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Beliefs about the importance and morality of trying to convert others.

Below are 10 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey.

CONV_OK from Faith Matters Survey, 2006

12-13. Some say it is okay for religious people to try to convert other people to their faith, others say that everyone should leave everyone else alone. Which comes closer to your views? (CONV_OK)
TOTAL%
0) Everyone should leave everyone else alone1,65553.2
1) Okay for religious people to try to convert others1,34643.3
8) Dont know/No opinion842.7
9) No answer/Refused230.7
TOTAL3108100.0


Q42D from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q42 How important is it to do the following.. in order to be a good person; d. Convert others to your religious faith (Q42D)
TOTAL%
1) Very important1599.5
2) Somewhat important30017.9
3) Not very important48729.1
4) Not at all important72743.5
TOTAL1673100.0


CONVOTHR from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q35e. How important is it to do the following if one wishes to be a good person? Convert others to your religious faith (CONVOTHR)
TOTAL%
1) Not important63239.2
2) Not very important44227.4
3) Somewhat important32119.9
4) Very important21713.5
Missing36 
TOTAL1,612100.0


Q58B from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

Q58B [HERE ARE A COUPLE OF STATEMENTS. PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU COMPLETELY AGREE, MOSTLY AGREE, MOSTLY DISAGREE, OR COMPLETELY DISAGREE.] Members of your religion have a duty to try and convert others to your religious faith (Q58B)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree13,83255.3
2) Mostly agree6,24024.9
3) Mostly disagree2,1378.5
4) Completely disagree1,7677.1
8) Dont know9013.6
9) Refused1540.6
TOTAL25,031100.0


OKAYCONV from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)

(okayconv_w3) I:21. Is it okay for religious people to try to convert other people to their faith, or should everyone leave everyone else alone? (OKAYCONV)
TOTAL%
1) Okay to convert1,22148.2
2) Leave others alone1,24549.2
777) Dont know431.7
888) Refused180.7
999) Legitimate skip50.2
TOTAL2532100.0


OKAYCONV from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 2 (2005)

(okayconv_w2) I:21. Is it okay for religious people to try to convert other people to their faith, or should everyone leave everyone else alone? (OKAYCONV)
TOTAL%
1) Okay to convert1,31250.4
2) Leave others alone1,23247.3
666) Invalid skip180.7
777) Dont know371.4
888) Refused50.2
TOTAL2604100.0


RELIMP32 from America's Evangelicals

Now I am going to read to you a list of statements about religion. For each one, please tell me how strongly you agree or disagree with it. (FOLLOWUP) Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat? It is important to convert others (RELIMP32)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree55834.7
2) Somewhat agree39624.6
3) Somewhat disagree24915.5
4) Strongly disagree35422.0
5) Dont know/Refused533.3
TOTAL1610100.0


TRYCONV from Religious Behaviors Questionnaire, 1986

I have tried to convert others to faith in God. (TRYCONV)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1818.8
2) No7881.3
TOTAL96100.0


TRYCONV from Religious Behaviors Questionnaire, 1987

I have tried to convert others to faith in God. (TRYCONV)
TOTAL%
1) Yes2123.9
2) No6776.1
TOTAL88100.0


TRYCONV from Religious Behaviors Questionnaire, 1988

I have tried to convert others to faith in God. (TRYCONV)
TOTAL%
1) Yes2021.5
2) No7378.5
TOTAL93100.0




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