Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005

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INFLUENC

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

[Asked only if FORM = 1 and ISRAPAL = 1, 2, 3, or 4.] Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on this issue: a personal experience, the views of your friends and family, what you have seen or read in the media, your religious beliefs, your education, or something else?
  1) A personal experience
  2) The views of your friends and family
  3) What you have seen or read in the media
  4) Your religious beliefs
  5) Your education
  6) Something else
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
A personal experience 8.8% 8.8%
The views of your friends and family 6.1% 14.9%
What you have seen or read in the media 30% 44.9%
Your religious beliefs 22.2% 67.1%
Your education 17.3% 84.4%
Something else 12.2% 96.6%
Don't know/Refused 3.4% 100%
Total N = 742

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 or older TOTAL
A personal experience 7.8% 10.6% 9.2% 7.5% 11.4% 6.1% 8.8%
The views of your friends and family 11.9% 8.8% 5.0% 6.6% 1.3% 4.5% 6.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 24.4% 21.8% 27.7% 36.2% 31.6% 37.6% 30.1%
Your religious beliefs 19.2% 19.4% 24.8% 22.8% 27.4% 20.4% 22.4%
Your education 18.1% 22.2% 18.2% 12.9% 22.8% 9.8% 17.2%
Something else 13.0% 14.4% 13.2% 12.0% 4.2% 13.9% 11.9%
Don't know/Refused 5.7% 2.8% 2.0% 2.1% 1.3% 7.8% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
734


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
A personal experience 8.5% 8.1% 4.6% 9.7% 7.2% 15.7% 8.8%
The views of your friends and family 3.2% 4.7% 9.7% 9.7% 4.9% 5.2% 6.1%
What you have seen or read in the media 15.3% 29.8% 35.0% 29.7% 34.1% 39.8% 30.0%
Your religious beliefs 52.8% 25.6% 20.7% 16.6% 7.6% 3.1% 22.3%
Your education 9.3% 14.2% 22.1% 17.9% 24.7% 18.3% 17.1%
Something else 6.9% 12.6% 6.9% 14.1% 15.7% 17.8% 12.3%
Don't know/Refused 4.0% 5.1% 0.9% 2.4% 5.8% 0.0% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
736


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College graduate TOTAL
A personal experience 6.3% 7.5% 12.5% 8.3% 8.8%
The views of your friends and family 5.2% 7.2% 6.1% 5.1% 6.1%
What you have seen or read in the media 28.6% 31.2% 26.6% 31.6% 29.9%
Your religious beliefs 19.8% 31.4% 20.5% 13.6% 22.3%
Your education 13.5% 10.5% 15.2% 28.8% 17.3%
Something else 11.5% 10.5% 16.8% 10.9% 12.2%
Don't know/Refused 15.1% 1.6% 2.4% 1.7% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
740


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 10.8% 6.5% 8.8%
The views of your friends and family 4.5% 8.0% 6.1%
What you have seen or read in the media 29.6% 30.4% 30.0%
Your religious beliefs 18.4% 26.7% 22.2%
Your education 20.5% 13.4% 17.3%
Something else 12.6% 11.8% 12.2%
Don't know/Refused 3.7% 3.1% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
742


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
A personal experience 5.8% 9.1% 9.5% 9.5% 6.8% 13.5% 9.1%
The views of your friends and family 7.5% 6.7% 5.4% 4.5% 6.8% 5.9% 6.0%
What you have seen or read in the media 27.0% 32.7% 32.1% 25.6% 38.4% 28.4% 30.4%
Your religious beliefs 34.0% 15.2% 21.4% 25.6% 23.2% 16.2% 23.0%
Your education 12.9% 18.2% 14.3% 20.7% 14.7% 27.5% 17.8%
Something else 9.1% 9.7% 13.4% 13.6% 10.2% 7.7% 10.9%
Don't know/Refused 3.7% 8.5% 3.9% 0.4% 0.0% 0.9% 2.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
634


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
A personal experience 9.2% 7.9% 10.1% 9.1%
The views of your friends and family 3.9% 9.9% 5.0% 6.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 24.4% 37.6% 27.6% 29.8%
Your religious beliefs 33.1% 17.8% 17.3% 22.8%
Your education 13.8% 15.4% 22.6% 17.3%
Something else 11.9% 10.1% 13.3% 11.8%
Don't know/Refused 3.7% 1.4% 4.2% 3.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
703



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