Exploring Religious America, 2002

Data Archive > U.S. Surveys > Religious Groups > Members or Leaders > Other > Codebook


All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) ID Variable (ID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL20021001.5578
2) In order to give every person a chance to participate, we would like to know, including yourself, how many males and how many females age 18 and older currently live in this household?-Persons (PERSONS)
TOTAL%
1) 82641.3
2) 92446.2
3) 1778.8
4) 603.0
5) 90.4
6) 50.2
7) 10.0
TOTAL2002100.0
3) In order to give every person a chance to participate, we would like to know, including yourself, how many males and how many females age 18 and older currently live in this household?-Males (MALES)
TOTAL%
0) 65232.6
1) 117558.7
2) 1447.2
3) 251.2
4) 60.3
TOTAL2002100.0
4) In order to give every person a chance to participate we would like to know, including yourself, how many males and how many females age 18 and older currently live in this household?-Females (FEMALES)
TOTAL%
0) 31615.8
1) 144472.1
2) 20810.4
3) 311.5
4) 30.1
TOTAL2002100.0
5) Would you please tell me, how old are you? (If respondent answers 1= "17 and Under," response is "Today we are interviewing people age 18 and older" and return to question 1 (AGE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL195548.4619
6) Would you please tell me, how old are you? (If respondent answers 1= "17 and Under," response is "Today we are interviewing people age 18 and older" and return to question 1 (AGEGRP)
TOTAL%
2) 18-24 21510.7
3) 25-34 31715.8
4) 35-44 38019.0
5) 45-54 35317.6
6) 55-64 26113.0
7) 65 and Over47223.6
9) Refused40.2
TOTAL2002100.0
7) (NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS, DETERMINED BY VOICE) Gender of respondent (GENDER)
TOTAL%
1) Male 87043.5
2) Female113256.5
TOTAL2002100.0
8) Now I would like to ask you some questions about religion. Please tell me, how important would you say religion is in your life? Is it... (RELIMPT)
TOTAL%
1) Very important129164.5
2) Somewhat important45722.8
3) Somewhat unimportant1246.2
4) Very unimportant1226.1
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused80.4
TOTAL2002100.0
9) Since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, would you say that religion is... (REL911)
TOTAL%
1) More important in your life35417.7
2) Less important in your life180.9
3) Just as important in your life as it was before September 11th161780.8
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused130.6
TOTAL2002100.0
10) When you think about the terrorist attacks on September 11th, how important has your religious faith been in helping you to deal with what happened? Has it been... (HELP911)
TOTAL%
1) Very important109054.4
2) Somewhat important48624.3
3) Somewhat unimportant1889.4
4) Very unimportant1758.7
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused633.1
TOTAL2002100.0
11) Would you say the terrorist attacks on September 11th ... (GOD911)
TOTAL%
1) Have shaken your faith in God522.6
2) Have strengthened your faith in God52626.3
3) Did not affect your faith in God139169.5
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused331.6
TOTAL2002100.0
12) In general, how often would you say you have experienced God's presence or a spiritual force that felt very close to you? (FEELGOD)
TOTAL%
1) Never 27913.9
2) Once or twice31015.5
3) Several times44122.0
4) Many times92646.3
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused462.3
TOTAL2002100.0
13) Please tell me, are you personally acquainted with someone who is...Christian (KNOWCSTN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 188694.2
2) No 1025.1
9) Don't know/Refused140.7
TOTAL2002100.0
14) Please tell me, are you personally acquainted with someone who is...Jewish (KNOWJEW)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 102251.0
2) No 94647.3
9) Don't know/Refused341.7
TOTAL2002100.0
15) Please tell me, are you personally acquainted with someone who is...Muslim (KNOWMUSL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 49424.7
2) No 147473.6
9) Don't know/Refused341.7
TOTAL2002100.0
16) Please tell me, are you personally acquainted with someone who is...Hindu (KNOWHIND)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 29214.6
2) No 166683.2
9) Don't know/Refused442.2
TOTAL2002100.0
17) Please tell me, are you personally acquainted with someone who is...Buddhist (KNOWBDST)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 30915.4
2) No 166082.9
9) Don't know/Refused331.6
TOTAL2002100.0
18) Of the following religion, please tell me if you are very familiar, somewhat familiar, somewhat unfamiliar, or very unfamiliar with the basic teachings of that religion: Christianity (FAMCSTN)
TOTAL%
1) Very familiar152376.1
2) Somewhat familiar35917.9
3) Somewhat unfamiliar311.5
4) Very unfamiliar713.5
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused180.9
TOTAL2002100.0
19) Of the following religion, please tell me if you are very familiar, somewhat familiar, somewhat unfamiliar, or very unfamiliar with the basic teachings of that religion: Judaism (FAMJUDSM)
TOTAL%
1) Very familiar30815.4
2) Somewhat familiar68734.3
3) Somewhat unfamiliar1989.9
4) Very unfamiliar78539.2
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused241.2
TOTAL2002100.0
20) Of the following religion, please tell me if you are very familiar, somewhat familiar, somewhat unfamiliar, or very unfamiliar with the basic teachings of that religion: Islam (FAMISLAM)
TOTAL%
1) Very familiar1055.2
2) Somewhat familiar50825.4
3) Somewhat unfamiliar29814.9
4) Very unfamiliar106353.1
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused281.4
TOTAL2002100.0
21) Of the following religion, please tell me if you are very familiar, somewhat familiar, somewhat unfamiliar, or very unfamiliar with the basic teachings of that religion: Hinduism (FAMHINDU)
TOTAL%
1) Very familiar492.4
2) Somewhat familiar31315.6
3) Somewhat unfamiliar31115.5
4) Very unfamiliar130565.2
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused241.2
TOTAL2002100.0
22) Of the following religion, please tell me if you are very familiar, somewhat familiar, somewhat unfamiliar, or very unfamiliar with the basic teachings of that religion: Buddhism (FAMBUDSM)
TOTAL%
1) Very familiar793.9
2) Somewhat familiar40120.0
3) Somewhat unfamiliar31915.9
4) Very unfamiliar118259.0
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused211.0
TOTAL2002100.0
23) Have your own religious practices been modified by your contact with people of other religious faiths? (MODOTHRS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 43521.7
2) No 150074.9
9) Don't know/Not applicable673.3
TOTAL2002100.0
24) In general, how tolerant do you think Christians in the United States are of people of other faiths? Would you say they are... (USTOLRNT)
TOTAL%
1) Very tolerant57928.9
2) Somewhat tolerant93846.9
3) Somewhat not tolerant22311.1
4) Not tolerant at all864.3
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused1768.8
TOTAL2002100.0
25) Does having many different religions in the United States make it harder to keep the country united or does it not make it harder? (DIFRELUS)
TOTAL%
1) Makes it harder57228.6
2) Does not make it harder123561.7
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused1959.7
TOTAL2002100.0
26) Please indicate which of the following statements comes closest to your own views, even if neither is exactly right: The religion you practice is the only true religion, or all religions have elements of truth. (VIEWTRTH)
TOTAL%
1) The religion you practice is the only true religion.31115.5
2) All religions have elements of truth.159079.4
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused1015.0
TOTAL2002100.0
27) Please indicate which of the following statements comes closest to your own views, even if neither is exactly right: America's growing religious diversity is a threat to individual religious beliefs, or America's religious diversity is a source of strength and vitality to individual religious beliefs. (VIEWAM)
TOTAL%
1) America's growing religious diversity is a threat to individual religious beliefs.23211.6
2) America's religious diversity is a source of strength and vitality to individual religious beliefs.152576.2
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused24512.2
TOTAL2002100.0
28) Please indicate which of the following statements comes closest to your own views, even if neither is exactly right: Doctrines and beliefs are the most important part of religion, or an individual's spiritual experience is the most important part of religion. (VIEWDOCT)
TOTAL%
1) Doctrines and beliefs are the most important part of religion.47723.8
2) An individual's spiritual experience is the most important part of religion.137268.5
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused1537.6
TOTAL2002100.0
29) Please indicate which of the following statements comes closest to your own views, even if neither is exactly right: Christians have a duty to convert people of other religious faiths to Christianity, or Christians have a duty to be tolerant of people of other religious faiths and leave them alone. (VIEWDIV)
TOTAL%
1) Christians have a duty to convert people of other religious faiths to Christianity.41220.6
2) Christians have a duty to be tolerant of people of other religious faiths and leave them alone.145272.5
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused1386.9
TOTAL2002100.0
30) How important is the following in helping you make decisions about your life?- Your own personal judgment. (IMPTJUDG)
TOTAL%
1) Very important151675.7
2) Somewhat important37318.6
3) Somewhat unimportant492.4
4) Very unimportant271.3
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused371.8
TOTAL2002100.0
31) How important is the following in helping you make decisions about your life?- Your family and friends. (IMPTFAM)
TOTAL%
1) Very important127463.6
2) Somewhat important57028.5
3) Somewhat unimportant884.4
4) Very unimportant432.1
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused271.3
TOTAL2002100.0
32) How important is the following in helping you make decisions about your life?- The teachings of your church or synagogue. (IMPTCRCH)
TOTAL%
1) Very important102050.9
2) Somewhat important59229.6
3) Somewhat unimportant1487.4
4) Very unimportant1768.8
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused663.3
TOTAL2002100.0
33) How important is the following in helping you make decisions about your life?- The Bible. (IMPTBIBL)
TOTAL%
1) Very important121260.5
2) Somewhat important44522.2
3) Somewhat unimportant1577.8
4) Very unimportant1507.5
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused381.9
TOTAL2002100.0
34) Do you think the following threatens religious faith?- Evil in the world (THRTEVIL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 121260.5
2) No 70235.1
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused884.4
TOTAL2002100.0
35) Do you think the following threatens religious faith?- Science (THRTSCNC)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 51925.9
2) No 133366.6
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused1507.5
TOTAL2002100.0
36) Do you think the following threatens religious faith?- Movies, TV, and popular music (THRTTV)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 96748.3
2) No 95547.7
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused804.0
TOTAL2002100.0
37) Do you think the following threatens religious faith?- Materialism (THRTMAT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 114056.9
2) No 74137.0
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused1216.0
TOTAL2002100.0
38) Do you think the following threatens religious faith?- A non-religious view of the world (THRTNON)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 85042.5
2) No 97748.8
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused1758.7
TOTAL2002100.0
39) Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services? (OFTATTND)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a week39419.7
2) Once a week53226.6
3) Once or twice a month29314.6
4) A few times a year36218.1
5) Seldom or never40920.4
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused120.6
TOTAL2002100.0
40) (NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THEY "SELDOM OR NEVER" ATTENDED RELIGIOUS SERVICES BESIDES WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS) Aside from attending religious services, how involved are you in activities at your church or house of worship? Would you say you are: (INVLCRCH)
TOTAL%
1) Very involved 36823.1
2) Somewhat involved59237.2
3) Somewhat uninvolved30819.3
4) Very uninvolved31319.6
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused120.8
Missing409 
TOTAL1593100.0
41) (NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THEY "SELDOM OR NEVER" ATTENDED RELIGIOUS SERVICES BESIDES WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS) How often do you attend prayer group meetings or Bible or Scripture study groups? (OFTGRPS)
TOTAL%
1) Frequently41626.1
2) Sometimes34621.7
3) Hardly ever36823.1
4) Never 44828.1
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused150.9
Missing409 
TOTAL1593100.0
42) (NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THEY "SELDOM OR NEVER" ATTENDED RELIGIOUS SERVICES BESIDES WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS) The following is a list of things that may be important when one chooses a church, synagogue, mosque or temple to attend. Please indicate which one was most important to your choice. (IMPTFRST)
TOTAL%
1) A sense of community28718.0
2) The minister or priest or rabbi19912.5
3) The location634.0
4) The education and other programs for children19612.3
5) The small group meetings362.3
6) The beliefs, doctrines and creeds44427.9
7) The denomination26916.9
8) Other (Specify)100.6
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused895.6
Missing409 
TOTAL1593100.0
43) (NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THEY "SELDOM OR NEVER" ATTENDED RELIGIOUS SERVICES BESIDES WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS. ONLY ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO INDICATED THEIR FIRST CHOICE FROM THE LIST BELOW. THE SECOND CHOICE ANSWER MUST NOT BE THE SAME AS THE FIRST CHOICE) The following is a list of things that may be important when one chooses a church, synagogue, mosque or temple to attend. Please indicate which one was next-most important to your choice. (IMPTSCND)
TOTAL%
1) A sense of community31119.5
2) The minister or priest or rabbi29218.3
3) The location1459.1
4) The education and other programs for children25415.9
5) The small group meetings815.1
6) The beliefs, doctrines and creeds19912.5
7) The denomination16310.2
8) Other (Specify)20.1
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused1469.2
Missing409 
TOTAL1593100.0
44) (NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THEY "SELDOM OR NEVER" ATTENDED RELIGIOUS SERVICES BESIDES WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS. ONLY ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO INDICATED THEIR FIRST AND SECOND CHOICE FROM THE LIST BELOW. THE THIRD CHOICE ANSWER MUST NOT BE THE SAME AS THE FIRST OR SECOND CHOICE) The following is a list of things that may be important when one chooses a church, synagogue, mosque or temple to attend. Please indicate which one was third-most important to your choice. (IMPTTHRD)
TOTAL%
1) A sense of community20913.1
2) The minister or priest or rabbi28317.8
3) The location19512.2
4) The education and other programs for children24615.4
5) The small group meetings905.6
6) The beliefs, doctrines and creeds19612.3
7) The denomination15910.0
8) Other (Specify)50.3
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused21013.2
Missing409 
TOTAL1593100.0
45) Do you think there is too much coverage of news about religion on television, too little, or just the right amount of coverage of news about religion on television? (RELTV)
TOTAL%
1) Too much 34817.4
2) Too little 70835.4
3) Just the right amount77238.6
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused1748.7
TOTAL2002100.0
46) Would you describe your general impression of Islam as... (ISLIMPRS)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable1266.3
2) Somewhat favorable54927.4
3) Somewhat unfavorable45922.9
4) Very unfavorable26913.4
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused59929.9
TOTAL2002100.0
47) Compared to other religions, do you think there are a larger number of violent extremists within Islam, a smaller number, or about the same number as in other religions? (ISLEXTRM)
TOTAL%
1) Larger 75937.9
2) Smaller 834.1
3) About the same77238.6
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused38819.4
TOTAL2002100.0
48) What do you think the chances are of a bigger armed conflict sometime soon between the Christian countries of Europe and North America and Islamic countries? Do you think it is: (CONFLICT)
TOTAL%
1) Very Likely65532.7
2) Somewhat Likely67533.7
3) Somewhat Unlikely30015.0
4) Very Unlikely1608.0
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused21210.6
TOTAL2002100.0
49) Please indicate which of the following best describes your religion. (DESCREL)
TOTAL%
1) Catholic 48924.4
2) Protestant 55927.9
3) Christian other than Catholic or Protestant61130.5
4) Jewish 381.9
5) Mormon 311.5
6) Muslim 70.3
7) Hindu 60.3
8) Buddhist 130.6
9) Atheist 432.1
10) Agnostic 542.7
11) Or are you of another religion? (Specify)542.7
12) No preference (volunteered)552.7
13) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused422.1
TOTAL2002100.0
50) (ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO INDICATED THEY WERE "CATHOLIC," "PROTESTANT," OR "CHRISTIAN OTHER THAN CATHOLIC OR PROTESTANT") Would you describe yourself as a "born again" Christian? (BORNAGN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 73246.1
2) No 82852.1
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused291.8
Missing413 
TOTAL1589100.0
51) (ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO INDICATED THEY WERE "CATHOLIC," "PROTESTANT," OR "CHRISTIAN OTHER THAN CATHOLIC OR PROTESTANT") Would you describe yourself as an evangelical Christian? (EVANGCST)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 37623.7
2) No 101764.0
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused19612.3
Missing413 
TOTAL1589100.0
52) (ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO INDICATED THEY WERE "CATHOLIC") Do you think all Catholics should have more of a say in the selection of bishops or should this be left only to church officials? (SELBISHP)
TOTAL%
1) Catholics should have say22045.2
2) Left to church officials22446.0
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused438.8
Missing1515 
TOTAL487100.0
53) (ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO INDICATED THEY WERE "CATHOLIC") Do you think Catholic priests should be allowed to marry or should it remain as it is and they not be allowed to marry? (PRSTMRRY)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, Catholic priests should be allowed to marry.32767.1
2) No, Catholic priests should not be allowed to marry.11523.6
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused459.2
Missing1515 
TOTAL487100.0
54) What is the last grade or class that you completed in school? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Did not graduate from high school1889.4
2) High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate)65132.5
3) Some college, Business, technical, or vocational school AFTER high school52026.0
4) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other four-year degree)42321.1
5) Postgraduate or professional school after college1879.3
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused331.6
TOTAL2002100.0
55) Are you of Hispanic origin or descent, such as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or some other Spanish background? (SPANISH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes 1507.5
2) No 182491.1
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused281.4
TOTAL2002100.0
56) Which of the following best describes you? (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White 153376.6
2) Black or African-American1859.2
3) Asian 422.1
4) Native American311.5
5) Mixed racial background1256.2
6) Other (specify)462.3
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused402.0
TOTAL2002100.0
57) In politics today, do you consider yourself a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent? (POLITAFF)
TOTAL%
1) Democrat 66933.4
2) Republican50225.1
3) Independent64632.3
4) Other party (volunteered)331.6
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused1527.6
TOTAL2002100.0
58) In general, would you describe your political views as: (POLITID)
TOTAL%
1) Conservative72136.0
2) Moderate 69634.8
3) Liberal 40120.0
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused1849.2
TOTAL2002100.0
59) Which of the following BEST describes the place where you now live? Do you live in: (AREALIVE)
TOTAL%
1) A large city41120.5
2) A suburb near a large city44222.1
3) A small city or town73136.5
4) A rural area37618.8
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused422.1
TOTAL2002100.0
60) On how many different phone numbers can people in this household be called? Please do not count cell phones or phone lines used only for fax machines or computers. (PHONENUM)
TOTAL%
1) One 168084.2
2) Two 25512.8
3) Three 381.9
4) Four 100.5
5) Five 70.4
6) Six 10.1
7) Seven 10.1
8) Eight 10.1
9) Nine30.2
Missing6 
TOTAL1996100.0
61) Last year, that is in 2001, what was your total family income from all sources, before taxes? (INCOME)
TOTAL%
1) Less than $10,0001708.5
2) $10,000 to under $20,00021210.6
3) $20,000 to under $30,00022011.0
4) $30,000 to under $40,00020110.0
5) $40,000 to under $50,0001819.0
6) $50,000 to under $75,00023711.8
7) $75,000 to under $100,0001457.2
8) $100,000 or more1296.4
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused50725.3
TOTAL2002100.0
62) Weight (see summary documentation for more information) (WEIGHT)
TOTAL%
0) 46123.6
1) 117060.0
2) 24112.4
3) 562.9
4) 160.8
5) 60.3
Missing52 
TOTAL1950100.0
63) I-AGEGRP: Would you please tell me, how old are you? (If respondent answers 1= "17 and Under," response is "Today we are interviewing people age 18 and older" and return to question 1 (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGEGRP)
TOTAL%
0) 18-3453226.6
1) 35-4438019.0
2) 45-5435317.7
3) 55-6426113.1
4) 65+47223.6
Missing4 
TOTAL1998100.0
64) I-GENDER: (NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS, DETERMINED BY VOICE) Gender of respondent (for use with online analysis) (I-GENDER)
TOTAL%
1) Male 87043.5
2) Female113256.5
TOTAL2002100.0
65) I-POLITAFF: In politics today, do you consider yourself a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent? (For use with online analysis) (I-POLITAFF)
TOTAL%
1) Democrat 66933.4
2) Republican50225.1
3) Independent64632.3
4) Other party (volunteered)331.6
9) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused1527.6
TOTAL2002100.0
66) I-RACE: Which of the following best describes you? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RACE)
TOTAL%
0) White153378.1
1) Black1859.4
2) Asian422.1
3) Other20210.3
Missing40 
TOTAL1962100.0
67) I-EDUC: What is the last grade or class that you completed in school? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
0) 1889.5
1) HS65133.1
2) Sm college52026.4
3) College42321.5
4) Post-grad1879.5
Missing33 
TOTAL1969100.0
68) I-DESCREL: Please indicate which of the following best describes your religion. (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-DESCREL)
TOTAL%
0) Catholic48924.9
1) Protestant55928.5
2) Other Chri61131.2
3) Jewish381.9
4) Other26313.4
Missing42 
TOTAL1960100.0