Religion and Public Life Survey, 2004

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RELIMP

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

How important would you say religion is in your own life - very important, fairly important, or not very important?
  1) Very important
  2) Fairly important
  3) Not very important
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very important 57.2% 57.2%
Fairly important 26.6% 83.8%
Not very important 15.5% 99.3%
Don't know/Refused .7% 100%
Total N = 1512

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 or older TOTAL
Very important 51.8% 49.1% 54.1% 51.6% 64.7% 74.0% 57.1%
Fairly important 27.4% 31.9% 31.6% 30.2% 21.2% 14.2% 26.6%
Not very important 20.8% 18.2% 14.0% 17.9% 11.9% 10.7% 15.5%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.9% 0.3% 0.3% 2.3% 1.1% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1492


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 important 96.9% 87.2% 53.7% 36.4% 30.0% 21.5% 57.3%
Fairly important 2.7% 12.2% 40.0% 49.9% 33.9% 17.6% 26.5%
Not very important 0.4% 0.5% 6.4% 13.0% 35.5% 59.0% 15.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.6% 0.6% 1.9% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1495


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school Graduated high school Some college College degree or more education TOTAL
Very important 61.6% 60.9% 56.0% 50.7% 57.1%
Fairly important 24.7% 25.1% 29.0% 27.5% 26.6%
Not very important 12.6% 13.3% 15.1% 20.4% 15.5%
Don't know/Refused 1.1% 0.7% 0.0% 1.4% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1508


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very important 50.4% 63.4% 57.2%
Fairly important 28.7% 24.5% 26.5%
Not very important 20.1% 11.3% 15.5%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 0.8% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1512


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very important 65.7% 55.0% 48.2% 56.6%
Fairly important 25.1% 26.2% 30.4% 27.0%
Not very important 8.1% 18.1% 20.8% 15.5%
Don't know/Refused 1.0% 0.7% 0.7% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1418


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Very important 54.0% 82.4% 56.7% 57.5%
Fairly important 28.7% 10.1% 28.3% 26.6%
Not very important 16.7% 6.4% 14.8% 15.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.6% 1.1% 0.2% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1494



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