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This member profile of the Southern Baptist Convention was created using data from the 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, collected by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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Demographics

Percent that are 60 or older
47.8%
Percent that Are you currently a citizen of the United States, or not?
99.4%
Percent that live in the South.
78.6%
Percent female
49.1%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent
2.5%
Percent that are white
91.2%
Percent born in the United States
97.9%
Percent that are currently married
61.5%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year
34.4%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree
30.3%

Moral Attitudes

Percent that believe that there are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong
54.4%
Percent that think homosexuality should be accepted by society
26.8%
Percent that "strongly favor" allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally
5.4%
Percent that think more women in the workforce is a change for the worse
15.5%
Percent that think that more people having children without getting married is a change for the worse
80.8%
Percent that believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases
24.1%

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

Percent that are very satisfied with their health
49.9%
Percent that are "very satisfied" with family life
76.3%
Percent that say they are "very happy" with life these days
36.3%
Percent that believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time
34.4%

Political Attitudes

Percent Republican
50.5%
Percent that are conservative or very conservative
68%
Percent that are not registered to vote
11%
Percent that personally know anyone who is gay or lesbian
79.3%
Percent that believe that government aid to the poor does more harm than good
66.4%
Percent that think that growing immigration is a change for the worse
62.8%
Percent that believe that stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost.
40.7%
Percent that would prefer a smaller government, with fewer services
75.3%

Religious Beliefs

Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit
99.3%
Percent that believe in Heaven
88.2%
Percent that believe in Hell
86.8%
Percent that believe in reincarnation
0%
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life
82.3%
Percent that believe their holy book is the word of God
90.5%
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices
70.7%
Percent that look most to "religious teachings and beliefs" when it comes to questions of right and wrong
63%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations bring people together and strengthen community bonds
93.7%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations play an important role in helping the poor and needy
92.8%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations protect and strengthen morality in society
88.9%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too involved with politics
31.7%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too concerned with money and power
39%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules
33.7%
Percent that think about the meaning and purpose of life at least once a week
63.9%
Percent that feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness at least once a week
88%
Percent that feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week
45.2%
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week
78.8%
Percent that think many religions can lead to eternal life
53.8%

Religious Practices

Percent that are members of a local house of worship
78.5%
Percent that pray at least once a day
81.7%
Percent that meditate at least once a week
50.2%
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week
60.8%
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at least once a week
66%
Percent that participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs at least once a week
48.5%
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other relgious backgrounds" at least once a week
33.1%
Percent that did volunteer work in the last seven days
35%
Percent that speak in tongues at least once a month
5.9%


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