Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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PRAYER

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

People practice their religion in different ways... Outside of attending religious services, do you pray several times a day, once a day, a few times a week, once a week or less, or never?
  1) Several times a day
  2) Once a day
  3) A few times a week
  4) Once a week or less
  5) Never
  6) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Several times a day 29.4% 29.4%
Once a day 22.4% 51.8%
A few times a week 18.7% 70.5%
Once a week or less 17.9% 88.4%
Never 10.1% 98.5%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 99.9%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Several times a day 20.0% 28.8% 36.4% 29.3%
Once a day 19.4% 23.1% 23.7% 22.4%
A few times a week 19.8% 20.8% 15.6% 18.8%
Once a week or less 23.2% 18.5% 13.4% 17.9%
Never 17.3% 7.5% 8.7% 10.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.3% 1.1% 2.2% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Several times a day 20.0% 37.9% 29.4%
Once a day 19.4% 25.1% 22.4%
A few times a week 19.2% 18.3% 18.7%
Once a week or less 23.5% 12.9% 17.9%
Never 16.0% 4.8% 10.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 1.0% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent or other party No preference TOTAL
Several times a day 32.8% 31.7% 23.7% 39.6% 29.4%
Once a day 22.5% 23.8% 21.3% 18.7% 22.5%
A few times a week 17.9% 19.1% 19.5% 17.6% 18.8%
Once a week or less 18.1% 15.3% 20.5% 6.6% 17.8%
Never 8.0% 9.6% 12.2% 16.5% 10.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 0.5% 2.8% 1.1% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Several times a day 23.7% 27.7% 35.7% 27.0% 29.4%
Once a day 22.2% 22.9% 24.8% 18.1% 22.4%
A few times a week 16.6% 23.9% 15.4% 20.0% 18.7%
Once a week or less 21.4% 19.0% 15.6% 17.2% 17.9%
Never 14.9% 4.6% 7.4% 16.0% 10.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 1.8% 1.1% 1.7% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Christian Jewish Muslim Other non-Christian No preference Agnostic or Atheist TOTAL
Several times a day 32.5% 8.5% 85.7% 28.9% 6.0% 0.0% 29.4%
Once a day 25.2% 4.3% 0.0% 12.3% 6.9% 0.0% 22.4%
A few times a week 19.9% 10.6% 4.8% 21.1% 11.8% 7.1% 18.8%
Once a week or less 16.3% 36.2% 4.8% 21.1% 30.0% 10.7% 17.9%
Never 4.9% 40.4% 4.8% 16.7% 42.4% 82.1% 10.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.0% 0.0% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1960



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