Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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BLVINGOD

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

Do you believe in a God? If yes, how strong would you say this belief is?
  1) Believe in God absolutely certain
  2) Believe in a God fairly sure
  3) Believe in a God not quite sure
  4) Believe in God not at all sure
  5) Do not believe
  6) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Believe in God absolutely certain 71.7% 71.7%
Believe in a God fairly sure 13.7% 85.4%
Believe in a God not quite sure 7.7% 93.1%
Believe in God not at all sure 1.6% 94.7%
Do not believe 4% 98.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 100%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Believe in God absolutely certain 61.9% 80.6% 71.7%
Believe in a God fairly sure 17.5% 10.3% 13.7%
Believe in a God not quite sure 10.1% 5.6% 7.7%
Believe in God not at all sure 2.4% 0.9% 1.6%
Do not believe 6.6% 1.7% 4.0%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 1.0% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Believe in God absolutely certain 76.3% 75.7% 64.4% 71.9%
Believe in a God fairly sure 12.2% 12.4% 16.8% 13.9%
Believe in a God not quite sure 6.4% 5.9% 10.6% 7.7%
Believe in God not at all sure 0.9% 1.7% 2.0% 1.6%
Do not believe 3.5% 3.5% 4.6% 3.9%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 0.9% 1.5% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Believe in God absolutely certain 64.3% 71.8% 76.6% 71.6%
Believe in a God fairly sure 15.2% 15.2% 10.7% 13.6%
Believe in a God not quite sure 10.6% 7.7% 6.0% 7.8%
Believe in God not at all sure 2.5% 1.5% 1.0% 1.6%
Do not believe 6.3% 3.3% 3.4% 4.0%
Don't know/Refused 1.0% 0.6% 2.3% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Believe in God absolutely certain 75.7% 68.5% 82.5% 61.2% 71.7%
Believe in a God fairly sure 13.0% 15.6% 10.8% 15.1% 13.7%
Believe in a God not quite sure 6.9% 8.4% 3.2% 10.6% 7.7%
Believe in God not at all sure 1.1% 0.7% 0.6% 3.6% 1.6%
Do not believe 2.6% 4.2% 0.0% 8.3% 4.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 2.7% 2.9% 1.2% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1971


Education (I-EDUCATN)

Less than High school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some College (no 4-year degree)/Business, technical, or vocational school AFTER high school College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
Believe in God absolutely certain 75.8% 76.0% 72.1% 66.4% 54.5% 71.7%
Believe in a God fairly sure 8.9% 11.7% 15.6% 17.7% 18.6% 13.8%
Believe in a God not quite sure 6.3% 7.1% 7.3% 9.1% 11.6% 7.7%
Believe in God not at all sure 1.4% 1.2% 1.2% 2.0% 3.8% 1.6%
Do not believe 5.7% 2.5% 3.2% 4.0% 9.0% 4.0%
Don't know/Refused 2.0% 1.4% 0.5% 0.8% 2.5% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Believe in God absolutely certain 70.0% 86.2% 66.7% 71.5%
Believe in a God fairly sure 14.4% 8.3% 15.2% 13.8%
Believe in a God not quite sure 8.2% 4.1% 7.6% 7.8%
Believe in God not at all sure 1.7% 0.0% 3.0% 1.6%
Do not believe 4.3% 1.4% 5.1% 4.0%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 0.0% 2.5% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Believe in God absolutely certain 74.3% 73.3% 71.8% 58.4% 71.2%
Believe in a God fairly sure 11.8% 14.1% 13.0% 22.2% 14.3%
Believe in a God not quite sure 7.9% 7.1% 9.1% 9.4% 8.1%
Believe in God not at all sure 0.2% 1.3% 2.4% 3.6% 1.6%
Do not believe 3.4% 3.6% 3.0% 5.6% 3.7%
Don't know/Refused 2.4% 0.7% 0.6% 0.8% 1.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Believe in God absolutely certain 63.3% 74.8% 79.6% 64.0% 71.7%
Believe in a God fairly sure 17.1% 14.1% 10.3% 15.3% 13.7%
Believe in a God not quite sure 10.2% 7.2% 6.3% 8.1% 7.7%
Believe in God not at all sure 1.7% 0.7% 1.1% 3.2% 1.6%
Do not believe 5.0% 2.3% 1.9% 8.3% 4.0%
Don't know/Refused 2.6% 0.9% 0.8% 1.1% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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