Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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INF_HOMO

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

Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on this issue -- Allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally
  10) A personal experience
  11) The views of your friends and family
  12) What you have seen or read in the media
  13) Your religious beliefs
  14) Your education
  15) Something else
  16) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
A personal experience 9.5% 9.5%
The views of your friends and family 7.2% 16.7%
What you have seen or read in the media 8.9% 25.6%
Your religious beliefs 36.9% 62.5%
Your education 16.6% 79.1%
Something else 17.6% 96.7%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 100.0%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
A personal experience 11.3% 10.2% 7.8% 9.6%
The views of your friends and family 12.0% 7.3% 3.6% 7.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 11.2% 7.1% 9.5% 8.9%
Your religious beliefs 26.6% 38.1% 42.4% 36.8%
Your education 19.4% 16.8% 14.4% 16.6%
Something else 17.6% 18.4% 16.4% 17.6%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 2.1% 5.9% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 11.4% 7.9% 9.5%
The views of your friends and family 6.2% 8.0% 7.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 8.7% 9.1% 8.9%
Your religious beliefs 33.8% 39.6% 36.9%
Your education 19.1% 14.4% 16.6%
Something else 16.9% 18.2% 17.6%
Don't know/Refused 3.9% 2.8% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent or other party No preference TOTAL
A personal experience 6.8% 9.6% 11.3% 17.6% 9.6%
The views of your friends and family 5.4% 6.5% 9.2% 8.8% 7.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 8.5% 8.7% 9.4% 5.5% 8.8%
Your religious beliefs 46.5% 34.8% 30.7% 37.4% 36.9%
Your education 14.9% 18.1% 17.9% 4.4% 16.8%
Something else 15.0% 18.1% 18.7% 23.1% 17.5%
Don't know/Refused 3.0% 4.2% 2.8% 3.3% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
A personal experience 10.2% 6.8% 10.1% 11.1% 9.5%
The views of your friends and family 5.1% 7.7% 8.1% 7.0% 7.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 9.8% 10.0% 8.1% 8.0% 8.9%
Your religious beliefs 29.9% 40.7% 43.1% 29.4% 36.9%
Your education 17.0% 16.8% 14.0% 20.2% 16.6%
Something else 25.1% 13.6% 13.4% 21.4% 17.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 4.5% 3.2% 2.8% 3.3%
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
A personal experience 7.9% 34.0% 0.0% 22.8% 16.6% 7.1% 9.5%
The views of your friends and family 7.3% 2.1% 0.0% 10.5% 5.3% 14.3% 7.2%
What you have seen or read in the media 8.3% 2.1% 0.0% 11.4% 14.7% 3.6% 9.0%
Your religious beliefs 41.8% 8.5% 71.4% 21.9% 6.0% 0.0% 37.0%
Your education 15.1% 36.2% 0.0% 16.7% 23.3% 53.6% 16.4%
Something else 16.5% 6.4% 23.8% 15.8% 28.6% 17.9% 17.6%
Don't know/Refused 3.0% 10.6% 4.8% 0.9% 5.5% 3.6% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1960



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