Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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RELIMPRT

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

How important would you say religion is in your own life?
  1) Very important
  2) Fairly important
  3) Not very important
  4) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very important 58.9% 58.9%
Fairly important 25.9% 84.8%
Not very important 14.8% 99.6%
Don't know/Refused .4% 100.0%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Very important 46.7% 57.7% 68.5% 58.8%
Fairly important 33.0% 28.8% 17.4% 25.9%
Not very important 20.2% 13.3% 13.4% 14.9%
Don't know/Refused 0.1% 0.2% 0.8% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very important 47.5% 69.0% 58.9%
Fairly important 31.6% 20.8% 25.9%
Not very important 20.5% 9.7% 14.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 0.5% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent or other party No preference TOTAL
Very important 59.8% 64.1% 52.8% 69.2% 59.0%
Fairly important 26.7% 24.3% 28.0% 15.4% 26.1%
Not very important 13.2% 11.2% 18.8% 15.4% 14.5%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 0.4% 0.5% 0.0% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Very important 48.7% 59.8% 69.4% 50.9% 58.9%
Fairly important 32.5% 27.9% 20.3% 26.0% 25.9%
Not very important 18.5% 11.9% 10.0% 22.3% 14.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 0.4% 0.3% 0.8% 0.4%
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 important 64.9% 27.7% 85.7% 67.5% 15.4% 0.0% 59.0%
Fairly important 26.8% 42.6% 14.3% 18.4% 18.9% 7.1% 25.7%
Not very important 8.1% 29.8% 0.0% 14.0% 64.1% 85.7% 14.8%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.6% 7.1% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1960



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