Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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INFASTPR

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

Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on the issue of providing more generous government assistance to the poor?
  1) A personal experience
  2) The views of your friends and family
  3) What you have seen or read in the media
  4) Your religious beliefs
  5) Your education
  6) Something else (specify)
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
A personal experience 27.7% 27.7%
The views of your friends and family 7.6% 35.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 18.8% 54.1%
Your religious beliefs 12.5% 66.6%
Your education 16.5% 83.1%
Something else (specify) 14.3% 97.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 100.1%
Total N = 2041

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 28.6% 26.9% 27.7%
The views of your friends and family 6.6% 8.4% 7.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 15.5% 21.8% 18.8%
Your religious beliefs 11.5% 13.3% 12.5%
Your education 20.2% 13.2% 16.5%
Something else (specify) 14.6% 13.9% 14.3%
Don't know/Refused 2.9% 2.5% 2.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2041


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
A personal experience 24.9% 28.7% 29.9% 25.3% 27.6%
The views of your friends and family 6.4% 9.3% 7.1% 5.8% 7.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 17.1% 20.2% 18.9% 20.1% 18.9%
Your religious beliefs 15.0% 12.5% 10.4% 10.5% 12.5%
Your education 18.9% 13.9% 18.6% 13.1% 16.6%
Something else (specify) 15.0% 13.3% 13.5% 18.3% 14.2%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 2.1% 1.8% 7.0% 2.6%
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
A personal experience 30.2% 27.3% 25.8% 25.9% 32.7% 27.9%
The views of your friends and family 9.8% 8.7% 7.1% 3.7% 5.5% 7.7%
What you have seen or read in the media 17.3% 21.0% 19.8% 17.3% 10.3% 18.5%
Your religious beliefs 11.4% 12.3% 13.9% 11.6% 10.6% 12.4%
Your education 13.8% 15.0% 17.5% 26.5% 21.9% 17.1%
Something else (specify) 13.8% 13.9% 14.8% 13.6% 14.0% 14.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.7% 1.8% 1.1% 1.4% 5.0% 2.3%
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
A personal experience 27.4% 25.3% 32.2% 27.4% 27.7% 35.4% 27.7%
The views of your friends and family 13.8% 8.0% 2.9% 6.5% 6.4% 3.0% 7.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 18.6% 24.2% 14.9% 18.0% 17.0% 7.8% 18.9%
Your religious beliefs 12.9% 12.4% 19.2% 12.7% 10.8% 12.0% 12.6%
Your education 10.6% 11.3% 13.0% 19.3% 21.2% 31.0% 16.5%
Something else (specify) 11.2% 17.3% 14.4% 13.8% 14.8% 9.0% 14.3%
Don't know/Refused 5.5% 1.5% 3.4% 2.3% 2.1% 1.8% 2.5%
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
A personal experience 26.9% 36.4% 25.2% 24.3% 27.8%
The views of your friends and family 6.2% 7.5% 8.1% 10.6% 7.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 18.8% 16.1% 22.7% 19.4% 18.8%
Your religious beliefs 15.3% 7.8% 17.1% 8.3% 12.5%
Your education 15.2% 14.9% 9.2% 22.9% 16.5%
Something else (specify) 15.3% 14.5% 11.8% 12.6% 14.3%
Don't know/Refused 2.3% 2.7% 5.9% 1.8% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2031


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-40 41-50 51-64 65+ TOTAL
A personal experience 22.8% 30.6% 31.4% 27.9% 27.3% 27.8%
The views of your friends and family 10.6% 8.8% 4.3% 7.6% 5.8% 7.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 22.9% 15.4% 19.5% 18.2% 17.4% 18.8%
Your religious beliefs 8.2% 10.5% 12.0% 15.4% 18.3% 12.4%
Your education 20.2% 18.8% 15.4% 14.3% 11.3% 16.4%
Something else (specify) 13.9% 14.4% 15.8% 13.9% 13.0% 14.3%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 1.5% 1.6% 2.7% 6.9% 2.6%
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
A personal experience 24.7% 25.6% 27.0% 29.8% 31.4% 30.3% 27.6%
The views of your friends and family 5.0% 8.8% 8.0% 10.0% 7.7% 2.9% 7.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 14.8% 16.6% 17.1% 25.9% 19.5% 24.3% 19.0%
Your religious beliefs 25.4% 18.3% 10.6% 3.0% 4.1% 5.8% 12.6%
Your education 12.8% 14.5% 19.1% 16.6% 19.2% 19.4% 16.4%
Something else (specify) 13.2% 13.2% 16.3% 12.7% 15.7% 16.2% 14.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.1% 2.9% 1.9% 2.0% 2.4% 1.2% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2023



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