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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. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 5 types:

[ Answered? | Benefits | God Wants? | Personal Importance | When? ]

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Category 1:Answered?
 

Does the respondent believe that prayers are answered?

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BLFPRAY from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1998

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

PRAYANSW from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

BLFPRAY from Southern Focus Poll, Combined Sample, Spring 1998


Category 2:Benefits
 

This question type asks the respondent if they agree that prayer has certain benefits.

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AGGODPRY from Economic Values Survey, 1992

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


Category 3:God Wants?
 

Does the respondent believe that God wants/requires people to pray?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Category 4:Personal Importance
 

This question type asks the respondent about the importance of prayer of his/her life.

Some questions fit within the "Personal Importance" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 1 such variant.

[ Change? ]

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REGPRAY from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005

DEVO from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005

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

DAILYPRY from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007

NOPRAY from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007

PRAYIMP from December 2006 Values Update Survey

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

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

PRAYIMPR from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

PRAYIMPO from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1988

RELGC13 from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1986

RELGC13 from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1987

GRO_STDY from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999

AGREE2A from July 2003 Values Update Survey


Variant:Change? (Personal Importance variant)
 

This variant asks the respondent if his/her use of prayer has changed.

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ISSUE1 from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Groups Sample)

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


Category 5:When?
 

This question type asks the respondent when he/she prays.

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PRAYER from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

PRAYER from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1985

PRAYER from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1986

PRAYER from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1987

PRAYER from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1988



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