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Q16 About how often do you pray or meditate outside of religious services (Q16)
  TOTAL %
1) Never 221 13
2) Only on certain occasions 241 14.2
3) Once a week or less 117 6.9
4) A few times a week 295 17.4
5) Once a day 348 20.5
6) Several times a day 475 28
TOTAL1,697100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q17. About how often do you pray or meditate outside of religious services? (PRAY)
  TOTAL %
0) Never 14 1
1) Only on certain occasions 269 18.3
2) Once a week or less 125 8.5
3) A few times a week 259 17.7
4) Once a day 291 19.8
5) Several times a day 509 34.7
TOTAL1,467100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


How often do you spend time in private devotional activities (such as prayer, meditation, reading the Bible alone)? (DEVOTION)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 53,949 45.2
2) Few week 21,397 17.9
3) Once week 6,116 5.1
4) Occasion 23,176 19.4
5) Hardly evr 10,752 9
6) Never 3,948 3.3
TOTAL119,338100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


How often do you meditate - would you say at least once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, seldom, or never? (Q42C)
  TOTAL %
1) At least once a week 15,033 42.3
2) Once or twice a month 2,613 7.3
3) Several times a year 1,517 4.3
4) Seldom 4,282 12
5) Never 11,165 31.4
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.) 946 2.7
TOTAL35,556100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How often do you meditate - would you say at least once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, seldom, or never? (Q42C)
  TOTAL %
1) At least once a week 153 38.2
2) Once or twice a month 36 9
3) Several times a year 21 5.2
4) Seldom 61 15.2
5) Never 118 29.4
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.) 12 3
TOTAL401100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


In the past month, about how many hours have you spent doing religious activities in your home (such as time spent praying, meditating, reading religious books, listening to religious broadcasts, etc.) (RELHRS1)

Frequencies and percentages are not available for this question.

    Survey Details
    Scope: U.S. Sample
    Frame: U.S. Adults
    Sample: Random Sample
    Mode: In-Person


    Within your religious or spiritual tradition, how often do you meditate? (MEDITATE)
      TOTAL %
    1) More than once a day 123 8.5
    2) Once a day 188 13
    3) A few times a week 130 9
    4) Once a week 68 4.7
    5) A few times a month 60 4.2
    6) Once a month 46 3.2
    7) Less than once a month 95 6.6
    8) Never 660 45.7
    98) Dont know 47 3.3
    99) No answer 28 1.9
    TOTAL1,445100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: U.S. Sample
    Frame: U.S. Adults
    Sample: Random Sample
    Mode: In-Person


    Now I am going to read you a list of things that people do as part of their religious life. How often have you done each of the following activities in the last 12 months -- every day, once or twice a week, once or twice a month, once or twice a year, or never? Spend time in prayer or meditation (RELCON5)
      TOTAL %
    1) Every day 859 53.4
    2) Once or twice a week 338 21
    3) Once or twice a month 137 8.5
    4) Once or twice a year 79 4.9
    5) Never 183 11.4
    6) Dont know/Refused 14 0.9
    TOTAL1,610100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: U.S. Sample
    Frame: Other
    Sample: Random Sample
    Mode: Phone


    How often do you pray or meditate privately? (PRAY)
      TOTAL %
    1) Seldom or never 91 1.5
    2) Only on very special occasions 96 1.6
    3) About once a week 172 2.8
    4) Several times a week 1,096 18
    5) Daily (regardless of number of times) 4,588 75.5
    6) Other 36 0.6
    TOTAL6,079100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: U.S. Sample
    Frame: Denominations
    Sample: Random Sample
    Mode: Mailed


    How often do you meditate or practice yoga? (YOGA)
      TOTAL %
    1) Frequently 23 5.5
    2) Occasionally 17 4.1
    3) Seldom 22 5.3
    4) Never 352 84.6
    5) Dont know 2 0.5
    TOTAL416100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
    Frame: U.S. Adults
    Sample: Random Sample
    Mode: Phone


    How often do you meditate? (OFT_MED)
      TOTAL %
    1) Every Day 104,428 24.6
    2) Nearly Every Day 33,066 7.8
    3) About Once a Week 35,568 8.4
    4) Several Times a Month 15,681 3.7
    5) About Once a Month 10,814 2.6
    6) Several Times a Year 12,760 3
    7) Hardly Ever or Never 192,000 45.3
    8) Dont Know, Refused 19,396 4.6
    TOTAL423,713100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: U.S. Sample
    Frame: U.S. Adults
    Sample: Random Sample
    Mode: In-Person


    During the past 12 months, did your congregation have any of the following programs or activities in addition to your regular [weekend/Sunday] school? Prayer or meditation groups, No (PRAYG_NO)
      TOTAL %
    0) Does not apply 5,517 38.6
    1) Circled 2,687 18.8
    2) Not circled 6,097 42.6
    TOTAL14,301100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: U.S. Sample
    Frame: Congregations
    Sample: Other
    Mode: Mixed-mode


    During the past 12 months, did your congregation have any of the following programs or activities in addition to your regular [weekend/Sunday] school? Prayer or meditation groups, One-time, short-term, or occasional event (PRAYG_Y1)
      TOTAL %
    0) Does not apply 8,715 60.9
    1) Circled 1,588 11.1
    2) Not circled 3,999 28
    TOTAL14,302100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: U.S. Sample
    Frame: Congregations
    Sample: Other
    Mode: Mixed-mode


    During the past 12 months, did your congregation have any of the following programs or activities in addition to your regular [weekend/Sunday] school? Prayer or meditation groups, On-going during a particular season (PRAYG_Y2)
      TOTAL %
    0) Does not apply 8,821 61.7
    1) Circled 1,250 8.7
    2) Not circled 4,230 29.6
    TOTAL14,301100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: U.S. Sample
    Frame: Congregations
    Sample: Other
    Mode: Mixed-mode


    During the past 12 months, did your congregation have any of the following programs or activities in addition to your regular [weekend/Sunday] school? Prayer or meditation groups, On-going throughout the year (PRAYG_Y3)
      TOTAL %
    0) Does not apply 4,464 31.2
    1) Circled 6,315 44.2
    2) Not circled 3,522 24.6
    TOTAL14,301100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: U.S. Sample
    Frame: Congregations
    Sample: Other
    Mode: Mixed-mode


    Y229. TEXT: Now I want to read you a list of different religious and spiritual activities. Please tell me whether you have done them during the last YEAR or not. Just yes or no…In the last year, have you [INSERT LIST A-H]: Practiced any religious or spiritual meditation technique, not including prayer. (MEDITATE)
      TOTAL %
    0) No 0 0
    1) Yes 350 96.2
    777) Dont know 12 3.3
    888) Refused 2 0.5
    TOTAL364100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: Other
    Frame: U.S. Youth
    Sample: Random Sample
    Mode: Phone


    (meditate_w2) Q:1. In the last year, have you [INSERT LIST B-F] [READ STEM FOR ‘B AND THEN ONLY IF NECESSARY]? B. Practiced any religious or spiritual meditation techniques, not including prayer (MEDITATE)
      TOTAL %
    0) No 0 0
    1) Yes 355 93.9
    666) Invalid skip 23 6.1
    TOTAL378100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: Other
    Frame: U.S. Adults
    Sample: Random Sample
    Mode: Phone


    (meditate_w3) Q:1. In the last year, have you [INSERT LIST B-F] [READ STEM FOR ‘B AND THEN ONLY IF NECESSARY]? B. practiced any religious or spiritual meditation techniques, not including prayer (MEDITATE)
      TOTAL %
    0) No 0 0
    1) Yes 401 97.1
    777) Dont know 2 0.5
    999) Legitimate skip 10 2.4
    TOTAL413100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: U.S. Sample
    Frame: U.S. Adults
    Sample: Random Sample
    Mode: Phone


    Are you currently involved in any of the following? -- Meditating (INVOLV11)
      TOTAL %
    1) Yes 283 29.7
    2) No 667 69.9
    3) Dont know/Refused 4 0.4
    TOTAL954100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: U.S. Sample
    Frame: U.S. Adults
    Sample: Random Sample
    Mode: In-Person


    Are you currently involved in any of the following? -- Meditating (INVOLV11)
      TOTAL %
    1) Yes 181 19
    2) No 770 80.6
    3) Dont know/Refused 4 0.4
    TOTAL955100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: U.S. Sample
    Frame: U.S. Adults
    Sample: Random Sample
    Mode: In-Person


    Do you practice any meditation techniques, like those taught by Transcendental Meditation, Zen, the Divine Light Mission, or others? (MEDITATE)
      TOTAL %
    1) Yes 337 12.9
    2) No 2,277 87.1
    TOTAL2,614100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: Other: Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina and California
    Frame: U.S. Adults
    Sample: Random Sample
    Mode: Phone


    Thinking specifically about job-related stress, how often do you use these measures to relieve feelings of stress from your job: never, rarely, sometimes, or often? -- pray or meditate (STSRELPR)
      TOTAL %
    1) Never 1,804 35.9
    2) Rarely 916 18.2
    3) Sometimes 1,208 24.1
    4) Often 1,036 20.6
    5) Dont Know 56 1.1
    TOTAL5,020100.0
    Survey Details
    Scope: U.S. Sample
    Frame: U.S. Adults
    Sample: Random Sample
    Mode: In-Person


    SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
    Frequency: Question asks respondents about the frequency of meditation
    Groups: This question type asks whether the respondent's congregation offers opportunities for meditation, outside of regular services
    Occurrence: Question asks whether the respondent ever meditates, without reference to frequency
    Reasons: This question type asks whether respondents use meditation in response to a specific situation in their life

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