Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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FAVCONG

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

ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO COMPLETED FORM 1. Now I'd like your views on some groups and organizations. Please tell me which category best describes your overall opinion of what you read. Would you say your overall opinion of Congress is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?
  1) Very favorable
  2) Mostly favorable
  3) Mostly unfavorable
  4) Very unfavorable
  5) Never heard of
  8) Can't rate
  9) Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very favorable 5.8% 5.8%
Mostly favorable 50.4% 56.2%
Mostly unfavorable 26.2% 82.4%
Very unfavorable 9.7% 92.1%
Never heard of .6% 92.7%
Can't rate 6% 98.7%
Refused 1.2% 99.9%
Total N = 1023

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 8.6% 3.1% 5.8%
Mostly favorable 46.0% 54.5% 50.4%
Mostly unfavorable 28.9% 23.7% 26.2%
Very unfavorable 11.7% 7.8% 9.7%
Never heard of 0.4% 0.8% 0.6%
Can't rate 3.7% 8.2% 6.0%
Refused 0.5% 1.9% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1023


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Very favorable 9.2% 5.6% 3.1% 2.4% 5.8%
Mostly favorable 52.9% 48.6% 49.8% 51.2% 50.4%
Mostly unfavorable 26.9% 28.5% 25.6% 14.7% 26.2%
Very unfavorable 5.5% 9.5% 13.8% 12.9% 9.7%
Never heard of 0.0% 1.0% 0.0% 4.1% 0.6%
Can't rate 4.0% 5.6% 7.1% 12.4% 6.0%
Refused 1.6% 1.1% 0.6% 2.4% 1.2%
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
Very favorable 5.8% 6.1% 3.9% 3.2% 6.6% 5.2%
Mostly favorable 52.5% 51.9% 50.6% 51.9% 50.0% 51.4%
Mostly unfavorable 22.0% 25.6% 29.5% 31.6% 35.4% 27.5%
Very unfavorable 17.9% 8.8% 7.7% 6.3% 5.6% 9.8%
Never heard of 0.0% 1.5% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7%
Can't rate 1.8% 5.3% 6.3% 5.7% 2.5% 4.6%
Refused 0.0% 0.8% 1.4% 1.3% 0.0% 0.8%
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
Very favorable 10.6% 5.6% 8.5% 3.8% 6.6% 3.0% 5.8%
Mostly favorable 37.2% 53.8% 41.5% 51.9% 46.9% 61.5% 50.3%
Mostly unfavorable 22.1% 20.5% 28.7% 30.7% 34.0% 26.9% 26.2%
Very unfavorable 15.7% 11.5% 13.8% 7.8% 4.5% 6.4% 9.7%
Never heard of 1.6% 1.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7%
Can't rate 11.2% 5.8% 4.3% 4.7% 7.5% 1.3% 6.0%
Refused 1.6% 1.3% 3.2% 1.0% 0.6% 0.9% 1.2%
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
Very favorable 5.8% 4.5% 5.1% 7.2% 5.8%
Mostly favorable 51.1% 45.4% 51.4% 51.6% 50.2%
Mostly unfavorable 28.0% 24.9% 15.4% 27.1% 26.3%
Very unfavorable 6.7% 16.2% 11.4% 10.8% 9.7%
Never heard of 0.9% 1.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7%
Can't rate 6.3% 7.1% 11.4% 3.1% 6.1%
Refused 1.3% 0.7% 5.1% 0.2% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1017


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-40 41-50 51-64 65+ TOTAL
Very favorable 5.5% 4.2% 8.1% 5.9% 5.5% 5.9%
Mostly favorable 56.2% 51.0% 48.4% 47.0% 46.4% 50.3%
Mostly unfavorable 23.4% 29.0% 29.5% 27.7% 19.4% 26.2%
Very unfavorable 9.7% 7.1% 8.3% 10.4% 15.2% 9.7%
Never heard of 0.9% 0.2% 1.4% 0.5% 0.0% 0.7%
Can't rate 3.5% 8.5% 3.3% 6.9% 10.0% 6.1%
Refused 0.9% 0.0% 1.0% 1.5% 3.6% 1.2%
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
Very favorable 5.8% 8.2% 5.2% 7.1% 1.6% 3.3% 5.7%
Mostly favorable 46.0% 54.0% 52.7% 45.9% 53.8% 47.3% 50.3%
Mostly unfavorable 24.5% 22.7% 28.9% 32.0% 26.6% 26.9% 26.6%
Very unfavorable 14.0% 5.5% 7.8% 10.2% 9.1% 15.9% 9.6%
Never heard of 1.3% 0.9% 0.8% 0.0% 0.0% 1.1% 0.7%
Can't rate 6.3% 7.2% 3.9% 3.4% 8.8% 5.5% 5.9%
Refused 2.3% 1.5% 0.8% 1.5% 0.3% 0.0% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1011



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