 48.5% 42.8%
Should express views 52.6% 64.7% 49.5% 53.8%
No opinion 3.3% 5.3% 2.0% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Should keep out 38.4% 38.4% 44.2% 52.5% 41.8%
Should express views 56.7% 58.9% 53.3% 45.8% 55.2%
No opinion 5.0% 2.7% 2.4% 1.7% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Should keep out 46.3% 43.9% 37.2% 46.9% 42.8%
Should express views 52.0% 52.2% 59.0% 49.0% 53.8%
No opinion 1.7% 3.9% 3.8% 4.1% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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