U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

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Q32

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

IF BELIEVE IN GOD/UNIVERSAL SPIRIT (Q.30=1), ASK: Which comes closest to your view of God? God is a person with whom people can have a relationship or God is an impersonal force?
  1) God is a person
  2) God is an impersonal force
  3) Both/neither/other (Vol.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
God is a person 64.5% 64.5%
God is an impersonal force 27.1% 91.6%
Both/neither/other (Vol.) 4.7% 96.3%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.7% 100%
Total N = 32913

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65 and older TOTAL
God is a person 63.5% 62.1% 64.2% 66.0% 66.8% 64.6%
God is an impersonal force 30.4% 30.2% 28.1% 25.5% 22.0% 27.3%
Both/neither/other (Vol.) 3.4% 4.6% 4.6% 5.3% 5.1% 4.6%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.7% 3.2% 3.1% 3.3% 6.1% 3.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
32165


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
God is a person 59.9% 68.5% 64.5%
God is an impersonal force 31.6% 23.2% 27.1%
Both/neither/other (Vol.) 4.7% 4.6% 4.7%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.8% 3.7% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
32913


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (Vol.) Other party (Vol.) TOTAL
God is a person 74.5% 62.5% 60.4% 56.9% 54.6% 64.8%
God is an impersonal force 19.6% 29.3% 31.8% 27.0% 32.8% 27.3%
Both/neither/other (Vol.) 3.4% 4.7% 4.4% 9.6% 7.1% 4.6%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.4% 3.5% 3.4% 6.6% 5.5% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
31597


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
God is a person 64.7% 65.3% 67.3% 65.0% 63.6% 61.7% 65.0%
God is an impersonal force 26.5% 27.1% 26.9% 28.3% 30.7% 31.6% 27.7%
Both/neither/other (Vol.) 5.0% 4.5% 3.5% 4.2% 3.7% 3.7% 4.3%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.8% 3.0% 2.3% 2.5% 2.1% 2.9% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
27358


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
God is a person 59.5% 66.6% 65.9% 67.0% 64.4% 59.4% 64.5%
God is an impersonal force 27.5% 25.7% 23.7% 26.0% 28.8% 32.4% 27.1%
Both/neither/other (Vol.) 7.0% 3.8% 5.9% 4.2% 4.3% 5.3% 4.6%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 6.0% 3.9% 4.5% 2.9% 2.6% 2.9% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
32697



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