Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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SRVNEED

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

In general, who do you think can do the best job of providing services to people in need? (See RNDMSRV1-RNDMSRV3 for order choices were read in) (Q30)
  1) Religious organizations
  2) Non-religious, community-based organizations
  3) Federal and state government agencies
  4) None of the above
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Religious organizations 30.5% 30.5%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 29.4% 59.9%
Federal and state government agencies 31.2% 91.1%
None of the above 2.7% 93.8%
Don't know/Refused 6.3% 100.1%
Total N = 2905

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Religious organizations 29.1% 29.9% 30.8% 34.2% 27.9% 30.5%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 29.0% 33.3% 30.3% 26.6% 20.1% 29.5%
Federal and state government agencies 34.8% 28.8% 30.8% 29.1% 35.8% 31.1%
None of the above 2.6% 2.7% 2.2% 3.1% 2.5% 2.6%
Don't know/Refused 4.5% 5.4% 6.0% 6.9% 13.7% 6.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2851


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
Religious organizations 45.5% 41.7% 26.0% 25.6% 22.5% 10.1% 30.5%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 21.2% 22.2% 31.5% 34.5% 37.1% 36.7% 29.6%
Federal and state government agencies 21.4% 28.2% 35.7% 30.7% 32.9% 42.1% 31.1%
None of the above 2.1% 2.5% 2.3% 3.2% 2.8% 3.0% 2.6%
Don't know/Refused 9.8% 5.4% 4.4% 6.0% 4.7% 8.1% 6.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2873


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school diploma High school graduate (grade 12 or GED certificate) Business, technical or vocational school AFTER high school or some college (no four-year degree) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other four-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college TOTAL
Religious organizations 39.2% 32.4% 29.2% 25.3% 22.9% 30.5%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 16.4% 24.9% 30.6% 42.8% 40.2% 29.5%
Federal and state government agencies 34.9% 34.0% 29.4% 25.1% 28.9% 31.1%
None of the above 2.4% 2.2% 4.0% 2.6% 2.3% 2.7%
Don't know/Refused 7.1% 6.5% 6.8% 4.3% 5.6% 6.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2869


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Religious organizations 34.6% 32.8% 31.0% 27.8% 27.7% 28.4% 30.6%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 20.9% 25.1% 26.1% 35.6% 35.5% 41.4% 30.1%
Federal and state government agencies 33.9% 35.2% 34.4% 27.4% 29.6% 24.8% 31.1%
None of the above 2.9% 3.3% 1.9% 2.2% 2.6% 1.7% 2.4%
Don't know/Refused 7.7% 3.6% 6.6% 6.9% 4.6% 3.8% 5.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2554


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal or very liberal TOTAL
Religious organizations 48.1% 34.7% 24.9% 17.9% 30.7%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 18.5% 28.1% 35.4% 35.5% 30.2%
Federal and state government agencies 25.1% 28.4% 29.5% 37.2% 30.0%
None of the above 2.5% 2.4% 3.1% 3.1% 2.8%
Don't know/Refused 5.8% 6.4% 7.1% 6.2% 6.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Religious organizations 34.9% 29.0% 35.4% 16.8% 31.0%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 26.3% 30.5% 26.9% 40.8% 29.5%
Federal and state government agencies 30.7% 30.2% 28.9% 34.8% 30.8%
None of the above 2.1% 3.6% 3.3% 2.4% 2.7%
Don't know/Refused 6.0% 6.8% 5.6% 5.2% 6.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2821


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Religious organizations 31.0% 30.0% 30.5%
Non-religious, community-based organizations 28.5% 30.2% 29.4%
Federal and state government agencies 31.7% 30.7% 31.2%
None of the above 2.9% 2.5% 2.7%
Don't know/Refused 5.8% 6.7% 6.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2905



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