Demographics, Behaviors, Beliefs and Practices of Members
The following tables provide information on a variety of demographics, behaviors, beliefs and attitudes for self-identified members of Southern Baptist Convention using the Pew Religious Landscape Survey (2014). These figures are not from official denominational records. Click here for more information on this data source.
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Demographics

Southern Baptist Convention
Percent that are 60 or older 47.8%
Percent that are currently citizens of the United States 99.4%
Percent that live in the South. 78.6%
Percent female 49.1%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent 2.5%
Percent that are white 91.2%
Percent born in the United States 97.9%
Percent that are currently married 61.5%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year 34.4%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree 30.3%

Moral Attitudes

Southern Baptist Convention
Percent that believe that there are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong 54.4%
Percent that think homosexuality should be accepted by society 26.8%
Percent that "strongly favor" allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally 5.4%
Percent that think more women in the workforce is a change for the worse 15.5%
Percent that think that more people having children without getting married is a change for the worse 80.8%
Percent that believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases 24.1%

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

Southern Baptist Convention
Percent that are very satisfied with their health 49.9%
Percent that are "very satisfied" with family life 76.3%
Percent that say they are "very happy" with life these days 36.3%
Percent that believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time 34.4%

Political Attitudes

Southern Baptist Convention
Percent Republican 50.5%
Percent that are conservative or very conservative 68%
Percent that are not registered to vote 11%
Percent that personally know anyone who is gay or lesbian 79.3%
Percent that believe that government aid to the poor does more harm than good 66.4%
Percent that think that growing immigration is a change for the worse 62.8%
Percent that believe that stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost. 40.7%
Percent that would prefer a smaller government, with fewer services 75.3%

Religious Beliefs

Southern Baptist Convention
Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit 99.3%
Percent that believe in Heaven 88.2%
Percent that believe in Hell 86.8%
Percent that believe in reincarnation 0%
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life 82.3%
Percent that believe their holy book is the word of God 90.5%
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 70.7%
Percent that look most to "religious teachings and beliefs" when it comes to questions of right and wrong 63%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations bring people together and strengthen community bonds 93.7%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations play an important role in helping the poor and needy 92.8%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations protect and strengthen morality in society 88.9%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too involved with politics 31.7%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too concerned with money and power 39%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules 33.7%
Percent that think about the meaning and purpose of life at least once a week 63.9%
Percent that feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness at least once a week 88%
Percent that feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week 45.2%
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week 78.8%
Percent that think many religions can lead to eternal life 53.8%

Religious Practices

Southern Baptist Convention
Percent that are members of a local house of worship 78.5%
Percent that pray at least once a day 81.7%
Percent that meditate at least once a week 50.2%
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week 60.8%
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at least once a week 66%
Percent that participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs at least once a week 48.5%
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other relgious backgrounds" at least once a week 33.1%
Percent that did volunteer work in the last seven days 35%
Percent that speak in tongues at least once a month 5.9%

The tables above use data from the 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, collected by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Compare Southern Baptist Convention Members

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Agnostic (not sure if there is a god)
American Baptist Churches USA
Atheist (do not believe in God)
Buddhist
Church of Christ
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Church of the Nazarene
Episcopal Church in the USA
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Hindu
Jehovah's Witnesses
Judaism (Conservative)
Judaism (Reform)
Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
Muslim (Islam)
National Baptist Convention
Nondenominational evangelical
None (Nothing in particular)
Orthodox (Greek, Russian, or some other Orthodox church)
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Roman Catholic
Unitarian (Universalist)
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church

Surveys of the Baptist Family

The ARDA has archived surveys of groups in the Baptist Family. Click on a survey below to learn more about it (opens in a new window)

U.S. Congregational Life Survey, Wave 2, 2011, Fast Growing and New Southern Baptist Convention Attender Survey
U.S. Congregational Life Survey, Wave 2, 2011, Fast Growing and New Southern Baptist Convention Leader Survey
U.S. Congregational Life Survey, Wave 2, 2011, Fast-Growing Southern Baptist Convention Congregational Profile Survey
U.S. Congregational Life Survey, Wave 2, 2011, New Southern Baptist Convention Congregational Profile Survey
Annual Church Profile For Southern Baptist Convention Churches - Sunday School, 1980
Annual Church Profile For Southern Baptist Convention Churches - Sunday School, 1985
Annual Church Profile For Southern Baptist Convention Churches - Sunday School, 1990
Annual Church Profile For Southern Baptist Convention Churches - Sunday School, 1995
U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Southern Baptist Attenders
U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Southern Baptist Leaders
U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Southern Baptist Profile
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