First Week Assignment

In some countries where the majority of population holds the religious values, political issues are somewhat influenced by religiosity, despite other possible factors. During the election campaign—regional or presidential campaign—it is noted that in some area, the priests suggest their audience to vote/against particular candidate for the election. Religion is considered as the smoothest way to persuade the masses, since the priests have power to gather people and deliver their messages to them whereas the people honor the priests. This post is intended for the first week in assignment in Data Visualization course in Coursera and particularly to fulfil my own curiosity about the influence of religiosity and political issues that happened elsewhere in the world.

After looking at the provided dataset, I am interested to dig deeper the Outlook on Life Surveys 2012 dataset. This dataset studies about factors that influence political and social attitudes in US. Here I want to know whether religiosity influence political and social attitudes in US through digging the survey results from 2295 participants. There are 12 survey questions about religiosity.

  1. (W1_M1) What is your religion? 4% of the respondent is Baptist with any denomination, followed by 15.7% as other Christian and 14.2% as Protestant (e.g. Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopal)
  2. (W1_M5) How often do you attend religious services? 9% of the respondent attends religious service a few times a year and with the same percentage said that they never attend religious service.
  3. (W1_M2) What was the racial makeup of your place of worship? Black people are commonly found in place of worship (39.7% of respondent answered so), followed by 34.7% of respondent answered white people.
  4. (W1_M3) Churches or places of worship should be involved in political matters. Majority of the respondent strongly disagree (38.5%) with the idea of political matters involvement in places of worship. Followed by 25.9% with somewhat disagree and 23.2% as somewhat agree with this idea.
  5. (W1_M4) Churches or places of worship should allow more women to become members of the clergy? 9% of the respondent answered somewhat agree to allow more women to become members of clergy and 28.2% of the respondent are strongly agree with this idea.
  6. (W1_M6) Aside from attending regular services, in the past 12 months have you been an active member of your church or place of worship? There are 19.1% abstain/missing answers from respondent. However, 53% of the respondent answers that they are not involved in church/place of worship activity during last 12 months.
  7. (W1_M7) In the last year, have you heard any discussions of politics at your church or place of worship? Total of 53% of the respondent does not hear any discussions of politics at their church/place of worship in the last year.
  8. (W1_M8) Have you talked to people about political matters at your church or place of worship? 59% of the respondent have not talked about political matters at their church/place of worship.
  9. (W1_M9) Has a member of the clergy or someone in an official position at your church or place of worship talked about the need for people to become more involved in politics? More than half of the respondent said no member of clergy or someone in an official position at their church/place of worship talked about the need for people to become more involved in politics.
  10. (W1_M10) Has any local or national political leader spoken at a regular religious service at your church or place of worship? 6% of respondent answered that no any local national political leader spoken at a regular religious service at their church or place of worship.
  11. (W1_M11) Has a member of the clergy, or someone in an official position at your church or place of worship, ever suggested that you vote for or against certain candidates in an election? More than half of the respondent answered that no any member of clergy or someone in an official position at their church or place of worship ever suggested to vote/against certain candidates in an election.
  12. (W1_M12) What about suggesting that you take action on a political issue such as sign a petition or write a letter? Did this happen in the last two years? 6% of the respondent said that, for the last two years, there is no one suggest them to take action on a political issue such as sign a petition or write a letter.

Based on the provided dataset, the majority of the respondent are not so religious, it can be seen from their infrequent attendance to religious activity and their least involvement in church/place of worship activity during last 12 months. However, they answered that there is no member of clergy or someone in an official position at their church/place of worship talked about the need for people to become more involved in politics or suggested to vote/against certain candidates in an election. It seems that they aware enough with the separation between religious and political issues.

The question about women membership in clergy raises my attention. There are 38.9% of the respondent answered somewhat agree to allow more women to become members of clergy and 28.2% of the respondent are strongly agree with this idea. It means, more than half of the respondent accepts to add more women to become members of clergy. I wonder if more women membership in clergy has influence with feminism issue, however further investigation on the dataset should be done to prove this relationship.

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