Single-Item Measures


Church/State Separation, Attitude about

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Which comes closer to your view? 1) the government should take special steps to make our country a _____ [insert religion from Q3 (Christian/Muslim/etc.)] country, or 2) there should be a separation between _____ [insert church/mosque, as appropriate)] and state? [In the United States, if the respondent is other religion, the words Christian and church were used.] (CHRSTATE)
  TOTAL %
1) Government should make our country a [Christian/Muslim/etc.] country 47 7.8
2) Should be a separation of [church/mosque] and state 464 77.3
8) Dont know 72 12
9) Refused 17 2.8
TOTAL600100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Korea
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which comes closer to your view? 1) the government should take special steps to make our country a _____ [insert religion from Q3 (Christian/Muslim/etc.)] country, or 2) there should be a separation between _____ [insert church/mosque, as appropriate)] and state? [In the United States, if the respondent is other religion, the words Christian and church were used.] (CHRSTATE)
  TOTAL %
1) Government should make our country a [Christian/Muslim/etc.] country 297 45.7
2) Should be a separation of [church/mosque] and state 294 45.2
8) Dont know 47 7.2
9) Refused 12 1.8
TOTAL650100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Nigeria
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which comes closer to your view? 1) the government should take special steps to make our country a _____ [insert religion from Q3 (Christian/Muslim/etc.)] country, or 2) there should be a separation between _____ [insert church/mosque, as appropriate)] and state? [In the United States, if the respondent is other religion, the words Christian and church were used.] (CHRSTATE)
  TOTAL %
1) Government should make our country a [Christian/Muslim/etc.] country 153 21.1
2) Should be a separation of [church/mosque] and state 469 64.6
8) Dont know 83 11.4
9) Refused 21 2.9
TOTAL726100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: India
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which comes closer to your view? 1) the government should take special steps to make our country a _____ [insert religion from Q3 (Christian/Muslim/etc.)] country, or 2) there should be a separation between _____ [insert church/mosque, as appropriate)] and state? [In the United States, if the respondent is other religion, the words Christian and church were used.] (CHRSTATE)
  TOTAL %
1) Government should make our country a [Christian/Muslim/etc.] country 3,628 33.3
2) Should be a separation of [church/mosque] and state 6,023 55.3
8) Dont know 1,024 9.4
9) Refused 220 2
TOTAL10,895100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: United States; Brazil, Chile and Guatemala in Latin America; Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in Africa; and India, the Philippines and South Korea in Asia.
Frame: Other
Sample: Unknown
Mode: Other


Q37g. To what extent do you agree or disagree that the federal government should enforce a strict separation of church and state? (SEPARAT)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 198 12.4
2) Disagree 451 28.1
3) Agree 411 25.6
4) Strongly agree 403 25.1
8) Undecided 140 8.7
TOTAL1,603100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Which comes closer to your view? 1) the government should take special steps to make our country a _____ [insert religion from Q3 (Christian/Muslim/etc.)] country, or 2) there should be a separation between _____ [insert church/mosque, as appropriate)] and state? [In the United States, if the respondent is other religion, the words Christian and church were used.] (CHRSTATE)
  TOTAL %
1) Government should make our country a [Christian/Muslim/etc.] country 127 18.1
2) Should be a separation of [church/mosque] and state 424 60.6
8) Dont know 144 20.6
9) Refused 5 0.7
TOTAL700100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Brazil, urban areas
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which comes closer to your view? 1) the government should take special steps to make our country a _____ [insert religion from Q3 (Christian/Muslim/etc.)] country, or 2) there should be a separation between _____ [insert church/mosque, as appropriate)] and state? [In the United States, if the respondent is other religion, the words Christian and church were used.] (CHRSTATE)
  TOTAL %
1) Government should make our country a [Christian/Muslim/etc.] country 120 20
2) Should be a separation of [church/mosque] and state 367 61.2
8) Dont know 67 11.2
9) Refused 46 7.7
TOTAL600100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Chile
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which comes closer to your view? 1) the government should take special steps to make our country a _____ [insert religion from Q3 (Christian/Muslim/etc.)] country, or 2) there should be a separation between _____ [insert church/mosque, as appropriate)] and state? [In the United States, if the respondent is other religion, the words Christian and church were used.] (CHRSTATE)
  TOTAL %
1) Government should make our country a [Christian/Muslim/etc.] country 383 38.3
2) Should be a separation of [church/mosque] and state 589 58.9
8) Dont know 27 2.7
9) Refused 1 0.1
TOTAL1,000100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: The Philippines
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which comes closer to your view? 1) the government should take special steps to make our country a _____ [insert religion from Q3 (Christian/Muslim/etc.)] country, or 2) there should be a separation between _____ [insert church/mosque, as appropriate)] and state? [In the United States, if the respondent is other religion, the words Christian and church were used.] (CHRSTATE)
  TOTAL %
1) Government should make our country a [Christian/Muslim/etc.] country 320 40
2) Should be a separation of [church/mosque] and state 323 40.3
8) Dont know 138 17.2
9) Refused 20 2.5
TOTAL801100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: South Africa
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which comes closer to your view? 1) the government should take special steps to make our country a _____ [insert religion from Q3 (Christian/Muslim/etc.)] country, or 2) there should be a separation between _____ [insert church/mosque, as appropriate)] and state? [In the United States, if the respondent is other religion, the words Christian and church were used.] (CHRSTATE)
  TOTAL %
1) Government should make our country a [Christian/Muslim/etc.] country 148 25
2) Should be a separation of [church/mosque] and state 358 60.5
8) Dont know 71 12
9) Refused 15 2.5
TOTAL592100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Which comes closer to your view? 1) the government should take special steps to make our country a _____ [insert religion from Q3 (Christian/Muslim/etc.)] country, or 2) there should be a separation between _____ [insert church/mosque, as appropriate)] and state? [In the United States, if the respondent is other religion, the words Christian and church were used.] (CHRSTATE)
  TOTAL %
1) Government should make our country a [Christian/Muslim/etc.] country 283 43.3
2) Should be a separation of [church/mosque] and state 357 54.7
8) Dont know 12 1.8
9) Refused 1 0.2
TOTAL653100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Kenya
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which comes closer to your view? 1) the government should take special steps to make our country a _____ [insert religion from Q3 (Christian/Muslim/etc.)] country, or 2) there should be a separation between _____ [insert church/mosque, as appropriate)] and state? [In the United States, if the respondent is other religion, the words Christian and church were used.] (CHRSTATE)
  TOTAL %
1) Government should make our country a [Christian/Muslim/etc.] country 380 37.8
2) Should be a separation of [church/mosque] and state 561 55.8
8) Dont know 45 4.5
9) Refused 19 1.9
TOTAL1,005100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Guatemala
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which of these statements comes closest to your opinion? The government should take special steps to protect the Judeo-Christian heritage, or There should be a high wall of separation between church and state. (CHSTSEP)
  TOTAL %
1) Protect heritage 999 29.7
2) Wall of separation 1,867 55.5
6) Neither 2 0.1
8) Dont know 493 14.7
TOTAL3,361100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


In your opinion, should there be a strict separation of church and government in the U.S.? (SEPARATE)
  TOTAL %
1) Definitely yes 92 30.9
2) Probably yes 68 22.8
3) Unsure 64 21.5
4) Probably not 46 15.4
5) Definitely not 28 9.4
TOTAL298100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: The target population for this survey was students at Winthrop University, a state university in South Carolina.
Frame: Other
Sample: Unknown
Mode: Other


Here are some social issues facing our country today. How interested are you in each one, quite interested, fairly interested, or not very interested? -- Maintaining strict separation between church and state (SOCSPRTN)
  TOTAL %
1) Quite interested 2,244 40
2) Fairly interested 1,552 27.7
3) Not very interested 1,620 28.9
4) Dont know/refused 187 3.3
TOTAL5,603100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Here are some reasons people oppose the idea of allowing churches and other houses of worship to use government money to provide social services. Please indicate whether the following reason is an important concern of yours, or not. -- This would interfere with the separation between church and state. (OPSSEP)
  TOTAL %
1) Important concern 2,414 51.6
2) Not an important concern 2,124 45.4
9) Dont know/Refused 144 3.1
TOTAL4,682100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Many public schools require teachers to lead students in recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, which includes the phrase One Nation Under God, although students are generally permitted to opt out of reciting the pledge if they so choose. In your opinion, does that school practice violate the Constitutional principle of separation of church and state? (PLEDGERC)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, it violates the Constitutional principle 245 24.5
2) No, it does not 705 70.5
98) Dont Know 40 4
99) Refused 10 1
TOTAL1,000100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. The governments use of the phrase in God we trust on U.S. money and coins violates the Constitutional principle of separation of church and state. (INGODWE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 97 9.7
2) Mildly agree 87 8.7
3) Mildly disagree 201 20.1
4) Strongly disagree 586 58.6
98) Dont Know 20 2
99) Refused 9 0.9
TOTAL1,000100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Many public schools require teachers to lead students in recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, which includes the phrase one nation under God, although students are generally permitted to opt out of reciting the pledge if they so choose. In your opinion does that school practice violate the constitutional principle of separation of church and state? (PBSCPLG)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, it violates the constitutional principle 257 25.6
2) No, it does not 703 70.1
98) Dont know 37 3.7
99) Refused 6 0.6
TOTAL1,003100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Here are a few reasons why some people oppose the idea of allowing churches and other houses of worship to use government money to provide social services. Please tell me whether each one is an important concern of yours, or not. First: This would interfere with the separation between church and state (Q263A) [Note: NOSEP_B through NOINV_B were read together as a block, but were read in a random order within the block. For random respondents, this block of questions was read after the block of questions comprised of YCHNGE_B through YCHOIC_B was read.] (NOSEP_B)
  TOTAL %
1) Important concern 4,567 51.7
2) Not an important concern 4,016 45.5
9) Dont know/Refused (VOL.) 246 2.8
TOTAL8,829100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As you may know, the U.S. Constitution provides for the separation of church and state. How concerned are you, if at all, that providing public funding to religious groups for social services violates that constitutional principle? (CHRSTAT)
  TOTAL %
1) Very concerned 113 21.6
2) Somewhat concerned 151 28.9
3) Not too concerned 135 25.9
4) Not at all concerned 106 20.3
99) Dont know/Refused 17 3.3
TOTAL522100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As you may know, the U.S. Constitution provides for the separation of church and state. How concerned are you, if at all, that providing public funding to religious groups for social services violates that constitutional principle? (CHRSTAT2)
  TOTAL %
1) Very concerned 103 21
2) Somewhat concerned 162 33.1
3) Not too concerned 109 22.2
4) Not at all concerned 111 22.7
99) Dont know/Refused 5 1
TOTAL490100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Because of the separation of church and state, it is unconstitutional for any kind of prayers to be said in public schools. (PRAYUNCS)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 522 19.4
2) Disagree 1,665 62
3) Uncertain 498 18.5
TOTAL2,685100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Do you mostly agree or mostly disagree with the following statement? - The Supreme Court is the best place to decide controversies about the separation of church and state. (SUPRCRT)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 2,270 67.6
2) Disagree 717 21.3
8) Dont know 373 11.1
TOTAL3,360100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
Church OR State: This question type asks the respondent if the government should enforce separation of church and state or promote a particular religion.
Interest: How interested is the respondent in first amendment issues?
Violations?: This question type asks the respondent if specific things (the pledge of allegiance, references to God on US currency, etc.) violate the separate between Church and State.
Who Decides: This question type asks the respondent who should make decisions regarding church/state issues.

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