U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

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(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) Most people who want to get ahead can make it if they're willing to work hard
  2) Hard work and determination are no guarantee of success for most people
  3) Neither/Both equally (Vol.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Most people who want to get ahead can make it if they're willing to work hard 67.4% 67.4%
Hard work and determination are no guarantee of success for most people 28.9% 96.3%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 2.1% 98.4%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.6% 100%
Total N = 35556

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65 and older TOTAL
Most people who want to get ahead can make it if they're willing to work hard 72.0% 69.1% 66.1% 63.4% 68.3% 67.5%
Hard work and determination are no guarantee of success for most people 25.2% 28.1% 30.7% 33.0% 26.1% 28.9%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 1.6% 1.6% 2.1% 2.4% 2.6% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.3% 1.1% 1.1% 1.3% 3.0% 1.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34695


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Most people who want to get ahead can make it if they're willing to work hard 68.2% 66.7% 67.4%
Hard work and determination are no guarantee of success for most people 28.2% 29.5% 28.9%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 2.2% 2.0% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.4% 1.7% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
35556


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (Vol.) Other party (Vol.) TOTAL
Most people who want to get ahead can make it if they're willing to work hard 80.0% 60.8% 64.8% 64.0% 65.6% 67.5%
Hard work and determination are no guarantee of success for most people 17.6% 35.4% 31.9% 29.5% 27.1% 29.1%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 1.5% 2.1% 2.2% 3.6% 5.4% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 0.9% 1.6% 1.2% 2.8% 1.9% 1.4%
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
Most people who want to get ahead can make it if they're willing to work hard 62.3% 64.7% 67.4% 73.1% 74.6% 74.8% 67.2%
Hard work and determination are no guarantee of success for most people 33.8% 32.5% 30.0% 24.5% 22.9% 21.3% 29.6%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 2.2% 1.8% 1.9% 1.9% 1.6% 2.3% 2.0%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.8% 1.1% 0.7% 0.4% 0.8% 1.7% 1.2%
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
Most people who want to get ahead can make it if they're willing to work hard 65.2% 66.6% 64.1% 68.6% 70.8% 66.0% 67.4%
Hard work and determination are no guarantee of success for most people 29.0% 30.1% 30.9% 28.6% 26.1% 30.2% 29.0%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 2.2% 2.0% 3.3% 1.9% 2.1% 2.5% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.7% 1.3% 1.7% 0.9% 1.1% 1.3% 1.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
35298



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