Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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

During political elections, should churches and other houses of worship come out in favor of one candidate over another, or shouldn't they do this? (Question asked on Form 2 only) (Q36F2)
  1) Should come out in favor of candidates
  2) Should not come out in favor of candidates
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Should come out in favor of candidates 28.9% 28.9%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 66.5% 95.4%
Don't know/Refused 4.6% 100%
Total N = 1465

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Should come out in favor of candidates 32.6% 32.0% 31.4% 24.9% 9.4% 29.1%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 61.7% 64.8% 65.6% 69.6% 80.2% 66.3%
Don't know/Refused 5.7% 3.2% 3.0% 5.5% 10.4% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1438


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 come out in favor of candidates 36.3% 29.8% 29.0% 27.2% 29.4% 20.5% 29.0%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 58.8% 64.8% 68.8% 68.8% 69.1% 69.2% 66.4%
Don't know/Refused 4.9% 5.4% 2.2% 4.0% 1.5% 10.3% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1449


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 come out in favor of candidates 37.8% 27.1% 26.5% 31.5% 25.8% 29.1%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 55.0% 69.6% 70.0% 63.0% 69.0% 66.5%
Don't know/Refused 7.2% 3.3% 3.5% 5.5% 5.2% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1448


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 come out in favor of candidates 35.5% 35.1% 23.7% 30.0% 24.4% 30.5% 29.8%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 60.3% 61.9% 72.6% 67.9% 72.0% 65.3% 66.7%
Don't know/Refused 4.2% 3.0% 3.6% 2.1% 3.7% 4.2% 3.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1286


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal or very liberal TOTAL
Should come out in favor of candidates 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
0


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Should come out in favor of candidates 29.7% 29.7% 30.6% 26.5% 29.4%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 65.8% 67.4% 63.6% 68.1% 66.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.5% 2.9% 5.8% 5.4% 4.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1421


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Should come out in favor of candidates 28.5% 29.3% 28.9%
Should not come out in favor of candidates 67.6% 65.5% 66.5%
Don't know/Refused 4.0% 5.1% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1465



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