Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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GAYLEGL

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

All in all, [how strongly do you favor or oppose] allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally? (Q25C)
  1) Strongly favor
  2) Favor
  3) Oppose
  4) Strongly oppose
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Strongly favor 13% 13%
Favor 26.2% 39.2%
Oppose 21.3% 60.5%
Strongly oppose 30.2% 90.7%
Don't know/Refused 9.3% 100%
Total N = 2905

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Strongly favor 21.5% 15.3% 9.8% 7.3% 4.4% 13.0%
Favor 32.0% 28.1% 25.5% 20.5% 15.8% 26.1%
Oppose 14.0% 20.0% 24.0% 26.0% 28.1% 21.4%
Strongly oppose 23.1% 28.1% 31.3% 35.4% 43.8% 30.2%
Don't know/Refused 9.4% 8.6% 9.3% 10.7% 7.9% 9.3%
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
Strongly favor 6.7% 8.6% 13.1% 14.3% 16.6% 25.7% 13.1%
Favor 10.1% 20.7% 30.5% 33.1% 32.0% 33.1% 26.1%
Oppose 21.5% 23.0% 22.0% 22.4% 23.4% 11.5% 21.4%
Strongly oppose 57.0% 39.1% 24.6% 18.4% 20.3% 16.9% 30.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.7% 8.7% 9.7% 11.8% 7.7% 12.8% 9.2%
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
Strongly favor 6.9% 9.9% 15.0% 17.6% 20.9% 13.1%
Favor 21.4% 23.4% 26.6% 32.7% 31.6% 26.2%
Oppose 23.5% 24.1% 18.4% 18.5% 19.6% 21.3%
Strongly oppose 39.9% 33.4% 30.6% 20.8% 19.3% 30.2%
Don't know/Refused 8.3% 9.3% 9.5% 10.4% 8.6% 9.3%
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
Strongly favor 11.7% 6.9% 11.2% 14.3% 17.9% 17.5% 13.1%
Favor 24.6% 25.1% 26.9% 26.7% 25.4% 30.0% 26.5%
Oppose 18.9% 25.4% 22.3% 18.9% 22.8% 20.1% 21.1%
Strongly oppose 34.4% 35.9% 31.6% 30.5% 24.4% 22.2% 30.2%
Don't know/Refused 10.4% 6.6% 8.0% 9.6% 9.4% 10.2% 9.1%
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
Strongly favor 7.0% 5.7% 11.4% 32.2% 13.1%
Favor 9.1% 23.1% 33.6% 37.0% 26.7%
Oppose 21.8% 27.9% 22.9% 12.1% 22.1%
Strongly oppose 57.2% 34.7% 18.6% 10.0% 28.7%
Don't know/Refused 4.9% 8.6% 13.6% 8.7% 9.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Strongly favor 8.0% 12.1% 16.5% 26.4% 13.0%
Favor 20.5% 29.7% 26.9% 35.9% 26.0%
Oppose 24.3% 22.8% 18.4% 14.1% 21.6%
Strongly oppose 38.4% 23.6% 32.1% 14.7% 30.3%
Don't know/Refused 8.9% 11.7% 6.1% 8.9% 9.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2821


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Strongly favor 11.2% 14.7% 13.0%
Favor 22.8% 29.4% 26.2%
Oppose 24.5% 18.4% 21.3%
Strongly oppose 31.3% 29.1% 30.2%
Don't know/Refused 10.3% 8.3% 9.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2905



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