Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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QUALPRES

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

Tell me if you think this phrase better describes John McCain or Barack Obama: Personally qualified to be president (Question asked on Form 2 only; names of candidates rotated as per RNDMCHAR) (Q21GF3)
  1) John McCain
  2) Barack Obama
  3) Neither
  4) Both equally
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
John McCain 49.7% 49.7%
Barack Obama 30.9% 80.6%
Neither 6.9% 87.5%
Both equally 7.5% 95%
Don't know/Refused 5.1% 100.1%
Total N = 1465

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
John McCain 45.3% 46.2% 55.2% 52.1% 47.7% 49.6%
Barack Obama 38.9% 29.6% 28.2% 27.7% 30.8% 30.9%
Neither 4.4% 10.8% 4.0% 9.2% 4.7% 6.9%
Both equally 8.4% 7.6% 8.6% 5.9% 5.6% 7.6%
Don't know/Refused 3.0% 5.9% 4.0% 5.0% 11.2% 5.0%
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 49.3% 55.4% 47.3% 50.0% 49.0% 39.4% 49.7%
Barack Obama 31.5% 26.2% 32.1% 32.2% 31.9% 38.7% 31.1%
Neither 4.9% 7.0% 5.4% 8.3% 5.9% 9.7% 6.8%
Both equally 6.9% 7.0% 11.6% 7.2% 6.9% 6.5% 7.7%
Don't know/Refused 7.4% 4.4% 3.6% 2.2% 6.4% 5.8% 4.7%
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 37.3% 53.0% 57.1% 46.2% 45.5% 49.8%
Barack Obama 41.1% 30.0% 24.7% 28.4% 36.5% 30.8%
Neither 9.1% 5.7% 7.6% 7.6% 5.1% 6.9%
Both equally 1.0% 6.2% 7.6% 13.1% 11.5% 7.5%
Don't know/Refused 11.5% 5.1% 2.9% 4.7% 1.3% 5.0%
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 43.1% 45.2% 51.1% 54.7% 52.1% 60.8% 51.0%
Barack Obama 35.1% 38.7% 27.4% 30.5% 28.8% 27.0% 31.1%
Neither 8.8% 8.9% 7.7% 4.9% 4.3% 4.2% 6.6%
Both equally 4.6% 5.4% 9.1% 7.8% 9.2% 7.4% 7.2%
Don't know/Refused 8.4% 1.8% 4.7% 2.1% 5.5% 0.5% 4.1%
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 56.9% 51.2% 39.3% 38.2% 49.7%
Barack Obama 26.0% 31.9% 37.2% 38.2% 31.2%
Neither 6.0% 5.9% 9.1% 8.8% 6.9%
Both equally 6.3% 6.7% 9.9% 8.8% 7.4%
Don't know/Refused 4.7% 4.3% 4.5% 5.9% 4.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1421


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
John McCain 54.5% 45.2% 49.7%
Barack Obama 27.3% 34.0% 30.8%
Neither 6.8% 7.0% 6.9%
Both equally 8.1% 7.0% 7.5%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 6.9% 5.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1465



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