Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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

ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO COMPLETED FORM 1A. Now I'd like your views on some specific religious groups. Is your overall opinion of Methodists 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 15.7% 15.7%
Mostly favorable 56.8% 72.5%
Mostly unfavorable 6.5% 79%
Very unfavorable 1.9% 80.9%
Never heard of 2.3% 83.2%
Can't rate 15% 98.2%
Refused 2% 100.2%
Total N = 490

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very favorable 14.3% 17.0% 15.7%
Mostly favorable 58.8% 54.9% 56.8%
Mostly unfavorable 7.1% 5.7% 6.4%
Very unfavorable 2.3% 1.6% 1.9%
Never heard of 2.8% 1.7% 2.3%
Can't rate 12.4% 17.4% 15.0%
Refused 2.3% 1.7% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
490


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Very favorable 17.9% 17.0% 14.0% 8.8% 15.7%
Mostly favorable 63.0% 53.2% 59.0% 39.6% 56.7%
Mostly unfavorable 6.7% 6.7% 6.7% 4.4% 6.5%
Very unfavorable 0.0% 2.5% 3.3% 0.0% 1.8%
Never heard of 4.2% 1.9% 0.9% 2.2% 2.3%
Can't rate 7.6% 17.3% 15.5% 30.8% 15.0%
Refused 0.6% 1.4% 0.6% 14.3% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
490


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 16.6% 14.4% 13.6% 14.5% 22.2% 15.3%
Mostly favorable 52.2% 63.7% 60.0% 63.9% 61.7% 59.9%
Mostly unfavorable 7.3% 5.3% 6.4% 9.6% 4.9% 6.4%
Very unfavorable 2.4% 0.7% 0.7% 0.0% 2.5% 1.2%
Never heard of 4.9% 0.0% 3.9% 0.0% 0.0% 2.3%
Can't rate 16.6% 13.4% 14.6% 9.6% 6.2% 13.5%
Refused 0.0% 2.5% 0.7% 2.4% 2.5% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
416


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 15.1% 18.6% 7.7% 12.1% 19.0% 16.0% 15.9%
Mostly favorable 38.8% 54.3% 69.2% 63.3% 58.5% 66.0% 56.9%
Mostly unfavorable 5.8% 8.0% 7.7% 6.4% 4.9% 4.0% 6.5%
Very unfavorable 10.1% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 2.0% 1.8%
Never heard of 7.2% 3.6% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 2.3%
Can't rate 19.4% 13.7% 15.4% 17.2% 12.0% 10.0% 14.9%
Refused 3.6% 1.3% 0.0% 0.7% 4.2% 2.0% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
487


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very favorable 17.2% 17.6% 18.8% 9.7% 15.8%
Mostly favorable 58.8% 55.4% 55.0% 54.7% 56.9%
Mostly unfavorable 3.9% 10.8% 0.0% 11.0% 6.5%
Very unfavorable 1.2% 3.2% 2.5% 2.1% 1.9%
Never heard of 2.1% 0.0% 0.0% 5.5% 2.3%
Can't rate 14.2% 12.2% 21.3% 16.9% 14.9%
Refused 2.5% 0.9% 2.5% 0.0% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
486


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-40 41-50 51-64 65+ TOTAL
Very favorable 13.2% 9.7% 17.6% 22.9% 18.3% 15.9%
Mostly favorable 55.2% 62.8% 58.8% 51.0% 55.6% 57.0%
Mostly unfavorable 10.4% 7.7% 4.6% 5.2% 3.0% 6.5%
Very unfavorable 2.0% 2.0% 0.0% 3.1% 3.0% 1.9%
Never heard of 5.2% 1.2% 0.8% 3.6% 0.0% 2.3%
Can't rate 13.2% 15.0% 16.0% 13.0% 17.8% 14.9%
Refused 0.8% 1.6% 2.1% 1.0% 2.4% 1.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
484


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 19.2% 22.3% 19.1% 10.9% 12.8% 2.2% 15.9%
Mostly favorable 48.2% 51.5% 54.9% 69.5% 64.7% 47.2% 56.8%
Mostly unfavorable 10.4% 3.4% 7.4% 6.3% 3.2% 11.2% 6.4%
Very unfavorable 1.0% 2.7% 0.0% 2.1% 0.0% 7.9% 1.9%
Never heard of 1.0% 0.8% 4.9% 0.8% 2.6% 7.9% 2.3%
Can't rate 20.2% 12.9% 13.6% 10.5% 16.7% 21.3% 15.0%
Refused 0.0% 6.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.2% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
488



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