Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

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POWLIFE

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

Do you think that a universal spirit or higher power was responsible for the creation of life on earth, or don't you believe this? [Answered if BELGOD = 2.]
  1) Yes, believe universal spirit/higher power was responsible
  2) No, don't believe this
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Yes, believe universal spirit/higher power was responsible 49.1% 49.1%
No, don't believe this 42.1% 91.2%
Don't know/Refused 8.8% 100%
Total N = 124

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
Yes, believe universal spirit/higher power was responsible 60.0% 51.7% 45.0% 47.7% 46.2% 49.1%
No, don't believe this 40.0% 44.8% 40.0% 43.2% 38.5% 42.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 3.4% 15.0% 9.1% 15.4% 8.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
124


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
Yes, believe universal spirit/higher power was responsible 100.0% 50.0% 70.0% 45.2% 46.9% 45.2% 50.0%
No, don't believe this 0.0% 33.3% 20.0% 45.2% 50.0% 45.2% 42.1%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 16.7% 10.0% 9.7% 3.1% 9.7% 7.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
124


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some college, no 4-year degree (or Vocational or Technical degree AFTER high school) 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
Yes, believe universal spirit/higher power was responsible 60.0% 47.4% 65.5% 34.6% 44.0% 50.0%
No, don't believe this 40.0% 42.1% 31.0% 46.2% 48.0% 41.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 10.5% 3.4% 19.2% 8.0% 8.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
124


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Yes, believe universal spirit/higher power was responsible 46.3% 52.2% 48.7%
No, don't believe this 47.8% 34.8% 42.5%
Don't know/Refused 6.0% 13.0% 8.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
124


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 20 to under $30,000 30 to under $50,000 50 to under $75,000 75 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Yes, believe universal spirit/higher power was responsible 52.2% 61.1% 42.1% 66.7% 33.3% 35.3% 48.5%
No, don't believe this 39.1% 38.9% 36.8% 25.0% 66.7% 52.9% 42.6%
Don't know/Refused 8.7% 0.0% 21.1% 8.3% 0.0% 11.8% 8.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
111


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Yes, believe universal spirit/higher power was responsible 46.0% 35.0% 80.0% 59.5% 50.0%
No, don't believe this 48.0% 55.0% 0.0% 29.7% 41.1%
Don't know/Refused 6.0% 10.0% 20.0% 10.8% 8.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
122



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