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? -- Laws regarding homosexuals
  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 83.3% 83.3%
Bad thing 9.7% 93%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 3.1% 96.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.9% 100%
Total N = 399

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Good thing 86.0% 81.2% 83.3%
Bad thing 8.5% 10.5% 9.7%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 4.3% 2.3% 3.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.1% 6.0% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
399


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Good thing 91.7% 81.2% 76.6% 83.7%
Bad thing 4.5% 10.2% 15.8% 9.7%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 1.7% 3.8% 3.6% 3.0%
Don't know/Refused 2.1% 4.8% 4.1% 3.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
384


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Good thing 80.6% 87.6% 81.9% 83.7%
Bad thing 17.5% 9.5% 4.5% 9.6%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 0.5% 2.6% 4.8% 2.9%
Don't know/Refused 1.5% 0.3% 8.7% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
392


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Good thing 83.7% 80.0% 80.0% 85.4% 83.4%
Bad thing 10.4% 9.4% 1.7% 10.8% 9.7%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 2.3% 4.7% 8.3% 1.9% 2.9%
Don't know/Refused 3.6% 5.9% 10.0% 1.9% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
397


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 83.8% 83.4% 83.0% 84.0% 82.9% 83.4%
Bad thing 8.5% 8.0% 10.6% 13.0% 12.9% 9.7%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 3.8% 2.2% 4.6% 1.0% 1.4% 2.9%
Don't know/Refused 3.8% 6.4% 1.8% 2.0% 2.9% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
397


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Good thing 82.0% 87.9% 88.4% 83.6%
Bad thing 10.5% 8.0% 7.0% 9.8%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 3.1% 1.7% 4.7% 2.9%
Don't know/Refused 4.4% 2.3% 0.0% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
394


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Good thing 84.9% 83.4% 83.0% 78.9% 83.2%
Bad thing 9.2% 7.8% 12.0% 14.5% 9.9%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 3.2% 1.8% 4.0% 6.6% 3.2%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 7.1% 1.0% 0.0% 3.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
359


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Good thing 70.5% 79.7% 87.2% 90.4% 83.3%
Bad thing 18.6% 14.0% 5.9% 4.8% 9.7%
Neither a good nor a bad thing 4.7% 2.9% 2.7% 3.2% 3.1%
Don't know/Refused 6.2% 3.4% 4.3% 1.6% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
399



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