Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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POLVIEWS

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

In general, would you describe your political views as...
  1) Very conservative
  2) Conservative
  3) Moderate
  4) Liberal
  5) Very liberal
  6) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very conservative 6.8% 6.8%
Conservative 32.2% 39.0%
Moderate 37.9% 76.9%
Liberal 14.5% 91.4%
Very liberal 5.6% 97.0%
Don't know/Refused 3.0% 100.0%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Very conservative 4.7% 7.1% 8.0% 6.9%
Conservative 25.3% 32.8% 36.6% 32.3%
Moderate 38.8% 38.5% 36.0% 37.7%
Liberal 18.5% 14.5% 11.9% 14.6%
Very liberal 9.7% 5.5% 3.0% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 3.1% 1.6% 4.5% 2.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very conservative 5.9% 7.7% 6.8%
Conservative 35.2% 29.5% 32.2%
Moderate 37.5% 38.3% 37.9%
Liberal 12.9% 15.9% 14.5%
Very liberal 5.6% 5.5% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 3.0% 3.0% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent or other party No preference TOTAL
Very conservative 12.0% 3.2% 6.2% 3.3% 6.8%
Conservative 46.5% 28.1% 24.5% 31.9% 32.4%
Moderate 31.8% 39.9% 42.4% 28.6% 38.1%
Liberal 6.1% 20.2% 16.5% 12.1% 14.6%
Very liberal 1.9% 6.0% 7.8% 4.4% 5.4%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 2.6% 2.6% 19.8% 2.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Very conservative 4.9% 6.4% 8.4% 6.6% 6.8%
Conservative 28.2% 34.9% 34.5% 29.2% 32.2%
Moderate 39.5% 40.2% 36.0% 36.9% 37.9%
Liberal 16.9% 12.6% 11.9% 18.5% 14.5%
Very liberal 7.8% 3.6% 5.1% 6.4% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.6% 2.4% 4.1% 2.4% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Christian Jewish Muslim Other non-Christian No preference Agnostic or Atheist TOTAL
Very conservative 7.6% 0.0% 0.0% 10.5% 1.8% 0.0% 6.9%
Conservative 34.9% 14.9% 33.3% 19.3% 18.0% 14.3% 32.3%
Moderate 37.4% 34.0% 33.3% 33.3% 42.2% 50.0% 37.9%
Liberal 12.9% 31.9% 33.3% 22.8% 22.6% 7.1% 14.5%
Very liberal 4.3% 19.1% 0.0% 13.2% 11.8% 17.9% 5.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.9% 3.7% 10.7% 2.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1960



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