Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

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AFTRDETH

What do you feel will probably happen to you after death? -- (I feel that I will do one of the following):
  1) Go to purgatory
  2) Go to hell
  3) Simply stop existing
  4) Go to heaven
  5) Don't know
  6) Reincarnation
  7) Other

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Go to purgatory 452 16.3% 16.3% -2.04
Go to hell 35 1.3% 17.5% -1.18
Simply stop existing 449 16.1% 33.7% -.32
Go to heaven 1734 62.4% 96% .54
Don't know 94 3.4% 99.4% 1.4
Reincarnation 10 .4% 99.7% 2.26
Other 7 .3% 100% 3.12

Variable Comparisons


Education (I-EDUCRCDE)

Some HS HS Degree Some Colle Coll Degr Post Grad TOTAL
Go to purgatory 17.7%
74
20.6%
128
15.8%
134
13.4%
61
12.1%
47
16.3%
444
Go to hell 1.7%
7
1.9%
12
1.1%
9
0.7%
3
1.0%
4
1.3%
35
Simply stop existing 11.0%
46
14.5%
90
16.2%
138
18.4%
84
21.2%
82
16.1%
440
Go to heaven 65.9%
275
60.7%
377
61.5%
523
63.8%
291
61.2%
237
62.4%
1703
Don't know 3.4%
14
1.9%
12
4.1%
35
3.5%
16
3.9%
15
3.4%
92
Reincarnation 0.2%
1
0.3%
2
0.7%
6
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.4%
10
Other 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.6%
5
0.2%
1
0.3%
1
0.3%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
417
100.0%
621
100.0%
850
100.0%
456
100.0%
387

2731


Income categories (I-INCMRCDE)

$12K+ $10K+ $7K+ $5K+ $4K+ TOTAL
Go to purgatory 12.7%
93
13.3%
57
17.5%
124
23.8%
105
14.3%
39
16.2%
418
Go to hell 1.4%
10
1.2%
5
1.4%
10
0.9%
4
1.8%
5
1.3%
34
Simply stop existing 22.2%
163
18.5%
79
12.5%
89
13.1%
58
12.1%
33
16.3%
422
Go to heaven 59.9%
439
63.5%
271
64.2%
456
57.2%
253
68.8%
187
62.2%
1606
Don't know 3.3%
24
2.8%
12
3.9%
28
4.3%
19
1.8%
5
3.4%
88
Reincarnation 0.3%
2
0.5%
2
0.3%
2
0.2%
1
1.1%
3
0.4%
10
Other 0.3%
2
0.2%
1
0.1%
1
0.5%
2
0.0%
0
0.2%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
733
100.0%
427
100.0%
710
100.0%
442
100.0%
272

2584


Denominational grouping (I-DENMSUMM)

Liberal Protestant (Congregational, Methodist, Episcopalian) Moderate Protestant (Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, American Lutheran, American Baptist) Conservative Protestant (Missouri Lutheran, Southern Baptist, Sects) Roman Catholic Not Applicable TOTAL
Go to purgatory 6.3%
59
1.5%
13
0.7%
3
70.2%
377
0.0%
0
16.3%
452
Go to hell 1.1%
10
0.9%
8
2.0%
9
1.5%
8
0.0%
0
1.3%
35
Simply stop existing 26.4%
248
14.3%
122
5.4%
24
10.1%
54
25.0%
1
16.1%
449
Go to heaven 60.8%
571
79.6%
681
90.1%
401
14.7%
79
50.0%
2
62.4%
1734
Don't know 4.5%
42
3.0%
26
1.3%
6
3.5%
19
25.0%
1
3.4%
94
Reincarnation 0.4%
4
0.5%
4
0.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.4%
10
Other 0.5%
5
0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
939
100.0%
856
100.0%
445
100.0%
537
100.0%
4

2781


Age (I-AGERECDE)

Age 39 and under Age 40-59 Age 60 and over TOTAL
Go to purgatory 18.3%
207
14.9%
183
14.7%
62
16.3%
452
Go to hell 1.9%
22
0.8%
10
0.7%
3
1.3%
35
Simply stop existing 16.2%
183
17.8%
219
11.1%
47
16.1%
449
Go to heaven 58.6%
663
63.2%
775
70.1%
296
62.4%
1734
Don't know 4.3%
49
2.9%
35
2.4%
10
3.4%
94
Reincarnation 0.4%
4
0.2%
3
0.7%
3
0.4%
10
Other 0.4%
4
0.2%
2
0.2%
1
0.3%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
1132
100.0%
1227
100.0%
422

2781


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Go to purgatory 15.6%
157
16.6%
295
16.3%
452
Go to hell 1.4%
14
1.2%
21
1.3%
35
Simply stop existing 19.3%
194
14.4%
255
16.2%
449
Go to heaven 59.6%
599
63.9%
1134
62.3%
1733
Don't know 3.3%
33
3.4%
61
3.4%
94
Reincarnation 0.6%
6
0.2%
4
0.4%
10
Other 0.2%
2
0.3%
5
0.3%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
1005
100.0%
1775

2780

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