Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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INFENDLF

(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 making it legal for doctors to give terminally ill patients the means to end their lives?
  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 23.8% 23.8%
The views of your friends and family 7.8% 31.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 12.7% 44.3%
Your religious beliefs 27.5% 71.8%
Your education 11.3% 83.1%
Something else (specify) 13.4% 96.5%
Don't know/Refused 3.5% 100%
Total N = 2041

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 21.7% 25.7% 23.8%
The views of your friends and family 7.7% 7.9% 7.8%
What you have seen or read in the media 13.3% 12.1% 12.7%
Your religious beliefs 23.5% 31.1% 27.5%
Your education 14.3% 8.6% 11.3%
Something else (specify) 16.0% 11.0% 13.4%
Don't know/Refused 3.5% 3.6% 3.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2041


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
A personal experience 22.5% 25.6% 23.3% 21.2% 23.8%
The views of your friends and family 5.7% 7.9% 9.1% 11.3% 7.8%
What you have seen or read in the media 12.1% 14.0% 11.9% 11.6% 12.7%
Your religious beliefs 38.2% 24.9% 20.3% 25.0% 27.6%
Your education 9.0% 12.2% 13.9% 5.8% 11.2%
Something else (specify) 10.2% 11.9% 17.9% 17.7% 13.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.3% 3.4% 3.6% 7.3% 3.4%
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 21.2% 23.6% 23.6% 25.8% 31.9% 24.1%
The views of your friends and family 8.8% 7.3% 7.7% 10.8% 4.0% 7.7%
What you have seen or read in the media 12.9% 14.0% 12.3% 16.3% 6.9% 12.7%
Your religious beliefs 30.0% 28.5% 28.9% 18.0% 20.1% 27.3%
Your education 10.7% 11.1% 11.4% 18.0% 19.0% 12.4%
Something else (specify) 11.5% 13.1% 14.3% 9.2% 14.8% 13.0%
Don't know/Refused 4.8% 2.4% 1.7% 2.0% 3.4% 2.8%
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 15.8% 22.7% 28.0% 22.1% 29.9% 31.8% 23.7%
The views of your friends and family 10.9% 8.4% 15.0% 6.5% 5.0% 5.7% 7.8%
What you have seen or read in the media 11.5% 15.5% 7.7% 13.9% 9.7% 9.2% 12.7%
Your religious beliefs 35.0% 27.1% 29.5% 28.5% 23.8% 20.1% 27.5%
Your education 6.7% 7.8% 7.2% 11.2% 16.8% 24.3% 11.3%
Something else (specify) 13.4% 16.0% 9.7% 14.3% 11.8% 6.9% 13.4%
Don't know/Refused 6.8% 2.5% 2.9% 3.6% 3.0% 2.1% 3.5%
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 22.7% 28.0% 28.2% 21.6% 23.8%
The views of your friends and family 7.3% 9.6% 5.9% 8.5% 7.9%
What you have seen or read in the media 12.0% 12.8% 12.8% 13.9% 12.7%
Your religious beliefs 31.2% 22.6% 26.8% 23.6% 27.6%
Your education 10.2% 11.8% 6.7% 14.8% 11.3%
Something else (specify) 13.3% 11.9% 10.9% 15.6% 13.4%
Don't know/Refused 3.2% 3.4% 8.7% 2.0% 3.3%
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 18.7% 24.3% 27.0% 27.6% 22.9% 23.9%
The views of your friends and family 9.4% 7.9% 8.0% 6.7% 6.5% 7.8%
What you have seen or read in the media 13.8% 13.1% 14.2% 9.9% 11.7% 12.7%
Your religious beliefs 24.2% 25.9% 26.6% 29.6% 32.8% 27.4%
Your education 14.5% 12.3% 8.8% 12.3% 7.6% 11.4%
Something else (specify) 17.1% 13.3% 13.4% 10.9% 10.8% 13.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.3% 3.2% 2.1% 3.0% 7.6% 3.5%
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 14.6% 19.7% 27.2% 25.7% 30.4% 33.9% 23.8%
The views of your friends and family 5.3% 7.7% 9.2% 9.7% 8.6% 6.1% 7.9%
What you have seen or read in the media 7.8% 14.1% 12.2% 16.4% 12.1% 13.9% 12.8%
Your religious beliefs 58.3% 36.3% 21.0% 15.4% 8.3% 6.4% 27.6%
Your education 5.0% 9.1% 12.6% 13.5% 16.7% 14.5% 11.2%
Something else (specify) 5.0% 9.6% 13.2% 17.0% 21.3% 22.3% 13.3%
Don't know/Refused 4.0% 3.5% 4.5% 2.3% 2.7% 2.9% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2023



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