Survey of Aging and Longevity, 2013

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RQ5

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

How important is religion in your life - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?
  1) Very important
  2) Somewhat important
  3) Not too important
  4) Not at all important
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Very important 56.1% 56.1%
Somewhat important 23.1% 79.2%
Not too important 10.3% 89.5%
Not at all important 9.6% 99.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) .9% 100%
Total N = 4006

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-49 50-64 65-79 80 or more TOTAL
Very important 48.9% 52.4% 59.3% 64.8% 72.4% 56.1%
Somewhat important 23.0% 26.9% 21.9% 18.4% 12.3% 22.9%
Not too important 13.6% 10.0% 9.9% 8.0% 8.6% 10.4%
Not at all important 14.3% 9.8% 8.1% 6.8% 5.5% 9.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.2% 0.9% 0.8% 2.0% 1.2% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3943


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Very important 45.7% 56.2% 64.4% 50.7% 56.1%
Somewhat important 27.8% 24.3% 19.7% 23.7% 23.1%
Not too important 13.6% 11.5% 7.0% 11.8% 10.3%
Not at all important 11.6% 7.2% 8.2% 12.5% 9.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.3% 0.7% 0.7% 1.2% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
4006


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school (Grades 1-8 or no formal schooling) or high school incomplete High school graduate (Grade 12 with diploma or GED certificate) Some college, no degree (includes community college) or two year associate degree from a college or university Four year college or university degree/Bachelor's degree (e.g., BS, BA, AB) Some postgraduate or professional schooling, no postgraduate degree or Postgraduate or professional degree, including master's, doctorate, medical or law degree TOTAL
Very important 65.7% 57.8% 56.6% 50.2% 48.9% 56.0%
Somewhat important 20.7% 23.6% 21.9% 24.4% 24.6% 23.0%
Not too important 7.3% 9.5% 11.2% 11.7% 11.4% 10.3%
Not at all important 4.3% 8.2% 9.8% 12.9% 14.0% 9.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.0% 1.0% 0.5% 0.8% 1.1% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3984


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Very important 59.9% 45.6% 59.8% 56.2% 71.8% 46.1% 56.2%
Somewhat important 22.1% 26.5% 20.1% 26.7% 19.4% 25.7% 23.1%
Not too important 9.0% 14.5% 8.2% 11.4% 4.8% 13.9% 10.3%
Not at all important 8.2% 12.8% 9.7% 4.8% 4.0% 13.8% 9.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.8% 0.5% 2.2% 1.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3990


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Very important 50.2% 61.5% 56.1%
Somewhat important 24.5% 21.8% 23.1%
Not too important 12.5% 8.2% 10.3%
Not at all important 11.8% 7.6% 9.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.0% 0.9% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
4006


Race (I-RACE)

White, non-Hisp Black, non-Hisp Hispanic Other TOTAL
Very important 52.0% 76.6% 59.8% 53.6% 56.2%
Somewhat important 25.0% 12.9% 23.0% 24.5% 23.3%
Not too important 11.6% 4.6% 8.4% 10.4% 10.2%
Not at all important 10.8% 5.2% 6.3% 11.2% 9.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.6% 0.7% 2.5% 0.4% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3945



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