Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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INCATH1

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

ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO COMPLETED FORM 1. Do you think the number of people in the U.S. who are atheists or who don't believe in God is increasing, decreasing or staying about the same?
  1) Increasing
  2) Decreasing
  3) Staying about the same
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Increasing 33.8% 33.8%
Decreasing 10.9% 44.7%
Staying about the same 40.7% 85.4%
Don't know/Refused 14.6% 100%
Total N = 1023

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Increasing 37.2% 30.5% 33.8%
Decreasing 10.6% 11.2% 10.9%
Staying about the same 40.1% 41.3% 40.7%
Don't know/Refused 12.1% 17.0% 14.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1023


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Increasing 36.9% 31.1% 35.2% 29.1% 33.8%
Decreasing 12.0% 11.3% 8.8% 12.2% 10.9%
Staying about the same 40.4% 42.6% 41.4% 30.2% 40.7%
Don't know/Refused 10.7% 15.0% 14.6% 28.5% 14.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1023


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
Increasing 41.2% 38.3% 25.5% 34.8% 34.3% 34.3%
Decreasing 11.4% 13.2% 9.0% 10.1% 10.1% 11.0%
Staying about the same 37.1% 39.5% 48.6% 41.8% 46.5% 42.7%
Don't know/Refused 10.4% 9.0% 16.8% 13.3% 9.1% 12.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
861


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
Increasing 35.8% 34.6% 28.7% 38.6% 27.2% 29.4% 33.9%
Decreasing 6.4% 12.6% 11.7% 11.0% 11.0% 10.6% 10.9%
Staying about the same 40.3% 36.9% 28.7% 38.3% 50.1% 51.1% 40.7%
Don't know/Refused 17.6% 15.9% 30.9% 12.2% 11.6% 8.9% 14.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1020


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Increasing 32.8% 33.6% 21.6% 40.6% 33.9%
Decreasing 10.7% 8.9% 10.8% 12.8% 10.9%
Staying about the same 40.4% 45.2% 38.1% 39.3% 40.8%
Don't know/Refused 16.1% 12.2% 29.5% 7.4% 14.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1017


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-40 41-50 51-64 65+ TOTAL
Increasing 43.2% 32.7% 34.7% 27.8% 27.3% 34.0%
Decreasing 12.0% 11.9% 9.0% 12.9% 7.9% 10.9%
Staying about the same 40.1% 43.8% 42.9% 41.4% 35.2% 41.1%
Don't know/Refused 4.6% 11.7% 13.3% 17.9% 29.7% 14.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1010


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
Increasing 37.8% 33.4% 30.5% 37.0% 33.4% 28.7% 34.0%
Decreasing 12.7% 13.6% 13.2% 5.6% 7.5% 7.2% 10.6%
Staying about the same 31.6% 39.7% 45.0% 44.3% 44.4% 47.0% 41.2%
Don't know/Refused 17.9% 13.3% 11.4% 13.1% 14.7% 17.1% 14.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1011



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