U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Alaska and Hawaii Dataset

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Q40B

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

IF HAS A RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION (Q.16=1-8, 11, 13-14 OR CHR=1), ASK: Now, as I read a pair of statements, tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views even if neither is exactly right. There is only ONE true way to interpret the teachings of my religion, OR there is MORE than one true way to interpret the teachings of my religion.
  1) There is only ONE true way to interpret the teachings of my religion
  2) There is MORE than one true way to interpret the teachings of my religion
  3) Neither/Both equally (Vol.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
There is only ONE true way to interpret the teachings of my religion 28.1% 28.1%
There is MORE than one true way to interpret the teachings of my religion 66.8% 94.9%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) .9% 95.8%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 4.2% 100%
Total N = 306

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
There is only ONE true way to interpret the teachings of my religion 24.5% 31.3% 27.9%
There is MORE than one true way to interpret the teachings of my religion 69.0% 64.6% 66.8%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 1.5% 0.6% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 5.0% 3.6% 4.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
306


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
There is only ONE true way to interpret the teachings of my religion 32.4% 23.7% 28.4% 27.8%
There is MORE than one true way to interpret the teachings of my religion 62.9% 72.1% 66.4% 67.5%
Neither/Both equally (Vol.) 0.6% 0.5% 1.4% 0.8%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 4.1% 3.7% 3.8% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
280



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