Religion and Public Life Survey, 2007

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All frequencies weighted by 114) WEIGHT
1) Respondent age (AGE)
TOTAL%
18) 18872.9
19) 19551.8
20) 20481.6
21) 21381.2
22) 2227.9
23) 23571.9
24) 24401.3
25) 25491.6
26) 26431.4
27) 27541.8
28) 28561.8
29) 29381.2
30) 30702.3
31) 31381.2
32) 32491.6
33) 33602
34) 34511.7
35) 35431.4
36) 36581.9
37) 37581.9
38) 38461.5
39) 39441.4
40) 40842.8
41) 41531.7
42) 42752.5
43) 43491.6
44) 44632.1
45) 45531.7
46) 46561.8
47) 47762.5
48) 48511.7
49) 49521.7
50) 50852.8
51) 51541.8
52) 52591.9
53) 53551.8
54) 54571.9
55) 55471.5
56) 56441.4
57) 57551.8
58) 58431.4
59) 59521.7
60) 60672.2
61) 6123.8
62) 62441.4
63) 63431.4
64) 64351.1
65) 65451.5
66) 6626.9
67) 67381.2
68) 68321
69) 69301
70) 70351.1
71) 7119.6
72) 72301
73) 7321.7
74) 7426.9
75) 7522.7
76) 7621.7
77) 7727.9
78) 78291
79) 7915.5
80) 8024.8
81) 8112.4
82) 8214.5
83) 8312.4
84) 8413.4
86) 867.2
87) 875.2
88) 8811.4
89) 893.1
90) 903.1
91) 912.1
93) 932.1
94) 9410
95) 9510
96) 9610
97) 97 or older00
99) Don't know/Refused411.3
TOTAL3052100.0
2) Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services... more than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, seldom, or never? (ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a week42113.8
2) Once a week79225.9
3) Once or twice a month48415.9
4) A few times a year54117.7
5) Seldom49816.3
6) Never2849.3
9) Don't Know/Refused331.1
TOTAL3053100.0
3) Would you describe yourself as a "born-again" or evangelical Christian, or not? (Asked of respondents who reported 1-4 or 13 on RELIG) (BRNAGAIN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes104842.3
2) No131653.1
9) Don't Know/Refused1154.6
Missing574 
TOTAL2479100.0
4) Do you think of yourself as a Christian or not? (Asked of respondents who reported 11 - Something Else or DK/REF on RELIG) (CHRSTIAN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes4547.9
2) No2324.5
9) Don't Know/Refused2627.7
Missing2958 
TOTAL94100.0
5) Which of the following labels best describes your household: (CLASS)
TOTAL%
1) Professional or business class103433.9
2) Working class136044.6
3) A struggling family or household38912.7
4) More than one apply591.9
5) None apply1414.6
9) Don't Know/Refused692.3
TOTAL3052100.0
6) What is the last grade or class that you completed in school? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) None, or grade 1-81344.4
2) High school incomplete (Grades 9-11)2698.8
3) High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate)104334.2
4) Technical, trade, or vocational school AFTER high school602
5) Some college, no 4-year degree (including associate degree)66821.9
6) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree)50516.6
7) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school)34811.4
9) Don't Know/Refused24.8
TOTAL3051100.0
7) Are you, yourself, of Hispanic origin or descent, such as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or some other Spanish background? (HISP)
TOTAL%
1) Yes35011.5
2) No266987.5
9) Don't Know/Refused331.1
TOTAL3052100.0
8) In general, would you describe your political views as... (IDEOLOGY)
TOTAL%
1) Very conservative2658.7
2) Conservative90429.6
3) Moderate115437.8
4) Liberal39112.8
5) Very liberal1735.7
9) Don't Know/Refused1665.4
TOTAL3053100.0
9) Last year, that is in 2006, what was your total family income from all sources, before taxes? (INCOME)
TOTAL%
1) Less than $10,0001936.3
2) 10 to under $20,00031210.2
3) 20 to under $30,00033110.8
4) 30 to under $40,00030710.1
5) 40 to under $50,0002969.7
6) 50 to under $75,00041313.5
7) 75 to under $100,00032010.5
8) 100 to under $150,0002769
9) $150,000 or more1745.7
10) Don't Know/Refused42914.1
TOTAL3051100.0
10) Was interview conducted in English or Spanish? (LANGUAGE)
TOTAL%
1) English293296.1
2) Spanish1203.9
TOTAL3052100.0
11) Are you married, divorced, separated, widowed, or never been married? (MARITAL)
TOTAL%
1) Married166554.5
2) Divorced35411.6
3) Separated842.8
4) Widowed2598.5
5) Never been married66221.7
9) Don't Know/Refused29.9
TOTAL3053100.0
12) Are you the parent or guardian of any children under 18 now living in your household? (PARENT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes107135.1
2) No196164.3
9) Don't Know/Refused20.7
TOTAL3052100.0
13) In politics TODAY, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or Independent? (PARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Republican79926.2
2) Democrat99032.4
3) Independent97932.1
4) No preference1525
5) Other party19.6
9) Don't Know/Refused1133.7
TOTAL3052100.0
14) As of today do you lean more to the Republican Party or more to the Democratic Party? (Asked of respondents who reported 3, 4, 5 or DK/Ref on PARTY) (PARTYLN)
TOTAL%
1) Republican31324.8
2) Democrat48238.2
9) Don't Know/Refused46837.1
Missing1789 
TOTAL1263100.0
15) Do you consider yourself a STRONG [Republican/Democrat] or NOT a strong [Republican/Democrat]? (Asked of respondents who reported 1 or 2 on PARTY) (PARTYSTR)
TOTAL%
1) Strong99355.5
2) Not strong75142
9) Don't Know/Refused452.5
Missing1263 
TOTAL1789100.0
16) In the 2004 presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry, did things come up that kept you from voting, or did you happen to vote? (VOTE2004)
TOTAL%
1) Voted217571.3
2) Did not vote (includes too young to vote)82026.9
8) Don't remember if voted26.9
9) Refused311
TOTAL3052100.0
17) Did you vote for Bush, Kerry or someone else? (VOTEWHO)
TOTAL%
1) Bush102447.1
2) Kerry85739.4
3) Other candidate1687.7
4) Don't remember which candidate381.7
9) Refused884
Missing877 
TOTAL2175100.0
18) Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president? (APPBUSH)
TOTAL%
1) Approve94430.9
2) Disapprove179158.7
9) Don't Know/Refused31710.4
TOTAL3052100.0
19) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job? (APPCONG)
TOTAL%
1) Approve65221.4
2) Disapprove196864.5
9) Don't Know/Refused43314.2
TOTAL3053100.0
20) Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in this country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose – a. The death penalty for persons convicted of murder (DEATHPEN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor88929.1
2) Favor101533.2
3) Oppose62820.6
4) Strongly oppose33511
9) Don't Know/Refused1866.1
TOTAL3053100.0
21) Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in this country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose – b. The U.S. government guaranteeing health insurance for all citizens, even if it means raising taxes (UNIVHLTH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor79426
2) Favor112937
3) Oppose58319.1
4) Strongly oppose39412.9
9) Don't Know/Refused1535
TOTAL3053100.0
22) Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in this country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose – c. Allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally (GAYMARR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor39512.9
2) Favor71823.5
3) Oppose72223.7
4) Strongly oppose95131.2
9) Don't Know/Refused2668.7
TOTAL3052100.0
23) Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in this country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose – d. Reducing legal immigration (IMMIGRAT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor57818.9
2) Favor79526
3) Oppose92930.4
4) Strongly oppose46315.2
9) Don't Know/Refused2879.4
TOTAL3052100.0
24) Do you think abortion should be (ABGEN)
TOTAL%
1) Legal in all cases53817.6
2) Legal in most cases106034.7
3) Illegal in most cases78725.8
4) Illegal in all cases51116.7
9) Don't Know/Refused1565.1
TOTAL3052100.0
25) Now I would like to ask your opinion about a specific abortion procedure known as "late-term" abortion or "partial birth" abortion, which is sometimes performed on women during the last few months of pregnancy. Do you think that this procedure should be legal or illegal? (ABLATE)
TOTAL%
1) Legal50016.4
2) Illegal229975.3
9) Don't Know/Refused2538.3
TOTAL3052100.0
26) As you may know, the federal government has debated whether to fund certain kinds of medical research known as ‘stem cell research' … How much have you heard about this? (STEMGOVT)
TOTAL%
1) A lot137545
2) A little129742.5
3) Nothing at all36812.1
9) Don't Know/Refused13.4
TOTAL3053100.0
27) All in all, which is more important… (STEMCELL)
TOTAL%
1) Conducting stem cell research that might result in new medical cures156451.2
2) Not destroying the potential life of human embryos involved in this research107735.3
9) Don't Know/Refused41213.5
TOTAL3053100.0
28) Is your overall opinion of Catholics very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPCATHS)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable64321.1
2) Mostly favorable167054.7
3) Mostly unfavorable31110.2
4) Very unfavorable1384.5
5) Never heard of3.1
8) Can't rate2407.9
9) Don't Know/Refused481.6
TOTAL3053100.0
29) Is your overall opinion of Jews very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPJEWS)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable64921.3
2) Mostly favorable168055
3) Mostly unfavorable1876.1
4) Very unfavorable842.8
5) Never heard of7.2
8) Can't rate38412.6
9) Don't Know/Refused622
TOTAL3053100.0
30) Is your overall opinion of Evangelical Christians very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPEVANGS)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable55818.3
2) Mostly favorable129142.3
3) Mostly unfavorable40513.3
4) Very unfavorable1836
5) Never heard of1384.5
8) Can't rate42914.1
9) Don't Know/Refused481.6
TOTAL3052100.0
31) Is your overall opinion of Atheists (that is, people who don't believe in God) very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPATHSTS)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable2137
2) Mostly favorable86828.4
3) Mostly unfavorable69222.7
4) Very unfavorable89929.4
5) Never heard of2.1
8) Can't rate33310.9
9) Don't Know/Refused461.5
TOTAL3053100.0
32) Is your overall opinion of Mormons very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPMORMNS)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable3039.9
2) Mostly favorable130642.8
3) Mostly unfavorable56218.4
4) Very unfavorable2668.7
5) Never heard of511.7
8) Can't rate50716.6
9) Don't Know/Refused571.9
TOTAL3052100.0
33) Is your overall opinion of Muslims very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (asked of half sample) (OPMUSLMS)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable1107.4
2) Mostly favorable54136.3
3) Mostly unfavorable32021.5
4) Very unfavorable18912.7
5) Never heard of13.9
8) Can't rate28118.9
9) Don't Know/Refused362.4
Missing1562 
TOTAL1490100.0
34) Is your overall opinion of Muslim Americans very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (asked of half sample) (OPMUSAMS)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable15610
2) Mostly favorable68043.5
3) Mostly unfavorable28518.2
4) Very unfavorable16810.7
5) Never heard of14.9
8) Can't rate22614.5
9) Don't Know/Refused342.2
Missing1490 
TOTAL1563100.0
35) Would you say your overall opinion of George W. Bush is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPGWBUSH)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable36411.9
2) Mostly favorable86228.2
3) Mostly unfavorable68722.5
4) Very unfavorable105134.4
5) Never heard of4.1
8) Can't rate692.3
9) Don't Know/Refused15.5
TOTAL3052100.0
36) Would you say your overall opinion of Rudy Giuliani is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPGLIANI)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable36211.9
2) Mostly favorable129042.2
3) Mostly unfavorable58719.2
4) Very unfavorable2628.6
5) Never heard of2618.5
8) Can't rate2698.8
9) Don't Know/Refused23.8
TOTAL3054100.0
37) Would you say your overall opinion of Mitt Romney is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPROMNEY)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable1605.2
2) Mostly favorable69022.6
3) Mostly unfavorable52117.1
4) Very unfavorable2147
5) Never heard of87928.8
8) Can't rate56618.6
9) Don't Know/Refused21.7
TOTAL3051100.0
38) Would you say your overall opinion of John McCain is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPMCCAIN)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable2488.1
2) Mostly favorable119339.1
3) Mostly unfavorable64321.1
4) Very unfavorable2438
5) Never heard of35311.6
8) Can't rate35911.8
9) Don't Know/Refused14.5
TOTAL3053100.0
39) Would you say your overall opinion of Fred Thompson is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPTHMPSN)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable2458
2) Mostly favorable65321.4
3) Mostly unfavorable35811.7
4) Very unfavorable1344.4
5) Never heard of106234.8
8) Can't rate57218.7
9) Don't Know/Refused28.9
TOTAL3052100.0
40) Would you say your overall opinion of Hillary Clinton is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPHCLNTN)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable63020.6
2) Mostly favorable104334.2
3) Mostly unfavorable55618.2
4) Very unfavorable64321.1
5) Never heard of521.7
8) Can't rate1133.7
9) Don't Know/Refused15.5
TOTAL3052100.0
41) Would you say your overall opinion of John Edwards is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPEDWRDS)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable31410.3
2) Mostly favorable113837.3
3) Mostly unfavorable56918.6
4) Very unfavorable3019.9
5) Never heard of34311.2
8) Can't rate36612
9) Don't Know/Refused22.7
TOTAL3053100.0
42) Would you say your overall opinion of Barack Obama is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPOBAMA)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable43614.3
2) Mostly favorable102833.7
3) Mostly unfavorable50116.4
4) Very unfavorable30710.1
5) Never heard of39713
8) Can't rate36512
9) Don't Know/Refused19.6
TOTAL3053100.0
43) Would you say your overall opinion of Pope Benedict the Sixteenth is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPPOPEBN)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable43614.3
2) Mostly favorable109635.9
3) Mostly unfavorable36512
4) Very unfavorable1906.2
5) Never heard of2347.7
8) Can't rate69622.8
9) Don't Know/Refused341.1
TOTAL3051100.0
44) Would you say your overall opinion of Billy Graham is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPGRAHAM)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable85227.9
2) Mostly favorable96231.5
3) Mostly unfavorable37312.2
4) Very unfavorable2448
5) Never heard of30910.1
8) Can't rate2899.5
9) Don't Know/Refused24.8
TOTAL3053100.0
45) Would you say your overall opinion of James Dobson is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPDOBSON)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable2417.9
2) Mostly favorable39412.9
3) Mostly unfavorable2708.8
4) Very unfavorable1775.8
5) Never heard of140746.1
8) Can't rate54717.9
9) Don't Know/Refused17.6
TOTAL3053100.0
46) In making your decision about who to vote for in the presidential election of 2008, will the issue of Iraq be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (IMPIRAQ)
TOTAL%
1) Very important219972
2) Somewhat important63020.6
3) Not too important892.9
4) Not at all important892.9
9) Don't Know/Refused461.5
TOTAL3053100.0
47) In making your decision about who to vote for in the presidential election of 2008, will domestic issues such as the economy, health care, and the environment be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (IMPUSISS)
TOTAL%
1) Very important238778.2
2) Somewhat important54017.7
3) Not too important602
4) Not at all important381.2
9) Don't Know/Refused27.9
TOTAL3052100.0
48) In making your decision about who to vote for in the presidential election of 2008, will social issues like abortion and gay marriage be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (IMPSOCIS)
TOTAL%
1) Very important117038.3
2) Somewhat important97131.8
3) Not too important52917.3
4) Not at all important33310.9
9) Don't Know/Refused491.6
TOTAL3052100.0
49) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is a woman, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESWOMN)
TOTAL%
1) More likely to support44514.6
2) Less likely to support35911.8
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference219972.1
9) Don't Know/Refused491.6
TOTAL3052100.0
50) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is black, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESBLCK)
TOTAL%
1) More likely to support2869.4
2) Less likely to support1775.8
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference255783.8
9) Don't Know/Refused321
TOTAL3052100.0
51) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is Hispanic, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESHSP)
TOTAL%
1) More likely to support2598.5
2) Less likely to support46815.3
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference228774.9
9) Don't Know/Refused391.3
TOTAL3053100.0
52) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is Mormon, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESMRMN)
TOTAL%
1) More likely to support1685.5
2) Less likely to support76825.2
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference200865.8
9) Don't Know/Refused1093.6
TOTAL3053100.0
53) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is Muslim, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESMSLM)
TOTAL%
1) More likely to support923
2) Less likely to support137044.9
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference149148.8
9) Don't Know/Refused1003.3
TOTAL3053100.0
54) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is an evangelical Christian, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESEVNG)
TOTAL%
1) More likely to support57518.8
2) Less likely to support49316.1
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference181959.6
9) Don't Know/Refused1665.4
TOTAL3053100.0
55) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who does not believe in God, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESATH)
TOTAL%
1) More likely to support953.1
2) Less likely to support186261
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference104934.4
9) Don't Know/Refused471.5
TOTAL3053100.0
56) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is Catholic, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESCATH)
TOTAL%
1) More likely to support38012.5
2) Less likely to support2277.4
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference240778.9
9) Don't Know/Refused381.2
TOTAL3052100.0
57) Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is Jewish, or wouldn't this matter to you? (PRESJEW)
TOTAL%
1) More likely to support2628.6
2) Less likely to support32410.6
3) Wouldn't matter/No difference241979.3
9) Don't Know/Refused471.5
TOTAL3052100.0
58) On the abortion issue, do you happen to know if Rudy Giuliani is…pro-choice, that is, a supporter of abortion rights, pro-life, that is, favors new laws to outlaw abortion in almost all cases, or are you not sure where he stands on this issue? (GIULABOR)
TOTAL%
1) Pro-choice, that is, a support of abortion rights66221.7
2) Pro-life, that is, favors new laws to outlaw abortion in almost all cases2126.9
3) Not sure208768.4
9) Don't Know/Refused913
TOTAL3052100.0
59) Do you think there has been too much, too little or the right amount of expressions of religious faith and prayer by political leaders? (RELLEADR)
TOTAL%
1) Too much80926.5
2) Too little115137.7
3) Right amount80726.4
9) Don't Know/Refused2869.4
TOTAL3053100.0
60) During political elections, should churches and other houses of worship come out in favor of one candidate over another, or shouldn't they do this? (CHRCHPOL)
TOTAL%
1) Should come out in favor of candidates84027.5
2) Should not come out in favor of candidates193463.4
9) Don't Know/Refused2789.1
TOTAL3052100.0
61) How do you feel about this statement: It makes me uncomfortable when politicians talk about how religious they are. Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with it? (RELPLTCN)
TOTAL%
1) Completely Agree46815.3
2) Mostly Agree83827.5
3) Mostly Disagree92330.2
4) Completely Disagree62320.4
9) Don't Know/Refused2006.6
TOTAL3052100.0
62) How do you feel about this statement: It's important to me that a president have strong religious beliefs. Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with it? (RELPRES)
TOTAL%
1) Completely Agree92030.1
2) Mostly Agree118538.8
3) Mostly Disagree50716.6
4) Completely Disagree32310.6
9) Don't Know/Refused1173.8
TOTAL3052100.0
63) Do you believe that it is proper or improper for journalists to ask politicians how their religious beliefs affect their opinions on issues of the day? (JRNLASK)
TOTAL%
1) Proper176657.8
2) Improper113937.3
9) Don't Know/Refused1484.8
TOTAL3053100.0
64) Do you feel that The Democratic Party is generally friendly toward religion, neutral toward religion, or unfriendly toward religion? (DEMREL)
TOTAL%
1) Friendly91229.9
2) Neutral114037.4
3) Unfriendly46515.2
9) Don't Know/Refused53417.5
TOTAL3051100.0
65) And in your view, is this a good thing, a bad thing, or doesn't it matter to you? (DEMRELOP)
TOTAL%
1) Good thing85934.1
2) Bad thing63125.1
3) Doesn't matter99439.5
9) Don't Know/Refused341.4
Missing534 
TOTAL2518100.0
66) Do you feel that The Republican Party is generally friendly toward religion, neutral toward religion, or unfriendly toward religion? (GOPREL)
TOTAL%
1) Friendly153750.4
2) Neutral69322.7
3) Unfriendly2718.9
9) Don't Know/Refused55018
TOTAL3051100.0
67) And in your view, is this a good thing, a bad thing, or doesn't it matter to you? (GOPRELOP)
TOTAL%
1) Good thing91936.7
2) Bad thing59523.8
3) Doesn't matter97038.8
9) Don't Know/Refused17.7
Missing550 
TOTAL2501100.0
68) Here are a couple of statements about the political parties. For each, please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with it. a. Religious conservatives have too much control over the Republican Party. (CNTRLGOP)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree46715.3
2) Mostly agree85828.1
3) Mostly disagree94130.8
4) Completely disagree31510.3
9) Don't Know/Refused47215.5
TOTAL3053100.0
69) Here are a couple of statements about the political parties. For each, please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with it. a. Liberals who are not religious have too much control over the Democratic Party. (CNTRLDEM)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree38912.7
2) Mostly agree72023.6
3) Mostly disagree102533.6
4) Completely disagree41413.6
9) Don't Know/Refused50516.5
TOTAL3053100.0
70) How important is religion in your life – very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (IMPREL)
TOTAL%
1) Very important184760.5
2) Somewhat important74324.3
3) Not too important2568.4
4) Not at all important1705.6
9) Don't Know/Refused361.2
TOTAL3052100.0
71) Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLITRL)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word104134.1
2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word133443.7
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God48816
4) Other782.6
9) Don't Know/Refused1123.7
TOTAL3053100.0
72) Outside of attending religious services, do you pray several times a day, once a day, a few times a week, once a week, a few times a month, seldom, or never? (PRAYFREQ)
TOTAL%
1) Several times a day107335.2
2) Once a day65021.3
3) A few times a week45414.9
4) Once a week1073.5
5) A few times a month1755.7
6) Seldom33911.1
7) Never1916.3
9) Don't Know/Refused632.1
TOTAL3052100.0
73) Do you believe in God or a universal spirit? (BELGOD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes287194
2) No1103.6
3) Other16.5
9) Don't Know/Refused571.9
TOTAL3054100.0
74) How certain are you about this belief? Are you absolutely certain, fairly certain, not too certain, or not at all certain? (Asked of respondents who reported 1 – Yes on BELGOD) (BELCERTN)
TOTAL%
1) Absolutely certain223377.8
2) Fairly certain49717.3
3) Not too certain1023.6
4) Not at all certain20.7
9) Don't Know/Refused20.7
Missing182 
TOTAL2872100.0
75) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. a. George W. Bush (RLGWBUSH)
TOTAL%
1) Very religious113037
2) Somewhat religious108135.4
3) Not too religious2237.3
4) Not at all religious2217.2
9) Don't Know/Refused39613
TOTAL3051100.0
76) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. b. Rudy Giuliani (RLGLIANI)
TOTAL%
1) Very religious2819.2
2) Somewhat religious123940.6
3) Not too religious35511.6
4) Not at all religious1073.5
9) Don't Know/Refused107035.1
TOTAL3052100.0
77) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. c. Mitt Romney (RLROMNEY)
TOTAL%
1) Very religious65921.6
2) Somewhat religious62820.6
3) Not too religious1063.5
4) Not at all religious411.3
9) Don't Know/Refused161953
TOTAL3053100.0
78) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. d. John McCain (RLMCCAIN)
TOTAL%
1) Very religious34911.4
2) Somewhat religious121439.8
3) Not too religious2237.3
4) Not at all religious642.1
9) Don't Know/Refused120339.4
TOTAL3053100.0
79) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. e. Fred Thompson (RLTHMPSN)
TOTAL%
1) Very religious1685.5
2) Somewhat religious70523.1
3) Not too religious1484.8
4) Not at all religious551.8
9) Don't Know/Refused197764.8
TOTAL3053100.0
80) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. f. Hillary Clinton (RLHCLNTN)
TOTAL%
1) Very religious37312.2
2) Somewhat religious125641.2
3) Not too religious47615.6
4) Not at all religious2698.8
9) Don't Know/Refused67822.2
TOTAL3052100.0
81) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. g. John Edwards (RLEDWRDS)
TOTAL%
1) Very religious55918.3
2) Somewhat religious112236.8
3) Not too religious2217.2
4) Not at all religious973.2
9) Don't Know/Refused105334.5
TOTAL3052100.0
82) Now I am going to read you a list of some political figures. For each name that I read, please tell me how religious you think that person is -- very religious, somewhat religious, not too religious, or not at all religious. h. Barack Obama (RLOBAMA)
TOTAL%
1) Very religious44614.6
2) Somewhat religious108935.7
3) Not too religious1946.4
4) Not at all religious953.1
9) Don't Know/Refused122840.2
TOTAL3052100.0
83) How much would you say you know about the Muslim religion and its practices? (KNOWMSLM)
TOTAL%
1) A great deal2016.6
2) Some104334.2
3) Not very much99932.7
4) Nothing at all77625.4
9) Don't Know/Refused331.1
TOTAL3052100.0
84) Please tell me what one word best describes your impression of Islam, the Muslim religion. Tell me just the one best word that comes to mind. (WORDMSLM)
TOTAL%
1) Answer given109369.9
9) Don't Know/Refused47030.1
Missing1490 
TOTAL1563100.0
85) Verbatim response to WORDMSLM (VERBMSLM)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
86) Responses to WORDMSLM collapsed to common themes by researchers (REVBMSLM)
TOTAL%
10) Acceptable/Ok221.4
30) Fanatic/Radical875.6
31) Bad/Evil231.5
32) Cult/Wrong/Not real533.4
33) Misguided/Confused493.1
34) Terrorists/Killers/Death382.4
35) Angry/Dangerous/Violent372.4
36) Fearful/Scary161
37) Strict/Dogmatic/Controlling644.1
38) General negative925.9
39) Crazy/Strange231.5
40) Religious/cultural reference865.5
41) Allah/Koran/Muhammad352.2
50) Confusing/Mysterious483.1
53) Different352.2
61) Organized/Unified10.6
62) Separate/Closed off/Secretive9.6
70) Peaceful/Respectful/Compassionate412.6
71) Faithful/Devout/Committed1117.1
72) Strong/Good221.4
73) General Positive462.9
74) Misunderstood201.3
88) Other1016.5
99) Don't Know/Refused49531.7
Missing1490 
TOTAL1563100.0
87) From what you know, do you think that the Muslim religion and your own religion have a lot in common, or do you think that the Muslim religion and your religion are very different? (Asked if respondent reported 1-5, 7-8, 11, 13-14 on RELIG) (MSLMRREL)
TOTAL%
1) A lot in common48218.7
2) Very different182070.5
9) Don't Know/Refused27810.8
Missing473 
TOTAL2580100.0
88) From what you know, do you think that the Muslim religion and your own beliefs have a lot in common, or do you think that the Muslim religion and your own beliefs are very different? (Asked if respondent reported 9, 10, 12, or 99 on RELIG) (MSLMRBEL)
TOTAL%
1) A lot in common8318
2) Very different30766.7
9) Don't Know/Refused7015.2
Missing2592 
TOTAL460100.0
89) Which of the following has had the biggest influence on your view of Muslims … (INFLMSLM)
TOTAL%
1) A personal experience21018.1
2) The views of your friends and family736.3
3) What you have seen or read in the media37132
4) Your religious beliefs12310.6
5) Your education20517.7
6) Something else13211.4
9) Don't Know/Refused464
Missing1892 
TOTAL1160100.0
90) Do you, yourself happen to know anyone who is Muslim? (KNWAMSLM)
TOTAL%
1) Yes137845.3
2) No162453.4
9) Don't Know/Refused381.3
Missing12 
TOTAL3040100.0
91) As I read you a pair of statements, tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views even if neither is exactly right. (VIOLISLM)
TOTAL%
1) Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers137645.1
2) The Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than others118338.8
3) Neither1163.8
9) Don't Know/Refused37712.4
TOTAL3052100.0
92) How much would you say you know about the Mormon religion and its practices? (KNOWMRMN)
TOTAL%
1) A great deal32310.6
2) Some115337.8
3) Not very much97531.9
4) Nothing at all58519.2
9) Don't Know/Refused16.5
TOTAL3052100.0
93) Please tell me what one word best describes your impression of the Mormon religion. Tell me just the one best word that comes to mind. (WORDMRMN)
TOTAL%
1) Answer given105370.7
9) Don't Know/Refused43729.3
Missing1562 
TOTAL1490100.0
94) Verbatim response to WORDMRMN (VERBMRMN)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
95) Responses to WORDMRMN collapsed to common themes by researchers (REVBMRMN)
TOTAL%
11) Devout/Faithful/Religious1258.4
12) Family/Family values664.4
13) Good people/religion352.4
14) Caring/Kind/Sincere382.6
16) Community/Unity/Close-knit14.9
17) True/Truth7.5
18) General Positive755
20) Rigid/Restrictive7.5
21) Wrong/False/Not Christian785.2
22) Polygamy674.5
23) Cult553.7
24) Crazy/Strange/Weird332.2
25) Deceptive/Manipulative261.7
26) Exclusionary/Secretive211.4
27) Aggressive/Pushy171.1
28) Bigoted/Racist/Sexist11.7
29) Extreme/Radical9.6
30) General Negative614.1
41) Different/Unusual543.6
42) Strict/Abstinence332.2
43) Utah/Salt Lake City231.5
44) Neutral/Fine/Okay211.4
45) Proselytizing/Missionaries161.1
46) Christian/Jesus/God191.3
47) Confusing/Complex14.9
48) Joseph Smith/Brigham Young/Osmonds14.9
49) Organization/Structure11.7
50) Conservative10.7
51) Money/Wealth6.4
88) Other614.1
99) Don't Know/Refused46231
Missing1562 
TOTAL1489100.0
96) From what you know, do you think that the Mormon religion and your own religion have a lot in common, or do you think that the Mormon religion and your religion are very different? (Asked if respondent reported 1-5, 7-8, 11, 13-14 on RELIG) (MRMNRREL)
TOTAL%
1) A lot in common62824.7
2) Very different158662.5
9) Don't Know/Refused32412.8
Missing513 
TOTAL2538100.0
97) From what you know, do you think that the Mormon religion and your own beliefs have a lot in common, or do you think that the Mormon religion and your own beliefs are very different? (Asked if respondent reported 9, 10, 12, or 99 on RELIG) (MRMNRBEL)
TOTAL%
1) A lot in common6714.6
2) Very different32871.3
9) Don't Know/Refused6514.1
Missing2592 
TOTAL460100.0
98) Which of the following has had the biggest influence on your view of Mormons … (INFLMRMN)
TOTAL%
1) A personal experience36328.7
2) The views of your friends and family13110.3
3) What you have seen or read in the media25820.4
4) Your religious beliefs13911
5) Your education17814
6) Something else14911.8
9) Don't Know/Refused493.9
Missing1785 
TOTAL1267100.0
99) Do you, yourself happen to know anyone who is Mormon? (KNWAMRMN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes145448.5
2) No151650.6
9) Don't Know/Refused291
Missing53 
TOTAL2999100.0
100) Based on what you have read or heard about Mormons, do you think their religion is a Christian religion, or do you think it is not a Christian religion? (MRMNXIAN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, their religion is a Christian religion154451.5
2) No, their religion is not a Christian religion93731.2
9) Don't Know/Refused51817.3
Missing53 
TOTAL2999100.0
101) In 2005, Pope Benedict the sixteenth became head of the Roman Catholic Church. How much have you heard about Pope Benedict…a lot, a little, or nothing at all? (POPEHRD)
TOTAL%
1) A lot56718.6
2) A little190362.4
3) Nothing at all55618.2
9) Don't Know/Refused26.9
TOTAL3052100.0
102) From what you know, how good a job is the pope doing in promoting good relations between the Catholic Church and other major religions? Is he doing an excellent, good, only fair, or a poor job of promoting good relations with other major religions? (POPEECUM)
TOTAL%
1) Excellent1536.2
2) Good78131.6
3) Only fair86034.8
4) Poor27911.3
9) Don't Know/Refused39816.1
Missing582 
TOTAL2471100.0
103) And how would you describe Pope Benedict the sixteenth…is he very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal or very liberal? (POPELBCN)
TOTAL%
1) Very conservative50020.2
2) Conservative89036
3) Moderate41516.8
4) Liberal1044.2
5) Very Liberal341.4
9) Don't Know/Refused52821.4
Missing582 
TOTAL2471100.0
104) What is your race? Are you white, black, Asian, or some other race? (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White237477.8
2) Black35211.5
3) Asian391.3
4) Other or mixed race2448
9) Don't Know/Refused441.4
TOTAL3053100.0
105) These days, many people are so busy they can't find time to register to vote, or move around so often they don't get a chance to re-register. Are you NOW registered to vote in your precinct or election district or haven't you been able to register so far? (REGIST)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, registered242579.5
2) No, not registered58719.2
9) Don't Know/Refused401.3
TOTAL3052100.0
106) Are you absolutely certain that you are registered to vote, or is there a chance that your registration has lapsed because you moved or for some other reason? (Asked of respondents who reported 1 on REGIST) (REGICERT)
TOTAL%
1) Absolutely certain233796.4
2) Chance registration has lapsed823.4
9) Don't Know/Refused6.2
Missing627 
TOTAL2425100.0
107) What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Orthodox such as Greek or Russian Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, agnostic, something else, or nothing in particular? (RELIG)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant (Baptist, Methodist, Non-denominational, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Episcopalian, Reformed, Church of Christ, Jehovah's Witness, etc.)139745.8
2) Roman Catholic (Catholic)70022.9
3) Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/LDS)531.7
4) Orthodox (Greek, Russian, or some other orthodox church)13.4
5) Jewish (Judaism)551.8
6) Muslim (Islam)12.4
7) Buddhist16.5
8) Hindu10.3
9) Atheist (do not believe in God)531.7
10) Agnostic (not sure if there is a God)662.2
11) Something else23.8
12) Nothing in particular30510
13) Christian2708.8
14) Unitarian (Universalist)9.3
99) Don't Know/Refused712.3
TOTAL3053100.0
108) Verbatim responses for 11 – Something Else on RELIG (RELIGOTH)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0
109) Respondent ID (RESPID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL30522061.611195.86
110) Sex (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male147248.2
2) Female158151.8
TOTAL3053100.0
111) Religious commitment - coded by researchers (SUMCOM)
TOTAL%
1) High religious commitment108735.6
2) Medium religious commitment96131.5
3) Low religious commitment100432.9
TOTAL3052100.0
112) Time zone (TIMEZONE)
TOTAL%
1) Eastern158852
2) Central79526
3) Mountain1354.4
4) Pacific53517.5
TOTAL3053100.0
113) This survey is being conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. They will be issuing a report on the results of this survey in the coming weeks. If you are interested, I can give you their web site address. (WEBSITE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, website requested155651
2) No, website not requested149649
TOTAL3052100.0
114) Case weight (WEIGHT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1.0170.703
115) Respondent zipcode (ZIPCODE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL305251308.0130488.56
116) Respondent age (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 18-2435211.7
2) 25-3450816.9
3) 35-4457319
4) 45-64105034.9
5) 65+52917.6
Missing41 
TOTAL3012100.0
117) Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services... more than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, seldom, or never? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a week42113.9
2) Once a week79226.2
3) Once or twice a month48416
4) A few times a year54117.9
5) Seldom49816.5
6) Never2849.4
Missing33 
TOTAL3020100.0
118) What is the last grade or class that you completed in school? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) None, or grade 1-81344.4
2) High school incomplete (Grades 9-11)2698.9
3) High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate)104334.5
4) Some college, no 4-year degree (or Vocational or Technical degree AFTER high school)72824.1
5) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree)50516.7
6) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school)34811.5
Missing24 
TOTAL3027100.0
119) Sex (for use with online analysis) (I-GENDER)
TOTAL%
1) Male147248.2
2) Female158151.8
TOTAL3053100.0
120) Last year, that is in 2006, what was your total family income from all sources, before taxes? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-INCOME)
TOTAL%
1) Less than $20,00050619.3
2) 20 to under $30,00033112.6
3) 30 to under $50,00060323
4) 50 to under $75,00041315.7
5) 75 to under $100,00032012.2
6) $100,000 or more45017.2
Missing429 
TOTAL2623100.0
121) Are you married, divorced, separated, widowed, or never been married? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-MARITAL)
TOTAL%
1) Married166555.1
2) Divorced35411.7
3) Separated842.8
4) Widowed2598.6
5) Never been married66221.9
Missing29 
TOTAL3024100.0