U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

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Q21

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

How important is religion in your life - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?
  1) Very important
  2) Somewhat important
  3) Not too important
  4) Not at all important
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very important 56.3% 56.3%
Somewhat important 26.5% 82.8%
Not too important 9.2% 92%
Not at all important 7.1% 99.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) .9% 100%
Total N = 35556

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65 and older TOTAL
Very important 45.2% 52.1% 56.7% 59.1% 69.3% 56.2%
Somewhat important 32.4% 29.2% 27.0% 24.8% 18.7% 26.6%
Not too important 12.6% 10.2% 9.3% 8.4% 5.3% 9.2%
Not at all important 9.3% 7.7% 6.2% 6.9% 5.5% 7.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 0.5% 0.7% 0.9% 0.8% 1.3% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34695


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very important 48.7% 63.3% 56.3%
Somewhat important 29.0% 24.1% 26.5%
Not too important 11.7% 6.8% 9.2%
Not at all important 9.5% 4.9% 7.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.0% 0.9% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
35556


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (Vol.) Other party (Vol.) TOTAL
Very important 66.5% 56.0% 46.8% 59.6% 46.8% 56.0%
Somewhat important 23.5% 26.4% 30.1% 22.9% 24.2% 26.6%
Not too important 6.0% 9.4% 12.2% 7.9% 11.3% 9.3%
Not at all important 3.4% 7.5% 10.0% 8.0% 13.6% 7.3%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 0.5% 0.7% 0.9% 1.6% 4.0% 0.8%
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
Very important 63.7% 55.8% 53.9% 49.6% 48.5% 44.0% 55.5%
Somewhat important 23.3% 27.0% 27.8% 30.9% 30.2% 30.8% 27.1%
Not too important 6.8% 9.3% 9.9% 11.0% 12.3% 13.0% 9.4%
Not at all important 5.4% 7.2% 7.9% 8.1% 8.6% 10.9% 7.3%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 0.8% 0.7% 0.5% 0.4% 0.4% 1.3% 0.7%
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
Very important 66.3% 57.3% 62.1% 54.9% 51.5% 48.7% 56.3%
Somewhat important 21.8% 27.8% 21.9% 27.4% 27.9% 26.4% 26.5%
Not too important 6.0% 8.1% 8.3% 9.5% 11.4% 12.6% 9.2%
Not at all important 4.5% 6.1% 6.3% 7.4% 8.5% 11.5% 7.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.4% 0.8% 1.4% 0.8% 0.6% 0.8% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
35298



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