Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005

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LIFECERT

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

How certain are you about how life developed on Earth: very certain, fairly certain, not too certain, or not at all certain?
  1) Very certain
  2) Fairly certain
  3) Not too certain
  4) Not at all certain
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very certain 45.7% 45.7%
Fairly certain 31% 76.7%
Not too certain 12% 88.7%
Not at all certain 8.8% 97.5%
Don't know/Refused 2.5% 100%
Total N = 2000

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 or older TOTAL
Very certain 41.0% 50.2% 44.1% 44.5% 43.8% 48.6% 45.6%
Fairly certain 30.5% 30.1% 33.3% 34.2% 36.8% 22.7% 31.3%
Not too certain 18.6% 12.5% 11.3% 10.5% 9.8% 11.7% 12.2%
Not at all certain 9.6% 6.2% 9.1% 9.2% 8.0% 8.7% 8.5%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 1.0% 2.2% 1.6% 1.6% 8.2% 2.5%
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 certain 77.4% 55.7% 41.7% 34.0% 27.6% 30.2% 45.8%
Fairly certain 11.8% 27.9% 36.5% 38.9% 39.5% 31.7% 31.0%
Not too certain 3.0% 8.0% 12.2% 16.3% 19.2% 17.6% 12.1%
Not at all certain 5.1% 5.2% 8.3% 9.5% 12.0% 17.3% 8.7%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 3.3% 1.5% 1.3% 1.7% 3.2% 2.3%
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 certain 46.1% 47.3% 46.8% 41.9% 45.6%
Fairly certain 20.7% 32.2% 29.4% 35.4% 31.0%
Not too certain 15.4% 11.2% 11.0% 12.7% 12.1%
Not at all certain 13.2% 6.7% 11.5% 7.3% 8.8%
Don't know/Refused 4.7% 2.7% 1.2% 2.7% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very certain 44.9% 46.4% 45.7%
Fairly certain 31.1% 30.8% 31.0%
Not too certain 11.7% 12.4% 12.1%
Not at all certain 10.1% 7.5% 8.8%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 2.9% 2.5%
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 certain 47.3% 41.5% 53.3% 43.8% 46.8% 39.4% 46.1%
Fairly certain 24.7% 32.2% 28.6% 33.3% 33.6% 39.8% 31.4%
Not too certain 15.1% 12.9% 9.5% 13.1% 13.1% 10.1% 12.2%
Not at all certain 8.9% 10.2% 6.7% 8.0% 6.5% 9.4% 8.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.0% 3.3% 1.8% 1.7% 0.0% 1.2% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1711


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very certain 53.7% 42.5% 39.8% 45.5%
Fairly certain 30.0% 31.4% 34.1% 31.7%
Not too certain 8.8% 13.9% 13.4% 12.0%
Not at all certain 5.3% 9.1% 11.3% 8.5%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 3.1% 1.4% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1850



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