Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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HONTRUTH

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

Tell me if you think this phrase better describes John McCain or Barack Obama: Honest and truthful (Question asked on Form 2 only; names of candidates rotated as per RNDMCHAR) (Q21HF4)
  1) John McCain
  2) Barack Obama
  3) Neither
  4) Both equally
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
John McCain 34.9% 34.9%
Barack Obama 37.8% 72.7%
Neither 10.8% 83.5%
Both equally 9.3% 92.8%
Don't know/Refused 7.2% 100%
Total N = 1465

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
John McCain 25.3% 32.2% 40.2% 41.4% 36.4% 34.8%
Barack Obama 51.9% 37.8% 35.4% 30.0% 28.0% 38.0%
Neither 9.8% 12.2% 10.8% 9.7% 8.4% 10.6%
Both equally 6.7% 9.3% 10.3% 11.0% 11.2% 9.5%
Don't know/Refused 6.4% 8.5% 3.3% 8.0% 15.9% 7.1%
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 39.1% 40.7% 28.7% 36.6% 32.7% 23.1% 34.8%
Barack Obama 30.7% 35.0% 43.0% 39.1% 43.4% 40.4% 38.2%
Neither 10.4% 9.8% 11.2% 9.8% 10.2% 14.7% 10.7%
Both equally 8.4% 9.3% 11.7% 8.7% 6.8% 10.9% 9.3%
Don't know/Refused 11.4% 5.2% 5.4% 5.8% 6.8% 10.9% 7.0%
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 24.9% 36.8% 37.8% 36.2% 33.8% 34.9%
Barack Obama 43.1% 35.2% 38.9% 35.7% 41.4% 38.0%
Neither 8.1% 14.0% 7.7% 11.1% 8.3% 10.6%
Both equally 10.0% 7.2% 6.8% 14.5% 14.0% 9.4%
Don't know/Refused 13.9% 6.8% 8.8% 2.6% 2.5% 7.2%
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 23.7% 35.1% 33.6% 37.9% 38.8% 46.8% 35.2%
Barack Obama 46.6% 32.7% 38.0% 41.2% 34.5% 33.2% 38.5%
Neither 11.5% 12.5% 12.4% 7.8% 10.9% 8.9% 10.7%
Both equally 9.2% 10.1% 9.5% 9.9% 9.1% 10.0% 9.6%
Don't know/Refused 9.2% 9.5% 6.6% 3.3% 6.7% 1.1% 6.1%
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 42.9% 34.3% 28.5% 23.2% 35.4%
Barack Obama 32.2% 39.9% 42.6% 45.8% 38.0%
Neither 10.0% 9.9% 9.9% 13.3% 10.4%
Both equally 8.3% 9.9% 12.0% 6.9% 9.2%
Don't know/Refused 6.5% 5.9% 7.0% 10.8% 7.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1421


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
John McCain 38.8% 31.2% 34.9%
Barack Obama 33.7% 41.6% 37.8%
Neither 11.9% 9.9% 10.8%
Both equally 9.9% 8.7% 9.3%
Don't know/Refused 5.7% 8.7% 7.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1465



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