U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

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Q10D

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

When it comes to questions of right and wrong, which of the following do you look to most for guidance? Would you say . . .
  1) Religious teachings and beliefs
  2) Philosophy and reason
  3) Practical experience and common sense
  4) Scientific information
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Religious teachings and beliefs 29.4% 29.4%
Philosophy and reason 9.1% 38.5%
Practical experience and common sense 52.4% 90.9%
Scientific information 5.5% 96.4%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.6% 100%
Total N = 35556

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65 and older TOTAL
Religious teachings and beliefs 24.6% 27.5% 29.9% 31.3% 33.8% 29.4%
Philosophy and reason 11.7% 9.5% 8.7% 9.1% 6.3% 9.2%
Practical experience and common sense 53.6% 53.3% 53.4% 51.5% 50.9% 52.5%
Scientific information 7.3% 6.5% 5.1% 4.6% 4.1% 5.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.7% 3.2% 2.9% 3.5% 5.0% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34695


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Religious teachings and beliefs 24.8% 33.7% 29.4%
Philosophy and reason 10.5% 7.9% 9.1%
Practical experience and common sense 54.5% 50.4% 52.4%
Scientific information 6.7% 4.3% 5.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.5% 3.6% 3.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
35556


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (Vol.) Other party (Vol.) TOTAL
Religious teachings and beliefs 42.4% 25.5% 22.5% 32.5% 17.2% 29.5%
Philosophy and reason 6.0% 10.2% 11.1% 7.0% 22.4% 9.2%
Practical experience and common sense 45.4% 55.6% 57.0% 46.1% 49.6% 52.7%
Scientific information 3.9% 5.9% 6.1% 6.5% 4.2% 5.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.3% 2.8% 3.3% 7.9% 6.6% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
34102


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 to under $150,000 $150,000 or more TOTAL
Religious teachings and beliefs 31.9% 30.4% 30.7% 27.4% 26.5% 21.3% 29.4%
Philosophy and reason 6.9% 8.5% 9.5% 10.9% 13.1% 14.6% 9.4%
Practical experience and common sense 51.6% 54.4% 53.1% 53.4% 52.9% 51.8% 52.9%
Scientific information 6.1% 4.3% 4.5% 6.1% 5.0% 8.0% 5.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.5% 2.4% 2.1% 2.3% 2.5% 4.3% 2.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
29435


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school graduate High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Technical, trade, or vocational school AFTER high school Some college, no 4-year degree (including associate degree) 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
Religious teachings and beliefs 31.6% 29.4% 33.2% 30.0% 28.6% 25.8% 29.5%
Philosophy and reason 6.0% 6.0% 5.4% 9.8% 12.3% 17.7% 9.1%
Practical experience and common sense 48.6% 57.5% 52.1% 53.3% 50.3% 43.6% 52.4%
Scientific information 7.2% 4.4% 5.5% 4.2% 5.8% 8.9% 5.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 6.6% 2.8% 3.8% 2.7% 3.1% 4.0% 3.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
35298



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