U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

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Q8A

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

[IF DON'T FOLLOW POLITICS (Q.8=4,9), INSERT: When you do think about; IF FOLLOW POLITICS (Q.8=1-3), INSERT When you think about] government and public affairs, which of the following factors most influences your thinking? Would you say it's . . .
  1) Your personal experience
  2) The views of your friends and family
  3) What you have seen or read in the media
  4) Your religious beliefs
  5) Your education
  6) Something else
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Your personal experience 34.1% 34.1%
The views of your friends and family 6.3% 40.4%
What you have seen or read in the media 19.3% 59.7%
Your religious beliefs 13.7% 73.4%
Your education 13% 86.4%
Something else 9.9% 96.3%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.8% 100.1%
Total N = 35556

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65 and older TOTAL
Your personal experience 31.9% 37.4% 36.1% 36.2% 28.2% 34.2%
The views of your friends and family 10.5% 6.8% 5.6% 4.3% 4.5% 6.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 17.3% 18.5% 20.5% 20.7% 19.4% 19.3%
Your religious beliefs 11.0% 12.3% 13.4% 13.5% 19.3% 13.7%
Your education 16.4% 13.1% 11.3% 11.7% 12.3% 12.9%
Something else 10.4% 9.2% 10.2% 10.2% 8.8% 9.8%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.5% 2.7% 2.9% 3.4% 7.6% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34695


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Your personal experience 38.5% 30.0% 34.1%
The views of your friends and family 5.5% 7.0% 6.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 17.4% 21.0% 19.3%
Your religious beliefs 11.4% 15.8% 13.7%
Your education 13.9% 12.1% 13.0%
Something else 10.0% 9.9% 9.9%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.4% 4.2% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
35556


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (Vol.) Other party (Vol.) TOTAL
Your personal experience 35.0% 33.3% 36.9% 28.0% 47.6% 34.7%
The views of your friends and family 6.4% 6.5% 5.8% 6.0% 4.2% 6.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 14.9% 23.3% 19.1% 18.8% 7.5% 19.3%
Your religious beliefs 22.2% 9.9% 9.5% 18.2% 5.4% 13.6%
Your education 11.2% 14.3% 14.0% 9.0% 17.5% 13.0%
Something else 7.6% 9.5% 11.6% 11.7% 16.5% 9.9%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.9% 3.2% 3.0% 8.3% 1.2% 3.4%
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
Your personal experience 27.8% 33.3% 37.9% 41.4% 42.3% 41.9% 35.0%
The views of your friends and family 7.3% 6.0% 5.4% 5.6% 5.1% 5.6% 6.1%
What you have seen or read in the media 23.2% 22.5% 18.3% 15.8% 15.0% 14.3% 19.8%
Your religious beliefs 16.3% 14.4% 14.2% 10.7% 10.2% 6.9% 13.5%
Your education 10.9% 11.3% 12.1% 15.6% 17.3% 20.1% 13.1%
Something else 10.2% 10.1% 9.9% 8.9% 8.4% 8.1% 9.6%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 4.3% 2.5% 2.2% 2.0% 1.7% 3.1% 2.9%
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
Your personal experience 22.6% 31.0% 36.1% 38.0% 41.4% 38.6% 34.1%
The views of your friends and family 7.9% 7.8% 6.0% 5.9% 4.7% 3.1% 6.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 24.5% 23.1% 19.3% 17.0% 14.6% 13.1% 19.3%
Your religious beliefs 17.5% 15.2% 15.2% 13.6% 10.9% 8.2% 13.7%
Your education 9.1% 8.4% 9.4% 12.5% 17.9% 26.6% 13.0%
Something else 10.1% 11.2% 9.2% 10.1% 8.4% 7.8% 9.9%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 8.4% 3.4% 4.8% 2.8% 2.1% 2.6% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
35298



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