Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005

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RELIMP

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

How important would you say religion is in your own life: very important, fairly important, or not very important?
  1) Very important
  2) Fairly important
  3) Not very important
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very important 60.1% 60.1%
Fairly important 25.3% 85.4%
Not very important 13.8% 99.2%
Don't know/Refused .8% 100%
Total N = 2000

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 or older TOTAL
Very important 48.9% 58.0% 56.1% 58.3% 59.2% 79.7% 60.1%
Fairly important 30.1% 27.6% 29.1% 26.0% 24.6% 14.3% 25.4%
Not very important 20.9% 14.4% 14.2% 14.8% 14.8% 5.4% 13.9%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 0.8% 1.4% 0.6% 0.6%
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
Very important 97.6% 84.9% 59.2% 42.4% 33.5% 18.8% 60.3%
Fairly important 1.7% 14.0% 38.0% 41.7% 37.6% 22.5% 25.4%
Not very important 0.6% 0.9% 2.8% 15.6% 28.1% 56.7% 13.9%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.2% 0.8% 1.9% 0.4%
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 important 68.6% 64.8% 58.3% 51.2% 60.0%
Fairly important 18.2% 24.7% 25.1% 29.2% 25.3%
Not very important 11.8% 9.9% 15.9% 18.5% 13.9%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 0.6% 0.7% 1.1% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Very important 53.1% 66.5% 60.1%
Fairly important 27.7% 23.0% 25.3%
Not very important 18.3% 9.7% 13.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.9% 0.8% 0.8%
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
Very important 66.3% 57.6% 62.9% 58.8% 55.3% 46.1% 58.7%
Fairly important 23.9% 29.0% 23.0% 26.7% 26.7% 31.6% 26.3%
Not very important 8.9% 13.5% 12.9% 14.5% 17.2% 21.8% 14.3%
Don't know/Refused 1.0% 0.0% 1.1% 0.0% 0.9% 0.5% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1711


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Very important 69.5% 60.1% 49.8% 60.1%
Fairly important 20.8% 25.3% 31.0% 25.5%
Not very important 9.3% 14.2% 19.0% 14.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 0.4% 0.2% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1850



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