Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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PRVDSRVC

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

In general, who do you think can do the best job of providing services to people in need?
  1) Religious organizations
  2) Non-religious, community-based organizations
  3) Federal and state government agencies
  4) None of the above
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Religious organizations 37.3% 37.3%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 26.6% 63.9%
Federal and state government agencies 27.4% 91.3%
None of the above 2.4% 93.7%
Don't know/Refused 6.4% 100.1%
Total N = 2041

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Religious organizations 37.1% 37.5% 37.3%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 26.3% 26.8% 26.6%
Federal and state government agencies 28.8% 26.1% 27.4%
None of the above 2.3% 2.4% 2.4%
Don't know/Refused 5.6% 7.1% 6.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2041


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Religious organizations 48.8% 32.5% 32.3% 34.7% 37.4%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 24.8% 26.6% 29.5% 20.8% 26.5%
Federal and state government agencies 17.6% 32.5% 31.0% 29.2% 27.5%
None of the above 2.0% 2.4% 2.5% 3.2% 2.4%
Don't know/Refused 6.7% 5.9% 4.7% 12.1% 6.3%
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
Religious organizations 45.0% 38.9% 34.5% 29.2% 40.5% 38.3%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 20.8% 22.7% 32.3% 43.7% 33.2% 27.9%
Federal and state government agencies 26.3% 30.9% 26.0% 19.7% 16.8% 26.2%
None of the above 1.6% 2.9% 0.9% 3.4% 2.4% 2.0%
Don't know/Refused 6.3% 4.6% 6.2% 4.1% 7.1% 5.6%
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
Religious organizations 46.4% 38.7% 32.2% 37.8% 33.7% 26.0% 37.4%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 16.7% 18.2% 28.4% 31.0% 36.1% 43.8% 26.6%
Federal and state government agencies 28.2% 34.7% 22.1% 22.6% 21.6% 24.0% 27.3%
None of the above 1.3% 2.8% 5.8% 2.6% 2.1% 0.7% 2.4%
Don't know/Refused 7.4% 5.6% 11.5% 6.1% 6.5% 5.5% 6.4%
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
Religious organizations 41.0% 35.6% 32.9% 32.2% 37.4%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 25.4% 25.1% 23.7% 31.5% 26.6%
Federal and state government agencies 25.7% 27.4% 28.1% 30.6% 27.3%
None of the above 2.2% 3.9% 1.7% 1.9% 2.4%
Don't know/Refused 5.7% 8.1% 13.6% 3.8% 6.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2031


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-40 41-50 51-64 65+ TOTAL
Religious organizations 36.9% 33.7% 34.6% 42.1% 42.0% 37.6%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 28.6% 27.7% 31.1% 25.5% 18.2% 26.6%
Federal and state government agencies 29.4% 29.6% 26.9% 22.2% 26.9% 27.2%
None of the above 1.6% 2.5% 2.4% 3.1% 2.5% 2.4%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 6.4% 4.9% 7.1% 10.4% 6.2%
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
Religious organizations 53.9% 47.2% 34.7% 26.1% 26.2% 18.5% 37.4%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 15.7% 21.3% 24.9% 34.7% 32.8% 42.8% 26.5%
Federal and state government agencies 21.1% 21.9% 32.2% 33.7% 31.5% 27.5% 27.4%
None of the above 2.7% 1.4% 2.8% 1.0% 3.4% 5.5% 2.4%
Don't know/Refused 6.6% 8.2% 5.4% 4.4% 6.1% 5.8% 6.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2023



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