Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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POLVIEWS

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

In general, would you describe your political views as very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, or very liberal?
  1) Very conservative
  2) Conservative
  3) Moderate
  4) Liberal
  5) Very liberal
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very conservative 5.1% 5.1%
Conservative 29.9% 35%
Moderate 37% 72%
Liberal 15.7% 87.7%
Very liberal 5.1% 92.8%
Don't know/Refused 7.2% 100%
Total N = 2041

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very conservative 5.8% 4.5% 5.1%
Conservative 33.7% 26.3% 29.9%
Moderate 34.2% 39.6% 37.0%
Liberal 15.3% 16.0% 15.7%
Very liberal 5.2% 5.0% 5.1%
Don't know/Refused 5.8% 8.5% 7.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2041


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Very conservative 11.7% 2.0% 2.3% 4.6% 5.1%
Conservative 50.3% 19.2% 23.9% 22.9% 29.9%
Moderate 27.0% 41.6% 45.5% 24.3% 37.1%
Liberal 5.3% 23.2% 18.4% 11.0% 15.7%
Very liberal 1.2% 8.0% 6.1% 2.6% 5.1%
Don't know/Refused 4.6% 6.0% 3.7% 34.5% 7.1%
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 conservative 7.1% 3.4% 5.6% 5.8% 5.3% 5.2%
Conservative 29.6% 29.1% 30.5% 31.9% 33.2% 30.2%
Moderate 33.3% 40.3% 38.4% 41.4% 33.8% 37.7%
Liberal 17.1% 16.7% 16.1% 16.3% 20.1% 16.9%
Very liberal 6.7% 5.4% 4.7% 3.4% 4.0% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused 6.2% 5.1% 4.6% 1.4% 3.7% 4.7%
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 conservative 4.9% 5.0% 4.3% 6.3% 3.7% 5.8% 5.2%
Conservative 22.5% 35.4% 30.8% 31.3% 26.0% 25.1% 29.9%
Moderate 35.3% 34.0% 35.6% 38.8% 43.0% 37.1% 37.1%
Liberal 11.6% 14.1% 13.0% 14.9% 20.8% 23.5% 15.7%
Very liberal 8.3% 4.6% 3.8% 3.8% 3.6% 7.8% 5.1%
Don't know/Refused 17.4% 6.8% 12.5% 4.8% 3.0% 0.7% 7.0%
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 conservative 5.9% 4.5% 3.4% 4.6% 5.1%
Conservative 32.9% 27.9% 32.4% 24.1% 30.0%
Moderate 37.3% 37.1% 34.4% 37.7% 37.1%
Liberal 13.3% 20.1% 9.8% 19.9% 15.7%
Very liberal 4.1% 4.6% 1.7% 8.9% 5.1%
Don't know/Refused 6.5% 5.8% 18.4% 4.8% 6.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2031


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-40 41-50 51-64 65+ TOTAL
Very conservative 3.3% 6.4% 4.3% 5.7% 6.4% 5.1%
Conservative 27.2% 25.3% 32.9% 31.0% 34.3% 29.8%
Moderate 38.4% 38.5% 38.3% 36.3% 33.4% 37.2%
Liberal 18.7% 18.0% 13.4% 16.2% 11.2% 15.8%
Very liberal 6.6% 6.0% 5.7% 3.2% 3.2% 5.1%
Don't know/Refused 5.9% 5.7% 5.5% 7.7% 11.4% 7.0%
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 conservative 12.2% 4.0% 4.0% 3.4% 3.3% 1.7% 5.0%
Conservative 39.8% 36.9% 26.7% 25.5% 23.1% 14.8% 30.1%
Moderate 27.9% 35.1% 45.1% 42.0% 38.1% 37.7% 37.3%
Liberal 8.1% 12.1% 15.5% 16.9% 24.1% 27.5% 15.7%
Very liberal 3.4% 5.1% 2.6% 5.2% 7.1% 10.1% 5.1%
Don't know/Refused 8.7% 6.9% 6.0% 7.0% 4.3% 8.1% 6.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2023



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