Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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INFMILOB

(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 that in the future, the U.S. and other Western powers have a moral obligation to use military force if necessary, to prevent one group of people from committing genocide against another?
  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 11.6% 11.6%
The views of your friends and family 4.5% 16.1%
What you have seen or read in the media 34.4% 50.5%
Your religious beliefs 12.6% 63.1%
Your education 18.2% 81.3%
Something else (specify) 11.7% 93%
Don't know/Refused 6.9% 99.9%
Total N = 2041

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 14.6% 8.9% 11.7%
The views of your friends and family 4.4% 4.6% 4.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 32.6% 36.1% 34.4%
Your religious beliefs 10.7% 14.3% 12.6%
Your education 20.6% 15.9% 18.2%
Something else (specify) 13.1% 10.5% 11.7%
Don't know/Refused 4.0% 9.6% 6.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2041


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
A personal experience 12.8% 11.6% 11.1% 10.1% 11.7%
The views of your friends and family 5.8% 3.7% 4.7% 2.3% 4.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 31.8% 37.7% 32.8% 35.9% 34.5%
Your religious beliefs 14.7% 13.2% 9.1% 13.6% 12.6%
Your education 19.2% 15.6% 23.2% 8.1% 18.2%
Something else (specify) 8.9% 11.0% 14.3% 15.1% 11.6%
Don't know/Refused 6.7% 7.1% 4.9% 14.8% 6.9%
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
A personal experience 9.0% 8.9% 14.0% 13.9% 13.4% 11.3%
The views of your friends and family 7.4% 5.0% 4.3% 0.7% 3.7% 4.8%
What you have seen or read in the media 36.6% 39.9% 33.2% 34.8% 25.8% 35.4%
Your religious beliefs 12.7% 13.2% 11.8% 9.5% 11.6% 12.2%
Your education 12.5% 14.7% 23.1% 25.0% 29.2% 19.0%
Something else (specify) 12.7% 12.7% 9.8% 13.9% 13.4% 12.0%
Don't know/Refused 8.9% 5.7% 3.6% 2.4% 2.9% 5.2%
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 9.5% 8.9% 14.4% 15.4% 10.5% 15.8% 11.7%
The views of your friends and family 7.7% 3.8% 1.4% 3.9% 5.4% 3.4% 4.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 31.9% 40.9% 31.3% 31.2% 33.9% 26.8% 34.4%
Your religious beliefs 13.1% 14.6% 13.0% 12.4% 8.3% 12.4% 12.6%
Your education 11.2% 10.9% 12.5% 21.7% 28.3% 31.7% 18.2%
Something else (specify) 12.5% 13.9% 16.3% 11.1% 9.4% 7.1% 11.8%
Don't know/Refused 14.1% 7.0% 11.1% 4.4% 4.1% 2.8% 6.8%
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 13.5% 11.6% 8.1% 9.0% 11.7%
The views of your friends and family 4.4% 3.7% 1.1% 6.5% 4.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 31.8% 38.3% 32.2% 37.9% 34.4%
Your religious beliefs 13.3% 10.1% 20.4% 10.5% 12.6%
Your education 16.8% 19.5% 11.8% 22.4% 18.2%
Something else (specify) 12.8% 11.8% 11.5% 9.3% 11.7%
Don't know/Refused 7.5% 5.0% 14.8% 4.3% 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
A personal experience 9.7% 11.7% 12.7% 13.3% 11.5% 11.7%
The views of your friends and family 6.8% 4.8% 4.9% 3.4% 1.8% 4.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 35.9% 36.1% 34.5% 32.7% 32.4% 34.5%
Your religious beliefs 8.9% 11.4% 13.0% 16.0% 14.4% 12.5%
Your education 21.7% 18.5% 18.2% 18.2% 12.3% 18.1%
Something else (specify) 12.2% 11.7% 12.1% 9.6% 13.2% 11.7%
Don't know/Refused 4.9% 5.8% 4.5% 6.8% 14.4% 6.9%
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
A personal experience 10.4% 12.4% 11.3% 12.2% 9.3% 15.6% 11.6%
The views of your friends and family 3.2% 5.1% 3.1% 4.7% 6.1% 4.9% 4.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 30.8% 31.7% 37.6% 38.5% 36.9% 32.9% 34.6%
Your religious beliefs 26.4% 14.8% 10.4% 7.8% 4.6% 5.8% 12.7%
Your education 11.1% 16.5% 19.3% 21.8% 21.9% 22.0% 18.1%
Something else (specify) 9.0% 11.2% 11.2% 12.0% 16.1% 11.6% 11.7%
Don't know/Refused 9.1% 8.5% 7.0% 3.0% 5.0% 7.2% 6.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2023



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