U.S. Religious Knowledge Study, 2010

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Percentages are weighted by 1) WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted
1) Weight variable recommended for use in all analyses (WEIGHT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL341210.697
2) Unique respondent identification number (RID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL341210640866.3714788421.43
3) What language was this interview conducted in? (LANG)
TOTAL%
1) All Spanish 2.6
4) Mostly English .4
5) All English 97.1
TOTAL3412100.0
4) Indicator of whether interview was conducted via landline or cell phone (LANDCELL)
TOTAL%
1) Landline 60.1
2) Cell 39.9
TOTAL3412100.0
5) Indicator of whether respondent was from fresh sample or recontact sample (SAMPTYPE)
TOTAL%
1) Fresh Sample 96.8
2) Recontact Sample 3.2
TOTAL3412100.0
6) Interview Date (INT_DATE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL341254559.143526.91
7) Census region based on self-reported ZIP code (CREGION)
TOTAL%
1) East 18.5
2) Midwest 21.8
3) South 37
4) West 22.6
Missing3 
TOTAL3409100.0
8) State based on self-reported ZIP code (STATE)
TOTAL%
1) Alabama 1.8
4) Arizona 2.2
5) Arkansas 1
6) California 11.1
8) Colorado 1.5
9) Connecticut .8
10) Delaware .1
11) Washington DC .4
12) Florida 5.2
13) Georgia 3.2
15) Hawaii 0
16) Idaho .4
17) Illinois 3.8
18) Indiana 2.6
19) Iowa 1.1
20) Kansas .4
21) Kentucky 1.7
22) Louisiana 1.6
23) Maine .4
24) Maryland 2.1
25) Massachusetts 2.4
26) Michigan 3.2
27) Minnesota 2.2
28) Mississippi 1
29) Missouri 2
30) Montana .3
31) Nebraska .3
32) Nevada .8
33) New Hampshire .6
34) New Jersey 2.3
35) New Mexico 1
36) New York 6.9
37) North Carolina 3.4
38) North Dakota .2
39) Ohio 4.2
40) Oklahoma 1.1
41) Oregon 1.3
42) Pennsylvania 4.6
44) Rhode Island .3
45) South Carolina 1.6
46) South Dakota .2
47) Tennessee 2.1
48) Texas 8
49) Utah 1.1
50) Vermont .3
51) Virginia 2.3
53) Washington 2.5
54) West Virginia .8
55) Wisconsin 1.5
56) Wyoming .4
TOTAL3412100.0
9) Reltrad1 (RELTRAD1)
TOTAL%
1) Christian 78.6
500) Jewish 1.4
900) Unaffiliated 16
999) Other/Don't know/Refused 4
TOTAL3412100.0
10) Reltrad2 (RELTRAD2)
TOTAL%
2) Protestant 52
100) Catholic 24.2
200) Mormon 1.6
499) Other Christian .8
500) Jewish 1.4
901) Atheist/Agnostic 4
902) Unaffiliated-Nothing in particular 12
999) Other/Don't know/refused 4
TOTAL3412100.0
11) Reltrad3 (RELTRAD3)
TOTAL%
10) White evangelical Protestant 20.1
20) White mainline Protestant 14.9
29) Other white Protestant .1
30) Black Protestant 9.1
99) Other Protestant 7.8
101) White non-Hispanic Catholic 15.1
110) Hispanic Catholic 7.1
199) Other Catholic 2
200) Mormon 1.6
499) Other Christian .8
500) Jewish 1.4
901) Atheist/Agnostic 4
902) Unaffiliated - Nothing in particular 12
999) Other/Don't know/refused 4
TOTAL3412100.0
12) 2. All in all, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in this country today? (QN2)
TOTAL%
1) Satisfied 25.5
2) Dissatisfied 68.1
8) Don't know 5.8
9) Refused .6
TOTAL3412100.0
13) 3.a And how often would you say you talk with family or friends about science frequently, occasionally, rarely or never? (QN3A)
TOTAL%
1) Frequently 25
2) Occasionally 33.6
3) Rarely 26.2
4) Never 14.7
8) Don't know .5
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
14) 3.b And how often would you say you talk with family or friends about history frequently, occasionally, rarely or never? (QN3B)
TOTAL%
1) Frequently 35
2) Occasionally 37.4
3) Rarely 20.2
4) Never 7.2
8) Don't know .3
TOTAL3412100.0
15) 3.c And how often would you say you talk with family or friends about politics or other current events frequently, occasionally, rarely or never? (QN3C)
TOTAL%
1) Frequently 51.2
2) Occasionally 29.1
3) Rarely 13.2
4) Never 6.3
8) Don't know .2
TOTAL3412100.0
16) 3.d And how often would you say you talk with family or friends about religion frequently, occasionally, rarely or never? (QN3D)
TOTAL%
1) Frequently 43.6
2) Occasionally 30.4
3) Rarely 17
4) Never 8.7
8) Don't know .3
9) Refused 0
TOTAL3412100.0
17) 4. Can you please tell me the name of the Vice President of the United States? (DO NOT READ, ENTER ONLY) (QN4)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, Joe Biden 58.8
2) Yes, (incorrect answer, if any other name is given) 5
8) No, don't know 36
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
18) 5. Do you happen to know which political party has a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives? (QN5)
TOTAL%
1) Democrats 71.8
2) Republicans 17.8
3) Other .1
8) Don't know 10.2
9) Refused 0
TOTAL3412100.0
19) 7. True or false: Lasers work by focusing sound waves. (QN7)
TOTAL%
1) True 21.4
2) False 59.9
8) Don't know 18.6
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
20) 8. True or false: antibiotics will kill viruses as well as bacteria. (QN8)
TOTAL%
1) True 35.5
2) False 59.4
8) Don't know 5.1
9) Refused 0
TOTAL3412100.0
21) 9. Which of the following is the name of the series of government programs passed after Franklin D. Roosevelt was President? (QN9)
TOTAL%
1) The New Deal 56.5
2) The Square Deal 4.7
3) The Great Society 10.9
8) Don't know 27.8
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
22) 10. Which movement did Susan B. Anthony lead? The movement to...? (QN10)
TOTAL%
1) Give women the right to vote 72.5
2) Abolish slavery 7.6
3) Prohibit alcohol 2.9
8) Don't know 17
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
23) 11. Who wrote the novel 'Moby Dick?' Was it... (QN11)
TOTAL%
1) Herman Melville 41.6
2) Nathaniel Hawthorne 18.4
3) Edith Wharton 2.1
4) Stephen King 4.4
8) Don't know 33.4
TOTAL3412100.0
24) 15. When does the Jewish Sabbath begin? Does it begin on...? (QN15)
TOTAL%
1) Friday 45
2) Saturday 30.1
3) Sunday 6.9
8) Don't know 17.9
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
25) 17. Is Ramadan (RAH-muh-don)...? (QN17)
TOTAL%
1) The Hindu festival of lights 6.7
2) A Jewish day of atonement 11.1
3) The Islamic (is-LAHM-ik) holy month 52.1
8) Don't know 30.2
9) Refused 0
TOTAL3412100.0
26) Are you Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin such as Mexican, Puerto Rican or Cuban? (HISP4)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 14.2
2) No 85.4
8) Don't know .2
9) Refused .2
TOTAL3412100.0
27) Which of the following describes your race? You can select as many as apply. (RACE1)
TOTAL%
1) White 75.8
2) Black or African American 13.2
3) Asian or Asian American 1.4
4) Or some other race 8.1
8) Don't know .9
9) Refused .6
TOTAL3412100.0
28) Combining Race (RACECMB)
TOTAL%
1) White 72.7
2) Black or African-American 12.5
3) Asian or Asian-American 1.3
4) Mixed race 7.2
5) Or some other race 4.8
9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.6
TOTAL3412100.0
29) Are you currently married, living with a partner, divorced, separated, widowed or have never been married? (MARITAL)
TOTAL%
1) Married 50
2) Living with a partner 7.7
3) Divorced 10.6
4) Separated 2.4
5) Widowed 6.4
6) Never been married 22.4
8) Don't know .3
9) Refused .3
TOTAL3412100.0
30) 20. What is you present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Orthodox such as Greek or Russian Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, agnostic, something else or nothing in particular? (QN20)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant (Baptist, Methodist, Non-denominational, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Episcopalian, Reformed, Church of Christ, Jehovah's Witness, etc.) 45.1
2) Roman Catholic (Catholic) 24.2
3) Mormon (LDS/Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) 1.6
4) Orthodox (Greek, Russian, or some other orthodox church) .5
5) Jewish (Judaism) 1.4
6) Muslim (Islam) .8
7) Buddhist .4
8) Hindu .3
9) Atheist (do not believe in God) 1.4
10) Agnostic (not sure if there is a God) 2.6
12) Nothing in particular 12
13) Christian 6.9
14) Unitarian (Universalist) .4
997) Something else 1.5
998) Don't know .4
999) Refused .5
TOTAL3412100.0
31) 21. As far as your present religion, what denomination or church, if any, do you identify with most closely? Just stop me when I get to the right one. Are you...? (QN21)
TOTAL%
0) Or none in particular 4
1) Just a Protestant 1
11) Baptist 34.6
12) Methodist 10
13) Lutheran 10.7
14) Presbyterian 5.2
15) Pentecostal (Assemblies of God, Four-Square Gospel) 7.8
16) Episcopalian (PRONOUNCE: uh-pisk-uh-PALE-yun) or Anglican 3
17) Church of Christ, or Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) 3.9
18) Congregational or United Church of Christ 1.2
19) Holiness (Nazarenes, Wesleyan Church, Salvation Army) 2.1
20) Reformed (include Reformed Church in America; Christian Reformed) .6
21) Church of God .2
22) Nondenominational or Independent Church 9
115) Jehovah's Witness 1.7
116) Seventh-Day Adventist 1
117) Just a Christian 1.2
997) Something else 1.6
998) Don't know .7
999) Refused .2
70097) Name of Congregation .1
Missing1807 
TOTAL1605100.0
32) 21.a Which of the following Baptist churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The Southern Baptist Convention, the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A., and independent Baptist church, or some other Baptist Church? (QN21A)
TOTAL%
23) Southern Baptist Convention 47.4
24) American Baptist Churches in USA 6.8
25) Independent Baptist 25.7
26) Baptist General Conference .8
27) Baptist Missionary Association 2.5
29) Free Will Baptist 1.3
30) General Association of Regular Baptists 1
996) Baptist not further specified (just a Baptist) 6.3
997) Other Baptist 1.8
998) Don't know 5
70097) Name of Congregation 1.5
Missing3036 
TOTAL376100.0
33) 21b. Which of the following Baptist churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The National Baptist Convention, the Progressive Baptist Convention, or some other Baptist church? (QN21B)
TOTAL%
23) Southern Baptist Convention 5.5
24) American Baptist Churches in USA .5
25) Independent Baptist 3.7
27) Baptist Missionary Association .9
30) General Association of Regular Baptists 1.4
31) National Baptist Convention 30
32) Progressive Baptist Convention 5.5
996) Baptist not further specified (just a Baptist) 12.4
997) Other Baptist 13.8
998) Don't know 10.1
70097) Name of Congregation 16.1
Missing3273 
TOTAL139100.0
34) 21c. Which of the following Methodist churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The United Methodist Church, Free Methodist Church, or some other Methodist Church? (QN21C)
TOTAL%
33) United Methodist Church 81.8
34) Free Methodist Church 5.7
996) Methodist not further specified (just a Methodist) 5.7
997) Other Methodist Church 3.8
998) Don't know 2.5
999) Refused .6
Missing3238 
TOTAL174100.0
35) 21d. Which of the following Methodist churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church Zion, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, or some other Methodist church? (QN21D)
TOTAL%
33) United Methodist Church 10.5
36) African Methodist Episcopal 52.6
37) African Methodist Episcopal Zion 5.3
38) Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 5.3
996) Methodist not further specified (just a Methodist) 15.8
999) Refused 10.5
Missing3397 
TOTAL15100.0
36) 21e. Which of the following kinds of nondenominational churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? An evangelical church, fundamentalist church, charismatic church, Inter-denominational church or some other kind of church? (QN21E)
TOTAL%
39) Nondenominational evangelical 36.5
40) Nondenominational fundamentalist 6.3
41) Nondenominational charismatic 6.9
42) Interdenominational 9.4
43) Community church 2.5
996) Nondenominational not further specified (just nondenominational/independent) 15.1
997) Other 12.6
998) Don't know 8.2
999) Refused .6
70097) Name of Congregation 1.9
Missing3280 
TOTAL132100.0
37) 21f. Which of the following Lutheran churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (SIN-id) or some other Lutheran church? (QN21F)
TOTAL%
44) Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) 36.4
45) Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod 28.3
46) Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Synod 3.2
996) Lutheran not further specified (just a Lutheran) 7
997) Other Lutheran Church 9.1
998) Don't know 5.3
70097) Name of Congregation 10.7
Missing3225 
TOTAL187100.0
38) 21g. Which of the following Presbyterian Churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Presbyterian Church in America, or some other Presbyterian church? (QN21G)
TOTAL%
47) Presbyterian Church USA 40.2
48) Presbyterian Church in America 18.5
51) Orthodox Presbyterian 1.1
996) Presbyterian not further specified (just a Presbyterian) 10.9
997) Other Presbyterian Church 4.3
998) Don't know 15.2
999) Refused 3.3
70097) Name of Congregation 6.5
Missing3314 
TOTAL98100.0
39) 21h. Which of the following Pentecostal churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The Assemblies of God, Church of God Cleveland Tennessee, or some other church? (QN21H)
TOTAL%
52) Assemblies of God 45.9
53) Church of God Cleveland TN 11
54) Four Square Gospel (or Four Square) 4.6
55) Pentecostal Church of God 1.8
57) Church of God in Christ 1.8
996) Pentecostal not further specified (just a Pentecostal) 5.5
997) Other Pentecostal Church 21.1
998) Don't know 3.7
999) Refused 2.8
70097) Name of Congregation 1.8
Missing3315 
TOTAL97100.0
40) 21i. Which of the following Pentecostal churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The Church of God in Christ, Church of God of the Apostolic (Ah-puh-STOL-ik) Faith, or some other church? (QN21I)
TOTAL%
54) Four Square Gospel (or Four Square) 3.4
56) Pentecostal Holiness Church 6.9
57) Church of God in Christ 31
58) Church of God of the Apostolic Faith 27.6
996) Pentecostal not further specified (just a Pentecostal) 3.4
997) Other Pentecostal Church 10.3
998) Don't know 17.2
Missing3395 
TOTAL17100.0
41) 21j. Which of the following Episcopalian (uh-pisk-uh-PALE-yun) or Anglican Churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The Episcopal (uh-PISK-uh-pull) Church in the USA, the Anglican Church, or some other church? (QN21J)
TOTAL%
60) Episcopal Church in the USA 61.1
61) Anglican Church (Church of England) 25.9
995) Episcopalian not further specified (just Episcopalian) 7.4
998) Don't know 5.6
Missing3357 
TOTAL55100.0
42) 21k. Which of the following Christian churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, or some other church? (QN21K)
TOTAL%
13) I am just a Christian 2.8
64) Church of Christ 76.1
65) Disciples of Christ 7
66) Christian Churches and Churches of Christ 2.8
67) United Church of Christ 2.8
68) Nondenominational Christian Church 5.6
996) Christian Church not further specified 1.4
998) Don't know 1.4
Missing3343 
TOTAL69100.0
43) 21l. Which of the following congregational churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The United Church of Christ, Conservative Congregational Christian, or some other church? (QN21L)
TOTAL%
67) United Church of Christ 38.1
69) Conservative Congregational Christian 19
996) Congregational not further specified (just Congregationalist/Church of Christ) 0
997) Other Congregational 23.8
70097) Name of Congregation 19
Missing3389 
TOTAL23100.0
44) 21m. Which of the following Holiness churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The Church of the Nazarene (na-zuh-REEN), the Wesleyan (WES-lee-un) Church, the Free Methodist Church, or something else? (QN21M)
TOTAL%
70) Church of the Nazarene 30.6
71) Wesleyan Church 25
73) Christian and Missionary Alliance - alliance 5.6
74) Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) 2.8
75) Salvation Army, American Rescue workers 8.3
996) Holiness not further specified (just Holiness) 5.6
997) Other Holiness 5.6
998) Don't know 8.3
70097) Name of Congregation 8.3
Missing3383 
TOTAL29100.0
45) 21n. Which of the following Reformed churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The Reformed Church in America, the Christian Reformed Church, or some other church? (QN21N)
TOTAL%
76) Reformed Church in America 18.2
77) Christian Reformed Church 45.5
996) Reformed not further specified (just Reformed) 9.1
997) Other Reformed 18.2
998) Don't know 0
70097) Name of Congregation 9.1
Missing3399 
TOTAL13100.0
46) 21o. Which of the following Churches of God, if any, do you identify with most closely? The Church of God Anderson Indiana, Church of God Cleveland Tennessee, or some other church? (QN21O)
TOTAL%
53) Church of God Cleveland, Tennessee 25
74) Church of God Anderson, Indiana 25
998) Don't know 25
999) Refused 25
Missing3408 
TOTAL4100.0
47) 21p. Which of the following Churches of God, if any, do you identify with most closely? The Church of God in Christ, the Church of God of the Apostolic (Ah-puh-STOL-ik) Faith, or some other church? (QN21P)
TOTAL%
57) Church of God in Christ 100
Missing3411 
TOTAL1100.0
48) 21q. Which of the following Mormon churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Community of Christ, or some other church? (QN21Q)
TOTAL%
79) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 96.2
80) Community of Christ 1.9
996) Mormon not further specified (just a Mormon) 1.9
997) Other Mormon 0
Missing3197 
TOTAL215100.0
49) 21r. Which of the following Orthodox churches, if any, do you identify with most closely? The Greek Orthodox Church, Russian Orthodox, Orthodox Church in America, or some other church? (QN21R)
TOTAL%
81) Greek Orthodox 56.3
82) Russian Orthodox 18.8
83) Orthodox Church in America 18.8
998) Don't know 6.3
Missing3396 
TOTAL16100.0
50) 21s. Which Jewish group do you identify with most closely? Reform, Conservative, Orthodox or something else? (QN21S)
TOTAL%
87) Reform 44.9
88) Conservative 20.4
89) Orthodox 16.3
90) Reconstructionist 2
120) Culturally Jewish 2
996) Jewish not further specified (just Jewish) 6.1
997) Other 6.1
998) Don't know 2
999) Refused 0
Missing3200 
TOTAL212100.0
51) 21t. Which of the following Muslim groups, of any, do you identify with most closely? Sunni (SOON-e), Shia (SHE-ah) or something else? (QN21T)
TOTAL%
91) Sunni 46.2
92) Shia 3.8
93) Nation of Islam (Black Muslim) 11.5
996) Muslim not further specified (just a Muslim) 11.5
997) Other Muslim 11.5
998) Don't know 15.4
Missing3390 
TOTAL22100.0
52) 21u. Which of the following Buddhist groups, if any, do you identify with most closely? Theravada [such as Vipassana], Mahayana Buddhism (such as zen), Vajrayana Buddhism (such as Tibetan), or something else? (QN21U)
TOTAL%
94) Theravada (Vipassana) Buddhism 7.1
95) Mahayana (Zen) Buddhism 14.3
96) Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism 7.1
996) Buddhist not further specified (just a Buddhist) 42.9
997) Other Buddhist 21.4
998) Don't know 7.1
Missing3401 
TOTAL11100.0
53) 21v. Which of the following Hindu groups, of any, do you identify with most closely? Vaishnava (VAISH-nuh-vuh) Hinduism or Shaivite (SHAI-vite) Hinduism, or something else? (QN21V)
TOTAL%
197) Vaishnava Hinduism 40
996) Hindu not further specified (just Hindu) 40
997) Other Hindu 20
Missing3399 
TOTAL13100.0
54) Would you describe yourself as born-again or evangelical Christian, or not? (BORN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 46.4
2) No 48.9
8) Don't know 4.3
9) Refused .3
85) Undesignated .2
Missing884 
TOTAL2528100.0
55) Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services... more than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, seldom, or never? (ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a week 14.8
2) Once a week 24.6
3) Once or twice a month 13.9
4) A few times a year 17.8
5) Seldom 16.2
6) Never 12.2
8) Don't know .3
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
56) 25. How important is religion in your life-very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important? (QN25)
TOTAL%
1) Very important 57
2) Somewhat important 24.5
3) Not too important 8.9
4) Not at all important 8.6
8) Don't know .8
9) Refused .2
TOTAL3412100.0
57) 26. Do you believe in God or a universal spirit, or not? (QN26)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 92.4
2) No 5.6
3) Other .5
8) Don't know 1.2
9) Refused .2
TOTAL3412100.0
58) 27. How certain are you about this belief? Are you absolutely certain, fairly certain, not too certain, or not at all certain? (QN27)
TOTAL%
1) Absolutely certain 75
2) Fairly certain 18.6
3) Not too certain 4.5
4) Not at all certain .8
8) Don't know .9
9) Refused .2
Missing324 
TOTAL3088100.0
59) 28. [If Christian, unaffiliated, or don't know/refused, 'The Bible' is used. If Jewish, 'The Hebrew Scriptures' is used. If Muslim, 'The Koran' is used. If other faith, 'The Holy Scripture' is used.] Which comes closest to your view? (QN28)
TOTAL%
1) (BOOK) the word of God 66.2
2) (BOOK) written by men and not the word of God 27.5
3) Other 2.6
8) Don't know 3.3
9) Refused .4
TOTAL3412100.0
60) 29. And would you say that...? (QN29)
TOTAL%
1) (BOOK) to be taken literally, word for word 52.7
2) Not everything in (BOOK) should be taken literally 42.3
3) Other 1.3
8) Don't know 3.2
9) Refused .5
Missing1262 
TOTAL2150100.0
61) 34a. How often do you... Read scripture outside of religious services? (QN34A)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a week 26.5
2) Once a week 10.3
3) Once or twice a month 12.1
4) A few times a year 13.1
5) Seldom, or 17
6) Never 20.1
8) Don't know .7
9) Refused .3
TOTAL3412100.0
62) 34b. How often do you... Read other books or visit websites about your religion? (QN34B)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a week 13
2) Once a week 8.4
3) Once or twice a month 14.5
4) A few times a year 14.9
5) Seldom, or 23.3
6) Never 24.7
8) Don't know .8
9) Refused .3
Missing546 
TOTAL2866100.0
63) 34c. How often do you... Read books or visit websites about other religions? (QN34C)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a week 3
2) Once a week 3.3
3) Once or twice a week 7.7
4) A few times a year 15.3
5) Seldom, or 24.7
6) Never 45.1
8) Don't know .8
9) Refused .1
Missing546 
TOTAL2866100.0
64) 34d. How often do you... Read other books or visit websites about religion? (QN34D)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a week 4
2) Once a week 2.6
3) Once or twice a month 8.6
4) A few times a year 13.7
5) Seldom, or 22.4
6) Never 45.8
8) Don't know 1.8
9) Refused .4
85) Undesignated .7
Missing2866 
TOTAL546100.0
65) And what is your (spouse's/partner's) religion, if any? Are they Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Orthodox such as Greek or Russian Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, agnostic, something else, or nothing in particular? (SPREL)
TOTAL%
0) Nothing in particular 10.4
1) Protestant (Baptist, Methodist, Non-denominational, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Episcopalian, Reformed, Church of Christ, Jehovah's witness, etc.) 42
2) Roman Catholic (Catholic) 25.2
3) Mormon (LDS/Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) 2
4) Orthodox (Greek, Russian, or some other orthodox church) .5
5) Jewish (Judaism) 1.5
6) Muslim (Islam) .5
7) Buddhist .5
8) Hindu .6
9) Atheist (do not believe in God) 1.8
10) Agnostic (not sure if there is a God) 1.8
13) Christian 7.4
14) Unitarian (Universalist) .2
90) Same religion as me 2.5
997) Something else .9
998) Don't know 1.6
999) Refused .7
Missing1466 
TOTAL1946100.0
66) 34aa. Which comes closer to your view? (QN34AA)
TOTAL%
1) Humans and other living things have evolved over time 51.6
2) Humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time 40
8) Don't know 7.7
9) Refused .7
TOTAL3412100.0
67) 35. Do you happen to know which of these is the king of gods in ancient Greek mythology? (QN35)
TOTAL%
1) Zeus 65.1
2) Mars 1.3
3) Apollo (Uh-PAHL-oh) 8.7
8) Don't know 24.8
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
68) 36. Do you happen to know the name of the holy book of Islam (is-LAHM)? (QN36)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, the Koran 53.6
2) Yes, (incorrect answer) 1.8
8) No/Don't know 44.5
9) No/Refused 0
TOTAL3412100.0
69) 37a. Which of these religions aims at nirvana, the state of being free from suffering? (QN37A)
TOTAL%
1) Islam (is-LAHM) 5
2) Buddhism 36.4
3) Hinduism 16
8) Don't know 42.5
9) Refused .2
TOTAL3412100.0
70) 37b. In which religion are Vishnu and Shiva (SHEE-va) central figures? (QN37B)
TOTAL%
1) Islam (is-LAHM) 6.2
2) Hinduism 38
3) Taoism (DOW-ism) 3.8
8) Don't know 51.8
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
71) 38a. Is an atheist someone who believes in God, someone who does NOT believe in God, or someone who is unsure of whether God exists? (QN38A)
TOTAL%
1) Someone who believes in God 2.4
2) Someone who does NOT believe in God 85
3) Someone who is unsure whether God exists 7.2
8) Don't know 5.3
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
72) 38b. And is an agnostic someone who believes in God, someone who does NOT believe in god, or someone who is unsure whether God exists? (QN38B)
TOTAL%
1) Someone who believes in God 4.7
2) Someone who does NOT believe in God 11.8
3) Someone who is unsure whether God exists 61.7
8) Don't know 21.7
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
73) 39. What is the first book of the Bible? (QN39)
TOTAL%
1) Genesis 63.4
2) Incorrect 7.7
8) Don't know 28.8
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
74) QN40 Number of Gospels named correctly (QN40)
TOTAL%
1) All four named correctly 45.1
2) 1-3 named correctly 6.3
3) None named correctly 2.6
9) (DO NOT READ) Don't know/refused 46
TOTAL3412100.0
75) 41. Where, according to the Bible, was Jesus born? (QN41)
TOTAL%
1) Bethlehem 71.2
2) Jericho .8
3) Jerusalem 11.6
4) Nazareth 12.7
8) Don't know 3.6
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
76) 42. When was the Mormon religion founded? (QN42)
TOTAL%
1) Before the year 1200 A.D. 4.7
2) Between 1200 and 1800 10.5
3) Sometime after 1800 44.3
8) Don't know 40.4
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
77) 43. The Book of Mormon tells the story of Jesus Christ appearing to people in what area of the world? (QN43)
TOTAL%
1) The Americas 39.8
2) Middle East 25.3
3) Asia 3.4
8) Don't know 31.4
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
78) 44. Which of the following best describes Catholic teaching about the bread and wine used for communion? (QN44)
TOTAL%
1) The bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus Christ, or 39.6
2) The bread and wine are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ 51.6
3) Other .2
8) Don't know 8.5
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
79) 45. Which of these religious groups traditionally teaches that salvation comes through faith alone? (QN45)
TOTAL%
1) Only Protestants 15.6
2) Only Catholics 8.9
3) Both Protestants and Catholics 38.3
4) Neither Protestants nor Catholics 10.2
8) Don't know 26.9
9) Refused .2
TOTAL3412100.0
80) 46. Please tell me which of the following is NOT one of the Ten Commandments: (QN46)
TOTAL%
1) Do not commit adultery 2
2) Do unto others as you would have them do unto you 55.5
3) Do not steal 5.3
4) Keep the Sabbath holy 27.9
5) All are in the Ten Commandments 3.9
8) Don't know 5.2
9) Refused .2
TOTAL3412100.0
81) 47a. Which Bible figure is most closely associated with... Remaining obedient to God despite suffering? Is it...? (QN47A)
TOTAL%
1) Job (Jobe) 39.4
2) Elijah (uh-LIE-jah) 6.1
3) Moses 13.2
4) Abraham 13
8) Don't know 28
9) Refused .2
TOTAL3412100.0
82) 47c. Which Bible figure is most closely associated with... Leading the exodus from Egypt? Is it...? (QN47C)
TOTAL%
1) Job (Jobe) 1.7
2) Elijah (uh-LIE-jah) 3.2
3) Moses 71.8
4) Abraham 5.4
8) Don't know 17.8
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
83) 47d. Which Bible figure is most closely associated with... Willingness to sacrifice his son for God? Is it...? (QN47D)
TOTAL%
1) Job (Jobe) 6
2) Elijah (uh-LIE-jah) 5.7
3) Moses 8.5
4) Abraham 60.2
8) Don't know 19.4
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
84) 48a. Would you tell me if Mother Teresa was... (QN48A)
TOTAL%
1) Catholic 82.2
2) Jewish 2.6
3) Buddhist 1.1
4) Mormon .8
5) Hindu 3.1
6) Other .4
8) Don't know 9.9
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
85) 48b. Would you tell me if The Dalai Lama is... (QN48B)
TOTAL%
1) Catholic .8
2) Jewish 2.6
3) Buddhist 47.2
4) Mormon 1.1
5) Hindu 25.5
6) Other .1
8) Don't know 22.5
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
86) 48c. Would you tell me if Joseph Smith was... (QN48C)
TOTAL%
1) Catholic 5.4
2) Jewish 5.4
3) Buddhist .6
4) Mormon 51.5
5) Hindu .8
6) Other .5
8) Don't know 35.7
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
87) 48d. Would you tell me if Maimonides (my-MON-eh-deez) was... (QN48D)
TOTAL%
1) Catholic 1.8
2) Jewish 8.4
3) Buddhist 4.8
4) Mormon 2.3
5) Hindu 11.3
6) Other .7
8) Don't know 70.5
9) Refused .2
TOTAL3412100.0
88) 49. Which of the following statements best describes what the U.S. Constitution says about religion? (QN49)
TOTAL%
1) Christianity should be given special emphasis by the government 2.9
2) The government shall neither establish a religion nor interfere with the practice of religion, or 68.5
3) The Constitution does not say anything one way or the other about religion 17.8
8) Don't know 10.6
9) Refused .2
TOTAL3412100.0
89) 50a. According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to lead a class in prayer, or not? (QN50A)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, permitted 6.1
2) No, not permitted 89
8) Don't know 4.9
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
90) 50b. According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to read from the Bible as an example of literature, or not? (QN50B)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, permitted 22.6
2) No, not permitted 66.6
8) Don't know 10.7
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
91) 50c. According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to offer a class comparing world religions, or not? (QN50C)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, permitted 36.1
2) No, not permitted 50.7
8) Don't know 13.1
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
92) 51. Thinking about when you were a child, in what religion were you raised, if any? Were you Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Orthodox such as Greek or Russian Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, agnostic, something else or nothing? (QN51)
TOTAL%
0) Nothing in particular 8.1
1) Protestant (Baptist, Methodist, Non-denominational, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Episcopalian, Reformed, Church of Christ, Jehovah's Witness, etc.) 47.3
2) Roman Catholic (Catholic) 31.2
3) Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/LDS) 1.8
4) Orthodox (Greek, Russian, or some other orthodox church) .7
5) Jewish (Judaism) 1.8
6) Muslim (Islam) .6
7) Buddhist .1
8) Hindu .3
9) Atheist (do not believe in God) .1
10) Agnostic (not sure if there is a God) .1
13) Christian 6
14) Unitarian (Universalist) .1
997) Something else .8
998) Don't know .6
999) Refused .3
TOTAL3412100.0
93) 52. When you were growing up, did you attend public or private school? (QN52)
TOTAL%
1) Public 78.8
2) Private 11.6
3) Both 9.1
4) Home schooled .1
8) Don't know .2
9) Refused .2
TOTAL3412100.0
94) 52a. And was that a religious private school or not a religious private school? (QN52A)
TOTAL%
1) Religious 82.4
2) Not religious 14.9
3) Both 2.3
8) Don't know .1
9) Refused .3
Missing2725 
TOTAL687100.0
95) 53. When you were growing up, about how often did you attend religious education classes or participate in religious groups for young people? Would you say...? (QN53)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a week 27.2
2) Once a week 37.6
3) Once or twice a week 9.1
4) A few times a year 6.9
5) Seldom, or 7.8
6) Never 10.8
8) Don't know .6
9) Refused .2
TOTAL3412100.0
96) 55a. Do you happen to know what religion most people in India consider themselves? Is that...? (QN55A)
TOTAL%
1) Buddhist 9.2
2) Hindu 61.7
3) Muslim 9.2
4) Christian 3.1
5) Divided .4
8) Don't know 16.4
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
97) 55b. Do you happen to know what religion most people in Indonesia consider themselves? Is that...? (QN55B)
TOTAL%
1) Buddhist 19.2
2) Hindu 15.5
3) Muslim 27
4) Christian 4.2
5) Divided .4
8) Don't know 33.7
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
98) 55d. Do you happen to know what religion most people in Pakistan consider themselves? Is that...? (QN55D)
TOTAL%
1) Buddhist 2.1
2) Hindu 8.1
3) Muslim 67.9
4) Christian 1.9
5) Divided .4
8) Don't know 19.3
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
99) 60. What was the name of the person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation (ref-er-MAY-shun)? (QN60)
TOTAL%
1) Martin Luther 46.4
2) Thomas Aquinas (uhk-WHY-ness) 5.4
3) John Wesley 12.1
8) Don't know 36
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
100) 61. Which of these people developed the theory of evolution by natural selection? (QN61)
TOTAL%
1) Charles Darwin 70.5
2) Sigmund Freud 6.3
3) Clarence Darrow (DAH-roh) 3.3
8) Don't know 19.8
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
101) 62. And which of these court trials focused on whether evolution could be taught in public schools? (QN62)
TOTAL%
1) The Scopes trail 30.5
2) The Salem witch trials 3.1
3) Brown versus Board of Education 35.9
8) Don't know 30.3
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
102) 63. Which of these preachers participated in the period of religious activity know as the First Great Awakening? (QN63)
TOTAL%
1) Jonathan Edwards 11.1
2) Charles Finney 10
3) Billy Graham 28.3
8) Don't know 50.4
9) Refused .2
TOTAL3412100.0
103) What is your age? (AGE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL341246.9118.83
104) What is the last grade or class that you completed in school? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) None, or grade 1-8 2.9
2) High school incomplete (Grades 9-11) 11.3
3) High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) 31.8
4) Technical, trade, or vocational school AFTER high school 3.1
5) Some college, associate degree, no 4-year degree 23.8
6) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) 17.5
7) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) 9.3
8) Don't know .3
9) Refused .1
TOTAL3412100.0
105) 64. Have you ever taken any college-level religion courses or not? (QN64)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 29.7
2) No 70.2
8) Don't know .1
Missing1376 
TOTAL2036100.0
106) How many adults, 18 or over, currently live in your household, including yourself? (HH1ADULT)
TOTAL%
1) One 21.5
2) Two 53.1
3) Three or more 24.4
98) Don't know .3
99) Refused .7
TOTAL3412100.0
107) Last year, that is in 2009, what was your total family income from all sources, before taxes? Just stop me when I get to the right category. (INCOME)
TOTAL%
1) Less than $10,000 7.4
2) 10 to under $20,000 9.6
3) 20 to under $30,000 11.4
4) 30 to under $40,000 9.6
5) 40 to under $50,000 8.7
6) 50 to under $75,000 12.7
7) 75 to under $100,000 9.3
8) 100 to under $150,000 7.4
9) $150,000 or more 5.4
98) Don't know 7.9
99) Refused 10.6
TOTAL3412100.0
108) In politics TODAY, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or Independent? (PARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Republican 25.9
2) Democrat 32.7
3) Independent 33
4) No preference 5.1
5) Other party .6
8) Don't know 1.3
9) Refused 1.3
TOTAL3412100.0
109) As of today do you lean more to the Republican Party or more to the Democratic Party? (PARTYIN)
TOTAL%
1) Republican 31.2
2) Democrat 30.7
3) Other 13.9
8) Don't know 18.4
9) Refused 5.8
Missing2040 
TOTAL1372100.0
110) In general, would you describe your political views as...? (IDEO)
TOTAL%
1) Very conservative 7.7
2) Conservative 29.2
3) Moderate 32.5
4) Liberal, OR 16.4
5) Very liberal? 6.2
8) Don't know 6.7
9) Refused 1.2
TOTAL3412100.0
111) Were you born in the United States or in another country? (USBORN1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, born in U.S. 89.4
2) No, some other country 9.9
3) Puerto Rico .3
4) Other U.S. territories (including Guam, Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands) 0
8) Don't know .1
9) Refused .4
TOTAL3412100.0
112) Were both of your parents born in the United States, or not? (USBORN2)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, both parents born in the U.S. 88.6
2) No, one or both parents born in another country 11.2
8) Don't know .1
9) Refused .1
Missing281 
TOTAL3131100.0
113) 65. How many children have you ever had? Please count all your biological children who were born alive at any time in your life. (QN65)
TOTAL%
0) None 29.8
1) One 15.2
2) Two 25.4
3) Three or more 28.4
98) Don't know .2
99) Refused 1
TOTAL3412100.0
114) Now thinking about your telephone use... Do you have a working cell phone? (L1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, have a cell phone 73.3
2) No, do not 25.6
8) Don't know .1
9) Refused 1
Missing1019 
TOTAL2393100.0
115) L1a. Does anyone in your household have a working cell phone? (QNLL1A)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, someone in the household has a cell phone 33.5
2) No 61.4
8) Don't know .3
9) Refused 4.8
Missing3112 
TOTAL300100.0
116) L2. Of all the telephone calls that you receive, do you get...? (L2)
TOTAL%
1) All or almost all calls on a cell phone 28.3
2) Some on a cell phone and some on a regular home phone 32.4
3) All or almost all calls on a regular home phone 39.3
8) Don't know 0
Missing2945 
TOTAL467100.0
117) L3. Now thinking about all the people in your household, including yourself, of all the telephone calls that your household receives, are...? (QNL3)
TOTAL%
1) All or almost all calls on a cell phone 20.6
2) Some on a cell phone and some on a regular home phone 49.5
3) All or almost all calls on a regular home phone 29.3
8) Don't know .3
9) Refused .4
Missing1888 
TOTAL1524100.0
118) C1. Now thinking about your telephone use, is there at least one telephone INSIDE your home that is currently working and is not a cell phone? (QNC1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, home telephone 41.1
2) No home telephone 58.6
8) Don't know .2
9) Refused .1
Missing2393 
TOTAL1019100.0
119) C2. Of all the telephone calls that you receive, do you...? (QNC2)
TOTAL%
1) All or almost all calls on a cell phone 45.2
2) Some on a cell phone and some on a regular home phone 36.5
3) All or almost all calls on a regular home phone 17.4
9) Refused .9
Missing3300 
TOTAL112100.0
120) C3. Now thinking about all the people in your household, including yourself, of all the telephone calls that your household receives, are...? (QNC3)
TOTAL%
1) All or almost all calls on a cell phone 41.6
2) Some on a cell phone and some on a regular home phone 43.4
3) All or almost all calls on a regular home phone 14.8
9) Refused .2
Missing2954 
TOTAL458100.0
121) What is your age? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 18-24 12.5
2) 25-34 17.6
3) 35-44 17.9
4) 45-64 33.9
5) 65+ 18.1
TOTAL3412100.0
122) Census region based on self-reported ZIP code (for use with online analysis) (I-REGION)
TOTAL%
1) East 18.5
2) Midwest 21.8
3) South 37
4) West 22.6
Missing3 
TOTAL3409100.0
123) What is the last grade or class that you completed in school? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
2) High school incomplete (Grades 9-11), None, or grade 1-8 14.2
3) High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) 31.9
4) Some college, associate degree, no 4-year degree (or Technical, trade, or vocational school AFTER high school) 26.9
5) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) 17.6
6) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) 9.3
Missing23 
TOTAL3389100.0
124) In general, would you describe your political views as…? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-POLITICS)
TOTAL%
1) Very conservative 8.4
2) Conservative 31.7
3) Moderate 35.3
4) Liberal 17.8
5) Very liberal 6.8
Missing223 
TOTAL3189100.0
125) Reltrad2 (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RELIGION)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant 54.6
2) Catholic 25.4
3) Other religion 3.1
4) Atheist/Agnostic 4.2
5) Unaffiliated-Nothing in particular 12.6
Missing155 
TOTAL3257100.0