Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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ECON

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

In making your decision about who to vote for this fall, will the issue of the economy be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (Q22A)
  1) Very important
  2) Somewhat important
  3) Not too important
  4) Not at all important
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very important 87.2% 87.2%
Somewhat important 10.7% 97.9%
Not too important 1% 98.9%
Not at all important .6% 99.5%
Don't know/Refused .5% 100%
Total N = 2905

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Very important 86.1% 87.8% 87.7% 85.5% 90.6% 87.3%
Somewhat important 10.6% 10.4% 10.9% 12.4% 6.9% 10.7%
Not too important 0.8% 0.9% 0.9% 0.8% 2.0% 0.9%
Not at all important 2.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.6% 0.0% 0.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 0.7% 0.4% 0.6% 0.5% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2851


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
Very important 87.6% 86.5% 87.5% 88.3% 88.0% 86.2% 87.3%
Somewhat important 10.9% 12.2% 10.8% 9.8% 9.9% 8.8% 10.6%
Not too important 0.5% 0.4% 0.8% 0.6% 1.4% 3.4% 1.0%
Not at all important 0.5% 0.5% 0.4% 0.9% 0.5% 1.0% 0.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.5% 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.2% 0.7% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2873


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
Very important 89.0% 87.5% 87.8% 85.9% 85.0% 87.3%
Somewhat important 7.6% 10.2% 10.4% 12.4% 14.0% 10.6%
Not too important 1.2% 0.9% 0.6% 1.5% 1.0% 1.0%
Not at all important 1.2% 0.7% 0.7% 0.2% 0.0% 0.6%
Don't know/Refused 1.0% 0.7% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2869


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
Very important 89.3% 90.7% 89.2% 86.4% 87.0% 82.8% 87.6%
Somewhat important 8.2% 8.1% 9.3% 12.9% 11.1% 14.4% 10.6%
Not too important 0.7% 0.3% 0.9% 0.7% 1.6% 1.7% 1.0%
Not at all important 0.9% 0.9% 0.6% 0.0% 0.3% 0.5% 0.5%
Don't know/Refused 0.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 0.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2554


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal or very liberal TOTAL
Very important 85.2% 87.3% 86.7% 90.0% 87.3%
Somewhat important 12.8% 11.6% 11.6% 7.6% 11.0%
Not too important 0.4% 0.7% 0.2% 1.0% 0.6%
Not at all important 1.6% 0.0% 0.9% 0.3% 0.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.4% 0.5% 1.0% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Very important 87.2% 87.3% 88.1% 87.1% 87.4%
Somewhat important 11.2% 10.5% 10.4% 9.2% 10.6%
Not too important 0.6% 1.0% 1.1% 1.8% 1.0%
Not at all important 0.5% 1.0% 0.4% 0.8% 0.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.5% 0.3% 0.0% 1.0% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2821


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very important 86.3% 88.0% 87.2%
Somewhat important 11.1% 10.3% 10.7%
Not too important 1.4% 0.5% 0.9%
Not at all important 0.5% 0.7% 0.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 0.4% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2905



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