Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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DETLIFE

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

And just in your own words, what do you think determines whether a person will achieve eternal life? (Question asked on Form 1 only) (Q56F1OE)
  1) Answer given (up to three responses recorded)
  2) Don't believe in eternal life
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Answer given (up to three responses recorded) 84.5% 84.5%
Don't believe in eternal life 5.1% 89.6%
Don't know/Refused 10.3% 99.9%
Total N = 1440

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Answer given (up to three responses recorded) 83.1% 88.4% 83.2% 84.6% 84.4% 84.9%
Don't believe in eternal life 5.9% 3.8% 6.7% 4.6% 4.2% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused 11.1% 7.8% 10.1% 10.8% 11.5% 9.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1413


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
Answer given (up to three responses recorded) 94.0% 91.2% 86.7% 84.8% 77.1% 65.7% 84.9%
Don't believe in eternal life 1.6% 1.6% 4.0% 1.9% 7.6% 22.1% 5.0%
Don't know/Refused 4.4% 7.2% 9.2% 13.2% 15.2% 12.1% 10.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1424


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
Answer given (up to three responses recorded) 78.3% 83.4% 88.6% 86.9% 87.0% 84.8%
Don't believe in eternal life 3.3% 6.2% 3.6% 5.1% 8.2% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused 18.4% 10.4% 7.8% 8.1% 4.8% 10.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1421


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
Answer given (up to three responses recorded) 85.4% 88.6% 86.6% 86.8% 88.1% 82.4% 86.0%
Don't believe in eternal life 3.1% 4.8% 3.5% 5.9% 7.0% 8.2% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused 11.5% 6.6% 9.8% 7.3% 4.9% 9.4% 8.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1268


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal or very liberal TOTAL
Answer given (up to three responses recorded) 89.3% 87.1% 83.9% 80.0% 85.0%
Don't believe in eternal life 2.5% 3.9% 6.2% 7.9% 5.2%
Don't know/Refused 8.2% 9.0% 10.0% 12.1% 9.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Answer given (up to three responses recorded) 88.6% 88.0% 86.7% 67.6% 85.5%
Don't believe in eternal life 3.1% 2.8% 4.1% 16.2% 4.8%
Don't know/Refused 8.3% 9.2% 9.2% 16.2% 9.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1400


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Answer given (up to three responses recorded) 80.7% 88.1% 84.5%
Don't believe in eternal life 7.0% 3.4% 5.1%
Don't know/Refused 12.3% 8.5% 10.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1440



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