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) It's best for the future of our country to be active in world affairs
  2) We should pay less attention to problems overseas and concentrate on problems here at home
  3) Neither/Both equally (Vol.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
It's best for the future of our country to be active in world affairs 35.9% 35.9%
We should pay less attention to problems overseas and concentrate on problems here at home 54.9% 90.8%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 7.4% 98.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.9% 100.1%
Total N = 35556

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65 and older TOTAL
It's best for the future of our country to be active in world affairs 35.2% 35.4% 36.4% 38.4% 32.8% 35.9%
We should pay less attention to problems overseas and concentrate on problems here at home 58.2% 56.8% 55.0% 51.4% 55.1% 55.1%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 5.1% 6.3% 6.9% 8.6% 9.3% 7.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.5% 1.5% 1.7% 1.6% 2.8% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34695


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
It's best for the future of our country to be active in world affairs 38.8% 33.1% 35.9%
We should pay less attention to problems overseas and concentrate on problems here at home 52.8% 56.8% 54.9%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 6.8% 7.9% 7.4%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.6% 2.2% 1.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
35556


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (Vol.) Other party (Vol.) TOTAL
It's best for the future of our country to be active in world affairs 50.3% 29.2% 34.6% 23.7% 42.5% 36.3%
We should pay less attention to problems overseas and concentrate on problems here at home 40.9% 62.7% 57.0% 61.4% 46.7% 54.8%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 7.2% 6.8% 7.2% 9.9% 9.9% 7.3%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.6% 1.3% 1.2% 5.0% 0.9% 1.6%
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
It's best for the future of our country to be active in world affairs 26.3% 31.8% 38.4% 44.9% 50.4% 51.9% 36.3%
We should pay less attention to problems overseas and concentrate on problems here at home 64.8% 60.0% 53.5% 47.8% 42.0% 39.3% 55.5%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 6.8% 7.0% 7.2% 6.4% 6.6% 7.5% 6.9%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.1% 1.2% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% 1.4% 1.4%
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
It's best for the future of our country to be active in world affairs 23.9% 27.8% 32.5% 37.0% 48.2% 56.1% 35.9%
We should pay less attention to problems overseas and concentrate on problems here at home 65.6% 63.7% 55.4% 53.4% 43.5% 35.0% 54.9%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 6.6% 6.9% 9.5% 8.3% 7.2% 7.5% 7.4%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.9% 1.7% 2.6% 1.3% 1.1% 1.4% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
35298



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