Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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TKSTAND

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

Tell me if you think this phrase better describes John McCain or Barack Obama: Willing to take a stand, even if it's unpopular (Question asked on Form 2 only; names of candidates rotated as per RNDMCHAR) (Q21JF6)
  1) John McCain
  2) Barack Obama
  3) Neither
  4) Both equally
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
John McCain 44.3% 44.3%
Barack Obama 40.7% 85%
Neither 4% 89%
Both equally 4.6% 93.6%
Don't know/Refused 6.5% 100.1%
Total N = 1465

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
John McCain 33.2% 44.4% 48.5% 49.6% 45.8% 44.2%
Barack Obama 53.4% 42.4% 38.7% 28.8% 33.6% 40.8%
Neither 4.4% 3.4% 2.3% 7.2% 4.7% 4.0%
Both equally 3.0% 2.7% 6.0% 7.6% 3.7% 4.6%
Don't know/Refused 6.0% 7.1% 4.5% 6.8% 12.1% 6.5%
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 42.9% 48.3% 43.0% 43.8% 44.4% 40.4% 44.5%
Barack Obama 40.9% 37.9% 43.0% 42.8% 42.0% 40.4% 40.9%
Neither 4.4% 2.6% 3.6% 4.3% 3.9% 7.1% 4.0%
Both equally 3.9% 3.6% 7.2% 4.7% 2.9% 5.8% 4.6%
Don't know/Refused 7.9% 7.5% 3.1% 4.3% 6.8% 6.4% 6.1%
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 41.1% 40.7% 47.4% 50.2% 45.5% 44.4%
Barack Obama 43.5% 43.2% 37.9% 35.3% 41.0% 40.5%
Neither 4.8% 3.5% 4.1% 3.8% 4.5% 4.0%
Both equally 0.5% 4.1% 4.4% 8.1% 7.1% 4.6%
Don't know/Refused 10.0% 8.6% 6.2% 2.6% 1.9% 6.5%
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 32.8% 44.6% 40.9% 47.3% 52.4% 59.0% 45.0%
Barack Obama 51.1% 43.5% 43.1% 40.3% 35.4% 30.9% 41.5%
Neither 5.0% 2.4% 3.6% 4.5% 1.8% 4.3% 3.8%
Both equally 3.1% 4.8% 4.7% 4.5% 5.5% 3.7% 4.3%
Don't know/Refused 8.0% 4.8% 7.7% 3.3% 4.9% 2.1% 5.4%
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 52.9% 40.1% 38.0% 37.1% 44.7%
Barack Obama 33.2% 44.7% 50.8% 44.1% 40.8%
Neither 3.5% 3.2% 1.7% 7.9% 3.7%
Both equally 5.5% 4.5% 3.7% 2.0% 4.4%
Don't know/Refused 4.8% 7.5% 5.8% 8.9% 6.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1421


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
John McCain 52.2% 37.0% 44.3%
Barack Obama 33.3% 47.4% 40.6%
Neither 3.8% 4.1% 4.0%
Both equally 5.5% 3.7% 4.6%
Don't know/Refused 5.1% 7.9% 6.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1465



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