Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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ABRTN

(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 abortion be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (Q22F)
  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 40.3% 40.3%
Somewhat important 26% 66.3%
Not too important 15.5% 81.8%
Not at all important 15.3% 97.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.9% 100%
Total N = 2905

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Very important 43.5% 38.5% 39.5% 38.8% 45.1% 40.3%
Somewhat important 23.3% 28.3% 27.6% 26.4% 19.6% 26.1%
Not too important 15.7% 15.4% 16.7% 11.9% 17.2% 15.4%
Not at all important 14.7% 16.6% 13.2% 18.7% 12.3% 15.3%
Don't know/Refused 2.6% 1.2% 3.1% 4.2% 5.9% 2.9%
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 67.4% 47.7% 29.7% 28.6% 35.8% 29.7% 40.3%
Somewhat important 14.5% 25.0% 35.6% 27.1% 28.8% 23.6% 26.1%
Not too important 7.8% 12.2% 16.7% 23.5% 16.2% 17.2% 15.6%
Not at all important 7.5% 13.0% 15.3% 17.9% 16.4% 26.4% 15.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 2.1% 2.8% 2.8% 2.8% 3.0% 2.6%
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 43.8% 43.0% 45.6% 31.3% 28.7% 40.3%
Somewhat important 27.6% 25.5% 23.2% 27.7% 30.0% 26.1%
Not too important 9.3% 14.5% 15.6% 20.0% 19.7% 15.4%
Not at all important 15.2% 12.8% 14.0% 19.6% 20.3% 15.3%
Don't know/Refused 4.0% 4.2% 1.6% 1.5% 1.3% 2.8%
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 49.2% 43.6% 42.5% 36.2% 30.8% 30.3% 39.6%
Somewhat important 23.7% 25.1% 28.5% 24.3% 29.9% 28.4% 26.5%
Not too important 10.7% 13.7% 11.9% 21.4% 20.5% 19.4% 15.8%
Not at all important 12.4% 15.8% 14.6% 15.4% 17.5% 19.4% 15.5%
Don't know/Refused 4.0% 1.8% 2.5% 2.7% 1.3% 2.6% 2.6%
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 64.0% 42.0% 24.3% 36.6% 39.4%
Somewhat important 21.5% 28.8% 33.6% 25.9% 28.4%
Not too important 7.9% 11.4% 22.9% 16.2% 15.2%
Not at all important 6.2% 14.5% 16.0% 19.0% 14.4%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 3.3% 3.3% 2.4% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Very important 41.8% 39.5% 43.3% 32.2% 40.2%
Somewhat important 26.5% 30.5% 23.5% 21.7% 26.4%
Not too important 14.5% 15.5% 14.8% 18.3% 15.3%
Not at all important 14.1% 12.1% 16.1% 24.1% 15.3%
Don't know/Refused 3.1% 2.3% 2.4% 3.7% 2.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2821


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very important 35.5% 44.9% 40.3%
Somewhat important 27.0% 25.1% 26.0%
Not too important 16.7% 14.3% 15.5%
Not at all important 17.8% 13.0% 15.3%
Don't know/Refused 3.1% 2.7% 2.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2905



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