General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

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RELSPRT

What best describes you?
  0) Inapplicable
  1) I follow a religion and consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural.
  2) I follow a religion but don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural.
  3) I don't follow a religion, but consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural.
  4) I don't follow a religion and don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural.
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Inapplicable 2194 61.6% 61.6% -.58
I follow a religion and consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 528 14.8% 76.5% .06
I follow a religion but don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 304 8.5% 85% .7
I don't follow a religion, but consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 312 8.8% 93.8% 1.34
I don't follow a religion and don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 154 4.3% 98.1% 1.98
Don't know 48 1.3% 99.5% 4.54
No answer 19 .5% 100% 5.18

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years old 30-44 years old 45-59 years old 60-74 years old 75 years and older TOTAL
Inapplicable 58.7%
338
62.0%
604
61.2%
618
63.8%
423
61.3%
187
61.5%
2170
I follow a religion and consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 14.8%
85
14.5%
141
15.5%
156
13.7%
91
17.0%
52
14.9%
525
I follow a religion but don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 9.2%
53
7.0%
68
8.4%
85
10.3%
68
9.2%
28
8.6%
302
I don't follow a religion, but consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 10.9%
63
10.2%
99
8.9%
90
6.5%
43
5.2%
16
8.8%
311
I don't follow a religion and don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 5.2%
30
5.1%
50
4.2%
42
3.2%
21
3.3%
10
4.3%
153
Don't know 1.0%
6
0.6%
6
1.4%
14
1.8%
12
3.0%
9
1.3%
47
No answer 0.2%
1
0.6%
6
0.4%
4
0.8%
5
1.0%
3
0.5%
19
TOTAL 100.0%
576
100.0%
974
100.0%
1009
100.0%
663
100.0%
305

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Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Never Several times a year or less 1-3 times a month Every week or nearly every week More than once a week TOTAL
Inapplicable 61.8%
457
58.3%
649
60.9%
330
65.7%
562
63.6%
189
61.7%
2187
I follow a religion and consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 3.4%
25
11.8%
132
20.5%
111
21.5%
184
25.3%
75
14.9%
527
I follow a religion but don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 5.1%
38
9.6%
107
11.8%
64
8.9%
76
6.4%
19
8.6%
304
I don't follow a religion, but consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 15.6%
115
13.6%
152
4.4%
24
1.9%
16
1.3%
4
8.8%
311
I don't follow a religion and don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 11.8%
87
4.9%
55
1.5%
8
0.2%
2
0.7%
2
4.3%
154
Don't know 1.9%
14
1.3%
14
0.6%
3
1.2%
10
2.0%
6
1.3%
47
No answer 0.4%
3
0.4%
5
0.4%
2
0.6%
5
0.7%
2
0.5%
17
TOTAL 100.0%
739
100.0%
1114
100.0%
542
100.0%
855
100.0%
297

3547


Education (I-EDUC)

Left high school High school Junior college Bachelor Graduate TOTAL
Inapplicable 57.9%
279
62.4%
1097
60.4%
183
60.6%
396
65.9%
238
61.7%
2193
I follow a religion and consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 13.9%
67
14.1%
248
18.2%
55
16.5%
108
13.9%
50
14.8%
528
I follow a religion but don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 10.8%
52
8.7%
152
8.3%
25
7.2%
47
7.5%
27
8.5%
303
I don't follow a religion, but consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 9.1%
44
9.3%
163
8.6%
26
7.8%
51
7.8%
28
8.8%
312
I don't follow a religion and don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 5.2%
25
3.9%
68
2.3%
7
6.3%
41
3.6%
13
4.3%
154
Don't know 2.3%
11
1.3%
22
1.7%
5
1.4%
9
0.3%
1
1.3%
48
No answer 0.8%
4
0.4%
7
0.7%
2
0.3%
2
1.1%
4
0.5%
19
TOTAL 100.0%
482
100.0%
1757
100.0%
303
100.0%
654
100.0%
361

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Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Inapplicable 60.6%
951
62.5%
1243
61.6%
2194
I follow a religion and consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 12.6%
198
16.6%
330
14.8%
528
I follow a religion but don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 9.2%
144
8.0%
160
8.5%
304
I don't follow a religion, but consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 9.6%
150
8.1%
162
8.8%
312
I don't follow a religion and don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 6.6%
103
2.6%
51
4.3%
154
Don't know 1.1%
17
1.6%
31
1.3%
48
No answer 0.4%
6
0.7%
13
0.5%
19
TOTAL 100.0%
1569
100.0%
1990

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
Inapplicable 61.8%
1711
61.9%
304
59.5%
179
61.6%
2194
I follow a religion and consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 14.4%
399
16.9%
83
15.3%
46
14.8%
528
I follow a religion but don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 8.1%
224
10.8%
53
9.0%
27
8.5%
304
I don't follow a religion, but consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 9.1%
252
6.1%
30
10.0%
30
8.8%
312
I don't follow a religion and don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 4.6%
126
2.6%
13
5.0%
15
4.3%
154
Don't know 1.4%
40
1.2%
6
0.7%
2
1.3%
48
No answer 0.5%
15
0.4%
2
0.7%
2
0.5%
19
TOTAL 100.0%
2767
100.0%
491
100.0%
301

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Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Inapplicable 60.4%
367
61.7%
485
64.3%
847
58.3%
494
61.6%
2193
I follow a religion and consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 13.2%
80
13.7%
108
16.2%
213
15.0%
127
14.8%
528
I follow a religion but don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 9.5%
58
9.7%
76
8.7%
114
6.6%
56
8.5%
304
I don't follow a religion, but consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 10.0%
61
8.7%
68
6.1%
80
12.2%
103
8.8%
312
I don't follow a religion and don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 4.8%
29
3.9%
31
3.2%
42
6.1%
52
4.3%
154
Don't know 1.5%
9
1.5%
12
1.3%
17
1.2%
10
1.3%
48
No answer 0.7%
4
0.8%
6
0.3%
4
0.6%
5
0.5%
19
TOTAL 100.0%
608
100.0%
786
100.0%
1317
100.0%
847

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Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other (specify) TOTAL
Inapplicable 61.8%
1124
60.9%
512
61.3%
38
62.5%
364
62.1%
151
61.7%
2189
I follow a religion and consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 19.1%
348
14.9%
125
14.5%
9
2.4%
14
12.8%
31
14.9%
527
I follow a religion but don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 8.7%
159
12.7%
107
8.1%
5
2.1%
12
8.2%
20
8.5%
303
I don't follow a religion, but consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 5.9%
108
7.6%
64
11.3%
7
17.2%
100
13.2%
32
8.8%
311
I don't follow a religion and don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 2.6%
47
1.9%
16
0.0%
0
14.8%
86
2.1%
5
4.3%
154
Don't know 1.3%
23
1.8%
15
1.6%
1
0.7%
4
0.8%
2
1.3%
45
No answer 0.6%
11
0.2%
2
3.2%
2
0.3%
2
0.8%
2
0.5%
19
TOTAL 100.0%
1820
100.0%
841
100.0%
62
100.0%
582
100.0%
243

3548


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Liberal Moderate Conservative TOTAL
Inapplicable 63.7%
612
62.0%
815
60.5%
696
62.0%
2123
I follow a religion and consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 9.9%
95
13.8%
182
20.0%
230
14.8%
507
I follow a religion but don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 7.6%
73
9.3%
122
8.6%
99
8.6%
294
I don't follow a religion, but consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 11.9%
114
8.8%
116
6.1%
70
8.8%
300
I don't follow a religion and don't consider myself to be a spiritual person interested in the sacred and the supernatural. 5.7%
55
4.4%
58
3.0%
35
4.3%
148
Don't know 0.6%
6
1.1%
15
1.5%
17
1.1%
38
No answer 0.6%
6
0.5%
7
0.3%
3
0.5%
16
TOTAL 100.0%
961
100.0%
1315
100.0%
1150

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