Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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MARITAL

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

Are you currently married, living with a partner, divorced, separated, widowed or never been married?
  1) Married
  2) Living with a partner
  3) Divorced
  4) Separated
  5) Widowed
  6) Never been married
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Married 50.5% 50.5%
Living with a partner 7.1% 57.6%
Divorced 10% 67.6%
Separated 3.3% 70.9%
Widowed 7.4% 78.3%
Never been married 20.4% 98.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 100%
Total N = 2905

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Married 24.7% 60.5% 60.1% 59.5% 35.5% 50.9%
Living with a partner 13.6% 8.9% 4.7% 2.5% 2.0% 7.2%
Divorced 1.8% 7.6% 17.1% 14.7% 6.4% 10.1%
Separated 0.8% 4.7% 4.7% 2.5% 2.0% 3.3%
Widowed 0.0% 0.5% 3.6% 15.8% 51.2% 7.4%
Never been married 58.4% 17.5% 9.1% 4.8% 3.0% 20.7%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 0.4% 0.6% 0.2% 0.0% 0.5%
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
Married 64.2% 53.1% 51.1% 45.6% 45.6% 41.0% 50.5%
Living with a partner 2.6% 5.3% 6.8% 8.5% 9.8% 11.9% 7.1%
Divorced 9.1% 9.5% 10.0% 10.0% 11.2% 12.2% 10.1%
Separated 2.6% 4.1% 2.3% 3.6% 4.0% 3.1% 3.4%
Widowed 9.1% 11.0% 5.9% 4.7% 4.7% 7.1% 7.4%
Never been married 11.4% 16.0% 22.7% 26.4% 24.5% 23.7% 20.5%
Don't know/Refused 1.0% 1.1% 1.3% 1.3% 0.2% 1.0% 1.0%
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
Married 36.8% 49.6% 48.1% 59.9% 66.7% 50.8%
Living with a partner 10.9% 7.1% 8.0% 4.9% 3.7% 7.2%
Divorced 10.2% 10.0% 9.8% 9.8% 10.7% 10.0%
Separated 6.2% 3.7% 3.4% 1.5% 1.0% 3.4%
Widowed 15.0% 7.3% 6.5% 5.1% 3.7% 7.5%
Never been married 20.7% 21.5% 24.0% 18.3% 13.7% 20.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.2% 0.8% 0.1% 0.6% 0.7% 0.5%
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
Married 23.0% 38.8% 47.9% 61.4% 70.5% 75.0% 50.9%
Living with a partner 10.4% 9.0% 8.0% 6.0% 4.9% 4.5% 7.3%
Divorced 14.0% 15.2% 11.7% 7.8% 6.2% 5.2% 10.3%
Separated 6.6% 5.1% 3.4% 2.9% 0.6% 0.7% 3.4%
Widowed 12.4% 10.4% 6.8% 3.6% 2.9% 2.1% 6.7%
Never been married 33.7% 21.5% 22.0% 17.9% 13.3% 11.6% 20.9%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.4% 1.6% 0.9% 0.5%
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
Married 56.2% 53.7% 48.6% 39.1% 49.6%
Living with a partner 4.5% 7.7% 7.3% 11.1% 7.7%
Divorced 9.5% 9.4% 10.9% 9.7% 9.9%
Separated 3.7% 3.3% 2.4% 3.1% 3.1%
Widowed 12.4% 7.7% 4.5% 6.9% 7.4%
Never been married 13.2% 17.5% 25.1% 27.3% 21.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 0.7% 1.2% 2.8% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Married 54.4% 51.6% 46.6% 38.8% 50.3%
Living with a partner 5.4% 8.3% 6.5% 10.8% 7.0%
Divorced 9.8% 9.0% 11.9% 11.3% 10.1%
Separated 3.7% 3.1% 2.4% 4.5% 3.4%
Widowed 10.5% 7.1% 3.5% 2.6% 7.4%
Never been married 15.6% 19.6% 27.1% 31.0% 20.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 1.2% 2.0% 1.0% 1.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2821


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Married 52.4% 48.6% 50.4%
Living with a partner 7.8% 6.4% 7.1%
Divorced 8.8% 11.1% 10.0%
Separated 3.5% 3.3% 3.4%
Widowed 3.3% 11.2% 7.4%
Never been married 22.7% 18.3% 20.4%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 1.1% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2905



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