Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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NEWIDEA

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

Tell me if you think this phrase better describes John McCain or Barack Obama: Has new ideas (Question asked on Form 2 only; names of candidates rotated as per RNDMCHAR) (Q21FF2)
  1) John McCain
  2) Barack Obama
  3) Neither
  4) Both equally
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
John McCain 14.9% 14.9%
Barack Obama 68.7% 83.6%
Neither 7.6% 91.2%
Both equally 2.7% 93.9%
Don't know/Refused 6% 99.9%
Total N = 1465

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
John McCain 12.1% 15.0% 13.6% 17.7% 20.6% 14.9%
Barack Obama 80.2% 66.4% 68.8% 64.6% 58.9% 69.0%
Neither 1.7% 9.3% 9.6% 8.9% 5.6% 7.5%
Both equally 1.7% 2.9% 4.8% 0.8% 1.9% 2.8%
Don't know/Refused 4.4% 6.4% 3.3% 8.0% 13.1% 5.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1438


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 17.7% 17.9% 12.9% 13.1% 14.6% 9.0% 14.8%
Barack Obama 65.5% 64.2% 78.1% 71.3% 65.9% 75.0% 69.3%
Neither 7.9% 7.3% 4.9% 9.5% 9.3% 7.1% 7.7%
Both equally 1.5% 5.4% 0.9% 2.5% 1.5% 1.9% 2.7%
Don't know/Refused 7.4% 5.2% 3.1% 3.6% 8.8% 7.1% 5.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1449


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 17.6% 15.4% 15.0% 15.3% 8.3% 14.8%
Barack Obama 61.0% 67.1% 70.3% 72.3% 76.3% 68.8%
Neither 7.6% 7.0% 7.1% 7.2% 11.5% 7.6%
Both equally 4.3% 2.7% 2.6% 2.6% 1.3% 2.7%
Don't know/Refused 9.5% 7.8% 5.0% 2.6% 2.6% 6.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1448


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 13.8% 20.2% 14.9% 13.2% 13.3% 16.5% 15.1%
Barack Obama 66.7% 64.3% 67.3% 74.9% 75.2% 71.3% 69.8%
Neither 7.3% 6.5% 9.5% 6.6% 5.5% 8.5% 7.5%
Both equally 3.8% 2.4% 3.3% 2.1% 3.0% 1.6% 2.8%
Don't know/Refused 8.4% 6.5% 5.1% 3.3% 3.0% 2.1% 4.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1286


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal or very liberal TOTAL
John McCain 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Barack Obama 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Neither 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Both equally 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
0


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
John McCain 19.3% 12.8% 12.8% 6.9% 14.7%
Barack Obama 65.3% 68.2% 73.1% 76.8% 69.1%
Neither 7.7% 9.4% 4.1% 8.9% 7.7%
Both equally 2.2% 3.7% 3.7% 1.5% 2.7%
Don't know/Refused 5.5% 5.9% 6.2% 5.9% 5.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1421


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
John McCain 16.3% 13.7% 15.0%
Barack Obama 67.2% 70.1% 68.7%
Neither 8.7% 6.7% 7.7%
Both equally 2.3% 3.2% 2.7%
Don't know/Refused 5.5% 6.3% 5.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1465



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