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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 live in the South.
74.7%
Percent female
49%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent
2%
Percent that are white
89.1%
Percent that are 60 or older
43.7%
Percent born in the United States
98.5%
Percent that are currently married
58.5%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year
32.5%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree
37%

Moral Attitudes

Percent that believe that there are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong
47.8%
Percent that think homosexuality should be accepted by society
41.6%
Percent that "strongly favor" allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally
14.2%
Percent that think more women in the workforce is a change for the worse
13.2%
Percent that think that more people having children without getting married is a change for the worse
72.8%
Percent that believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases
17.2%

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

Percent that are very satisfied with their health
49.5%
Percent that are "very satisfied" with family life
74.2%
Percent that say they are "very happy" with life these days
35.3%
Percent that believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time
48.1%

Political Attitudes

Percent Republican
41.3%
Percent that are conservative or very conservative
56%
Percent that are not registered to vote
12.5%
Percent that personally know anyone who is gay or lesbian
83%
Percent that believe that government aid to the poor does more harm than good
57.9%
Percent that think that growing immigration is a change for the worse
54.8%
Percent that believe that stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost.
47.1%
Percent that would prefer a smaller government, with fewer services
69.9%

Religious Beliefs

Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit
94.4%
Percent that believe in Heaven
79.9%
Percent that believe in Hell
74.2%
Percent that believe in reincarnation
0.2%
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life
70.9%
Percent that believe their holy book is the word of God
76.6%
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices
55.1%
Percent that look most to "religious teachings and beliefs" when it comes to questions of right and wrong
51.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations bring people together and strengthen community bonds
91.4%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations play an important role in helping the poor and needy
90.2%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations protect and strengthen morality in society
82%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too involved with politics
41.5%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too concerned with money and power
48.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules
43.2%
Percent that think about the meaning and purpose of life at least once a week
61.4%
Percent that feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness at least once a week
86.4%
Percent that feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week
47.7%
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week
73%
Percent that think many religions can lead to eternal life
52%

Religious Practices

Percent that are members of a local house of worship
65.9%
Percent that pray at least once a day
71.4%
Percent that meditate at least once a week
49.2%
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week
49.5%
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at least once a week
54.7%
Percent that participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs at least once a week
36.8%
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other relgious backgrounds" at least once a week
27.2%
Percent that did volunteer work in the last seven days
36.7%
Percent that speak in tongues at least once a month
6.7%


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