Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

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JESUS (Weighted by WEIGHT)

Which of these statements comes closest to what you believe about Jesus?
  1) Jesus was the only divine son of God who died and rose again to save us from our sins.
  2) Jesus embodied the essence of divine love and showed us how to attain spiritual union with God.
  3) Jesus had special insights about God, much in the same way that Muhammad and the Buddha did.
  4) Other
  5) Donít know
  6) Refused

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Jesus was the only divine son of God who died and rose again to save us from our sins. 1893 65.1% 65.1%
Jesus embodied the essence of divine love and showed us how to attain spiritual union with God. 443 15.2% 80.3%
Jesus had special insights about God, much in the same way that Muhammad and the Buddha did. 411 14.1% 94.4%
Other 64 2.2% 96.6%
Donít know 90 3.1% 99.7%
Refused 8 .3% 100%

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65+ Missing TOTAL
Jesus was the only divine son of God who died and rose again to save us from our sins. 60.5%
442
67.9%
374
62.4%
382
67.7%
379
69.7%
301

14
65.1%
1878
Jesus embodied the essence of divine love and showed us how to attain spiritual union with God. 16.3%
119
14.9%
82
15.8%
97
15.5%
87
12.7%
55

2
15.2%
440
Jesus had special insights about God, much in the same way that Muhammad and the Buddha did. 17.0%
124
13.6%
75
16.5%
101
13.4%
75
7.9%
34

2
14.2%
409
Other 3.1%
23
0.9%
5
2.3%
14
1.6%
9
2.8%
12

2
2.2%
63
Donít know 3.1%
23
2.5%
14
2.8%
17
1.6%
9
6.3%
27

0
3.1%
90
Refused 0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.2%
1
0.2%
1
0.7%
3

1
0.2%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
731
100.0%
551
100.0%
612
100.0%
560
100.0%
432

21

2886


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school graduate High school graduate Some college Trade/technical/vocational training College graduate Post-graduate work/degree Missing TOTAL
Jesus was the only divine son of God who died and rose again to save us from our sins. 73.7%
174
73.0%
688
64.1%
613
63.9%
69
53.0%
237
50.9%
109

4
65.1%
1890
Jesus embodied the essence of divine love and showed us how to attain spiritual union with God. 12.3%
29
15.4%
145
14.5%
139
17.6%
19
17.7%
79
14.5%
31

1
15.2%
442
Jesus had special insights about God, much in the same way that Muhammad and the Buddha did. 5.9%
14
6.6%
62
16.0%
153
16.7%
18
22.6%
101
29.4%
63

0
14.2%
411
Other 2.5%
6
1.6%
15
2.2%
21
0.0%
0
3.6%
16
2.8%
6

0
2.2%
64
Donít know 5.1%
12
3.4%
32
3.0%
29
1.9%
2
2.5%
11
1.9%
4

0
3.1%
90
Refused 0.4%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.7%
3
0.5%
1

1
0.2%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
236
100.0%
942
100.0%
956
100.0%
108
100.0%
447
100.0%
214

6

2903


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Jesus was the only divine son of God who died and rose again to save us from our sins. 59.9%
837
69.8%
1056
65.1%
1893
Jesus embodied the essence of divine love and showed us how to attain spiritual union with God. 15.8%
221
14.7%
222
15.2%
443
Jesus had special insights about God, much in the same way that Muhammad and the Buddha did. 17.7%
247
10.8%
164
14.1%
411
Other 2.9%
40
1.7%
25
2.2%
65
Donít know 3.3%
46
2.9%
44
3.1%
90
Refused 0.5%
7
0.1%
1
0.3%
8
TOTAL 100.0%
1398
100.0%
1512

2910


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $10,000 Between $10,000 and $30,000 $30,000 or more Donít know/Refused TOTAL
Jesus was the only divine son of God who died and rose again to save us from our sins. 71.3%
174
66.7%
465
62.8%
1069
69.7%
186
65.1%
1894
Jesus embodied the essence of divine love and showed us how to attain spiritual union with God. 13.9%
34
14.3%
100
16.2%
276
12.4%
33
15.2%
443
Jesus had special insights about God, much in the same way that Muhammad and the Buddha did. 7.4%
18
14.6%
102
16.1%
274
6.0%
16
14.1%
410
Other 3.7%
9
1.4%
10
2.4%
41
1.9%
5
2.2%
65
Donít know 3.7%
9
2.7%
19
2.2%
38
9.0%
24
3.1%
90
Refused 0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.2%
3
1.1%
3
0.2%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
244
100.0%
697
100.0%
1701
100.0%
267

2909


Race (I-RACE)

White Black AsianPcIsl NatvAmer OthRace Missing TOTAL
Jesus was the only divine son of God who died and rose again to save us from our sins. 64.0%
1394
78.8%
267
31.3%
15
53.7%
29
65.2%
174

14
65.1%
1879
Jesus embodied the essence of divine love and showed us how to attain spiritual union with God. 15.5%
338
10.3%
35
25.0%
12
18.5%
10
16.9%
45

3
15.2%
440
Jesus had special insights about God, much in the same way that Muhammad and the Buddha did. 15.0%
326
6.5%
22
39.6%
19
16.7%
9
12.7%
34

2
14.2%
410
Other 2.5%
55
1.2%
4
0.0%
0
1.9%
1
1.1%
3

1
2.2%
63
Donít know 2.8%
60
2.9%
10
4.2%
2
9.3%
5
4.1%
11

3
3.0%
88
Refused 0.3%
6
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

1
0.2%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
2179
100.0%
339
100.0%
48
100.0%
54
100.0%
267

24

2887


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Evangelical Mainline Black Protestant Catholic Jewish Other faith Missing TOTAL
Jesus was the only divine son of God who died and rose again to save us from our sins. 85.0%
722
66.9%
245
82.4%
155
68.7%
473
6.9%
4
55.4%
113

180
72.7%
1712
Jesus embodied the essence of divine love and showed us how to attain spiritual union with God. 9.2%
78
18.3%
67
10.6%
20
20.0%
138
5.2%
3
11.8%
24

113
14.0%
330
Jesus had special insights about God, much in the same way that Muhammad and the Buddha did. 3.7%
31
11.5%
42
3.2%
6
8.7%
60
46.6%
27
27.5%
56

188
9.4%
222
Other 0.9%
8
1.1%
4
1.6%
3
0.6%
4
25.9%
15
2.0%
4

27
1.6%
38
Donít know 1.2%
10
1.9%
7
1.6%
3
2.0%
14
12.1%
7
3.4%
7

42
2.0%
48
Refused 0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.5%
1
0.0%
0
3.4%
2
0.0%
0

5
0.2%
4
TOTAL 100.0%
849
100.0%
366
100.0%
188
100.0%
689
100.0%
58
100.0%
204

555

2354