Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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FREQPRAY

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

People practice their religion in different ways. Outside of attending religious services, do you pray: several times a day, once a day, a few times a week, once a week or less, or never?
  1) Several times a day
  2) Once a day
  3) A few times a week
  4) Once a week or less
  5) Never
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Several times a day 36.9% 36.9%
Once a day 21.7% 58.6%
A few times a week 17.5% 76.1%
Once a week or less 14.1% 90.2%
Never 7.5% 97.7%
Don't know/Refused 2.3% 100%
Total N = 2041

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Several times a day 28.6% 44.6% 37.0%
Once a day 20.4% 22.9% 21.7%
A few times a week 17.9% 17.1% 17.4%
Once a week or less 19.4% 9.2% 14.1%
Never 11.1% 4.2% 7.5%
Don't know/Refused 2.6% 2.0% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2041


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Several times a day 44.1% 36.6% 28.2% 42.0% 37.0%
Once a day 22.3% 25.1% 18.0% 15.9% 21.7%
A few times a week 15.2% 18.8% 18.7% 15.4% 17.5%
Once a week or less 11.8% 11.0% 22.0% 9.9% 14.1%
Never 5.0% 6.6% 11.3% 7.2% 7.4%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 1.8% 1.8% 9.6% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2036


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $40,000 $40,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Several times a day 41.2% 39.0% 34.8% 34.4% 30.3% 37.0%
Once a day 23.1% 20.7% 22.4% 18.0% 23.2% 21.8%
A few times a week 14.8% 17.3% 19.1% 20.1% 16.4% 17.4%
Once a week or less 10.5% 15.7% 16.2% 19.4% 16.4% 15.1%
Never 9.6% 6.2% 6.0% 7.5% 12.7% 7.6%
Don't know/Refused 0.9% 1.1% 1.6% 0.7% 1.1% 1.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1697


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Business, Technical, or vocational school after high school Some college, no four-year degree College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Postgraduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., towards a master's degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
Several times a day 36.0% 37.5% 40.9% 38.6% 33.9% 36.3% 37.0%
Once a day 24.2% 22.3% 18.3% 21.8% 23.3% 15.4% 21.8%
A few times a week 21.4% 15.8% 22.1% 16.9% 19.5% 13.3% 17.5%
Once a week or less 9.0% 15.2% 13.0% 13.6% 13.1% 21.8% 14.1%
Never 6.7% 6.8% 5.8% 6.9% 8.4% 11.5% 7.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 2.4% 0.0% 2.3% 1.8% 1.6% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2030


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Several times a day 37.4% 36.3% 51.7% 32.1% 37.1%
Once a day 22.4% 22.8% 21.5% 19.4% 21.7%
A few times a week 17.7% 17.0% 14.5% 18.3% 17.5%
Once a week or less 14.3% 14.7% 5.0% 16.5% 14.1%
Never 6.1% 7.2% 2.2% 12.4% 7.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 2.0% 5.0% 1.4% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2031


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-40 41-50 51-64 65+ TOTAL
Several times a day 30.8% 35.2% 39.3% 38.7% 43.0% 36.9%
Once a day 20.0% 22.1% 22.2% 20.9% 25.3% 21.9%
A few times a week 19.4% 17.7% 18.6% 17.0% 13.2% 17.4%
Once a week or less 16.9% 15.3% 12.5% 14.9% 9.9% 14.2%
Never 11.6% 8.7% 5.5% 7.0% 3.4% 7.6%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 1.0% 2.0% 1.4% 5.1% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2009


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
Several times a day 72.9% 48.9% 30.6% 19.2% 11.8% 16.8% 37.0%
Once a day 18.0% 27.9% 27.0% 19.7% 16.8% 11.6% 21.8%
A few times a week 7.7% 14.6% 24.2% 26.4% 18.9% 14.2% 17.6%
Once a week or less 0.7% 5.8% 15.2% 26.9% 30.0% 13.6% 14.2%
Never 0.0% 1.2% 1.0% 4.9% 20.4% 43.1% 7.5%
Don't know/Refused 0.6% 1.6% 2.0% 3.0% 2.1% 0.9% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2023



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