Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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CHRCHGL

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

Which do you think is most important for the church to do -- to convert people to a spiritual belief so that they can earn a happy life after death, or to teach people how to live better every day with all other people?
  1) Convert to spiritual belief
  2) Teach people how to live better
  3) Both
  4) Neither
  5) Undecided

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Convert to spiritual belief 14% 14%
Teach people how to live better 72.5% 86.5%
Both 10.7% 97.2%
Neither 1% 98.2%
Undecided 1.8% 100%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Convert to spiritual belief 13.6% 14.4% 14.0%
Teach people how to live better 74.9% 70.3% 72.5%
Both 9.1% 12.2% 10.7%
Neither 1.0% 0.9% 1.0%
Undecided 1.4% 2.1% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Convert to spiritual belief 17.9% 12.2% 12.3% 13.9%
Teach people how to live better 68.6% 73.2% 76.2% 72.9%
Both 11.2% 12.2% 8.5% 10.6%
Neither 1.6% 0.5% 1.0% 1.0%
Undecided 0.7% 2.0% 2.0% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Convert to spiritual belief 16.9% 13.5% 12.9% 14.1%
Teach people how to live better 73.8% 73.8% 70.3% 72.6%
Both 8.7% 10.8% 11.5% 10.6%
Neither 0.2% 0.7% 1.7% 0.9%
Undecided 0.4% 1.1% 3.6% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Convert to spiritual belief 15.3% 11.1% 11.7% 13.9% 14.1%
Teach people how to live better 68.8% 79.1% 68.7% 77.7% 72.4%
Both 12.9% 6.9% 15.8% 6.7% 10.8%
Neither 1.2% 0.5% 2.3% 0.3% 1.0%
Undecided 1.8% 2.5% 1.5% 1.5% 1.8%
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
Convert to spiritual belief 14.9% 15.7% 13.8% 12.1% 9.3% 14.0%
Teach people how to live better 71.4% 69.2% 73.0% 76.9% 79.1% 72.5%
Both 7.8% 13.0% 11.5% 9.1% 7.5% 10.8%
Neither 2.1% 0.3% 0.5% 1.2% 2.3% 1.0%
Undecided 3.8% 1.9% 1.1% 0.6% 1.8% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Convert to spiritual belief 13.2% 22.5% 11.1% 14.1%
Teach people how to live better 73.2% 62.8% 80.8% 72.5%
Both 10.6% 14.0% 6.1% 10.7%
Neither 1.1% 0.0% 1.5% 1.0%
Undecided 2.0% 0.7% 0.5% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Convert to spiritual belief 14.9% 14.8% 12.4% 9.6% 13.5%
Teach people how to live better 73.7% 71.1% 74.1% 76.8% 73.3%
Both 8.5% 11.0% 11.9% 11.9% 10.7%
Neither 1.2% 1.1% 0.8% 0.4% 1.0%
Undecided 1.8% 2.0% 0.7% 1.3% 1.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Convert to spiritual belief 8.1% 15.1% 19.9% 9.2% 14.0%
Teach people how to live better 81.7% 69.2% 64.3% 80.1% 72.5%
Both 8.9% 11.7% 12.7% 8.4% 10.7%
Neither 0.5% 1.0% 0.8% 1.6% 1.0%
Undecided 0.8% 3.0% 2.3% 0.7% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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