Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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PARTY

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

In politics today, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat or Independent?
  1) Republican
  2) Democrat
  3) Independent
  4) No preference
  5) Other
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Republican 25.9% 25.9%
Democrat 33.6% 59.5%
Independent 34.3% 93.8%
No preference 3.5% 97.3%
Other .4% 97.7%
Don't know/Refused 2.4% 100.1%
Total N = 2905

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Republican 19.0% 25.6% 27.5% 29.1% 36.0% 26.1%
Democrat 30.8% 32.3% 34.2% 38.2% 36.9% 33.8%
Independent 43.9% 36.2% 33.3% 26.4% 23.2% 34.5%
No preference 3.6% 3.7% 3.2% 4.4% 1.5% 3.5%
Other 0.5% 0.2% 0.6% 0.2% 0.0% 0.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 1.9% 1.1% 1.7% 2.5% 1.7%
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
Republican 39.5% 30.1% 26.5% 20.9% 20.8% 14.5% 26.1%
Democrat 32.6% 33.7% 34.3% 37.0% 33.0% 30.6% 33.8%
Independent 21.7% 32.1% 32.8% 38.0% 39.1% 45.1% 34.3%
No preference 4.1% 2.2% 3.2% 2.4% 4.7% 6.7% 3.5%
Other 0.5% 0.1% 0.4% 0.8% 0.2% 0.3% 0.4%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 1.7% 2.8% 0.9% 2.1% 2.7% 1.9%
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
Republican 14.3% 27.0% 29.5% 30.7% 24.3% 26.1%
Democrat 36.0% 34.2% 32.9% 29.9% 37.5% 33.8%
Independent 38.8% 34.0% 32.2% 35.8% 33.9% 34.6%
No preference 7.9% 2.8% 3.1% 2.8% 2.0% 3.5%
Other 0.5% 0.1% 0.4% 0.6% 0.7% 0.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.6% 2.0% 1.8% 0.2% 1.7% 1.7%
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
Republican 18.4% 21.5% 23.8% 29.4% 35.1% 35.5% 26.6%
Democrat 35.9% 37.9% 37.1% 32.7% 32.1% 27.9% 34.1%
Independent 37.7% 35.8% 35.7% 33.2% 31.2% 32.9% 34.7%
No preference 5.6% 3.6% 2.3% 3.3% 0.6% 1.7% 3.0%
Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.8% 0.2% 0.3% 0.5% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 2.4% 1.2% 0.4% 1.1% 0.6% 1.7% 1.3%
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
Republican 45.7% 38.9% 19.2% 5.9% 27.4%
Democrat 26.7% 25.5% 30.1% 55.5% 33.3%
Independent 25.1% 30.3% 43.6% 34.8% 34.3%
No preference 2.5% 1.5% 3.6% 1.4% 2.3%
Other 0.0% 1.1% 0.5% 0.0% 0.5%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 2.6% 3.1% 2.4% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Republican 33.3% 23.8% 23.6% 11.8% 26.3%
Democrat 33.5% 36.1% 32.9% 33.2% 34.1%
Independent 28.6% 35.4% 36.8% 46.1% 34.1%
No preference 2.2% 3.0% 4.3% 5.5% 3.2%
Other 0.4% 0.0% 0.2% 1.0% 0.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.0% 1.6% 2.2% 2.4% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2821


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Republican 28.7% 23.3% 25.9%
Democrat 28.5% 38.3% 33.6%
Independent 36.1% 32.5% 34.3%
No preference 3.8% 3.2% 3.5%
Other 0.7% 0.1% 0.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.1% 2.6% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2905



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