Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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TYPPOL

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

Tell me if you think this phrase better describes John McCain or Barack Obama: A typical politician (Question asked on Form 1 only; names of candidates rotated as per RNDMCHAR) (Q21CF1)
  1) John McCain
  2) Barack Obama
  3) Neither
  4) Both equally
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
John McCain 48% 48%
Barack Obama 31.9% 79.9%
Neither 4.4% 84.3%
Both equally 10.9% 95.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.9% 100.1%
Total N = 1440

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
John McCain 64.2% 47.0% 43.9% 40.7% 39.2% 48.2%
Barack Obama 25.1% 30.2% 34.6% 37.3% 35.1% 31.8%
Neither 3.3% 4.3% 4.4% 5.0% 5.2% 4.3%
Both equally 4.6% 11.9% 14.2% 12.4% 9.3% 10.9%
Don't know/Refused 2.9% 6.6% 2.8% 4.6% 11.3% 4.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1413


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
John McCain 43.2% 44.1% 52.0% 55.3% 42.6% 54.3% 48.1%
Barack Obama 39.9% 32.1% 28.0% 26.8% 39.0% 27.1% 32.0%
Neither 2.2% 6.4% 5.2% 5.1% 1.3% 3.6% 4.3%
Both equally 10.4% 12.0% 11.6% 8.9% 9.0% 12.1% 10.7%
Don't know/Refused 4.4% 5.3% 3.2% 3.9% 8.1% 2.9% 4.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1424


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
John McCain 37.7% 52.6% 50.9% 45.8% 45.9% 48.2%
Barack Obama 41.0% 29.4% 29.9% 29.7% 36.3% 32.0%
Neither 4.2% 3.0% 3.3% 7.2% 5.5% 4.2%
Both equally 8.0% 10.0% 11.1% 14.8% 11.0% 10.9%
Don't know/Refused 9.0% 5.0% 4.8% 2.5% 1.4% 4.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1421


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
John McCain 49.1% 53.3% 51.0% 51.2% 54.5% 40.3% 49.4%
Barack Obama 34.8% 26.9% 31.4% 29.3% 29.4% 37.3% 32.1%
Neither 5.9% 0.6% 2.0% 5.4% 4.9% 6.0% 4.3%
Both equally 4.2% 14.4% 11.8% 11.2% 8.4% 12.9% 10.2%
Don't know/Refused 5.9% 4.8% 3.9% 2.9% 2.8% 3.4% 4.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1268


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal or very liberal TOTAL
John McCain 34.6% 44.8% 51.5% 61.7% 48.5%
Barack Obama 42.8% 33.2% 27.8% 24.5% 31.4%
Neither 3.7% 4.8% 4.8% 4.1% 4.5%
Both equally 13.2% 13.2% 11.2% 5.9% 11.1%
Don't know/Refused 5.8% 4.0% 4.8% 3.8% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
John McCain 46.3% 47.5% 51.1% 55.1% 48.5%
Barack Obama 33.7% 32.1% 33.3% 24.2% 32.0%
Neither 4.5% 5.3% 2.7% 3.4% 4.3%
Both equally 11.7% 10.1% 6.8% 11.8% 10.5%
Don't know/Refused 3.8% 5.0% 5.9% 5.6% 4.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1400


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
John McCain 46.2% 49.7% 48.0%
Barack Obama 33.8% 30.1% 31.9%
Neither 4.1% 4.6% 4.4%
Both equally 12.1% 9.6% 10.8%
Don't know/Refused 3.7% 5.9% 4.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1440



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