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Q.
If you had children would you encourage or discourage them to practice Catholicism?
Numbers are percentages
    Gender Attend Mass1 Age Income2 Law
resignation3
Faith
importance4
  Total Male Female W M Y <Y 18-39 40-64 65+ <40k 40-80k >80k Agree Disagree Very Some Not
Base = Those who do not, don't know, or refused to say whether or not they had children 120 70 51 34 28 35 22 71 34 15 46 41 26 106 10 42 51 27
Encourage 69.1 65.2 74.3 83.9 82.1 65.2 36.8 65.8 77.9 64.5 66.0 63.8 84.8 70.6 58.7 80.3 84.1 23.3
Discourage 19.1 22.3 14.6 3.2 7.1 26.5 49.1 26.0 9.4 7.5 22.4 26.4 7.5 18.9 19.8 7.4 8.2 57.7
Don't know 11.2 11.2 11.1 10.4 10.8 8.3 14.1 8.2 12.7 22.2 11.7 9.7 7.7 9.7 21.6 10.3 7.7 19.1
Refused 0.7 1.2 2.5 5.8 0.8 2.0



Notes

1 Survey participants were asked "How often do you attend Mass?" The answers were: Weekly (W); monthly (M); yearly (Y); and less than once a year (<Y).

2 Survey participants were asked "Into which of the following categories does your annual household income belong?" The answers were: Less than $40,000 (<40k); between $40,000 and $80,000 (40-80k); and more than $80,000 (>80k).

3 Survey participants were asked "Did you agree or disagree with Cardinal Law's decision to resign?"

4 Survey participants were asked "How important would you say the Catholic faith is to your everyday life?" The answers were: Very important (Very); somewhat important (Some); and not very important (Not).

Margin of error: +/ 5 percentage points on questions answered by all Catholics. When pollsters offered choices to the respondents, the choices were rotated so that different options were offered first to different respondents.

This poll of 400 Catholics living in the Archdiocese of Boston was conducted May 4-6, 2003, by KRC/Communications Research.


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