Presbyterian Panel Survey, February 1999 - Language and God, Clergy

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PREFLORD

Which wording would you personally prefer that churches use to begin the Lord's Prayer?
  1) Traditional or customary wording: 'Our Father in heaven'
  2) Wording modified to be gender-inclusive: 'Our Father and Mother in heaven'
  3) Wording modified to be gender-neutral: 'Our Creator in heaven'
  4) Other wording
  5) No preference

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Traditional or customary wording: 'Our Father in heaven' 893 75.5% 75.5% -.51
Wording modified to be gender-inclusive: 'Our Father and Mother in heaven' 50 4.2% 79.7% .44
Wording modified to be gender-neutral: 'Our Creator in heaven' 185 15.6% 95.4% 1.39
Other wording 2 .2% 95.5% 2.33
No preference 53 4.5% 100% 3.28

Variable Comparisons


Gender (I-GENDER)

Female Male TOTAL
Traditional or customary wording: 'Our Father in heaven' 51.4%
127
81.8%
765
75.5%
892
Wording modified to be gender-inclusive: 'Our Father and Mother in heaven' 8.1%
20
3.2%
30
4.2%
50
Wording modified to be gender-neutral: 'Our Creator in heaven' 30.8%
76
11.7%
109
15.7%
185
Other wording 0.0%
0
0.2%
2
0.2%
2
No preference 9.7%
24
3.1%
29
4.5%
53
TOTAL 100.0%
247
100.0%
935

1182


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Not married TOTAL
Traditional or customary wording: 'Our Father in heaven' 77.8%
801
58.8%
87
75.4%
888
Wording modified to be gender-inclusive: 'Our Father and Mother in heaven' 4.2%
43
4.7%
7
4.2%
50
Wording modified to be gender-neutral: 'Our Creator in heaven' 13.9%
143
28.4%
42
15.7%
185
Other wording 0.1%
1
0.7%
1
0.2%
2
No preference 4.0%
41
7.4%
11
4.4%
52
TOTAL 100.0%
1029
100.0%
148

1177


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Traditional or customary wording: 'Our Father in heaven' 72.9%
167
72.5%
240
80.5%
354
71.5%
128
75.4%
889
Wording modified to be gender-inclusive: 'Our Father and Mother in heaven' 3.1%
7
4.5%
15
4.1%
18
5.6%
10
4.2%
50
Wording modified to be gender-neutral: 'Our Creator in heaven' 18.8%
43
18.1%
60
11.6%
51
17.3%
31
15.7%
185
Other wording 0.4%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.6%
1
0.2%
2
No preference 4.8%
11
4.8%
16
3.9%
17
5.0%
9
4.5%
53
TOTAL 100.0%
229
100.0%
331
100.0%
440
100.0%
179

1179


Political party (I-POLITAFF)

Democrat Independent Republican Other TOTAL
Traditional or customary wording: 'Our Father in heaven' 67.8%
469
79.0%
158
93.3%
249
76.9%
10
75.6%
886
Wording modified to be gender-inclusive: 'Our Father and Mother in heaven' 6.4%
44
1.0%
2
1.5%
4
0.0%
0
4.3%
50
Wording modified to be gender-neutral: 'Our Creator in heaven' 20.1%
139
13.5%
27
4.5%
12
23.1%
3
15.4%
181
Other wording 0.1%
1
0.5%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
2
No preference 5.6%
39
6.0%
12
0.7%
2
0.0%
0
4.5%
53
TOTAL 100.0%
692
100.0%
200
100.0%
267
100.0%
13

1172


Family income (I-FAMINCOM)

Less than 20K 20K-49,999 50K-99,999 100K+ TOTAL
Traditional or customary wording: 'Our Father in heaven' 83.9%
26
77.4%
346
73.9%
427
73.9%
88
75.5%
887
Wording modified to be gender-inclusive: 'Our Father and Mother in heaven' 9.7%
3
3.6%
16
4.7%
27
2.5%
3
4.2%
49
Wording modified to be gender-neutral: 'Our Creator in heaven' 6.5%
2
14.1%
63
17.1%
99
16.8%
20
15.7%
184
Other wording 0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.2%
2
No preference 0.0%
0
4.7%
21
4.2%
24
6.7%
8
4.5%
53
TOTAL 100.0%
31
100.0%
447
100.0%
578
100.0%
119

1175


Race (I-RACE1)

White Other TOTAL
Traditional or customary wording: 'Our Father in heaven' 75.6%
851
74.5%
38
75.6%
889
Wording modified to be gender-inclusive: 'Our Father and Mother in heaven' 4.2%
47
3.9%
2
4.2%
49
Wording modified to be gender-neutral: 'Our Creator in heaven' 15.6%
175
19.6%
10
15.7%
185
Other wording 0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.2%
2
No preference 4.4%
50
2.0%
1
4.3%
51
TOTAL 100.0%
1125
100.0%
51

1176


Age (I-AGE)

Less than 40 40-49 50-64 65+ TOTAL
Traditional or customary wording: 'Our Father in heaven' 74.6%
129
76.6%
298
72.2%
368
89.1%
82
75.3%
877
Wording modified to be gender-inclusive: 'Our Father and Mother in heaven' 6.4%
11
5.1%
20
3.3%
17
1.1%
1
4.2%
49
Wording modified to be gender-neutral: 'Our Creator in heaven' 15.6%
27
12.6%
49
19.6%
100
7.6%
7
15.7%
183
Other wording 0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
1.1%
1
0.2%
2
No preference 3.5%
6
5.4%
21
4.9%
25
1.1%
1
4.6%
53
TOTAL 100.0%
173
100.0%
389
100.0%
510
100.0%
92

1164

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