Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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FAVSSREL

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

Here are some reasons people favor the idea of allowing churches and other houses of worship to use government money to provide social services. Please indicate whether the following reason is an important concern of yours, or not. -- Religious groups could do a better job because the power of religion can change people's lives.
  1) Important reason
  2) Not an important reason
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Important reason 62.1% 62.1%
Not an important reason 34.7% 96.8%
Don't know/Refused 3.2% 100%
Total N = 2041

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Important reason 59.5% 64.5% 62.1%
Not an important reason 36.7% 32.9% 34.7%
Don't know/Refused 3.8% 2.6% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2041


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Important reason 71.7% 60.3% 55.6% 59.6% 62.3%
Not an important reason 26.1% 37.0% 42.8% 27.3% 34.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.3% 2.7% 1.7% 13.1% 3.0%
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
Important reason 69.8% 67.0% 60.2% 55.3% 50.1% 63.0%
Not an important reason 26.4% 30.4% 38.6% 43.4% 47.0% 34.7%
Don't know/Refused 3.8% 2.6% 1.2% 1.4% 2.9% 2.4%
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
Important reason 73.4% 67.6% 65.7% 61.7% 51.5% 43.2% 62.3%
Not an important reason 21.9% 29.6% 28.5% 35.7% 45.4% 54.7% 34.6%
Don't know/Refused 4.7% 2.8% 5.8% 2.6% 3.1% 2.1% 3.1%
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
Important reason 63.2% 63.3% 63.1% 59.4% 62.3%
Not an important reason 34.0% 33.9% 27.9% 38.8% 34.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 2.9% 8.9% 1.8% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2031


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-40 41-50 51-64 65+ TOTAL
Important reason 61.5% 62.1% 60.7% 61.1% 66.9% 62.3%
Not an important reason 37.2% 35.7% 36.7% 35.3% 26.7% 34.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 2.2% 2.6% 3.7% 6.3% 3.0%
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
Important reason 77.5% 70.1% 65.2% 54.7% 47.8% 40.3% 62.4%
Not an important reason 19.2% 27.2% 32.5% 42.5% 49.9% 55.1% 34.7%
Don't know/Refused 3.4% 2.7% 2.4% 2.8% 2.4% 4.6% 2.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2023



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