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How important is prayer to the respondent?

Below are 34 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey.

DEVO from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005

As a Catholic, how important is each of the following to you? Would you say the following is or are very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? I. Participating in devotions, such as the Eucharistic Adoration or praying the rosary (DEVO)
TOTAL%
1) Not important at all9510.9
2) Somewhat important33938.7
3) Very important43649.8
4) Dont know50.6
TOTAL875100.0


REGPRAY from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005

As a Catholic, how important is each of the following to you? Would you say the following is or are very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? F. Having a regular daily prayer life (REGPRAY)
TOTAL%
1) Not important at all799.0
2) Somewhat important32437.1
3) Very important47153.9
TOTAL874100.0


TOPRAY from Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes, 1987-2009

Im going read you some more statements on a different topic. Please tell me how much you agree or disagree with aech of these statements. The first one is: Prayer is an important part of my daily life. (Q16A) (TOPRAY)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree10,38547.7
2) Mostly agree6,56530.2
3) Mostly disagree3,08114.2
4) Completely disagree1,5096.9
9) Dont know/Refused2261.0
Missing10,804 
TOTAL21,766100.0


AGGODPRY from Economic Values Survey, 1992

Do you mostly agree or mostly disagree with each statement on this card? -- Praying in the morning helps me have a better day at work. (AGGODPRY)
TOTAL%
1) Mostly agree2,55650.9
2) Mostly disagree1,79135.7
3) Dont know67213.4
TOTAL5,019100.0


DAILYPRY from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007

Please tell me how important each aspect of Catholicism is to your Catholic identity? Is it very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all? How important is . . .? Daily prayer (DAILYPRY)
TOTAL%
-2) Dont know/Undecided00.0
1) Very important23960.2
2) Somewhat important10727.0
3) Not too important399.8
4) Not important at all123.0
Missing127 
TOTAL397100.0


NOPRAY from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007

Please tell me how important a factor each of the following is as a reason why you dont attend church more often. Is each very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all? How important is…? You cant pray there (NOPRAY)
TOTAL%
-2) Dont know/Undecided32.5
1) Very important108.4
2) Somewhat important2621.8
3) Not too important2117.6
4) Not important at all5949.6
Missing405 
TOTAL119100.0


PRAYIMP from December 2006 Values Update Survey

Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree? Prayer is an important part of my daily life. (PRAYIMP)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree93744.7
2) Mostly agree69533.2
3) Mostly disagree26612.7
4) Completely disagree1758.4
9) Dont know/Refused221.1
Missing2,004 
TOTAL2,095100.0


BLFPRAY from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1998

Do you believe that God answers prayers? (BLFPRAY)
TOTAL%
1) BELIEVE75693.6
2) DONT BELIEVE526.4
TOTAL808100.0


IREGPRAY from Salt Lake City and San Francisco Surveys of Mormons, 1967-1969 (Salt Lake City Sample)

Most of us probably feel that failure to live up to the Lords commandments will have an adverse effect on our standing in His eyes, but that weakness in some commandments might be more serious than weakness in others. By circling the appropriate numbers below, please indicate how serious you believe each of the following to be -- Praying irregularly or not at all (IREGPRAY)
TOTAL%
1) Very serious45750.1
2) Fairly serious31434.4
3) Not very serious818.9
4) Scarcely matters at all414.5
5) Cant decide192.1
TOTAL912100.0


QC4 from Harris 1967 Survey on Catholics' View of their Church

We prove our love for God especially by: (QC4)
TOTAL%
1) Repaying His love for us with gratitude2713.3
2) Never missing our daily prayers73.4
3) Avoiding sin and keeping His commandments14169.5
4) Seeking to love Him on account of His goodness2713.3
5) Forgetting ourselves and going against our natural desires10.5
TOTAL203100.0


REL3B from Faith and Community Survey of Four Indianapolis Neighborhoods, 1997

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE WHO RESPONDED THAT THEY HAVE A RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE: How important to you is spending time in prayer and meditation? (REL3B)
TOTAL%
1) Very important37870.4
2) Somewhat important11621.6
3) Not too important295.4
4) Not at all important122.2
8) Dont know10.2
9) Refused10.2
TOTAL537100.0


ISSUE1 from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Groups Sample)

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ANY SMALL GROUP THAT MEETS REGULARLY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT OR CARING FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT: Compared to 5 years ago, has each of the following become a lot more important to you, somewhat more important, stayed the same, become somewhat less important, or a lot less important to you -- Prayer (ISSUE1)
TOTAL%
1) A lot more important48547.5
2) Somewhat more important18317.9
3) Stayed the same31530.9
4) Somewhat less important161.6
5) A lot less important131.3
6) Dont know/Refused80.8
TOTAL1,020100.0


BLFPRAY from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 1998

Do you believe that God answers prayers? (BLFPRAY)
TOTAL%
1) BELIEVE33187.3
2) DONT BELIEVE4812.7
TOTAL379100.0


YPRAYHUN from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Youth Component

What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (YPRAYHUN)
TOTAL%
1) God most wants people to work hard at getting rid of hunger1,30516.2
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount.4,51656.0
3) God most wants people to pray.2,23727.8
TOTAL8058100.0


PRAYANSW from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

Do you feel your prayers are answered? (PRAYANSW)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, I have no doubt that they are.1,81265.7
2) I feel that they are, but Im not entirely sure.56720.6
3) I dont really know.2679.7
4) I feel that they arent, but Im not entirely sure.210.8
5) I guess I dont feel that they really are.271.0
6) Other.632.3
TOTAL2757100.0


CMMTPRYR from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990

Complete each of the following statements by indicating the phrase that best describes the degree of change in your perception. -- My commitment to prayer is (CMMTPRYR)
TOTAL%
1) More than it was when I took my vows4,00364.0
2) Less than it was when I took my vows88914.2
3) About the same as it was when I took my vows1,36121.8
TOTAL6253100.0


PRAYER from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

Would you please read each of the items listed below and decide whether you think it is absolutely necessary for salvation, probably would help in gaining salvation, or probably has no influence on salvation. -- Prayer (PRAYER)
TOTAL%
1) Absolutely necessary for salvation1,58558.1
2) Probably would help in gaining salvation98035.9
3) Probably has no influence on salvation1656.0
TOTAL2730100.0


THREAT21 from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990

Some possible threats to religious life are listed below. Indicate the degree to which you feel each issue is a threat to religious life -- Lack of personal prayer (THREAT21)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all1792.9
2) A little4387.1
3) Moderately70511.4
4) Quite a bit1,96931.8
5) Extremely2,89846.8
TOTAL6189100.0


PRAYER from Spirituality and the Elderly: Survey of Staff and Residents From Long-Term Care Facilities, 1998

How strongly do you believe that prayer can help someone who is ill? (PRAYER)
TOTAL%
1) Very strongly31854.3
2) Strongly12721.7
3) Sometimes strongly, sometimes less strongly10317.6
4) Not strongly213.6
5) Not at all172.9
TOTAL586100.0


CONTPRYR from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990

How do you evaluate the following activities as contributing to your spiritual and personal fulfillment? If you do not engage in a particular activity, choose the I do not do this code. -- Resting in contemplative prayer (CONTPRYR)
TOTAL%
1) I do not do this6109.7
2) No value320.5
3) Doubtful value1973.1
4) Somewhat valuable2,16834.5
5) Very valuable3,28152.2
TOTAL6288100.0


PRAYIMPR from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

How important is prayer in your life? (PRAYIMPR)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important1,59557.7
2) Fairly important88432.0
3) Not too important2428.8
4) Not important431.6
TOTAL2764100.0


FPOVPRAY from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Father Component

What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (FPOVPRAY)
TOTAL%
1) God most wants people to work hard at getting rid of hunger and poverty.86620.5
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount.1,90545.2
3) God most wants people to pray.1,44634.3
TOTAL4217100.0


IREGPRAY from Salt Lake City and San Francisco Surveys of Mormons, 1967-1969 (San Francisco Sample)

Most of us probably feel that failure to live up to the Lords commandments will have an adverse effect on our standing in His eyes, but that weakness in some commandments might be more serious than weakness in others. By circling the appropriate numbers below, please indicate how serious you believe each of the following to be -- Praying irregularly or not at all (IREGPRAY)
TOTAL%
1) Very serious10839.1
2) Fairly serious9133.0
3) Not very serious3914.1
4) Scarcely matters at all2910.5
5) Cant decide93.3
TOTAL276100.0


PRAYIMPO from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1988

How important is prayer in your life? (PRAYIMPO)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important1919.2
2) Fairly important3939.4
3) Not too important1717.2
4) Not important2424.2
TOTAL99100.0


MPOVPRAY from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Mother Component

What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (MPOVPRAY)
TOTAL%
1) God most wants people to work hard at getting rid of hunger and poverty.79113.3
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount.2,89948.7
3) God most wants people to pray.2,26438.0
TOTAL5954100.0


RELGC13 from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1986

How important is prayer in your life? (RELGC13)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important2630.2
2) Fairly important2731.4
3) Not too important2124.4
4) Not important1214.0
TOTAL86100.0


RELGC13 from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1987

How important is prayer in your life? (RELGC13)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important3030.6
2) Fairly important2424.5
3) Not too important2727.6
4) Not important1717.3
TOTAL98100.0


GRO_STDY from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999

How important has each of the following been in your efforts to grow spiritually and to develop a closer relationship with God - very important, fairly important, not very important, or not at all important? - Participating in small Bible study or prayer groups (GRO_STDY)
TOTAL%
1) Very Important111,55126.3
2) Fairly Important85,88720.3
3) Not Very Important108,48125.6
4) Not At All Important104,85724.7
5) Dont Know, Refused12,9373.1
TOTAL423,713100.0


AGREE2A from July 2003 Values Update Survey

[ASK ONLY IF FORM= 2 2]Now I am going to read you another series of statements on some different topics. For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly DISagree with it or completely disagree with it. : Prayer is an important part of my daily life (AGREE2A)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree2,48550.6
2) Mostly agree1,49030.3
3) Mostly disagree50910.4
4) Completely disagree3958.0
9) Dont know/Refused320.7
Missing4,911 
TOTAL4,911100.0


BLFPRAY from Southern Focus Poll, Combined Sample, Spring 1998

Do you believe that God answers prayers? (BLFPRAY)
TOTAL%
1) Believe1,04189.4
2) Dont Believe12310.6
Missing89 
TOTAL1,164100.0


PRAYER from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1985

The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. Prayer to you is (PRAYER)
TOTAL%
1) Incidental or nonexistent1313.1
2) Restricted to formal worship services22.0
3) For times of stress and/or need2020.2
4) A regular part of my behavior6464.6
TOTAL99100.0


PRAYER from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1986

The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. Prayer to you is (PRAYER)
TOTAL%
1) Incidental or nonexistent1920.0
2) Restricted to formal worship services55.3
3) For times of stress and/or need2526.3
4) A regular part of my behavior4648.4
TOTAL95100.0


PRAYER from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1987

The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. Prayer to you is (PRAYER)
TOTAL%
1) Incidental or nonexistent1111.0
2) Restricted to formal worship services66.0
3) For times of stress and/or need3131.0
4) A regular part of my behavior5252.0
TOTAL100100.0


PRAYER from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1988

The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. Prayer to you is (PRAYER)
TOTAL%
1) Incidental or nonexistent2323.7
2) Restricted to formal worship services99.3
3) For times of stress and/or need2121.6
4) A regular part of my behavior4445.4
TOTAL97100.0




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