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Religion of Respondent (1), 4 categories 1948-2012

  '48 '52 '54 '56 '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Protestant : 70 72 75 73 74 74 74 70 71 72 71 69 68 65 63 63 65 62 65 65 59 59 57 58 51 55 56 55 58 49
Catholic : 21 22 19 21 21 20 20 22 22 22 19 24 22 25 24 23 22 26 24 24 25 24 25 26 31 27 27 25 19 22
Jewish : 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 1 2
Other and None: 5 3 3 3 2 2 3 5 4 4 7 5 8 8 10 10 11 10 10 10 14 15 17 14 16 16 15 17 22 27
N   657 1787 1138 1759 1818 1827 1295 1570 1280 1540 1502 2695 2500 2854 2283 1598 1409 2244 2154 2031 1964 2473 1767 1698 1268 1781 1496 1195 2311 5893

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 1B.1a
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

1952-1964: "Is your Church (1962: religious) preference
Protestant, Catholic or Jewish?"
1966-1968: "Are you Protestant, Catholic or Jewish?"
1970-1988,2002: "Is your religious preference Protestant, Catholic,
Jewish, or something else?"
1990 and later (exc. 2002): (IF R ATTENDS RELIGIOUS SERVICES:) "Do you
mostly attend a place of worship that is Protestant, Roman Catholic,
Jewish or what?" (IF R DOESN'T ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES:)
"Regardless of whether you now attend any religious services do you
ever think of yourself as part of a particular church or
denomination?" (IF YES:) "Do you consider yourself Protestant,
Roman Catholic, Jewish or what?"


NOTE: Beginning in 1990, this is recoded from the full summary created
to represent an expanded religion battery. In 1990 additional questions
were added to further specify denomination/religion of the respondents
initially indicated as Protestant or Other (see Question Text for
Table 1B.1c).
In 1990 and later only, questions about religious affiliation were
preceded by the religious attendance question. This change has had
some effect on distributions: see an increase in the proportion
'Other and None.'

2012 data are for the combined (face-to-face and internet) sample.

This question is variable VCF0128 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset.
Consult the Cumulative Data File codebook for complete question text and annotation.
Weight variable VCF0009z was used to produce this table (see weight documentation)

(Table generated: 11NOV15)


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