U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

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Q5B

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

Now I'm going to read you a few pairs of statements. For each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views -- even if neither is exactly right.
  1) Homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society
  2) Homosexuality is a way of life that should be discouraged by society
  3) Neither/Both equally (Vol.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society 49.9% 49.9%
Homosexuality is a way of life that should be discouraged by society 39.5% 89.4%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 5.2% 94.6%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 5.4% 100%
Total N = 35556

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65 and older TOTAL
Homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society 63.2% 53.7% 48.7% 47.5% 35.4% 50.0%
Homosexuality is a way of life that should be discouraged by society 29.5% 36.5% 39.9% 42.1% 51.3% 39.6%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 3.6% 5.0% 5.7% 5.6% 5.7% 5.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.7% 4.9% 5.7% 4.8% 7.6% 5.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34695


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society 44.6% 54.8% 49.9%
Homosexuality is a way of life that should be discouraged by society 44.6% 34.8% 39.5%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 5.6% 4.8% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 5.2% 5.6% 5.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
35556


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (Vol.) Other party (Vol.) TOTAL
Homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society 33.5% 58.8% 57.5% 39.2% 58.0% 50.3%
Homosexuality is a way of life that should be discouraged by society 57.7% 31.4% 32.2% 43.4% 26.9% 39.5%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 4.8% 4.7% 5.3% 8.2% 9.0% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 4.1% 5.0% 5.0% 9.2% 6.1% 5.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34102


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 to under $150,000 $150,000 or more TOTAL
Homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society 46.1% 47.9% 50.6% 55.6% 59.0% 62.9% 51.0%
Homosexuality is a way of life that should be discouraged by society 42.8% 43.0% 40.9% 35.5% 33.1% 28.1% 39.5%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 5.0% 4.8% 5.0% 5.3% 4.8% 4.8% 5.0%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 6.0% 4.3% 3.6% 3.6% 3.1% 4.2% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
29435


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school graduate High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Technical, trade, or vocational school AFTER high school Some college, no 4-year degree (including associate degree) 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
Homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society 40.0% 45.2% 40.4% 51.2% 58.3% 64.9% 49.9%
Homosexuality is a way of life that should be discouraged by society 46.4% 43.9% 46.3% 38.4% 33.1% 27.3% 39.5%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 4.6% 5.2% 6.9% 5.9% 4.7% 4.8% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 9.0% 5.7% 6.4% 4.5% 4.0% 3.0% 5.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
35298



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