U.S. Religious Landscape Study, 2014

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QH4

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

Q.H4 Thinking about your religion, which of the following statements comes CLOSEST to your view? My church or denomination should [READ IN ORDER]
  1) Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices OR
  2) Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances OR
  3) Adopt modern beliefs and practices.
  4) (VOL) Other
  9) (VOL) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices OR 45.8% 45.8%
Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances OR 34.1% 79.9%
Adopt modern beliefs and practices. 13.9% 93.8%
(VOL) Other 1.6% 95.4%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 4.7% 100.1%
Total N = 27292

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices OR 46.6% 45.2% 45.8%
Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances OR 32.6% 35.4% 34.1%
Adopt modern beliefs and practices. 15.0% 12.9% 13.9%
(VOL) Other 1.5% 1.6% 1.6%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 4.3% 4.9% 4.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
27292


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (VOL) Other party (VOL) TOTAL
Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices OR 59.2% 37.9% 41.4% 48.5% 56.6% 45.8%
Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances OR 28.3% 38.3% 37.4% 26.0% 28.0% 34.4%
Adopt modern beliefs and practices. 8.5% 17.6% 15.2% 12.9% 3.4% 13.9%
(VOL) Other 1.2% 1.4% 1.5% 3.9% 9.1% 1.6%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 2.8% 4.8% 4.5% 8.7% 2.9% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
26548


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 20 to under $40,000 50 to under $75,000 75 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices OR 48.6% 51.4% 45.2% 41.9% 37.1% 45.6%
Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances OR 27.5% 29.6% 36.9% 41.5% 44.8% 35.0%
Adopt modern beliefs and practices. 15.8% 13.9% 13.2% 13.3% 14.4% 14.2%
(VOL) Other 1.5% 1.2% 1.7% 1.2% 1.1% 1.4%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 6.5% 3.9% 2.9% 2.1% 2.5% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
23556


Education (I-EDUC)

High school incomplete or less than high school (no diploma) High school graduate (grade 12 with diploma or GED certificate) Some college, no degree (includes some 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 school or postgraduate or professional degree, including master's, doctorate, medical or law degree (e.g., MA, MS, PhD, MD, JD, graduate school) TOTAL
Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices OR 52.5% 51.6% 46.6% 38.7% 32.1% 45.9%
Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances OR 20.6% 28.0% 34.5% 43.4% 49.1% 34.1%
Adopt modern beliefs and practices. 15.3% 14.1% 13.2% 13.4% 14.2% 13.9%
(VOL) Other 1.6% 1.2% 1.8% 1.6% 1.7% 1.5%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 10.0% 5.1% 3.9% 3.0% 2.9% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
27129


Age (I-AGE)

Age 29 or younger 30-39 40-49 50-59 Age 60 or older TOTAL
Preserve its traditional beliefs and practices OR 39.6% 42.0% 45.6% 48.0% 50.2% 45.8%
Adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances OR 38.7% 37.7% 34.4% 32.8% 30.4% 34.2%
Adopt modern beliefs and practices. 17.1% 15.2% 14.9% 13.4% 11.1% 14.0%
(VOL) Other 0.9% 1.7% 1.1% 1.8% 1.8% 1.5%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 3.7% 3.4% 3.9% 4.0% 6.4% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
26721



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