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Hell, Existence of

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ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO THINK THEIR SOUL WILL LIVE ON AFTER DEATH: Do you think there is a hell, to which people who have led bad lives and die without being sorry are eternally damned? (SOUL3)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes (Believe in hell) 2,384 70.7
2) No (Dont believe in hell) 777 23.1
3) Dont know/Refused (Dont know if believe in hell) 209 6.2
TOTAL3,370100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Q51B [WHICH, IF ANY, OF THE FOLLOWING DO YOU BELIEVE IN?] In Hell, where people who have led bad lives and die without being sorry are eternally punished? (Q51B)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 20,284 81
2) No 3,819 15.3
8) Dont know 857 3.4
9) Refused 71 0.3
TOTAL25,031100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania)
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you think there is a hell, where people who have led bad lives and die without being sorry are eternally punished? (Q36)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 20,461 57.5
2) No 10,938 30.8
3) Other (Vol.) 1,095 3.1
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.) 3,062 8.6
TOTAL35,556100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think there is a hell, where people who have led bad lives and die without being sorry are eternally punished? (Q36)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 185 46.1
2) No 164 40.9
3) Other (Vol.) 15 3.7
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.) 37 9.2
TOTAL401100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you believe that after people die, some souls go to Heaven and others go to Hell? (BLFHELL)
  TOTAL %
1) BELIEVE 609 80.9
2) DONT BELIEVE 144 19.1
TOTAL753100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you believe that after people die, some souls go to Heaven and others go to Hell? (BLFHELL)
  TOTAL %
1) BELIEVE 241 66.9
2) DONT BELIEVE 119 33.1
TOTAL360100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you believe that after people die, some souls go to Heaven and others go to Hell? (BLFHELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Believe 795 72.1
2) Dont Believe 308 27.9
TOTAL1,103100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? Do you believe in Hell? (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 273 45.5
2) No 288 48
8) Dont know 37 6.2
9) Refused 2 0.3
TOTAL600100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Korea
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? Do you believe in Hell? (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 607 93.2
2) No 38 5.8
8) Dont know 6 0.9
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL651100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Nigeria
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? Do you believe in Hell? (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 427 58.8
2) No 284 39.1
8) Dont know 15 2.1
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL726100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: India
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you believe in Hell? (HELL)
  TOTAL %
0) Inapplicable 0 0
1) Yes, definitely 698 51.1
2) Yes, probably 270 19.8
3) No, probably not 196 14.4
4) No definitely not 163 11.9
8) Dont know 30 2.2
9) No answer 8 0.6
TOTAL1,365100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Q26 In your opinion, does each of the following ... exist d. Hell (Q26D)
  TOTAL %
1) Absolutely 882 52.9
2) Probably 295 17.7
3) Probably not 319 19.1
4) Absolutely not 171 10.3
TOTAL1,667100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? Do you believe in Hell? (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 8,378 76
2) No 2,373 21.5
8) Dont know 259 2.3
9) Refused 18 0.2
TOTAL11,028100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: United States; Brazil, Chile and Guatemala in Latin America; Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in Africa; and India, the Philippines and South Korea in Asia.
Frame: Other
Sample: Unknown
Mode: Other


Q23c. In your opinion, does each of the following exist? Hell (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Absolutely not 177 11.1
2) Probably not 257 16.1
3) Probably 318 19.9
4) Absolutely 848 53
TOTAL1,600100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? Do you believe in Hell? (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 400 57.1
2) No 290 41.4
8) Dont know 10 1.4
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL700100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Brazil, urban areas
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? Do you believe in Hell? (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 343 57.2
2) No 230 38.3
8) Dont know 19 3.2
9) Refused 8 1.3
TOTAL600100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Chile
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


I believe there is a Hell where people experience pain as punishment for their sin. (RA_12)
  TOTAL %
-7) Refused 3 0.1
-4) Dont know 16 0.6
1) Strongly agree 1,123 43.1
2) Somewhat agree 512 19.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree 423 16.2
4) Somewhat disagree 187 7.2
5) Strongly disagree 342 13.1
TOTAL2,606100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you believe in. . . Hell (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, definitely 597 43.9
2) Yes, probably 256 18.8
3) No, probably not 189 13.9
4) No, definitely not 162 11.9
8) Cant choose 72 5.3
9) No answer 83 6.1
TOTAL1,359100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? Do you believe in Hell? (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 793 79.3
2) No 171 17.1
8) Dont know 36 3.6
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL1,000100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: The Philippines
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? Do you believe in Hell? (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 503 62.9
2) No 243 30.4
8) Dont know 52 6.5
9) Refused 2 0.3
TOTAL800100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: South Africa
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? Do you believe in Hell? (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 538 72.8
2) No 167 22.6
8) Dont know 32 4.3
9) Refused 2 0.3
TOTAL739100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you believe in... Hell (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, definitely 624 48.6
2) Yes, probably 214 16.7
3) No probably not 150 11.7
4) No definitely not 138 10.7
8) Cant choose 97 7.6
9) No answer 61 4.8
TOTAL1,284100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? Do you believe in Hell? (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 580 88.8
2) No 65 10
8) Dont know 8 1.2
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL653100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Kenya
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? Do you believe in Hell? (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 782 77.8
2) No 204 20.3
8) Dont know 18 1.8
9) Refused 1 0.1
TOTAL1,005100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Guatemala
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO NEVER ATTEND CHURCH: Do you believe in hell? (HELL)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 91 66.9
2) No 30 22.1
3) Are you not sure 15 11
TOTAL136100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


What do you feel will probably happen to you after death? -- (I feel that I will do one of the following): (AFTRDETH)
  TOTAL %
1) Go to purgatory 452 16.3
2) Go to hell 35 1.3
3) Simply stop existing 449 16.1
4) Go to heaven 1,734 62.4
5) Dont know 94 3.4
6) Reincarnation 10 0.4
7) Other 7 0.3
TOTAL2,781100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
Characteristics of: This question type asks about the existence of Hell, but specifiies its characteristics, or who will go to Hell.
Existence of: This question type asks the respondent if Hell exists
Likelihood of: This question type asks the respondent if he/she may go to Hell

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