Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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PRESREL

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

How do you feel about this statement: It's important to me that a president have strong religious beliefs. Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with it? (Q43)
  1) Completely agree
  2) Mostly agree
  3) Mostly disagree
  4) Completely disagree
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Completely agree 31.7% 31.7%
Mostly agree 40% 71.7%
Mostly disagree 14.7% 86.4%
Completely disagree 10.7% 97.1%
Don't know/Refused 3% 100.1%
Total N = 2905

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Completely agree 24.3% 30.6% 34.2% 34.9% 40.9% 31.7%
Mostly agree 35.6% 41.0% 41.0% 42.9% 39.4% 40.0%
Mostly disagree 23.2% 14.3% 13.2% 9.5% 9.4% 14.7%
Completely disagree 13.6% 11.7% 9.7% 9.7% 4.9% 10.7%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 2.4% 1.9% 3.2% 5.4% 2.8%
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
Completely agree 53.2% 44.5% 30.7% 21.8% 17.6% 11.1% 31.8%
Mostly agree 33.1% 39.7% 43.8% 47.5% 45.1% 23.6% 40.0%
Mostly disagree 8.5% 8.1% 14.4% 21.1% 20.4% 21.2% 14.8%
Completely disagree 2.6% 4.9% 7.6% 7.5% 14.6% 41.4% 10.7%
Don't know/Refused 2.6% 2.8% 3.6% 2.1% 2.3% 2.7% 2.7%
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
Completely agree 37.1% 36.0% 33.9% 23.6% 17.7% 31.7%
Mostly agree 41.4% 39.0% 39.4% 40.6% 42.7% 40.1%
Mostly disagree 9.5% 11.0% 15.5% 20.0% 24.0% 14.6%
Completely disagree 7.4% 11.7% 8.2% 13.8% 13.3% 10.8%
Don't know/Refused 4.5% 2.3% 3.1% 2.1% 2.3% 2.8%
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
Completely agree 36.7% 35.0% 34.3% 26.7% 28.7% 25.8% 31.5%
Mostly agree 36.0% 39.5% 39.8% 46.1% 41.4% 40.3% 40.3%
Mostly disagree 13.8% 11.1% 14.4% 15.4% 14.0% 18.7% 14.7%
Completely disagree 9.3% 12.0% 10.2% 10.2% 14.3% 12.6% 11.1%
Don't know/Refused 4.2% 2.4% 1.3% 1.6% 1.6% 2.6% 2.4%
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
Completely agree 54.3% 34.3% 21.8% 18.2% 30.7%
Mostly agree 32.5% 47.7% 45.7% 32.6% 41.4%
Mostly disagree 6.2% 10.5% 19.2% 25.8% 15.5%
Completely disagree 4.1% 5.3% 9.5% 22.0% 9.8%
Don't know/Refused 2.9% 2.2% 3.8% 1.4% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Completely agree 40.2% 30.2% 33.1% 7.6% 32.0%
Mostly agree 42.4% 46.0% 35.9% 28.1% 40.4%
Mostly disagree 10.4% 12.8% 15.6% 29.4% 14.4%
Completely disagree 4.6% 6.8% 13.0% 33.1% 10.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.4% 4.1% 2.4% 1.8% 2.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2821


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Completely agree 28.9% 34.3% 31.7%
Mostly agree 39.7% 40.2% 40.0%
Mostly disagree 15.2% 14.1% 14.7%
Completely disagree 12.7% 8.8% 10.7%
Don't know/Refused 3.4% 2.6% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2905



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