Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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CHRCHGL

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

Which do you think is most important for the church to do -- to convert people to a spiritual belief so that they can earn a happy life after death, or to teach people how to live better every day with all other people?
  1) Convert to spiritual belief
  2) Teach people how to live better
  3) Both
  4) Neither
  5) Undecided

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Convert to spiritual belief 14.0% 14.0%
Teach people how to live better 72.5% 86.5%
Both 10.7% 97.2%
Neither 1.0% 98.2%
Undecided 1.8% 100.0%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Convert to spiritual belief 16.9% 13.5% 12.9% 14.1%
Teach people how to live better 73.8% 73.8% 70.3% 72.6%
Both 8.7% 10.8% 11.5% 10.6%
Neither 0.2% 0.7% 1.7% 0.9%
Undecided 0.4% 1.1% 3.6% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Convert to spiritual belief 13.6% 14.4% 14.0%
Teach people how to live better 74.9% 70.3% 72.5%
Both 9.1% 12.2% 10.7%
Neither 1.0% 0.9% 1.0%
Undecided 1.4% 2.1% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent or other party No preference TOTAL
Convert to spiritual belief 17.9% 12.2% 12.2% 18.7% 14.0%
Teach people how to live better 68.6% 73.2% 76.3% 52.7% 72.5%
Both 11.2% 12.2% 8.5% 22.0% 10.8%
Neither 1.6% 0.5% 1.0% 0.0% 1.0%
Undecided 0.7% 2.0% 2.0% 6.6% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Convert to spiritual belief 8.1% 15.1% 19.9% 9.2% 14.0%
Teach people how to live better 81.7% 69.2% 64.3% 80.1% 72.5%
Both 8.9% 11.7% 12.7% 8.4% 10.7%
Neither 0.5% 1.0% 0.8% 1.6% 1.0%
Undecided 0.8% 3.0% 2.3% 0.7% 1.8%
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
Convert to spiritual belief 15.3% 0.0% 28.6% 9.6% 6.9% 0.0% 14.0%
Teach people how to live better 70.2% 95.7% 66.7% 81.6% 84.3% 85.7% 72.4%
Both 12.2% 0.0% 4.8% 2.6% 3.9% 0.0% 10.8%
Neither 0.9% 0.0% 0.0% 6.1% 0.0% 3.6% 1.0%
Undecided 1.4% 4.3% 0.0% 0.0% 4.8% 10.7% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1960



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