Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005

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

Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking about how life developed: 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 12.6% 12.6%
The views of your friends and family 5.5% 18.1%
What you have seen or read in the media 2.6% 20.7%
Your religious beliefs 42% 62.7%
Your education 27.8% 90.5%
Something else 6.7% 97.2%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 100%
Total N = 2000

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 or older TOTAL
A personal experience 14.4% 14.6% 11.3% 13.2% 10.8% 11.1% 12.6%
The views of your friends and family 6.9% 6.5% 3.3% 5.7% 3.8% 7.3% 5.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 4.6% 2.2% 3.0% 2.7% 1.9% 1.0% 2.5%
Your religious beliefs 32.6% 36.6% 43.0% 38.2% 49.6% 53.1% 42.1%
Your education 31.2% 30.8% 28.7% 32.1% 27.1% 17.4% 28.0%
Something else 7.8% 5.0% 9.2% 7.0% 4.4% 5.6% 6.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.5% 4.2% 1.5% 1.2% 2.4% 4.4% 2.6%
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
A personal experience 11.9% 12.3% 11.2% 13.8% 11.9% 14.8% 12.6%
The views of your friends and family 4.8% 4.2% 6.8% 5.3% 8.6% 4.5% 5.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 1.1% 1.9% 4.0% 2.5% 1.9% 5.8% 2.6%
Your religious beliefs 66.0% 57.6% 46.6% 29.3% 24.4% 13.3% 42.2%
Your education 7.1% 19.0% 23.9% 41.2% 39.5% 42.1% 27.7%
Something else 5.7% 3.2% 5.2% 4.4% 11.8% 16.7% 6.8%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 1.8% 2.3% 3.4% 1.9% 2.8% 2.5%
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
A personal experience 15.5% 12.9% 13.4% 10.4% 12.7%
The views of your friends and family 6.7% 7.0% 5.3% 3.1% 5.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 6.9% 3.2% 1.6% 0.6% 2.6%
Your religious beliefs 43.1% 49.3% 43.0% 30.6% 41.9%
Your education 10.5% 18.6% 28.4% 47.5% 27.8%
Something else 9.9% 6.5% 6.7% 5.7% 6.7%
Don't know/Refused 7.3% 2.5% 1.5% 2.2% 2.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 12.9% 12.4% 12.6%
The views of your friends and family 5.0% 5.9% 5.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 3.4% 1.8% 2.6%
Your religious beliefs 35.9% 47.7% 42.0%
Your education 32.3% 23.5% 27.8%
Something else 7.5% 6.0% 6.7%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 2.7% 2.8%
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
A personal experience 15.8% 10.4% 11.5% 14.2% 6.7% 12.6% 12.2%
The views of your friends and family 6.6% 7.1% 4.7% 6.0% 4.1% 4.2% 5.4%
What you have seen or read in the media 4.2% 3.7% 2.0% 1.7% 1.5% 1.0% 2.4%
Your religious beliefs 43.3% 44.4% 46.2% 46.5% 41.8% 29.7% 42.4%
Your education 15.8% 25.9% 26.7% 25.5% 38.8% 45.6% 28.6%
Something else 10.0% 4.4% 6.6% 4.6% 5.4% 5.6% 6.3%
Don't know/Refused 4.2% 4.1% 2.2% 1.5% 1.7% 1.2% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1711


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
A personal experience 10.2% 11.6% 15.8% 12.4%
The views of your friends and family 6.6% 6.4% 3.4% 5.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 2.1% 2.9% 3.0% 2.7%
Your religious beliefs 51.1% 44.5% 29.4% 42.1%
Your education 23.6% 27.8% 34.6% 28.5%
Something else 4.8% 4.3% 11.3% 6.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 2.5% 2.6% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1850



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