Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005

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BELGOD

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

On another subject, which of the following statements comes closest to your belief about God: 1. you believe in God; or 2. you don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit or higher power, or 3. you don't believe in either?
  1) You believe in God
  2) You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power
  3) You don't believe in either
  4) Other
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
You believe in God 84.7% 84.7%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 10.8% 95.5%
You don't believe in either 3.1% 98.6%
Other .2% 98.8%
Don't know/Refused 1.2% 100%
Total N = 2000

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 or older TOTAL
You believe in God 79.6% 84.4% 85.5% 82.1% 83.6% 92.1% 84.7%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 16.3% 9.6% 9.8% 12.8% 11.3% 5.9% 10.8%
You don't believe in either 4.1% 3.3% 4.2% 2.8% 3.1% 1.1% 3.1%
Other 0.0% 0.6% 0.0% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 1.9% 0.5% 1.8% 1.9% 0.9% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1967


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
You believe in God 99.5% 96.1% 90.9% 87.6% 69.5% 45.5% 84.9%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 0.0% 3.4% 8.6% 8.5% 22.2% 34.4% 10.7%
You don't believe in either 0.0% 0.4% 0.0% 2.4% 6.4% 15.4% 3.2%
Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.0% 0.6% 0.9% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 1.5% 1.3% 3.8% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1978


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College graduate TOTAL
You believe in God 94.0% 88.3% 82.4% 77.5% 84.6%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 4.3% 7.5% 13.2% 16.0% 10.8%
You don't believe in either 1.3% 3.2% 2.7% 4.3% 3.1%
Other 0.0% 0.3% 0.2% 0.3% 0.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 0.7% 1.5% 2.0% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
You believe in God 81.6% 87.5% 84.7%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 12.2% 9.4% 10.8%
You don't believe in either 4.5% 1.8% 3.1%
Other 0.4% 0.1% 0.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 1.1% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2000


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 20 to under $30,000 30 to under $50,000 50 to under $75,000 75 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
You believe in God 89.5% 84.2% 87.4% 85.6% 82.8% 75.9% 84.8%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 8.2% 12.0% 7.2% 12.2% 14.2% 15.6% 11.0%
You don't believe in either 1.5% 3.1% 3.6% 2.2% 1.9% 7.0% 3.2%
Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.8% 0.6% 1.5% 0.0% 1.1% 1.0% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1711


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
You believe in God 92.4% 83.8% 77.8% 84.9%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 4.2% 12.5% 17.0% 11.0%
You don't believe in either 2.5% 3.0% 4.2% 3.2%
Other 0.1% 0.4% 0.2% 0.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.7% 0.4% 0.8% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1850



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