Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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MORVAL

(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 moral values be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (Q22E)
  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 62.9% 62.9%
Somewhat important 26% 88.9%
Not too important 6.3% 95.2%
Not at all important 3.7% 98.9%
Don't know/Refused 1.1% 100%
Total N = 2905

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Very important 57.6% 60.6% 64.6% 66.5% 73.0% 62.9%
Somewhat important 30.1% 26.9% 25.3% 24.1% 16.7% 25.9%
Not too important 6.5% 9.0% 5.1% 4.8% 3.9% 6.3%
Not at all important 5.5% 2.6% 4.1% 2.7% 3.4% 3.7%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 1.0% 0.9% 1.9% 2.9% 1.1%
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 82.9% 70.4% 55.8% 55.9% 61.0% 43.2% 62.8%
Somewhat important 13.7% 22.8% 33.8% 32.6% 27.1% 26.0% 26.1%
Not too important 1.6% 4.0% 7.9% 7.9% 5.4% 15.5% 6.4%
Not at all important 0.8% 2.5% 1.7% 3.2% 5.1% 12.5% 3.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.0% 0.4% 0.8% 0.4% 1.4% 2.7% 0.9%
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 71.9% 66.6% 65.7% 53.8% 46.2% 62.9%
Somewhat important 19.0% 23.5% 26.9% 30.2% 35.2% 26.0%
Not too important 4.3% 5.7% 4.3% 9.8% 10.6% 6.4%
Not at all important 2.1% 3.1% 2.7% 5.7% 6.6% 3.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.6% 1.1% 0.4% 0.4% 1.3% 1.1%
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 70.1% 70.4% 65.5% 57.7% 56.0% 53.6% 62.7%
Somewhat important 18.8% 23.3% 24.4% 32.3% 27.8% 31.8% 26.0%
Not too important 5.6% 3.9% 6.4% 6.2% 11.3% 7.6% 6.7%
Not at all important 4.0% 2.1% 3.0% 2.9% 4.5% 6.4% 3.8%
Don't know/Refused 1.5% 0.3% 0.6% 0.9% 0.3% 0.7% 0.8%
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 80.6% 69.2% 51.4% 53.4% 62.6%
Somewhat important 15.3% 23.7% 33.1% 28.6% 26.1%
Not too important 1.7% 4.8% 10.7% 10.3% 7.2%
Not at all important 1.2% 1.5% 3.1% 7.2% 3.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.2% 0.7% 1.7% 0.3% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Very important 68.8% 62.2% 65.3% 43.6% 63.1%
Somewhat important 23.6% 29.5% 23.9% 30.3% 26.1%
Not too important 4.5% 6.0% 5.2% 13.3% 6.2%
Not at all important 2.0% 1.9% 4.8% 10.7% 3.6%
Don't know/Refused 1.1% 0.4% 0.9% 2.1% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2821


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very important 57.9% 67.5% 62.9%
Somewhat important 27.4% 24.6% 26.0%
Not too important 8.7% 4.1% 6.3%
Not at all important 4.6% 2.9% 3.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 0.9% 1.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2905



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