Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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BSPENG_B

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

Do you believe in spiritual energy located in physical things, such as mountains, trees or crystals? (Q291B)
  1) Yes, believe in
  2) No, don't believe
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Yes, believe in 25.6% 25.6%
No, don't believe 69.2% 94.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.2% 100%
Total N = 2003

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 or older TOTAL
Yes, believe in 35.2% 27.1% 24.7% 27.4% 24.9% 16.7% 25.8%
No, don't believe 62.8% 70.0% 71.7% 67.2% 68.5% 73.5% 69.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.0% 2.9% 3.6% 5.4% 6.6% 9.7% 5.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1971


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Yes, believe in 34.0% 32.1% 30.1% 23.4% 19.8% 19.4% 26.6%
No, don't believe 59.8% 62.1% 64.8% 73.8% 77.1% 76.8% 68.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.2% 5.8% 5.1% 2.8% 3.1% 3.7% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1628


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Yes, believe in 20.9% 33.7% 30.4% 18.6% 36.1% 25.7%
No, don't believe 74.2% 61.8% 61.8% 66.3% 62.3% 69.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.9% 4.5% 7.7% 15.1% 1.5% 5.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1990


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) Other religion Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular TOTAL
Yes, believe in 19.4% 29.5% 24.3% 48.7% 29.6% 25.7%
No, don't believe 75.2% 65.7% 74.3% 45.1% 63.3% 69.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.4% 4.8% 1.4% 6.2% 7.1% 5.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1980


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than a high school diploma High school graduate Some college, no four-year degree Four-year college degree Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college TOTAL
Yes, believe in 29.7% 28.7% 26.3% 20.1% 19.3% 25.6%
No, don't believe 61.9% 66.0% 68.4% 76.6% 77.3% 69.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.4% 5.3% 5.4% 3.4% 3.4% 5.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Yes, believe in 24.0% 27.1% 25.6%
No, don't believe 71.3% 67.2% 69.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.8% 5.7% 5.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Yes, believe in 11.1% 20.1% 28.8% 32.3% 42.9% 25.9%
No, don't believe 83.2% 76.4% 66.7% 63.9% 47.8% 69.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.8% 3.5% 4.5% 3.8% 9.3% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
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