Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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RELIMPT

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

How important would you say religion is in your own life: very important, fairly important, or not very important?
  1) Very important
  2) Fairly important
  3) Not very important
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very important 63.6% 63.6%
Fairly important 23.4% 87%
Not very important 11.9% 98.9%
Don't know/Refused 1% 99.9%
Total N = 2041

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very important 55.2% 71.3% 63.6%
Fairly important 26.9% 20.3% 23.4%
Not very important 16.4% 7.8% 11.9%
Don't know/Refused 1.5% 0.6% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2041


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Very important 70.1% 69.1% 49.0% 67.0% 63.8%
Fairly important 20.8% 19.8% 31.8% 20.6% 23.4%
Not very important 8.6% 10.3% 18.3% 9.6% 11.9%
Don't know/Refused 0.5% 0.8% 1.0% 2.9% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2036


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $40,000 $40,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Very important 70.7% 60.7% 63.6% 53.7% 50.4% 62.1%
Fairly important 19.0% 26.6% 24.0% 31.0% 28.8% 24.8%
Not very important 10.0% 12.3% 12.1% 14.6% 18.5% 12.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.2% 0.4% 0.3% 0.7% 2.4% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1697


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Business, Technical, or vocational school after high school Some college, no four-year degree College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Postgraduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., towards a master's degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
Very important 74.6% 66.8% 70.0% 61.5% 56.8% 49.7% 63.7%
Fairly important 18.9% 23.0% 22.7% 24.5% 24.8% 27.6% 23.4%
Not very important 5.1% 9.2% 7.2% 13.2% 17.8% 21.6% 11.9%
Don't know/Refused 1.5% 0.9% 0.0% 0.8% 0.7% 1.1% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2030


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very important 66.7% 62.6% 82.4% 51.7% 63.7%
Fairly important 22.4% 24.2% 9.8% 30.0% 23.5%
Not very important 10.2% 12.2% 6.4% 17.4% 11.9%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 1.0% 1.4% 0.8% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2031


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-40 41-50 51-64 65+ TOTAL
Very important 51.4% 60.4% 66.1% 68.3% 76.7% 63.5%
Fairly important 32.6% 26.0% 21.9% 19.6% 13.4% 23.5%
Not very important 15.1% 12.9% 11.7% 11.6% 7.4% 12.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.9% 0.8% 0.2% 0.5% 2.5% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2009


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
Very important 96.0% 85.4% 61.1% 45.3% 29.1% 25.4% 63.6%
Fairly important 2.7% 13.9% 34.6% 37.8% 37.7% 21.1% 23.6%
Not very important 0.6% 0.2% 3.9% 15.9% 31.5% 52.0% 12.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.6% 0.6% 0.4% 1.0% 1.6% 1.4% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2023



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