Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

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BELGOD

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

Which of the following statements comes closest to your belief about God - you believe in God; or you don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit or higher power; or 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 83% 83%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 11.9% 94.9%
You don't believe in either 4.1% 99%
Other .3% 99.3%
Don't know/Refused .7% 100%
Total N = 973

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
You believe in god 82.5% 73.5% 86.4% 81.9% 89.4% 82.8%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 9.7% 19.2% 10.6% 12.8% 7.5% 12.1%
You don't believe in either 5.8% 5.3% 3.0% 4.5% 2.5% 4.1%
Other 0.0% 1.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 0.7% 0.0% 0.9% 0.0% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
965


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 97.3% 96.9% 90.9% 80.9% 70.7% 43.1% 82.9%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 2.7% 2.6% 7.6% 16.0% 22.9% 29.4% 12.1%
You don't believe in either 0.0% 0.4% 1.5% 2.1% 2.9% 25.7% 4.1%
Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.1% 0.0% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.0% 1.4% 1.8% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
966


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some college, no 4-year degree (or Vocational or Technical degree AFTER high school) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school TOTAL
You believe in god 81.5% 92.2% 81.6% 76.8% 65.1% 82.8%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 11.5% 5.5% 14.0% 15.9% 23.6% 12.0%
You don't believe in either 6.2% 1.7% 2.9% 6.1% 9.4% 4.2%
Other 0.8% 0.0% 1.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.6% 0.5% 1.2% 1.9% 0.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
968


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
You believe in god 78.8% 87.1% 83.1%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 14.5% 9.4% 11.9%
You don't believe in either 5.6% 2.7% 4.1%
Other 0.6% 0.0% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 0.8% 0.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
973


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 84.6% 80.0% 86.1% 85.8% 80.4% 78.3% 83.2%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 13.1% 17.1% 9.8% 9.7% 12.7% 13.9% 12.4%
You don't believe in either 2.3% 0.0% 3.6% 3.0% 6.9% 7.0% 3.6%
Other 0.0% 2.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 1.5% 0.0% 0.9% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
827


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
You believe in god 86.3% 82.3% 89.2% 73.3% 83.1%
You don't believe in God, but you do believe in a universal spirit/higher power 9.5% 14.2% 6.8% 17.6% 11.8%
You don't believe in either 3.2% 2.8% 4.1% 7.1% 4.1%
Other 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 1.0% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.8% 0.7% 0.0% 1.0% 0.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
968



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