School Prayer (2), 4 point scale 1986 -1998

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Data Table

  '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98
No Prayer in School 12
(265)
11
(188)
14
(135)
11
(231)
10
(184)
12
(175)
16
(199)
Silent Prayer Allowed 48
(1050)
52
(916)
48
(477)
49
(1008)
54
(951)
55
(830)
50
(640)
'General' Prayer Allowed 25
(542)
25
(438)
26
(253)
27
(549)
23
(414)
21
(317)
24
(306)
Christian Prayer Required 11
(228)
10
(174)
10
(102)
10
(209)
10
(171)
10
(148)
8
(98)
Don't Know, Other 4
(81)
3
(51)
2
(22)
3
(60)
3
(51)
2
(30)
3
(35)
N 2166 1767 989 2057 1771 1500 1278

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 4C.3b.
Source: VCF9043 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset, weighted with VCF0009z

Question Text:

"Which of the following views comes closest to your opinion on the issue of school prayer?" (RESPONDENT BOOKLET SHOWN TO R)
1. By law, prayer should not be allowed in public schools.
2. The law should allow public schools to schedule time when children can pray silently if they want to.
3. The law should allow public schools to schedule time when children as a group can say a general prayer not tied to a particular religious faith.
4. By law, public schools should schedule a time when when all children would say a chosen Christian prayer.

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