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Religious Attendance

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How often do you attend religious services--more than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, or hardly ever?
%
12     More than once a week
24     Once a week
13     Once or twice a month
14     Several times a year
27     Hardly ever
7     Never (Vol.)
2     Don't know/Refused
Sample: National voters
Democracy Corps/Women's Voices. Women Vote Poll, [Oct, 2013]




How often do you attend church or synagogue--at least once a week, almost every week, about once a month, seldom, or never?
%
35     At least once a week
8     Almost every week
14     About once a month
20     Seldom
22     Never
1     Don't know
2     Refused
Gallup Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services?...More than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, seldom, never
%
11     More than once a week
20     Once a week
9     Once or twice a month
16     A few times a year
22     Seldom
21     Never
2     Refused
Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey, [Sep, 2013]



Frequency of Prayer

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(I am interested in how often you do each of the following. For each one I read, please tell me if you do it almost every day, at least once a week, a few times a month, once a month, or less than once a month.)...Pray
University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll, [Jun, 2013]




People practice their religion in different ways. Outside of attending religious services, how often do you pray?...Several times a day, once a day, a few times a week, once a week, a few times a month, seldom, never
%
48     Several times a day
16     Once a day
12     A few times a week
2     Once a week
6     A few times a month
9     Seldom
5     Never
2     Refused
Note: Blacks
PRRI African American & Hispanic Reproductive Issues Survey, [Jun, 2012]




People practice their religion in different ways. Outside of attending religious services, how often do you pray?...Several times a day, once a day, a few times a week, once a week, a few times a month, seldom, never
%
21     Several times a day
29     Once a day
15     A few times a week
5     Once a week
7     A few times a month
11     Seldom
9     Never
2     Refused
Note: Hispanics
PRRI African American & Hispanic Reproductive Issues Survey, [Jun, 2012]



Religion: Relevant Today or Old Fashioned?

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Do you believe that religion can answer all or most of today's problems, or that religion is largely old-fashioned and out of date?
Gallup/USA Today Poll, [Dec, 2012]




Do you believe that religion can answer all or most of today's problems, or that religion is largely old-fashioned and out of date?
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2012]




Do you believe that religion can answer all or most of today's problems, or that religion is largely old-fashioned and out of date?
Gallup Poll, [Nov, 2011]



View of The Bible

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Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? A. The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. B. The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. C. The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by men.
%
32     A. Word of God
44     B. Inspired word of God
21     C. Ancient book of fables, legends, history, moral precepts
2     Other (vol.)
2     Don't know
General Social Survey 2012, [Mar, 2012]




Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible--the Bible is the actual Word of God, the Bible is the Word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, or the Bible is a book written by men and is not the Word of God?
VCU Life Sciences Survey, [May, 2010]




Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? A. The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. B. The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. C. The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by men.
%
34     A. Word of God
43     B. Inspired word of God
20     C. Ancient book of fables, legends, history, moral precepts
2     Other (Vol.)
1     Don't know
General Social Survey 2010, [Mar, 2010]



Importance of Religion in One's Life

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Is religion an important part of your daily life?
Gallup Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Which of the following comes closest to how you think about the place of religion in your life?...Religion is the most important thing in my life. Religion is one among many important things in my life. Religion is not as important as other things in my life. Religion is not important in my life.
%
20     Religion is the most important thing in my life
43     Religion is one among many important things in my life
15     Religion is not as important as other things in my life
19     Religion is not important in my life
3     Refused
Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey, [Sep, 2013]




Is religion an important part of your daily life?
Gallup Poll, [Sep, 2013]



Influence of Religion

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At the present time, do you think religion as a whole is increasing its influence on American life or losing its influence?
Gallup Poll, [May, 2013]




At the present time, do you think religion as a whole is increasing its influence on American life or losing its influence?
Gallup/USA Today Poll, [Dec, 2012]




At the present time, do you think religion as a whole is increasing its influence on American life or losing its influence?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Religion & Politics Survey, [Jun, 2012]



Religious Beliefs

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As you read a list of different groups, please rate that group using a feeling thermometer, a scale that goes between 1 and 100. Ratings between 51 degrees and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warmer toward the group. Ratings between 1 degree and 49 degrees mean that you feel unfavorable and colder toward the group. If you don't feel particularly warm or cold toward the group, you would rate the group at the 50-degree mark....Atheists, people who do not believe in God
Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey, [Sep, 2013]




Which statement comes closest to your view of God?...God is a person with whom people can have a relationship. God is an impersonal force. I do not believe in God.
%
61     God is a person with whom people can have a relationship
25     God is an impersonal force
10     I do not believe in God
4     Refused
Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey, [Sep, 2013]




(Now, read each statement and please say if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with each one.)...It is necessary to believe in God in order to be moral and have good values
Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey, [Sep, 2013]



Consider Self Born-Again/Evangelical

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Would you describe yourself as a 'born-again' or evangelical Christian, or not?
Note: Asked of Protestants/Christians (52%)
Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey, [Sep, 2013]




Would you describe yourself as either a fundamentalist or an evangelical Christian, or would you not describe yourself that way?
Note: Asked of Protestant/Other/None/Not sure (73%)
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Would you describe yourself as a 'born-again' or evangelical Christian, or not?
Note: Asked of Christians (80%)
Public Religion Research Institute Hispanic Values Survey, [Aug, 2013]



Opinion of Specific Religious Groups

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As you read a list of different groups, please rate that group using a feeling thermometer, a scale that goes between 1 and 100. Ratings between 51 degrees and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warmer toward the group. Ratings between 1 degree and 49 degrees mean that you feel unfavorable and colder toward the group. If you don't feel particularly warm or cold toward the group, you would rate the group at the 50-degree mark....Atheists, people who do not believe in God
Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey, [Sep, 2013]




(As you read a list of different groups, please rate that group using a feeling thermometer, a scale that goes between 1 and 100. Ratings between 51 degrees and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warmer toward the group. Ratings between 1 degree and 49 degrees mean that you feel unfavorable and colder toward the group. If you don't feel particularly warm or cold toward the group, you would rate the group at the 50-degree mark.)...Jews
Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey, [Sep, 2013]




(As you read a list of different groups, please rate that group using a feeling thermometer, a scale that goes between 1 and 100. Ratings between 51 degrees and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warmer toward the group. Ratings between 1 degree and 49 degrees mean that you feel unfavorable and colder toward the group. If you don't feel particularly warm or cold toward the group, you would rate the group at the 50-degree mark.)...Christians
Note: Asked of Form 1 half sample
Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey, [Sep, 2013]



From the Archives


How important would you say religion is in your own life--would you say very important, fairly important, or not very important?
Gallup Poll (AIPO), [Aug, 1980]




Do you think students attending parochial or church-related schools today receive a better education than they did when you were going to school, a worse education, or just about the same education?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [Sep, 1995]




On what day or days do you attend religious services during the last seven days?... Sunday
Note: See note
General Social Survey 1996, [Feb, 1996]




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