Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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BRNAGN2

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO DESCRIBE THEMSELVES AS BORN AGAIN OR EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS: By 'born again' do you mean a specific, one-time conversion experience or gradual development of faith over time?
  1) Specific experience
  2) Gradual over time
  3) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Specific experience 38.1% 38.1%
Gradual over time 54.5% 92.6%
Don't know/Refused 7.4% 100.0%
Total N = 645

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Specific experience 30.8% 36.0% 44.2% 38.2%
Gradual over time 66.9% 59.9% 41.8% 54.3%
Don't know/Refused 2.3% 4.1% 13.9% 7.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
636


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Specific experience 41.2% 36.2% 38.1%
Gradual over time 53.4% 55.1% 54.5%
Don't know/Refused 5.4% 8.7% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
645


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent or other party No preference TOTAL
Specific experience 44.7% 34.9% 34.8% 36.7% 38.2%
Gradual over time 49.3% 56.6% 58.2% 43.3% 54.3%
Don't know/Refused 6.1% 8.5% 7.1% 20.0% 7.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
635


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Specific experience 30.3% 36.6% 42.7% 31.9% 38.1%
Gradual over time 52.8% 57.6% 50.1% 65.3% 54.5%
Don't know/Refused 16.9% 5.8% 7.3% 2.8% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
645


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Christian Jewish Muslim Other non-Christian No preference Agnostic or Atheist TOTAL
Specific experience 38.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 38.1%
Gradual over time 54.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 54.5%
Don't know/Refused 7.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 7.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
645



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