Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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CL_ELECT

(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? -- Candidates and elections
  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 77.8% 77.8%
Bad thing 14.6% 92.4%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 5.6% 98%
Don't know/Refused 2% 100%
Total N = 225

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Good thing 70.1% 83.0% 77.8%
Bad thing 19.4% 11.3% 14.6%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 7.0% 4.7% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 3.5% 1.0% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
225


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Good thing 83.8% 80.5% 66.0% 77.3%
Bad thing 13.1% 11.4% 21.5% 14.9%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 1.9% 3.8% 12.5% 5.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 4.3% 0.0% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
219


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Good thing 78.6% 70.0% 86.6% 77.7%
Bad thing 15.7% 20.5% 6.4% 14.7%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 4.3% 7.0% 5.1% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 2.5% 1.9% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
223


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Good thing 78.5% 64.6% 86.8% 78.4% 77.8%
Bad thing 16.2% 16.7% 5.3% 13.5% 14.6%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 4.5% 12.5% 7.9% 4.7% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.8% 6.3% 0.0% 3.4% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
224


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 82.4% 77.3% 74.4% 77.8% 78.8% 77.6%
Bad thing 2.4% 15.7% 20.5% 17.5% 15.2% 14.7%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 9.4% 4.5% 5.1% 4.8% 6.1% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 5.9% 2.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
223


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Good thing 72.5% 87.7% 79.3% 77.7%
Bad thing 18.5% 7.1% 13.8% 14.7%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 5.8% 5.2% 6.9% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 3.2% 0.0% 0.0% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
223


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Good thing 78.7% 82.6% 72.9% 63.5% 76.8%
Bad thing 13.9% 10.6% 15.3% 36.5% 15.7%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 7.4% 6.8% 7.6% 0.0% 6.4%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.0% 4.2% 0.0% 1.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
202


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Good thing 76.8% 69.6% 79.9% 84.2% 77.8%
Bad thing 23.2% 18.3% 11.0% 10.5% 14.6%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 0.0% 10.4% 5.3% 5.3% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 1.7% 3.8% 0.0% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
225



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