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Religion and Science, Relationship between

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What, in your opinion, is the most believable authority in matters of truth? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (AUTHORTY)
  TOTAL %
1) Your own personal experience 1,542 44.9
2) What you learn from television, newspapers and magazines 78 2.3
3) The teachings of Scripture 553 16.1
4) What science teaches us 87 2.5
5) What your parents or other adults teach you 658 19.2
6) What church leaders say 75 2.2
7) Other 29 0.8
8) Dont know 409 11.9
TOTAL3,431100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Non-Random
Mode: In-Person


(scidiscovery_w3) S:2. [IF NOT RELIGIOUS, IF F:10=7 OR F:9=0, DK OR REF: My own views about religion have, ALL OTHERS, My own religious faith has] been strengthened by some of the discoveries of science. (Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree?) (SCIDISC)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 149 5.9
2) Agree 890 35.2
3) Undecided/DK (Interviewer: Do not read) 26 1
4) Disagree 1,251 49.4
5) Strongly disagree 199 7.9
888) Refused 6 0.2
999) Legitimate skip 11 0.4
TOTAL2,532100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How often have these problems caused doubts about your religious faith -- often, sometimes, or never. Conflict of faith and science. (DOUBTS3)
  TOTAL %
1) Often 73 4.9
2) Sometimes 369 24.9
3) Never 955 64.5
8) Dont know 64 4.3
9) No answer 20 1.4
TOTAL1,481100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Have any of the following had an important influence on your thinking about religion or spirituality: studying or reading about science? (INFL_SCI)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 1,047 36
2) No 1,832 63
3) Dont know 28 1
4) Refused 3 0.1
TOTAL2,910100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Following is a list of statements which are made from time to time on current social and political issues. Please indicate your opinion of each in the usual manner -- The LDS and other churches must adapt themselves and their teachings to the findings of science and modern developments (MODVIEWS)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree strongly 142 15.5
2) Agree somewhat 174 19
3) Disagree somewhat 97 10.6
4) Disagree strongly 451 49.3
5) No opinion 50 5.5
TOTAL914100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Regional samples of Mormons in Salt Lake City, UT and San Francisco, CA
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Following is a list of statements which are made from time to time on current social and political issues. Please indicate your opinion of each in the usual manner -- The LDS and other churches must adapt themselves and their teachings to the findings of science and modern developments (MODVIEWS)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree strongly 73 25.3
2) Agree somewhat 63 21.9
3) Disagree somewhat 37 12.8
4) Disagree strongly 89 30.9
5) No opinion 26 9
TOTAL288100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Q41c. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about science: Science helps to reveal Gods glory (GODSGLRY)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 234 14.6
2) Disagree 398 24.9
3) Agree 519 32.4
4) Strongly agree 207 12.9
8) Undecided 242 15.1
TOTAL1,600100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q41f. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about science: Science and religion are incompatible (SCIRELIG)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 333 20.8
2) Disagree 774 48.4
3) Agree 171 10.7
4) Strongly agree 98 6.1
8) Undecided 224 14
TOTAL1,600100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q41g. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about science: Most scientists are hostile to religion (SCIHOSTL)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 163 10.2
2) Disagree 675 42.2
3) Agree 310 19.4
4) Strongly agree 86 5.4
8) Undecided 367 22.9
TOTAL1,601100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


(teachings_w3) S:1. The teachings of science and religion often ultimately conflict with each other. (Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree?) (TEACHING)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 355 14
2) Agree 1,422 56.2
3) Undecided/DK (Interviewer: Do not read) 21 0.8
4) Disagree 623 24.6
5) Strongly disagree 88 3.5
888) Refused 12 0.5
999) Legitimate skip 11 0.4
TOTAL2,532100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


(sciencerel_w3) S:3. The findings of science and teachings of religion are entirely compatible with each other. (Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree?) (SCIENCE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 81 3.2
2) Agree 715 28.2
3) Undecided/DK (Interviewer: Do not read) 31 1.2
4) Disagree 1,449 57.2
5) Strongly disagree 235 9.3
888) Refused 10 0.4
999) Legitimate skip 11 0.4
TOTAL2,532100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Here are some more questions about religion. Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statements. If unsure, all things considered, do you tend to agree or disagree with -- Science and religion will always be in conflict. (SCIREL)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 1,567 62.3
2) Disagree 948 37.7
TOTAL2,515100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina and California
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


We trust too much in science and not enough in religious faith. (TRUSTSCI)
  TOTAL %
0) Inapplicable 0 0
1) Strongly agree 100 7.3
2) Agree 321 23.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree 343 25.1
4) Disagree 406 29.7
5) Strongly disagree 162 11.9
8) Cant choose 26 1.9
9) No answer 7 0.5
TOTAL1,365100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Q41a. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about science: We rely too much on science and not enough on faith (RELYSCI)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 307 19.1
2) Disagree 540 33.5
3) Agree 417 25.9
4) Strongly agree 200 12.4
8) Undecided 147 9.1
TOTAL1,611100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


We believe too often in science, and not enough in feelings and faith. (SCIFAITH)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 163 12.8
2) Agree 478 37.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree 294 23
4) Disagree 188 14.7
5) Strongly disagree 61 4.8
8) Cant choose 24 1.9
9) No answer 68 5.3
TOTAL1,276100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Agree or disagree: We trust too much in science and not enough in religious faith (TRUSTSCI)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 106 8.3
2) Agree 270 21
3) Neither agree nor disagree 329 25.6
4) Disagree 347 27
5) Strongly disagree 155 12.1
8) Dont know 42 3.3
9) No answer 35 2.7
TOTAL1,284100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


We believe too often in science, and not enough in feelings and faith. (SCIFAITH)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 161 11.6
2) Agree 558 40.3
3) Neither agree nor disagree 313 22.6
4) Disagree 233 16.8
5) Strongly disagree 41 3
8) Cant choose 41 3
9) No answer 39 2.8
TOTAL1,386100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How much do you agree or disagree with each of these statements? We believe too often in science, and not enough in feelings and faith. (SCIFAITH)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 201 12.9
2) Agree 667 42.8
3) Neither agree nor disagree 329 21.1
4) Disagree 218 14
5) Strongly disagree 57 3.7
8) Cant choose 33 2.1
9) No answer 52 3.3
TOTAL1,557100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
Authority: Who has authority in matters of truth?
Changed Faith?: Has the respondent's faith been strengthened or weakened by science?
Churches Adapt?: This question type asks the respondent if churches must adapt and change in light of scientific discoveries.
God's Glory: This question type asks the respondent if science helps to reveal God's designs
Incompatible?: This question type asks the respondent if he/she agrees with statements about the incompatibility of religion and science.
Too Much Science?: This question type asks the respondent if we rely too much on science and not enough on faith.

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