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This member profile of the Roman Catholic Church 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
39.7%
Percent that Are you currently a citizen of the United States, or not?
90.8%
Percent that live in the South.
26.2%
Percent female
52.4%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent
24.8%
Percent that are white
76.6%
Percent born in the United States
79.7%
Percent that are currently married
52.9%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year
33.7%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree
40.5%

Moral Attitudes

Percent that believe that there are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong
33.1%
Percent that think homosexuality should be accepted by society
68.4%
Percent that "strongly favor" allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally
20.1%
Percent that think more women in the workforce is a change for the worse
8.4%
Percent that think that more people having children without getting married is a change for the worse
57.9%
Percent that believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases
17.7%

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

Percent that are very satisfied with their health
54.3%
Percent that are "very satisfied" with family life
72.8%
Percent that say they are "very happy" with life these days
34%
Percent that believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time
68.3%

Political Attitudes

Percent Republican
25.7%
Percent that are conservative or very conservative
38.6%
Percent that are not registered to vote
11%
Percent that personally know anyone who is gay or lesbian
80.3%
Percent that believe that government aid to the poor does more harm than good
47.2%
Percent that think that growing immigration is a change for the worse
34.7%
Percent that believe that stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost.
55%
Percent that would prefer a smaller government, with fewer services
53.8%

Religious Beliefs

Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit
97.4%
Percent that believe in Heaven
84.5%
Percent that believe in Hell
62.2%
Percent that believe in reincarnation
0%
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life
58.6%
Percent that believe their holy book is the word of God
62.8%
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices
36%
Percent that look most to "religious teachings and beliefs" when it comes to questions of right and wrong
30.6%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations bring people together and strengthen community bonds
91.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations play an important role in helping the poor and needy
90.4%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations protect and strengthen morality in society
82.5%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too involved with politics
43.3%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too concerned with money and power
48.9%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules
49.6%
Percent that think about the meaning and purpose of life at least once a week
52.2%
Percent that feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness at least once a week
76.9%
Percent that feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week
42.5%
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week
58%
Percent that think many religions can lead to eternal life
81.9%

Religious Practices

Percent that are members of a local house of worship
64.6%
Percent that pray at least once a day
60.2%
Percent that meditate at least once a week
42%
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week
42.9%
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at least once a week
25.2%
Percent that participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs at least once a week
16.1%
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other relgious backgrounds" at least once a week
14.5%
Percent that did volunteer work in the last seven days
33%
Percent that speak in tongues at least once a month
14.6%


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