Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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INF_ABRT

(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 -- Abortion
  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 17.7% 17.7%
The views of your friends and family 6.6% 24.3%
What you have seen or read in the media 7.3% 31.6%
Your religious beliefs 28.6% 60.2%
Your education 22.0% 82.2%
Something else 15.8% 98.0%
Don't know/Refused 2.1% 100.1%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
A personal experience 19.4% 21.1% 12.1% 17.6%
The views of your friends and family 10.9% 5.7% 4.8% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 7.8% 5.6% 9.2% 7.4%
Your religious beliefs 22.6% 28.9% 32.8% 28.7%
Your education 24.1% 21.7% 21.3% 22.1%
Something else 15.2% 16.1% 15.1% 15.5%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 1.0% 4.7% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
A personal experience 17.0% 18.3% 17.7%
The views of your friends and family 6.4% 6.7% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 8.7% 6.0% 7.3%
Your religious beliefs 25.2% 31.7% 28.6%
Your education 24.8% 19.5% 22.0%
Something else 15.1% 16.4% 15.8%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 1.5% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent or other party No preference TOTAL
A personal experience 13.6% 19.0% 20.1% 16.5% 17.7%
The views of your friends and family 5.8% 6.0% 7.3% 12.1% 6.5%
What you have seen or read in the media 6.5% 9.2% 6.0% 6.6% 7.2%
Your religious beliefs 38.2% 26.5% 22.4% 34.1% 28.7%
Your education 20.3% 21.9% 24.0% 13.2% 22.0%
Something else 13.9% 14.8% 18.2% 14.3% 15.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.7% 2.5% 2.0% 3.3% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
A personal experience 20.9% 14.8% 17.3% 18.3% 17.7%
The views of your friends and family 4.0% 6.0% 7.6% 8.0% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 7.1% 6.8% 8.1% 6.7% 7.3%
Your religious beliefs 27.2% 32.5% 31.2% 21.4% 28.6%
Your education 21.9% 22.0% 19.5% 26.1% 22.0%
Something else 17.7% 14.8% 13.2% 19.1% 15.8%
Don't know/Refused 1.1% 3.0% 3.0% 0.5% 2.1%
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 16.1% 17.0% 38.1% 19.3% 28.6% 17.9% 17.7%
The views of your friends and family 6.4% 6.4% 0.0% 12.3% 7.4% 0.0% 6.6%
What you have seen or read in the media 7.4% 6.4% 4.8% 3.5% 7.6% 3.6% 7.3%
Your religious beliefs 32.6% 0.0% 14.3% 12.3% 6.9% 0.0% 28.7%
Your education 20.3% 55.3% 23.8% 32.5% 25.8% 64.3% 21.9%
Something else 15.1% 14.9% 19.0% 20.2% 21.7% 7.1% 15.9%
Don't know/Refused 2.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.1% 7.1% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1960



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