SGI-USA Membership Survey, 1997

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FUTURE

These days, people are saying a lot of different things about the future. Which one of the following statements most nearly expresses your own view? [Specified information not available]
  1) I expect human differences and competition of national interests to build toward a major conflict.
  2) I think that through science and reason, humans will learn to overcome our differences and conflicts.
  3) I think that humanity will awaken spiritually and overcome our differences and conflicts.
  4) I expect things to be about the same as they are now.
  5) Other (please describe)
  6) Don't know

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
I expect human differences and competition of national interests to build toward a major conflict. 33 8.6% 8.6% -1.96
I think that through science and reason, humans will learn to overcome our differences and conflicts. 69 18% 26.6% -.93
I think that humanity will awaken spiritually and overcome our differences and conflicts. 213 55.6% 82.2% .1
I expect things to be about the same as they are now. 38 9.9% 92.2% 1.13
Other (please describe) 29 7.6% 99.7% 2.15
Don't know 1 .3% 100% 3.18

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

Less than 25 25-39 40-49 50-64 65 + TOTAL
I expect human differences and competition of national interests to build toward a major conflict. 25.0%
2
8.5%
9
7.0%
9
8.1%
7
14.3%
5
8.8%
32
I think that through science and reason, humans will learn to overcome our differences and conflicts. 0.0%
0
17.9%
19
12.5%
16
24.4%
21
17.1%
6
17.1%
62
I think that humanity will awaken spiritually and overcome our differences and conflicts. 37.5%
3
56.6%
60
58.6%
75
54.7%
47
54.3%
19
56.2%
204
I expect things to be about the same as they are now. 0.0%
0
8.5%
9
14.1%
18
8.1%
7
8.6%
3
10.2%
37
Other (please describe) 37.5%
3
7.5%
8
7.8%
10
4.7%
4
5.7%
2
7.4%
27
Don't know 0.0%
0
0.9%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
8
100.0%
106
100.0%
128
100.0%
86
100.0%
35

363


Education (I-EDUC)

High school or less Some college Trade school, or junior college Bachelor's degree Graduate or professional degree TOTAL
I expect human differences and competition of national interests to build toward a major conflict. 7.4%
4
8.1%
8
8.0%
6
9.2%
8
10.9%
7
8.7%
33
I think that through science and reason, humans will learn to overcome our differences and conflicts. 16.7%
9
21.2%
21
14.7%
11
19.5%
17
15.6%
10
17.9%
68
I think that humanity will awaken spiritually and overcome our differences and conflicts. 64.8%
35
56.6%
56
54.7%
41
56.3%
49
46.9%
30
55.7%
211
I expect things to be about the same as they are now. 7.4%
4
8.1%
8
13.3%
10
6.9%
6
14.1%
9
9.8%
37
Other (please describe) 3.7%
2
5.1%
5
9.3%
7
8.0%
7
12.5%
8
7.7%
29
Don't know 0.0%
0
1.0%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
54
100.0%
99
100.0%
75
100.0%
87
100.0%
64

379


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced/Separated Widowed Single Other (please specify) TOTAL
I expect human differences and competition of national interests to build toward a major conflict. 8.3%
13
6.9%
2
2.9%
2
10.0%
2
14.6%
14
0.0%
0
8.7%
33
I think that through science and reason, humans will learn to overcome our differences and conflicts. 19.1%
30
31.0%
9
15.9%
11
15.0%
3
14.6%
14
14.3%
1
18.0%
68
I think that humanity will awaken spiritually and overcome our differences and conflicts. 54.1%
85
44.8%
13
69.6%
48
50.0%
10
52.1%
50
42.9%
3
55.3%
209
I expect things to be about the same as they are now. 14.0%
22
3.4%
1
5.8%
4
15.0%
3
6.3%
6
28.6%
2
10.1%
38
Other (please describe) 4.5%
7
13.8%
4
5.8%
4
10.0%
2
11.5%
11
14.3%
1
7.7%
29
Don't know 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
1.0%
1
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
157
100.0%
29
100.0%
69
100.0%
20
100.0%
96
100.0%
7

378


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian/Pacific Islander Latino/Hispanic Other (please specify) TOTAL
I expect human differences and competition of national interests to build toward a major conflict. 7.0%
11
9.3%
5
9.4%
8
13.6%
3
9.4%
5
8.6%
32
I think that through science and reason, humans will learn to overcome our differences and conflicts. 18.5%
29
16.7%
9
15.3%
13
27.3%
6
17.0%
9
17.8%
66
I think that humanity will awaken spiritually and overcome our differences and conflicts. 52.9%
83
51.9%
28
65.9%
56
50.0%
11
54.7%
29
55.8%
207
I expect things to be about the same as they are now. 12.1%
19
9.3%
5
8.2%
7
4.5%
1
7.5%
4
9.7%
36
Other (please describe) 8.9%
14
13.0%
7
1.2%
1
4.5%
1
11.3%
6
7.8%
29
Don't know 0.6%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
157
100.0%
54
100.0%
85
100.0%
22
100.0%
53

371


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
I expect human differences and competition of national interests to build toward a major conflict. 8.2%
10
8.8%
22
8.6%
32
I think that through science and reason, humans will learn to overcome our differences and conflicts. 18.0%
22
18.0%
45
18.0%
67
I think that humanity will awaken spiritually and overcome our differences and conflicts. 57.4%
70
54.8%
137
55.6%
207
I expect things to be about the same as they are now. 9.0%
11
10.0%
25
9.7%
36
Other (please describe) 6.6%
8
8.4%
21
7.8%
29
Don't know 0.8%
1
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
122
100.0%
250

372


Household income (I-INCOME)

< $20,000 $20,000 - $30,000 $30,000 - $40,000 $40,000 - $50,000 $50,000 - $60,000 $60,000+ TOTAL
I expect human differences and competition of national interests to build toward a major conflict. 9.7%
11
7.1%
6
6.3%
4
5.6%
2
15.8%
3
12.5%
4
8.6%
30
I think that through science and reason, humans will learn to overcome our differences and conflicts. 14.2%
16
12.9%
11
25.0%
16
5.6%
2
21.1%
4
31.3%
10
16.9%
59
I think that humanity will awaken spiritually and overcome our differences and conflicts. 57.5%
65
63.5%
54
51.6%
33
66.7%
24
47.4%
9
40.6%
13
56.7%
198
I expect things to be about the same as they are now. 7.1%
8
10.6%
9
9.4%
6
8.3%
3
10.5%
2
12.5%
4
9.2%
32
Other (please describe) 10.6%
12
5.9%
5
7.8%
5
13.9%
5
5.3%
1
3.1%
1
8.3%
29
Don't know 0.9%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
113
100.0%
85
100.0%
64
100.0%
36
100.0%
19
100.0%
32

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