U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

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Q34B

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

IF BELIEVE IN NIRVANA (Q.34a=1), ASK: How certain are you about this belief? Are you absolutely certain, fairly certain, not too certain, or not at all certain?
  1) Absolutely certain
  2) Fairly certain
  3) Not too certain
  4) Not at all certain
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Absolutely certain 41.6% 41.6%
Fairly certain 51.3% 92.9%
Not too certain 5.9% 98.8%
Not at all certain .2% 99%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1% 100%
Total N = 258

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65 and older TOTAL
Absolutely certain 36.0% 45.6% 44.6% 42.2% 35.3% 41.5%
Fairly certain 61.0% 44.3% 45.8% 50.0% 58.8% 51.1%
Not too certain 3.0% 10.1% 4.8% 7.0% 5.9% 6.1%
Not at all certain 0.0% 0.0% 1.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 0.0% 0.0% 3.6% 0.8% 0.0% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
257


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Absolutely certain 37.4% 47.4% 41.7%
Fairly certain 55.3% 45.7% 51.2%
Not too certain 5.5% 6.4% 5.9%
Not at all certain 0.4% 0.0% 0.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.3% 0.6% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
258


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (Vol.) Other party (Vol.) TOTAL
Absolutely certain 60.0% 31.7% 45.1% 37.5% 62.5% 41.3%
Fairly certain 40.0% 61.0% 46.7% 50.0% 25.0% 51.5%
Not too certain 0.0% 6.7% 6.5% 12.5% 0.0% 5.9%
Not at all certain 0.0% 0.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 0.0% 0.0% 1.6% 0.0% 12.5% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
254


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
Absolutely certain 41.5% 46.3% 53.8% 30.3% 36.1% 37.5% 41.5%
Fairly certain 53.7% 49.3% 41.5% 59.1% 55.6% 60.4% 52.7%
Not too certain 1.2% 4.5% 3.1% 10.6% 8.3% 2.1% 4.7%
Not at all certain 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.7% 0.0% 1.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
233


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
Absolutely certain 0.0% 52.1% 47.1% 50.9% 39.2% 30.6% 41.8%
Fairly certain 37.5% 47.9% 29.4% 48.1% 52.6% 59.3% 51.1%
Not too certain 62.5% 0.0% 5.9% 0.9% 8.2% 8.3% 5.9%
Not at all certain 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.9% 0.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 0.0% 0.0% 17.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.9% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
258



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