Religion and Public Life Survey, 2004

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DEFMARR

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

There has been a proposal to change the U.S. Constitution that would define marriage as being between a man and a woman, thus barring marriages between gay or lesbian couples? Do you think amending the Constitution in this way is a good idea, or a bad idea? [Ask if FORM = 2.]
  1) Good idea/favor Constitutional amendment
  2) Bad idea/oppose Constitutional amendment
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Good idea/favor Constitutional amendment 32.3% 32.3%
Bad idea/oppose Constitutional amendment 63.2% 95.5%
Don't know/Refused 4.5% 100%
Total N = 773

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 or older TOTAL
Good idea/favor Constitutional amendment 35.2% 28.3% 40.5% 31.5% 29.8% 26.2% 32.2%
Bad idea/oppose Constitutional amendment 59.6% 69.3% 57.2% 65.1% 65.1% 64.9% 63.5%
Don't know/Refused 5.2% 2.4% 2.3% 3.4% 5.0% 9.0% 4.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
761


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
Good idea/favor Constitutional amendment 55.9% 36.8% 26.2% 28.8% 26.3% 18.8% 32.6%
Bad idea/oppose Constitutional amendment 41.5% 57.0% 72.6% 66.8% 70.6% 77.7% 63.5%
Don't know/Refused 2.5% 6.2% 1.3% 4.5% 3.1% 3.6% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
762


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school Graduated high school Some college College degree or more education TOTAL
Good idea/favor Constitutional amendment 25.2% 36.1% 34.9% 28.0% 32.3%
Bad idea/oppose Constitutional amendment 61.9% 60.8% 62.4% 68.0% 63.2%
Don't know/Refused 12.8% 3.0% 2.7% 4.0% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
770


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Good idea/favor Constitutional amendment 31.8% 32.8% 32.3%
Bad idea/oppose Constitutional amendment 63.6% 62.8% 63.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.7% 4.4% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
773


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Good idea/favor Constitutional amendment 48.1% 28.7% 23.3% 33.4%
Bad idea/oppose Constitutional amendment 49.3% 66.3% 72.3% 62.5%
Don't know/Refused 2.6% 5.0% 4.3% 4.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
711


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Good idea/favor Constitutional amendment 32.6% 28.0% 33.6% 32.2%
Bad idea/oppose Constitutional amendment 63.7% 60.4% 63.0% 63.2%
Don't know/Refused 3.7% 11.5% 3.4% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
764



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