U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

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Q40C

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

IF HAS A RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION (Q.16=1-8, 11, 13-14 OR CHR=1), ASK: Thinking about your religion, which of the following statements comes CLOSEST to your view? My church or denomination should . . .
  1) Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices
  2) Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances
  3) Adopt modern beliefs and practices
  4) Other (Vol.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 44.2% 44.2%
Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances 35% 79.2%
Adopt modern beliefs and practices 12% 91.2%
Other (Vol.) 1.5% 92.7%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 7.4% 100.1%
Total N = 30236

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65 and older TOTAL
Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 42.9% 42.4% 43.0% 44.4% 49.1% 44.3%
Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances 35.8% 39.4% 37.3% 36.0% 26.5% 35.1%
Adopt modern beliefs and practices 14.6% 10.9% 12.5% 11.3% 11.0% 12.0%
Other (Vol.) 0.8% 1.3% 1.3% 1.7% 1.8% 1.4%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 5.9% 6.0% 5.9% 6.6% 11.6% 7.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
29523


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 44.8% 43.7% 44.2%
Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances 33.6% 36.1% 35.0%
Adopt modern beliefs and practices 13.3% 10.8% 12.0%
Other (Vol.) 1.6% 1.4% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 6.8% 8.0% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
30236


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (Vol.) Other party (Vol.) TOTAL
Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 55.3% 38.4% 39.7% 47.4% 37.1% 44.3%
Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances 30.4% 38.3% 39.6% 25.6% 31.5% 35.5%
Adopt modern beliefs and practices 8.1% 14.2% 13.4% 12.0% 21.4% 12.0%
Other (Vol.) 1.2% 1.2% 1.4% 3.1% 4.2% 1.4%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 5.0% 7.9% 5.9% 11.9% 5.9% 6.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
28991


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
Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 49.9% 46.8% 43.3% 40.0% 37.7% 33.0% 44.4%
Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances 27.8% 34.2% 39.6% 43.3% 46.2% 46.1% 36.3%
Adopt modern beliefs and practices 12.6% 11.8% 11.9% 12.5% 11.6% 12.9% 12.2%
Other (Vol.) 1.5% 1.2% 1.3% 1.0% 1.4% 1.1% 1.3%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 8.2% 5.9% 3.9% 3.2% 3.1% 7.0% 5.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
25000


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
Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 50.5% 48.2% 48.6% 44.6% 37.3% 32.0% 44.3%
Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances 20.9% 29.6% 32.6% 37.8% 45.6% 49.8% 35.0%
Adopt modern beliefs and practices 13.0% 12.8% 9.9% 11.0% 11.3% 11.8% 12.0%
Other (Vol.) 1.7% 1.3% 1.6% 1.5% 1.3% 1.9% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 13.9% 8.1% 7.3% 5.1% 4.6% 4.5% 7.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
30037



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