Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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GETDONE

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

Tell me if you think this phrase better describes John McCain or Barack Obama: Can get things done (Question asked on Form 1 only; names of candidates rotated as per RNDMCHAR) (Q21DF1)
  1) John McCain
  2) Barack Obama
  3) Neither
  4) Both equally
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
John McCain 38.3% 38.3%
Barack Obama 41.6% 79.9%
Neither 8.1% 88%
Both equally 4.8% 92.8%
Don't know/Refused 7.2% 100%
Total N = 1440

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
John McCain 34.6% 31.2% 43.9% 43.6% 41.7% 38.2%
Barack Obama 48.4% 47.2% 36.4% 34.9% 35.4% 41.6%
Neither 5.2% 7.6% 11.4% 7.9% 7.3% 8.1%
Both equally 5.2% 6.3% 3.9% 4.6% 1.0% 4.8%
Don't know/Refused 6.5% 7.6% 4.4% 9.1% 14.6% 7.2%
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 48.1% 42.2% 39.0% 32.4% 33.9% 32.1% 38.4%
Barack Obama 30.6% 37.2% 41.8% 48.4% 46.4% 48.6% 41.7%
Neither 8.2% 5.6% 10.0% 7.8% 9.4% 10.7% 8.2%
Both equally 3.3% 7.0% 4.4% 7.4% 1.8% 2.1% 4.8%
Don't know/Refused 9.8% 8.0% 4.8% 3.9% 8.5% 6.4% 6.9%
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 30.8% 35.5% 41.9% 44.4% 40.7% 38.3%
Barack Obama 47.4% 44.7% 35.6% 39.7% 39.3% 41.6%
Neither 12.3% 5.8% 10.8% 5.6% 9.0% 8.2%
Both equally 4.3% 3.4% 7.5% 5.6% 3.4% 4.8%
Don't know/Refused 5.2% 10.6% 4.2% 4.7% 7.6% 7.0%
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 26.2% 38.3% 35.4% 43.5% 48.3% 47.0% 38.6%
Barack Obama 51.4% 40.7% 46.5% 38.6% 37.1% 36.3% 42.7%
Neither 11.2% 6.0% 6.7% 7.7% 4.9% 7.3% 7.7%
Both equally 6.3% 6.0% 3.1% 5.8% 4.2% 3.8% 4.9%
Don't know/Refused 4.9% 9.0% 8.3% 4.3% 5.6% 5.6% 6.2%
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 47.3% 48.1% 36.3% 20.0% 38.7%
Barack Obama 33.7% 30.2% 40.4% 67.2% 41.5%
Neither 5.3% 9.0% 10.0% 5.9% 8.0%
Both equally 4.1% 4.8% 6.9% 3.1% 5.0%
Don't know/Refused 9.5% 7.9% 6.4% 3.8% 6.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
John McCain 42.3% 37.6% 32.6% 33.1% 38.4%
Barack Obama 38.3% 44.6% 43.6% 48.3% 42.0%
Neither 8.3% 6.7% 8.7% 8.4% 8.0%
Both equally 4.2% 5.6% 7.3% 2.2% 4.8%
Don't know/Refused 6.9% 5.6% 7.8% 7.9% 6.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1400


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
John McCain 41.2% 35.5% 38.3%
Barack Obama 39.5% 43.5% 41.6%
Neither 8.0% 8.2% 8.1%
Both equally 4.9% 4.7% 4.8%
Don't know/Refused 6.4% 8.0% 7.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1440



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