Economic Values Survey, 1992

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GODVIEW (Weighted by WEIGHT)

Which statement on this card comes closest to your own view: God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest, God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents, God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world, God doesn't really care what kind of work we do?
  1) God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest.
  2) God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents.
  3) God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world.
  4) God doesn't really care what kind of work we do.
  5) Other
  6) Don't know/Refused

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage
God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest. 888 17.7% 17.7%
God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents. 1050 20.9% 38.6%
God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world. 1816 36.2% 74.8%
God doesn't really care what kind of work we do. 595 11.9% 86.7%
Other 141 2.8% 89.5%
Don't know/Refused 530 10.6% 100.1%

Variable Comparisons

Religious donations (I-GIVECAT)

0 1-149 150-499 500-999 1000-2499 2500 + TOTAL
God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest. 18.6%
41
25.3%
149
19.9%
103
17.5%
68
8.2%
34
8.5%
21
17.5%
416
God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents. 36.7%
81
20.8%
123
25.1%
130
21.9%
85
28.3%
117
29.6%
73
25.6%
609
God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world. 22.6%
50
41.4%
244
39.7%
205
51.5%
200
47.2%
195
46.6%
115
42.5%
1009
God doesn't really care what kind of work we do. 11.3%
25
5.6%
33
7.5%
39
3.9%
15
5.8%
24
7.3%
18
6.5%
154
Other 0.5%
1
1.5%
9
0.8%
4
2.6%
10
3.1%
13
4.0%
10
2.0%
47
Don't know/Refused 10.4%
23
5.4%
32
7.0%
36
2.6%
10
7.3%
30
4.0%
10
5.9%
141
TOTAL 100.0%
221
100.0%
590
100.0%
517
100.0%
388
100.0%
413
100.0%
247

2376


Race and gender (I-RACEGNDR)

White man White woman Black man Black woman Other man (specify) Other woman (specify) TOTAL
God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest. 18.5%
432
17.0%
333
20.3%
50
16.5%
42
12.0%
15
14.3%
14
17.7%
886
God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents. 20.1%
470
21.4%
420
21.1%
52
23.1%
59
20.8%
26
23.5%
23
20.9%
1050
God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world. 33.2%
776
40.9%
801
29.7%
73
37.6%
96
28.0%
35
34.7%
34
36.2%
1815
God doesn't really care what kind of work we do. 13.7%
319
10.0%
196
11.0%
27
11.0%
28
12.8%
16
10.2%
10
11.9%
596
Other 3.3%
76
3.0%
58
0.8%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
5.1%
5
2.8%
141
Don't know/Refused 11.2%
261
7.8%
152
17.1%
42
11.8%
30
26.4%
33
12.2%
12
10.6%
530
TOTAL 100.0%
2334
100.0%
1960
100.0%
246
100.0%
255
100.0%
125
100.0%
98

5018


Region (I-REGION4)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest. 19.8%
234
21.1%
264
16.5%
257
12.9%
133
17.7%
888
God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents. 21.3%
251
21.5%
269
21.5%
335
18.8%
194
20.9%
1049
God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world. 27.1%
319
38.8%
485
40.7%
634
36.6%
378
36.2%
1816
God doesn't really care what kind of work we do. 16.1%
190
8.9%
111
8.6%
134
15.5%
160
11.9%
595
Other 2.6%
31
2.4%
30
2.6%
41
3.7%
38
2.8%
140
Don't know/Refused 13.1%
154
7.3%
91
10.0%
156
12.5%
129
10.6%
530
TOTAL 100.0%
1179
100.0%
1250
100.0%
1557
100.0%
1032

5018


Education (I-EDUC)

LT High Sc High Schl Tech/Trade Some Coll College TOTAL
God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest. 26.3%
161
19.8%
299
18.2%
79
17.0%
180
11.9%
167
17.7%
886
God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents. 16.2%
99
20.9%
315
26.5%
115
21.1%
223
21.2%
297
20.9%
1049
God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world. 29.7%
182
34.2%
516
33.6%
146
37.1%
392
41.4%
581
36.2%
1817
God doesn't really care what kind of work we do. 11.3%
69
12.7%
192
13.4%
58
10.7%
113
11.5%
162
11.8%
594
Other 0.0%
0
2.0%
30
2.3%
10
3.7%
39
4.4%
62
2.8%
141
Don't know/Refused 16.5%
101
10.3%
156
6.0%
26
10.5%
111
9.6%
135
10.5%
529
TOTAL 100.0%
612
100.0%
1508
100.0%
434
100.0%
1058
100.0%
1404

5016


Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+ TOTAL
God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest. 22.6%
146
19.9%
284
14.5%
199
15.9%
144
17.5%
114
17.7%
887
God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents. 24.4%
158
20.5%
292
19.0%
262
22.0%
200
19.9%
130
20.8%
1042
God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world. 27.8%
180
32.4%
461
39.9%
549
39.2%
356
41.0%
268
36.2%
1814
God doesn't really care what kind of work we do. 10.5%
68
15.0%
214
11.0%
152
11.3%
103
8.9%
58
11.9%
595
Other 1.4%
9
2.1%
30
4.9%
68
2.9%
26
1.2%
8
2.8%
141
Don't know/Refused 13.3%
86
10.0%
143
10.7%
147
8.7%
79
11.5%
75
10.6%
530
TOTAL 100.0%
647
100.0%
1424
100.0%
1377
100.0%
908
100.0%
653

5009


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

>1/week 1/week Monthly + Svrl/year 1/year Never TOTAL
God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest. 12.5%
71
18.8%
201
16.2%
130
16.2%
132
24.3%
156
17.6%
190
17.7%
880
God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents. 29.0%
165
27.5%
294
24.1%
193
20.3%
166
12.2%
78
13.9%
150
21.0%
1046
God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world. 43.5%
247
42.1%
450
40.0%
321
42.0%
343
34.2%
219
21.3%
230
36.4%
1810
God doesn't really care what kind of work we do. 3.2%
18
5.3%
57
9.7%
78
9.4%
77
15.8%
101
23.6%
255
11.8%
586
Other 5.1%
29
1.0%
11
0.9%
7
2.3%
19
2.0%
13
5.6%
61
2.8%
140
Don't know/Refused 6.7%
38
5.3%
57
9.1%
73
9.8%
80
11.5%
74
18.0%
195
10.4%
517
TOTAL 100.0%
568
100.0%
1070
100.0%
802
100.0%
817
100.0%
641
100.0%
1081

4979


Religious preference (I-DENOM)

Evang Prot Mainl Prot Catholic Jewish Other None TOTAL
God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest. 14.7%
182
19.6%
210
23.7%
309
2.9%
4
13.2%
98
17.2%
76
17.8%
879
God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents. 21.3%
264
23.4%
251
23.7%
309
11.8%
16
23.5%
174
2.9%
13
20.8%
1027
God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world. 46.1%
571
40.6%
435
34.8%
454
19.1%
26
28.7%
213
19.9%
88
36.2%
1787
God doesn't really care what kind of work we do. 6.1%
76
10.0%
107
9.5%
124
36.8%
50
15.4%
114
24.8%
110
11.8%
581
Other 2.1%
26
1.3%
14
0.5%
7
3.7%
5
5.5%
41
10.2%
45
2.8%
138
Don't know/Refused 9.7%
120
5.1%
55
7.7%
101
25.7%
35
13.7%
102
25.1%
111
10.6%
524
TOTAL 100.0%
1239
100.0%
1072
100.0%
1304
100.0%
136
100.0%
742
100.0%
443

4936


Importance of religion (I-RLGNIMP)

Very Imp Somewhat Not very TOTAL
God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest. 15.3%
315
21.4%
372
16.2%
188
17.7%
875
God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents. 25.9%
533
21.7%
376
11.5%
133
21.1%
1042
God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world. 46.0%
945
35.7%
619
21.2%
246
36.6%
1810
God doesn't really care what kind of work we do. 4.5%
92
11.2%
194
26.1%
303
11.9%
589
Other 2.1%
43
1.0%
18
6.5%
75
2.7%
136
Don't know/Refused 6.2%
128
9.0%
156
18.5%
214
10.1%
498
TOTAL 100.0%
2056
100.0%
1735
100.0%
1159

4950


Family income (I-FAMINCOM)

< $20,000 $20-39,000 $40-69,000 $70,000 TOTAL
God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest. 23.1%
186
16.2%
238
16.2%
223
16.8%
115
17.6%
762
God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents. 23.0%
185
23.7%
348
18.7%
257
17.9%
122
21.1%
912
God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world. 31.4%
253
39.5%
579
39.7%
546
35.7%
244
37.5%
1622
God doesn't really care what kind of work we do. 9.7%
78
9.5%
139
13.8%
190
15.1%
103
11.8%
510
Other 2.2%
18
1.9%
28
3.0%
41
4.4%
30
2.7%
117
Don't know/Refused 10.6%
85
9.1%
134
8.6%
119
10.1%
69
9.4%
407
TOTAL 100.0%
805
100.0%
1466
100.0%
1376
100.0%
683

4330


View of the Bible (I-TRFAINSP)

Inspired Not inspr Don't know TOTAL
God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest. 18.5%
726
12.9%
86
17.4%
76
17.7%
888
God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents. 23.9%
937
11.2%
75
8.7%
38
20.9%
1050
God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world. 41.3%
1618
19.8%
132
15.1%
66
36.2%
1816
God doesn't really care what kind of work we do. 8.0%
313
25.6%
171
25.5%
111
11.9%
595
Other 1.6%
62
10.8%
72
1.6%
7
2.8%
141
Don't know/Refused 6.6%
260
19.8%
132
31.7%
138
10.6%
530
TOTAL 100.0%
3916
100.0%
668
100.0%
436

5020



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