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Do you believe that God answers prayers? (BLFPRAY)
  TOTAL %
1) BELIEVE 756 93.6
2) DONT BELIEVE 52 6.4
TOTAL808100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you believe that God answers prayers? (BLFPRAY)
  TOTAL %
1) BELIEVE 331 87.3
2) DONT BELIEVE 48 12.7
TOTAL379100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you feel your prayers are answered? (PRAYANSW)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, I have no doubt that they are. 1,812 65.7
2) I feel that they are, but Im not entirely sure. 567 20.6
3) I dont really know. 267 9.7
4) I feel that they arent, but Im not entirely sure. 21 0.8
5) I guess I dont feel that they really are. 27 1
6) Other. 63 2.3
TOTAL2,757100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Do you believe that God answers prayers? (BLFPRAY)
  TOTAL %
1) Believe 1,041 89.4
2) Dont Believe 123 10.6
TOTAL1,164100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you mostly agree or mostly disagree with each statement on this card? -- Praying in the morning helps me have a better day at work. (AGGODPRY)
  TOTAL %
1) Mostly agree 2,556 50.9
2) Mostly disagree 1,791 35.7
3) Dont know 672 13.4
TOTAL5,019100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How strongly do you believe that prayer can help someone who is ill? (PRAYER)
  TOTAL %
1) Very strongly 318 54.3
2) Strongly 127 21.7
3) Sometimes strongly, sometimes less strongly 103 17.6
4) Not strongly 21 3.6
5) Not at all 17 2.9
TOTAL586100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, Utah.
Frame: Other
Sample: Non-Random
Mode: Mailed


Most of us probably feel that failure to live up to the Lords commandments will have an adverse effect on our standing in His eyes, but that weakness in some commandments might be more serious than weakness in others. By circling the appropriate numbers below, please indicate how serious you believe each of the following to be -- Praying irregularly or not at all (IREGPRAY)
  TOTAL %
1) Very serious 457 50.1
2) Fairly serious 314 34.4
3) Not very serious 81 8.9
4) Scarcely matters at all 41 4.5
5) Cant decide 19 2.1
TOTAL912100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Regional samples of Mormons in Salt Lake City, UT and San Francisco, CA
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


We prove our love for God especially by: (QC4)
  TOTAL %
1) Repaying His love for us with gratitude 27 13.3
2) Never missing our daily prayers 7 3.4
3) Avoiding sin and keeping His commandments 141 69.5
4) Seeking to love Him on account of His goodness 27 13.3
5) Forgetting ourselves and going against our natural desires 1 0.5
TOTAL203100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (YPRAYHUN)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to work hard at getting rid of hunger 1,305 16.2
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 4,516 56
3) God most wants people to pray. 2,237 27.8
TOTAL8,058100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Some possible threats to religious life are listed below. Indicate the degree to which you feel each issue is a threat to religious life -- Lack of personal prayer (THREAT21)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 179 2.9
2) A little 438 7.1
3) Moderately 705 11.4
4) Quite a bit 1,969 31.8
5) Extremely 2,898 46.8
TOTAL6,189100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Most of us probably feel that failure to live up to the Lords commandments will have an adverse effect on our standing in His eyes, but that weakness in some commandments might be more serious than weakness in others. By circling the appropriate numbers below, please indicate how serious you believe each of the following to be -- Praying irregularly or not at all (IREGPRAY)
  TOTAL %
1) Very serious 108 39.1
2) Fairly serious 91 33
3) Not very serious 39 14.1
4) Scarcely matters at all 29 10.5
5) Cant decide 9 3.3
TOTAL276100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (FPOVPRAY)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to work hard at getting rid of hunger and poverty. 866 20.5
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 1,905 45.2
3) God most wants people to pray. 1,446 34.3
TOTAL4,217100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (MPOVPRAY)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to work hard at getting rid of hunger and poverty. 791 13.3
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 2,899 48.7
3) God most wants people to pray. 2,264 38
TOTAL5,954100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


As a Catholic, how important is each of the following to you? Would you say the following is or are very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? F. Having a regular daily prayer life (REGPRAY)
  TOTAL %
1) Not important at all 79 9
2) Somewhat important 324 37.1
3) Very important 471 53.9
TOTAL874100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As a Catholic, how important is each of the following to you? Would you say the following is or are very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? I. Participating in devotions, such as the Eucharistic Adoration or praying the rosary (DEVO)
  TOTAL %
1) Not important at all 95 10.9
2) Somewhat important 339 38.7
3) Very important 436 49.8
4) Dont know 5 0.6
TOTAL875100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Im going read you some more statements on a different topic. Please tell me how much you agree or disagree with aech of these statements. The first one is: Prayer is an important part of my daily life. (Q16A) (TOPRAY)
  TOTAL %
1) Completely agree 10,385 47.7
2) Mostly agree 6,565 30.2
3) Mostly disagree 3,081 14.2
4) Completely disagree 1,509 6.9
9) Dont know/Refused 226 1
TOTAL21,766100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


Please tell me how important each aspect of Catholicism is to your Catholic identity? Is it very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all? How important is . . .? Daily prayer (DAILYPRY)
  TOTAL %
-2) Dont know/Undecided 0 0
1) Very important 239 60.2
2) Somewhat important 107 27
3) Not too important 39 9.8
4) Not important at all 12 3
TOTAL397100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me how important a factor each of the following is as a reason why you dont attend church more often. Is each very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all? How important is…? You cant pray there (NOPRAY)
  TOTAL %
-2) Dont know/Undecided 3 2.5
1) Very important 10 8.4
2) Somewhat important 26 21.8
3) Not too important 21 17.6
4) Not important at all 59 49.6
TOTAL119100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree? Prayer is an important part of my daily life. (PRAYIMP)
  TOTAL %
1) Completely agree 937 44.7
2) Mostly agree 695 33.2
3) Mostly disagree 266 12.7
4) Completely disagree 175 8.4
9) Dont know/Refused 22 1.1
TOTAL2,095100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ANY SMALL GROUP THAT MEETS REGULARLY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT OR CARING FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT: Compared to 5 years ago, has each of the following become a lot more important to you, somewhat more important, stayed the same, become somewhat less important, or a lot less important to you -- Prayer (ISSUE1)
  TOTAL %
1) A lot more important 485 47.5
2) Somewhat more important 183 17.9
3) Stayed the same 315 30.9
4) Somewhat less important 16 1.6
5) A lot less important 13 1.3
6) Dont know/Refused 8 0.8
TOTAL1,020100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


ASKED ONLY OF THOSE WHO RESPONDED THAT THEY HAVE A RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE: How important to you is spending time in prayer and meditation? (REL3B)
  TOTAL %
1) Very important 378 70.4
2) Somewhat important 116 21.6
3) Not too important 29 5.4
4) Not at all important 12 2.2
8) Dont know 1 0.2
9) Refused 1 0.2
TOTAL537100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How do you evaluate the following activities as contributing to your spiritual and personal fulfillment? If you do not engage in a particular activity, choose the I do not do this code. -- Resting in contemplative prayer (CONTPRYR)
  TOTAL %
1) I do not do this 610 9.7
2) No value 32 0.5
3) Doubtful value 197 3.1
4) Somewhat valuable 2,168 34.5
5) Very valuable 3,281 52.2
TOTAL6,288100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Complete each of the following statements by indicating the phrase that best describes the degree of change in your perception. -- My commitment to prayer is (CMMTPRYR)
  TOTAL %
1) More than it was when I took my vows 4,003 64
2) Less than it was when I took my vows 889 14.2
3) About the same as it was when I took my vows 1,361 21.8
TOTAL6,253100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


How important is prayer in your life? (PRAYIMPR)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 1,595 57.7
2) Fairly important 884 32
3) Not too important 242 8.8
4) Not important 43 1.6
TOTAL2,764100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


How important is prayer in your life? (PRAYIMPO)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 19 19.2
2) Fairly important 39 39.4
3) Not too important 17 17.2
4) Not important 24 24.2
TOTAL99100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


How important is prayer in your life? (RELGC13)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 26 30.2
2) Fairly important 27 31.4
3) Not too important 21 24.4
4) Not important 12 14
TOTAL86100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


How important is prayer in your life? (RELGC13)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 30 30.6
2) Fairly important 24 24.5
3) Not too important 27 27.6
4) Not important 17 17.3
TOTAL98100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


How important has each of the following been in your efforts to grow spiritually and to develop a closer relationship with God - very important, fairly important, not very important, or not at all important? - Participating in small Bible study or prayer groups (GRO_STDY)
  TOTAL %
1) Very Important 111,551 26.3
2) Fairly Important 85,887 20.3
3) Not Very Important 108,481 25.6
4) Not At All Important 104,857 24.7
5) Dont Know, Refused 12,937 3.1
TOTAL423,713100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


[ASK ONLY IF FORM= 2 2]Now I am going to read you another series of statements on some different topics. For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly DISagree with it or completely disagree with it. : Prayer is an important part of my daily life (AGREE2A)
  TOTAL %
1) Completely agree 2,485 50.6
2) Mostly agree 1,490 30.3
3) Mostly disagree 509 10.4
4) Completely disagree 395 8
9) Dont know/Refused 32 0.7
TOTAL4,911100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Would you please read each of the items listed below and decide whether you think it is absolutely necessary for salvation, probably would help in gaining salvation, or probably has no influence on salvation. -- Prayer (PRAYER)
  TOTAL %
1) Absolutely necessary for salvation 1,585 58.1
2) Probably would help in gaining salvation 980 35.9
3) Probably has no influence on salvation 165 6
TOTAL2,730100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. Prayer to you is (PRAYER)
  TOTAL %
1) Incidental or nonexistent 13 13.1
2) Restricted to formal worship services 2 2
3) For times of stress and/or need 20 20.2
4) A regular part of my behavior 64 64.6
TOTAL99100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. Prayer to you is (PRAYER)
  TOTAL %
1) Incidental or nonexistent 19 20
2) Restricted to formal worship services 5 5.3
3) For times of stress and/or need 25 26.3
4) A regular part of my behavior 46 48.4
TOTAL95100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. Prayer to you is (PRAYER)
  TOTAL %
1) Incidental or nonexistent 11 11
2) Restricted to formal worship services 6 6
3) For times of stress and/or need 31 31
4) A regular part of my behavior 52 52
TOTAL100100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. Prayer to you is (PRAYER)
  TOTAL %
1) Incidental or nonexistent 23 23.7
2) Restricted to formal worship services 9 9.3
3) For times of stress and/or need 21 21.6
4) A regular part of my behavior 44 45.4
TOTAL97100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
Answered?: Does the respondent believe that prayers are answered?
Benefits: This question type asks the respondent if they agree that prayer has certain benefits.
God Wants?: Does the respondent believe that God wants/requires people to pray?
Personal Importance: This question type asks the respondent about the importance of prayer of his/her life.
When?: This question type asks the respondent when he/she prays.

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