Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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CONCTAMS

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

Tell me if you think this phrase better describes John McCain or Barack Obama: Connects well with ordinary Americans (Question asked on Form 2 only; names of candidates rotated as per RNDMCHAR) (Q21IF5)
  1) John McCain
  2) Barack Obama
  3) Neither
  4) Both equally
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
John McCain 29.2% 29.2%
Barack Obama 57.2% 86.4%
Neither 3.5% 89.9%
Both equally 4.4% 94.3%
Don't know/Refused 5.7% 100%
Total N = 1465

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
John McCain 24.8% 26.9% 28.5% 34.5% 38.7% 29.0%
Barack Obama 66.8% 57.9% 57.7% 50.4% 45.3% 57.5%
Neither 1.3% 5.1% 4.5% 2.5% 1.9% 3.5%
Both equally 1.7% 5.1% 5.5% 5.0% 2.8% 4.4%
Don't know/Refused 5.4% 4.9% 3.8% 7.6% 11.3% 5.6%
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 33.3% 31.0% 24.1% 25.8% 30.7% 28.8% 29.0%
Barack Obama 50.0% 55.0% 63.4% 60.7% 58.0% 60.9% 57.8%
Neither 5.9% 2.8% 2.2% 5.5% 1.5% 3.8% 3.6%
Both equally 2.9% 5.7% 5.8% 4.4% 3.4% 1.9% 4.3%
Don't know/Refused 7.8% 5.4% 4.5% 3.6% 6.3% 4.5% 5.3%
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 31.6% 31.6% 32.2% 22.5% 21.4% 29.2%
Barack Obama 52.2% 55.9% 55.2% 64.0% 63.6% 57.3%
Neither 1.0% 2.7% 4.4% 5.1% 4.5% 3.4%
Both equally 2.4% 4.3% 4.1% 5.9% 6.5% 4.5%
Don't know/Refused 12.9% 5.5% 4.1% 2.5% 3.9% 5.6%
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 30.4% 34.5% 29.9% 25.9% 29.3% 31.1% 30.0%
Barack Obama 52.1% 56.0% 56.6% 66.7% 58.5% 57.4% 57.8%
Neither 2.7% 4.2% 3.6% 2.9% 3.0% 5.3% 3.5%
Both equally 6.1% 2.4% 4.7% 2.5% 6.7% 2.6% 4.2%
Don't know/Refused 8.7% 3.0% 5.1% 2.1% 2.4% 3.7% 4.5%
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 33.6% 27.9% 26.3% 22.5% 29.2%
Barack Obama 53.1% 58.7% 60.1% 66.2% 57.6%
Neither 3.3% 1.9% 4.1% 4.9% 3.3%
Both equally 3.3% 7.2% 5.3% 1.5% 4.4%
Don't know/Refused 6.7% 4.3% 4.1% 4.9% 5.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1421


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
John McCain 32.4% 26.2% 29.2%
Barack Obama 55.2% 58.9% 57.2%
Neither 3.5% 3.4% 3.5%
Both equally 3.8% 5.0% 4.4%
Don't know/Refused 5.0% 6.4% 5.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1465



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