Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005

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

In general, would you describe your political views as: very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, or very liberal?
  1) Very conservative
  2) Conservative
  3) Moderate
  4) Liberal, OR
  5) Very liberal
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very conservative 7% 7%
Conservative 28.8% 35.8%
Moderate 39.6% 75.4%
Liberal, OR 14.1% 89.5%
Very liberal 4.8% 94.3%
Don't know/Refused 5.7% 100%
Total N = 2000

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 or older TOTAL
Very conservative 7.4% 8.3% 7.5% 6.8% 6.3% 5.7% 7.1%
Conservative 21.8% 24.8% 30.7% 26.3% 33.4% 36.5% 28.9%
Moderate 32.0% 40.8% 41.8% 41.5% 42.3% 36.5% 39.5%
Liberal, OR 24.1% 13.2% 12.4% 16.4% 10.3% 10.7% 14.3%
Very liberal 8.8% 6.8% 2.9% 4.8% 3.1% 2.6% 4.7%
Don't know/Refused 5.8% 6.0% 4.7% 4.2% 4.5% 7.9% 5.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1967


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 conservative 16.0% 8.1% 5.2% 3.4% 4.7% 4.7% 7.1%
Conservative 36.9% 34.0% 29.0% 28.8% 18.7% 19.0% 28.9%
Moderate 26.9% 41.2% 41.2% 41.3% 47.5% 36.5% 39.6%
Liberal, OR 7.0% 11.1% 15.1% 17.7% 18.9% 18.1% 14.2%
Very liberal 4.3% 2.7% 5.3% 4.1% 5.5% 10.9% 4.9%
Don't know/Refused 8.9% 3.0% 4.2% 4.6% 4.7% 10.9% 5.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1978


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College graduate TOTAL
Very conservative 6.0% 8.2% 8.1% 5.0% 7.0%
Conservative 31.7% 32.9% 23.0% 27.2% 28.8%
Moderate 31.0% 37.9% 42.5% 43.1% 39.6%
Liberal, OR 11.1% 12.0% 15.1% 17.6% 14.2%
Very liberal 6.2% 4.1% 5.0% 4.9% 4.8%
Don't know/Refused 14.1% 4.8% 6.4% 2.2% 5.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very conservative 7.4% 6.7% 7.0%
Conservative 31.2% 26.6% 28.8%
Moderate 38.0% 40.9% 39.6%
Liberal, OR 12.9% 15.3% 14.1%
Very liberal 5.2% 4.4% 4.8%
Don't know/Refused 5.2% 6.1% 5.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2000


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 20 to under $30,000 30 to under $50,000 50 to under $75,000 75 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Very conservative 6.1% 6.6% 7.2% 7.1% 7.8% 8.4% 7.2%
Conservative 25.2% 30.8% 32.2% 31.1% 26.1% 26.5% 28.9%
Moderate 35.9% 38.5% 41.0% 42.8% 42.0% 40.5% 40.1%
Liberal, OR 16.2% 14.9% 12.5% 12.5% 16.2% 15.4% 14.4%
Very liberal 8.0% 4.6% 3.0% 6.2% 3.7% 5.2% 5.1%
Don't know/Refused 8.5% 4.6% 4.0% 0.3% 4.3% 4.0% 4.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1711


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very conservative 12.9% 3.2% 6.1% 7.4%
Conservative 47.8% 21.3% 19.1% 29.8%
Moderate 30.2% 42.0% 49.6% 40.3%
Liberal, OR 3.8% 21.6% 17.6% 14.2%
Very liberal 1.9% 8.2% 4.7% 4.9%
Don't know/Refused 3.4% 3.7% 3.0% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1850



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