Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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

Should churches and other houses of worship (keep out of political matters), or should they (express their views on day-to-day social and political questions)? (Question asked on Form 1 only) (Answer choices rotated; see RNDMPOL) (Q35F1)
  1) Should keep out
  2) Should express views
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Should keep out 52.4% 52.4%
Should express views 45.2% 97.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.4% 100%
Total N = 1440

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Should keep out 47.2% 50.5% 52.2% 57.9% 64.6% 52.5%
Should express views 50.8% 47.0% 45.2% 40.0% 32.3% 45.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.0% 2.5% 2.6% 2.1% 3.1% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1413


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
Should keep out 38.0% 48.0% 49.8% 54.1% 62.6% 70.0% 52.6%
Should express views 58.7% 49.1% 48.2% 43.9% 35.1% 29.3% 45.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 2.9% 2.0% 2.0% 2.3% 0.7% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1424


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
Should keep out 47.9% 57.3% 50.6% 50.4% 49.7% 52.4%
Should express views 50.7% 39.1% 47.6% 48.3% 47.6% 45.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 3.6% 1.8% 1.3% 2.8% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1421


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
Should keep out 47.7% 48.8% 52.0% 52.4% 56.3% 55.8% 51.9%
Should express views 49.5% 49.4% 46.9% 44.7% 42.4% 42.5% 46.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 1.8% 1.2% 2.9% 1.4% 1.7% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1268


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal or very liberal TOTAL
Should keep out 48.6% 50.8% 56.1% 54.6% 52.8%
Should express views 49.0% 47.9% 40.6% 43.3% 45.0%
Don't know/Refused 2.5% 1.3% 3.3% 2.1% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Should keep out 48.1% 55.6% 47.5% 67.6% 52.4%
Should express views 49.2% 43.0% 48.9% 30.7% 45.2%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 1.4% 3.7% 1.7% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1400


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Should keep out 55.6% 49.3% 52.4%
Should express views 42.8% 47.5% 45.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 3.2% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1440



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