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Does respondent believe in reincarnation? 

Below are 18 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 4 types:

[ Comparative Afterlife | Previous Lives | Reborn | Simple Belief ]

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Category 1:Comparative Afterlife
 

What does the respondent think will happen to him/her after death?

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AFTRDETH from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963


Category 2:Previous Lives
 

Does the respondent believe that people have lived previous lives?

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REINCAR from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

REINCAR from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 2 (2005)

REINCAR from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)

RA_9 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

REINCARN from Four-State Church Involvement Study, 1988


Category 3:Reborn
 

This question type asks the respondent if people are reborn again and again.

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REINCAR from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

Q51C from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

Q34C from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

Q34C from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Alaska and Hawaii Dataset

BREINC_B from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

BLFRECAR from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1998

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

REINCARN from Winthrop University Student Religion Survey, 1996

REINCAR from Middletown Area Study, 1998

BLFRECAR from Southern Focus Poll, Combined Sample, Spring 1998


Category 4:Simple Belief
 

Does the respondent believe in reincarnation (characteristics of reincarnation unspecified).

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

[ Certainty of Belief ]

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REINCARN from Williamsburg Charter Survey On Religion and Public Life, 1987


Variant:Certainty of Belief (Simple Belief variant)
 

How certain is respondent of his/her belief in reincarnation?

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Q34D from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset



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