Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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GAYRTS

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

All in all, [how strongly do you favor or oppose] allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into legal agreements with each other that would give them many of the same rights as married couples? (Q25D)
  1) Strongly favor
  2) Favor
  3) Oppose
  4) Strongly oppose
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Strongly favor 18% 18%
Favor 35.5% 53.5%
Oppose 18.9% 72.4%
Strongly oppose 21.1% 93.5%
Don't know/Refused 6.5% 100%
Total N = 2905

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Strongly favor 24.2% 19.9% 15.5% 15.9% 7.8% 18.1%
Favor 39.6% 36.1% 36.9% 29.1% 29.9% 35.5%
Oppose 15.4% 17.8% 19.5% 21.0% 26.0% 18.9%
Strongly oppose 15.6% 19.6% 21.8% 26.4% 28.9% 21.1%
Don't know/Refused 5.3% 6.6% 6.3% 7.5% 7.4% 6.4%
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 10.4% 13.4% 17.8% 20.9% 21.8% 31.3% 18.2%
Favor 17.9% 32.3% 41.3% 43.8% 39.8% 36.0% 35.5%
Oppose 22.0% 22.3% 19.7% 14.3% 19.7% 11.4% 18.9%
Strongly oppose 44.6% 25.9% 15.0% 13.2% 14.3% 12.8% 21.2%
Don't know/Refused 5.2% 6.0% 6.1% 7.9% 4.4% 8.4% 6.3%
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 10.9% 14.1% 19.9% 23.1% 29.6% 18.1%
Favor 27.6% 32.2% 37.5% 42.3% 42.5% 35.5%
Oppose 23.5% 20.8% 17.8% 16.1% 12.3% 18.8%
Strongly oppose 29.9% 25.5% 19.6% 12.7% 10.0% 21.1%
Don't know/Refused 8.1% 7.3% 5.2% 5.7% 5.6% 6.5%
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
Strongly favor 16.0% 13.5% 14.9% 17.9% 24.8% 25.8% 18.4%
Favor 31.9% 33.8% 36.7% 38.4% 36.2% 36.9% 35.6%
Oppose 16.9% 23.1% 21.2% 17.9% 17.6% 14.9% 18.5%
Strongly oppose 27.5% 27.5% 21.0% 19.2% 16.6% 15.1% 21.4%
Don't know/Refused 7.7% 2.1% 6.2% 6.7% 4.9% 7.3% 6.1%
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 9.5% 10.1% 19.2% 36.2% 18.1%
Favor 20.2% 35.6% 45.4% 38.3% 36.4%
Oppose 22.7% 23.1% 18.5% 9.7% 18.9%
Strongly oppose 43.8% 25.9% 9.3% 9.7% 20.7%
Don't know/Refused 3.7% 5.3% 7.6% 6.2% 5.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Strongly favor 13.1% 17.8% 20.0% 31.8% 17.9%
Favor 31.8% 41.1% 33.7% 39.1% 35.5%
Oppose 21.9% 19.0% 17.6% 10.5% 18.9%
Strongly oppose 27.4% 15.0% 22.0% 12.3% 21.3%
Don't know/Refused 5.8% 7.1% 6.7% 6.3% 6.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2821


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Strongly favor 15.8% 20.1% 18.0%
Favor 34.7% 36.2% 35.5%
Oppose 20.8% 17.0% 18.9%
Strongly oppose 22.0% 20.3% 21.1%
Don't know/Refused 6.6% 6.4% 6.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2905



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