Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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MANYRELS

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

If RELIG = 1-8, 11, or 13-14; or CHR = 1: Tell me whether the first or second statement comes closer to your views even if neither is exactly right. (Q54)
  1) My religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life
  2) Many religions can lead to eternal life
  3) Neither/Both equally
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
My religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life 29% 29%
Many religions can lead to eternal life 65.2% 94.2%
Neither/Both equally 3.4% 97.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.4% 100%
Total N = 2502

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
My religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life 34.6% 29.8% 27.8% 24.4% 27.5% 29.0%
Many religions can lead to eternal life 60.3% 65.8% 65.7% 69.3% 65.3% 65.3%
Neither/Both equally 2.8% 2.8% 4.4% 3.7% 2.6% 3.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.4% 1.6% 2.0% 2.6% 4.7% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2463


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
My religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life 57.3% 34.3% 22.0% 17.9% 15.0% 9.8% 28.9%
Many religions can lead to eternal life 36.9% 62.0% 72.9% 78.0% 77.4% 69.7% 65.4%
Neither/Both equally 3.4% 1.9% 3.7% 2.8% 4.5% 12.3% 3.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.4% 1.9% 1.4% 1.3% 3.2% 8.2% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2483


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school diploma High school graduate (grade 12 or GED certificate) Business, technical or vocational school AFTER high school or some college (no four-year degree) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other four-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college TOTAL
My religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life 39.1% 30.0% 29.2% 21.8% 21.7% 29.0%
Many religions can lead to eternal life 53.1% 64.7% 65.7% 72.9% 71.9% 65.2%
Neither/Both equally 4.3% 2.8% 3.0% 3.8% 4.7% 3.4%
Don't know/Refused 3.5% 2.5% 2.1% 1.5% 1.6% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2473


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
My religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life 38.8% 34.0% 28.7% 25.6% 25.3% 19.7% 29.2%
Many religions can lead to eternal life 54.9% 60.5% 65.9% 70.4% 72.4% 74.4% 65.7%
Neither/Both equally 3.3% 4.1% 2.2% 3.7% 1.9% 3.6% 3.2%
Don't know/Refused 2.9% 1.4% 3.1% 0.3% 0.4% 2.2% 1.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2203


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal or very liberal TOTAL
My religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life 47.6% 31.8% 21.5% 16.4% 29.1%
Many religions can lead to eternal life 47.2% 63.2% 74.0% 77.4% 65.8%
Neither/Both equally 3.0% 3.6% 2.1% 4.4% 3.2%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 1.4% 2.4% 1.8% 1.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1219


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
My religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life 34.5% 18.2% 32.5% 0.0% 29.2%
Many religions can lead to eternal life 60.6% 76.6% 59.3% 0.0% 65.2%
Neither/Both equally 2.6% 3.1% 6.1% 0.0% 3.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 2.0% 2.2% 0.0% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2459


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
My religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life 28.9% 29.1% 29.0%
Many religions can lead to eternal life 64.3% 66.0% 65.2%
Neither/Both equally 4.0% 2.9% 3.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 2.0% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2502



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