Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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PRAYER

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

People practice their religion in different ways... Outside of attending religious services, do you pray several times a day, once a day, a few times a week, once a week or less, or never?
  1) Several times a day
  2) Once a day
  3) A few times a week
  4) Once a week or less
  5) Never
  6) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Several times a day 29.4% 29.4%
Once a day 22.4% 51.8%
A few times a week 18.7% 70.5%
Once a week or less 17.9% 88.4%
Never 10.1% 98.5%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 99.9%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Several times a day 20.0% 37.9% 29.4%
Once a day 19.4% 25.1% 22.4%
A few times a week 19.2% 18.3% 18.7%
Once a week or less 23.5% 12.9% 17.9%
Never 16.0% 4.8% 10.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 1.0% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Several times a day 32.8% 31.7% 23.8% 29.3%
Once a day 22.5% 23.8% 21.4% 22.6%
A few times a week 17.9% 19.1% 19.5% 18.9%
Once a week or less 18.1% 15.3% 20.5% 18.0%
Never 8.0% 9.6% 12.2% 10.0%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 0.5% 2.6% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Several times a day 20.0% 28.8% 36.4% 29.3%
Once a day 19.4% 23.1% 23.7% 22.4%
A few times a week 19.8% 20.8% 15.6% 18.8%
Once a week or less 23.2% 18.5% 13.4% 17.9%
Never 17.3% 7.5% 8.7% 10.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 1.1% 2.2% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Several times a day 32.1% 28.1% 41.2% 20.5% 29.4%
Once a day 24.2% 19.3% 26.0% 18.9% 22.4%
A few times a week 17.5% 22.6% 18.1% 19.1% 18.7%
Once a week or less 18.4% 16.2% 6.1% 22.1% 18.0%
Never 6.5% 11.2% 6.7% 18.8% 10.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 2.5% 1.8% 0.7% 1.4%
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
Several times a day 28.8% 30.7% 29.4% 29.8% 24.9% 29.4%
Once a day 24.0% 21.8% 23.9% 22.1% 17.6% 22.4%
A few times a week 17.9% 17.4% 21.2% 19.3% 16.8% 18.7%
Once a week or less 16.7% 18.5% 16.6% 20.1% 19.8% 18.0%
Never 11.0% 10.2% 7.9% 8.5% 17.3% 10.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.5% 1.5% 1.0% 0.2% 3.5% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Several times a day 26.8% 50.2% 27.8% 29.3%
Once a day 22.3% 23.6% 21.2% 22.4%
A few times a week 19.4% 14.4% 16.7% 18.7%
Once a week or less 19.3% 6.7% 20.2% 18.0%
Never 10.8% 3.4% 13.6% 10.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 1.6% 0.5% 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
Several times a day 33.1% 29.5% 24.6% 26.8% 28.8%
Once a day 21.6% 23.9% 23.3% 18.6% 22.5%
A few times a week 18.3% 20.6% 19.7% 15.9% 19.2%
Once a week or less 15.5% 17.1% 21.1% 23.6% 18.6%
Never 10.6% 7.9% 10.3% 15.1% 10.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.0% 1.1% 0.9% 0.0% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Several times a day 23.7% 27.7% 35.7% 27.0% 29.4%
Once a day 22.2% 22.9% 24.8% 18.1% 22.4%
A few times a week 16.6% 23.9% 15.4% 20.0% 18.7%
Once a week or less 21.4% 19.0% 15.6% 17.2% 17.9%
Never 14.9% 4.6% 7.4% 16.0% 10.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 1.8% 1.1% 1.7% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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