Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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

In general, would you describe your political views as very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, or very liberal?
  1) Very conservative
  2) Conservative
  3) Moderate
  4) Liberal
  5) Very liberal
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very conservative 10.2% 10.2%
Conservative 31.5% 41.7%
Moderate 34.2% 75.9%
Liberal 14.5% 90.4%
Very liberal 5.2% 95.6%
Don't know/Refused 4.5% 100.1%
Total N = 2905

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Very conservative 9.4% 11.5% 9.5% 12.2% 7.4% 10.3%
Conservative 26.3% 26.0% 34.0% 39.2% 44.1% 31.7%
Moderate 32.4% 39.0% 35.0% 28.5% 33.2% 34.4%
Liberal 20.5% 15.6% 13.8% 10.9% 5.0% 14.6%
Very liberal 7.1% 5.2% 4.6% 4.0% 5.0% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.3% 2.7% 3.2% 5.2% 5.4% 3.8%
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
Very conservative 23.1% 12.9% 5.7% 7.3% 6.8% 4.1% 10.2%
Conservative 39.2% 39.1% 32.0% 28.8% 22.7% 19.6% 31.6%
Moderate 22.3% 32.2% 41.9% 37.3% 37.6% 32.4% 34.3%
Liberal 7.5% 10.4% 14.4% 17.9% 19.9% 20.9% 14.6%
Very liberal 3.6% 2.9% 3.2% 3.4% 8.9% 14.5% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.2% 2.5% 2.8% 5.3% 4.2% 8.4% 4.1%
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
Very conservative 14.3% 11.5% 9.1% 7.9% 6.3% 10.2%
Conservative 36.2% 34.6% 30.7% 28.4% 23.7% 31.8%
Moderate 26.2% 33.8% 36.2% 35.8% 42.0% 34.4%
Liberal 9.0% 11.8% 16.2% 20.0% 19.7% 14.6%
Very liberal 7.6% 3.9% 4.3% 6.0% 6.7% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused 6.7% 4.2% 3.6% 1.9% 1.7% 3.8%
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
Very conservative 15.5% 10.8% 9.3% 8.5% 6.1% 8.3% 10.1%
Conservative 32.1% 35.0% 31.6% 31.6% 35.0% 28.0% 32.0%
Moderate 30.6% 32.3% 36.2% 36.7% 36.2% 38.6% 35.0%
Liberal 11.1% 10.2% 15.2% 17.8% 15.9% 17.5% 14.6%
Very liberal 6.2% 6.3% 4.7% 4.0% 5.2% 5.2% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.6% 5.4% 3.0% 1.3% 1.6% 2.4% 3.1%
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
Very conservative 42.1% 6.8% 1.9% 5.5% 11.1%
Conservative 41.3% 64.6% 13.3% 6.5% 33.3%
Moderate 12.0% 21.3% 71.6% 15.1% 33.5%
Liberal 2.1% 3.1% 7.3% 47.1% 13.3%
Very liberal 1.2% 1.1% 1.9% 22.3% 5.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.2% 3.1% 4.0% 3.4% 3.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Very conservative 12.7% 9.3% 8.7% 5.0% 10.1%
Conservative 38.5% 31.4% 30.1% 14.1% 32.0%
Moderate 31.8% 34.7% 34.4% 39.3% 34.0%
Liberal 10.4% 15.3% 17.5% 22.5% 14.5%
Very liberal 3.8% 4.8% 5.0% 11.0% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 4.6% 4.3% 8.1% 4.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2821


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very conservative 10.6% 9.8% 10.2%
Conservative 33.1% 30.0% 31.5%
Moderate 35.2% 33.2% 34.2%
Liberal 11.7% 17.2% 14.5%
Very liberal 4.8% 5.5% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.6% 4.3% 4.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2905



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