Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ATTEND CHURCH AT LEAST ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH: Do you think it is a good thing or a bad thing that your clergy speaks out on this issue? -- Prayer in public schools
  1) Good thing
  2) Bad thing
  3) Neither a good nor a bad thing
  4) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Good thing 91.7% 91.7%
Bad thing 4.9% 96.6%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 1.8% 98.4%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 100%
Total N = 627

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Good thing 87.8% 94.7% 91.7%
Bad thing 8.0% 2.6% 4.9%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 2.3% 1.4% 1.8%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 1.3% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
627


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Good thing 93.3% 90.4% 90.9% 91.5%
Bad thing 3.6% 4.8% 7.0% 5.0%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 1.8% 2.3% 1.3% 1.8%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 2.5% 0.8% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
611


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Good thing 91.5% 89.8% 94.3% 91.7%
Bad thing 6.2% 6.1% 2.7% 5.0%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 0.7% 3.0% 0.9% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 1.2% 2.0% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
617


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Good thing 91.4% 88.9% 98.1% 91.7% 91.7%
Bad thing 5.5% 2.6% 1.9% 5.8% 4.9%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 2.0% 2.0% 0.0% 1.8% 1.8%
Don't know/Refused 1.1% 6.5% 0.0% 0.7% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
624


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
Good thing 94.5% 92.7% 93.0% 84.9% 87.0% 91.7%
Bad thing 3.2% 3.6% 4.4% 10.8% 7.0% 4.9%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 2.3% 1.5% 0.5% 4.2% 3.0% 1.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 2.1% 2.1% 0.0% 3.0% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
625


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Good thing 90.9% 95.0% 91.7% 91.7%
Bad thing 5.7% 1.7% 6.3% 5.0%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 1.9% 1.3% 2.1% 1.8%
Don't know/Refused 1.5% 2.1% 0.0% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
622


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Good thing 96.3% 92.0% 91.9% 82.0% 91.9%
Bad thing 1.1% 4.7% 6.0% 12.5% 5.1%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 0.7% 1.4% 1.3% 4.7% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 1.8% 0.7% 0.8% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
560


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Good thing 84.0% 90.8% 94.4% 95.1% 91.7%
Bad thing 13.2% 5.5% 1.5% 4.3% 4.9%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 1.6% 0.3% 2.9% 0.6% 1.8%
Don't know/Refused 1.2% 3.4% 1.1% 0.0% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
627



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