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Is reading or listening to Koran daily very important to you, somewhat important to you, not too important to you, or not at all important? (QE10_4)
  TOTAL %
1) Very important 719,407 58.8
2) Somewhat important 291,180 23.8
3) Not too important to you 130,170 10.6
4) Not at all important 83,049 6.8
TOTAL1,223,806100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How important has each of the following been in your efforts to grow spiritually and to develop a closer relationship with God - very important, fairly important, not very important, or not at all important? - Reading the Bible on your own (GRO_BIBL)
  TOTAL %
1) Very Important 163,876 38.7
2) Fairly Important 112,852 26.6
3) Not Very Important 65,356 15.4
4) Not At All Important 72,408 17.1
5) Dont Know, Refused 9,221 2.2
TOTAL423,713100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Y229. [If teen attends religious services more than twice a year or and answered dont know or refused OR if teen identifies with a religion OR if religious beliefs are very or extremely important in shaping daily life or major life decisions][IF Y60<>0 OR Y62<8 OR Y57A<3 OR Y57B<3] In the last year, have you [INSERT LIST I-P]?: Read a devotional, religious, or spiritual book other than the [SCRIPTURES B]. (READREL)
  TOTAL %
0) No 0 0
1) Yes 1,002 61.7
777) Dont know 9 0.6
888) Refused 1 0.1
999) Not asked 612 37.7
TOTAL1,624100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Youth
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How much does your congregation, in its worship and education, emphasize the following home and personal practices? Personal [prayer, scripture study, devotions, and other spiritual practices] (GOODPRAY)
  TOTAL %
0) Missing 1,963 13.7
1) Not at all 56 0.4
2) A little 312 2.2
3) Some 1,539 10.8
4) Quite a bit 4,167 29.2
5) A great deal 6,252 43.8
TOTAL14,289100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Other
Mode: Mixed-mode


Y231. How often, if ever, do you read from [SCRIPTURES C] to yourself alone? [READ LIST] (READBIBL)
  TOTAL %
1) Never 1,404 41.7
2) Less than once a month 457 13.6
3) One to two times a month 623 18.5
4) About once a week 315 9.3
5) A few times a week 266 7.9
6) About once a day 204 6.1
7) Many times a day 89 2.6
777) Dont know 7 0.2
888) Refused 5 0.1
TOTAL3,370100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Youth
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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 read the Bible in your daily life when you are at home, every day, once or twice a week, a few times a month, or hardly ever? (READBIBL)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 851 15.2
2) Once or twice a week 1,004 17.9
3) A few times a month 980 17.5
4) Hardly ever 2,239 40
5) (VOL) Never 495 8.8
6) Dont know/refused 34 0.6
TOTAL5,603100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


(readbibl_w2) Q:4. How often, if ever, do you read from [SCRIPTURES C] to yourself alone? Is it: (READBIBL)
  TOTAL %
1) Never 1,252 48.1
2) Less than once a month 409 15.7
3) One to two times a month 395 15.2
4) About once a week 188 7.2
5) A few times a week 168 6.5
6) About once a day 136 5.2
7) Many times a day 29 1.1
666) Invalid skip 23 0.9
777) Dont know 4 0.2
TOTAL2,604100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


(readbibl_w3) Q:4. How often, if ever, do you read from [SCRIPTURES C] to yourself alone? Is it: (READBIBL)
  TOTAL %
1) Never 1,288 50.9
2) Less than once a month 404 16
3) One to two times a month 333 13.2
4) About once a week 185 7.3
5) A few times a week 158 6.2
6) About once a day 117 4.6
7) Many times a day 35 1.4
777) 777 1 0
888) Refused 1 0
999) Legitimate skip 10 0.4
TOTAL2,532100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How often have you read the Bible in the last year? (READWORD)
  TOTAL %
1) Several times a day 49 3.3
2) Once a day 135 9.1
3) Several times a week 157 10.6
4) Once a week 130 8.8
5) Less than once a week 446 30.2
6) Not read 557 37.7
9) No answer 3 0.2
TOTAL1,477100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you read the Bible? (READBIBL)
  TOTAL %
1) Daily 93 6.4
2) At least once a week 148 10.2
3) Almost every week 36 2.5
4) About once a month 157 10.8
5) Seldom 678 46.8
6) Never 335 23.1
7) Dont know 2 0.1
TOTAL1,449100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How often have you read the Bible in the last year? (READWORD)
  TOTAL %
1) Several times a day 37 2.6
2) Once a day 116 8
3) Several times a week 143 9.9
4) Once a week 132 9.1
5) Less than once a week 406 28.1
6) Not read 602 41.7
9) No answer 9 0.6
TOTAL1,445100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often, if at all, do you read from the Bible? Would you say you read the Bible every day, two to six days a week, once a week, a few times a month, a few times a year, or less often than that? (READBIBL)
  TOTAL %
1) EVERY DAY 41 10.1
2) TWO TO SIX DAYS A WEEK 43 10.6
3) ONCE A WEEK 36 8.8
4) A FEW TIMES A MONTH 61 15
5) A FEW TIMES A YEAR 83 20.4
6) LESS OFTEN THAN THAT, OR NEVER 143 35.1
TOTAL407100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How often, if at all, do you read from the Bible? Would you say you read the Bible every day, two to six days a week, once a week, a few times a month, a few times a year, or less often than that? (READBIBL)
  TOTAL %
1) EVERY DAY 187 18.9
2) TWO TO SIX DAYS A WEEK 188 19
3) ONCE A WEEK 129 13
4) A FEW TIMES A MONTH 150 15.2
5) A FEW TIMES A YEAR 142 14.4
6) LESS OFTEN THAN THAT, OR NEVER 193 19.5
TOTAL989100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How often do you read the Bible at home? (READBIBL)
  TOTAL %
1) To be frank, I never read the Bible or I read so rarely that it probably shouldnt even count 823 28.9
2) I read it regularly once a day or more. 296 10.4
3) I read it regularly several times a week. 203 7.1
4) I read it regularly once a week. 73 2.6
5) I read it quite often, but not at regular intervals. 555 19.5
6) I read it once in a while. 734 25.7
7) I read it only on very special occasions. 167 5.9
TOTAL2,851100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


How often do you read the Bible in your daily life when you are at home? (OFT_READ)
  TOTAL %
1) Every Day 55,890 13.2
2) Nearly Every Day 35,427 8.4
3) About Once a Week 47,564 11.2
4) Several Times a Month 30,774 7.3
5) About Once a Month 22,449 5.3
6) Several Times a Year 46,915 11.1
7) Hardly Ever or Never 180,294 42.6
8) Dont Know, Refused 4,400 1
TOTAL423,713100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. How much time during the week do you spend reading the Bible or other religious material? (READBIB)
  TOTAL %
0) None 0 0
1) One-half hour 24 48
2) One hour or more 26 52
TOTAL50100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. How much time during the week do you spend reading the Bible or other religious material? (READBIB)
  TOTAL %
0) None 0 0
1) One-half hour 22 55
2) One hour or more 18 45
TOTAL40100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. How much time during the week do you spend reading the Bible or other religious material? (READBIB)
  TOTAL %
0) None 0 0
1) One-half hour 18 52.9
2) One hour or more 16 47.1
TOTAL34100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. How much time during the week do you spend reading the Bible or other religious material? (READBIB)
  TOTAL %
0) None 0 0
1) One-half hour 15 55.6
2) One hour or more 12 44.4
TOTAL27100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


How often do you read scripture outside of religious services: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (READ_OUT)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 34 5.7
2) More than once a week 48 8
3) Once a week 48 8
4) At least once a month 41 6.8
5) Several times a year 39 6.5
6) Less often 93 15.5
7) Never 297 49.5
8) Dont know 0 0
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL600100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Korea
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you read scripture outside of religious services: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (READ_OUT)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 176 27.1
2) More than once a week 159 24.5
3) Once a week 94 14.5
4) At least once a month 93 14.3
5) Several times a year 57 8.8
6) Less often 39 6
7) Never 28 4.3
8) Dont know 0 0
9) Refused 4 0.6
TOTAL650100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Nigeria
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you read scripture outside of religious services: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (READ_OUT)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 116 16
2) More than once a week 41 5.6
3) Once a week 53 7.3
4) At least once a month 50 6.9
5) Several times a year 37 5.1
6) Less often 94 12.9
7) Never 335 46.1
8) Dont know 0 0
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL726100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: India
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Q15 Outside of attending religious services, about how often do you read the Bible, Koran, Torah, or other sacred book (Q15)
  TOTAL %
1) Never 410 24.1
2) Less than once a year 240 14.1
3) Once or twice a year 191 11.2
4) Several times a year 231 13.6
5) Once a month 42 2.5
6) 2-3 times a month 101 5.9
7) About weekly 116 6.8
8) Weekly 82 4.8
9) Several times a week or more often 285 16.8
TOTAL1,698100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


How often do you read scripture outside of religious services: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (READ_OUT)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 2,773 25.1
2) More than once a week 1,763 16
3) Once a week 1,273 11.5
4) At least once a month 900 8.2
5) Several times a year 677 6.1
6) Less often 1,133 10.3
7) Never 2,405 21.8
8) Dont know 43 0.4
9) Refused 61 0.6
TOTAL11,028100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: United States; Brazil, Chile and Guatemala in Latin America; Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in Africa; and India, the Philippines and South Korea in Asia.
Frame: Other
Sample: Unknown
Mode: Other


Q16. Outside of attending religious services, about how often do you read the Bible, Koran, Torah, or other sacred book? (SACREDBK)
  TOTAL %
0) Never 20 1.7
1) Less than once a year 232 19.3
2) Once or twice a year 180 15
3) Several times a year 164 13.6
4) Once a month 49 4.1
5) 2-3 times a month 98 8.1
6) About weekly 92 7.6
7) Weekly 115 9.6
8) Several times a week or more often 254 21.1
TOTAL1,204100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q66A [PLEASE TELL ME HOW OFTEN YOU DO EACH OF THE FOLLOWING. WOULD YOU SAY AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH, SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR, SELDOM, OR NEVER?] Read scripture outside of religious services (Q66A)
  TOTAL %
1) At least once a week 12,407 49.6
2) Once or twice a month 4,090 16.3
3) Several times a year 2,331 9.3
4) Seldom 3,330 13.3
5) Never 2,652 10.6
8) Dont know 130 0.5
9) Refused 91 0.4
TOTAL25,031100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania)
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you read scripture outside of religious services: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (READ_OUT)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 110 15.7
2) More than once a week 77 11
3) Once a week 63 9
4) At least once a month 46 6.6
5) Several times a year 36 5.1
6) Less often 85 12.1
7) Never 279 39.9
8) Dont know 4 0.6
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL700100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Brazil, urban areas
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you read scripture outside of religious services: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (READ_OUT)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 58 9.7
2) More than once a week 54 9
3) Once a week 51 8.5
4) At least once a month 48 8
5) Several times a year 51 8.5
6) Less often 69 11.5
7) Never 266 44.3
8) Dont know 0 0
9) Refused 3 0.5
TOTAL600100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Chile
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you read scripture outside of religious services - would you say at least once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, seldom, or never? (Q42B)
  TOTAL %
1) At least once a week 12,777 35.9
2) Once or twice a month 3,543 10
3) Several times a year 2,904 8.2
4) Seldom 6,030 17
5) Never 9,827 27.6
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.) 475 1.3
TOTAL35,556100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How often do you read scripture outside of religious services: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (READ_OUT)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 99 9.9
2) More than once a week 103 10.3
3) Once a week 127 12.7
4) At least once a month 117 11.7
5) Several times a year 71 7.1
6) Less often 171 17.1
7) Never 307 30.7
8) Dont know 5 0.5
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL1,000100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: The Philippines
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you read scripture outside of religious services: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (READ_OUT)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 164 20.5
2) More than once a week 93 11.6
3) Once a week 94 11.7
4) At least once a month 75 9.4
5) Several times a year 58 7.2
6) Less often 80 10
7) Never 204 25.5
8) Dont know 11 1.4
9) Refused 22 2.7
TOTAL801100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: South Africa
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you read scripture outside of religious services: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (READ_OUT)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 135 18.3
2) More than once a week 98 13.3
3) Once a week 81 11
4) At least once a month 73 9.9
5) Several times a year 70 9.5
6) Less often 89 12.1
7) Never 184 24.9
8) Dont know 7 0.9
9) Refused 1 0.1
TOTAL738100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How often do you read scripture outside of religious services - would you say at least once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, seldom, or never? (Q42B)
  TOTAL %
1) At least once a week 113 28.2
2) Once or twice a month 31 7.7
3) Several times a year 37 9.2
4) Seldom 88 21.9
5) Never 124 30.9
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.) 8 2
TOTAL401100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


34a. How often do you... Read scripture outside of religious services? (QN34A)
  TOTAL %
1) More than once a week 940 27.5
2) Once a week 351 10.3
3) Once or twice a month 362 10.6
4) A few times a year 426 12.5
5) Seldom, or 583 17.1
6) Never 724 21.2
8) Dont know 16 0.5
9) Refused 10 0.3
TOTAL3,412100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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? (RANDOMIZE LIST) Read the (HOLY BOOK: IF JEWISH=Torah, IF MUSLIM=Koran, IF PROTESTANTS,ROMAN CATHOLICS, MORMONS,ORTHODOX CHURCH, AND OTHER CHRISTIANS=Bible) (RELCON6)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 383 23.8
2) Once or twice a week 452 28.1
3) Once or twice a month 241 15
4) Once or twice a year 240 14.9
5) Never 282 17.5
6) Dont know/Refused 12 0.7
TOTAL1,610100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


IF RESPONDENT REPORTS BEING A MEMBER OF A RELIGION (from RELIG): How often do you read the scripture outside of worship? Would you say...? (QN31A_C)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 867 25.3
2) At least once a week 769 22.5
3) Once or twice a month 429 12.5
4) A few times a year 351 10.3
5) Seldom 504 14.7
6) Never 470 13.7
8) Dont know 18 0.5
9) Refused 13 0.4
TOTAL3,421100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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: Read (if Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, or other Christian in variable RELIG1A, insert the Bible; if Muslim/Islam, insert the Koran; if Jewish, insert the Torah; if Morman, insert the Book of Mormon; if other non-Christian religion, no preference, or dont know refused then insert a religious or holy book) (RELCON3)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 313 22.4
2) Once or twice a week 344 24.6
3) Once or twice month 232 16.6
4) Once or twice a year 265 18.9
5) Never 221 15.8
6) Dont know/refused 25 1.8
TOTAL1,400100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How often do you read scripture outside of religious services: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (READ_OUT)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 255 39.1
2) More than once a week 134 20.5
3) Once a week 83 12.7
4) At least once a month 44 6.7
5) Several times a year 23 3.5
6) Less often 68 10.4
7) Never 45 6.9
8) Dont know 1 0.2
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL653100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Kenya
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you read scripture outside of religious services: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (READ_OUT)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 225 22.4
2) More than once a week 187 18.6
3) Once a week 120 11.9
4) At least once a month 80 8
5) Several times a year 57 5.7
6) Less often 106 10.5
7) Never 226 22.5
8) Dont know 4 0.4
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL1,005100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Guatemala
Frame: Other
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? - Read the (holy book). (RELCON3)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 223 25
2) Once/twice week 209 23.4
3) Once/twice month 142 15.9
4) Once/twice year 158 17.7
5) Never 151 16.9
6) Dont know/refused 10 1.1
TOTAL893100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please indicate how often you participate in each of the following practices -- Reading the scriptures (READSCRP)
  TOTAL %
1) Daily 30 3.6
2) Almost Every Day 77 9.4
3) At Least Once a Week 162 19.7
4) Once or Twice a Month 173 21
5) Several Times a Year 195 23.7
6) Rarely or Never 186 22.6
TOTAL823100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Regional samples of Mormons in Salt Lake City, UT and San Francisco, CA
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Please indicate how often you participate in each of the following practices -- Reading the scriptures (READSCRP)
  TOTAL %
1) Daily 16 6.1
2) Almost Every Day 19 7.2
3) At Least Once a Week 41 15.6
4) Once or Twice a Month 37 14.1
5) Several Times a Year 68 25.9
6) Rarely or Never 82 31.2
TOTAL263100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


How often do you participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (GROUPS)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 8 1.3
2) More than once a week 33 5.5
3) Once a week 56 9.3
4) At least once a month 36 6
5) Several times a year 43 7.2
6) Less often 99 16.5
7) Never 325 54.2
8) Dont know 0 0
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL600100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Korea
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (GROUPS)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 41 6.3
2) More than once a week 146 22.4
3) Once a week 127 19.5
4) At least once a month 89 13.7
5) Several times a year 36 5.5
6) Less often 44 6.8
7) Never 68 10.4
8) Dont know 37 5.7
9) Refused 63 9.7
TOTAL651100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Nigeria
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (GROUPS)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 51 7
2) More than once a week 64 8.8
3) Once a week 123 16.9
4) At least once a month 50 6.9
5) Several times a year 48 6.6
6) Less often 91 12.5
7) Never 299 41.2
8) Dont know 0 0
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL726100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: India
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (GROUPS)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 774 7
2) More than once a week 1,784 16.2
3) Once a week 2,153 19.5
4) At least once a month 813 7.4
5) Several times a year 550 5
6) Less often 985 8.9
7) Never 3,771 34.2
8) Dont know 69 0.6
9) Refused 129 1.2
TOTAL11,028100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: United States; Brazil, Chile and Guatemala in Latin America; Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in Africa; and India, the Philippines and South Korea in Asia.
Frame: Other
Sample: Unknown
Mode: Other


Q66B [PLEASE TELL ME HOW OFTEN YOU DO EACH OF THE FOLLOWING. WOULD YOU SAY AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH, SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR, SELDOM, OR NEVER?] Participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs (Q66B)
  TOTAL %
1) At least once a week 9,030 36.1
2) Once or twice a month 5,448 21.8
3) Several times a year 3,223 12.9
4) Seldom 3,983 15.9
5) Never 3,122 12.5
8) Dont know 142 0.6
9) Refused 82 0.3
TOTAL25,030100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania)
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (GROUPS)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 14 2
2) More than once a week 73 10.4
3) Once a week 58 8.3
4) At least once a month 24 3.4
5) Several times a year 9 1.3
6) Less often 47 6.7
7) Never 468 66.9
8) Dont know 6 0.9
9) Refused 1 0.1
TOTAL700100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Brazil, urban areas
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (GROUPS)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 11 1.8
2) More than once a week 30 5
3) Once a week 57 9.5
4) At least once a month 25 4.2
5) Several times a year 19 3.2
6) Less often 35 5.8
7) Never 419 69.8
8) Dont know 1 0.2
9) Refused 3 0.5
TOTAL600100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Chile
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me how often you do each of the following. How often do you participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs - would you say at least once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, seldom, or never? (Q42A)
  TOTAL %
1) At least once a week 8,407 23.6
2) Once or twice a month 3,086 8.7
3) Several times a year 2,830 8
4) Seldom 5,671 15.9
5) Never 15,170 42.7
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.) 392 1.1
TOTAL35,556100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How often do you participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (GROUPS)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 36 3.6
2) More than once a week 78 7.8
3) Once a week 129 12.9
4) At least once a month 86 8.6
5) Several times a year 77 7.7
6) Less often 160 16
7) Never 432 43.2
8) Dont know 2 0.2
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL1,000100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: The Philippines
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (GROUPS)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 38 4.8
2) More than once a week 69 8.6
3) Once a week 166 20.8
4) At least once a month 50 6.3
5) Several times a year 25 3.1
6) Less often 79 9.9
7) Never 330 41.3
8) Dont know 10 1.3
9) Refused 33 4.1
TOTAL800100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: South Africa
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (GROUPS)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 24 3.2
2) More than once a week 90 12.2
3) Once a week 111 15
4) At least once a month 45 6.1
5) Several times a year 50 6.8
6) Less often 84 11.4
7) Never 330 44.7
8) Dont know 3 0.4
9) Refused 2 0.3
TOTAL739100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me how often you do each of the following. How often do you participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs - would you say at least once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, seldom, or never? (Q42A)
  TOTAL %
1) At least once a week 85 21.2
2) Once or twice a month 18 4.5
3) Several times a year 28 7
4) Seldom 93 23.2
5) Never 172 42.9
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.) 5 1.2
TOTAL401100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please indicate how often, if ever, you do each of the following activities. -- Attend prayer group meetings or Bible or scripture study groups. (FREQGRPS)
  TOTAL %
1) Frequently 834 17.8
2) Sometimes 925 19.8
3) Hardly ever 683 14.6
4) Never 2,159 46.1
5) Does not apply 25 0.5
9) Dont know/Refused 57 1.2
TOTAL4,683100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How often do you participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (GROUPS)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 61 9.3
2) More than once a week 157 24
3) Once a week 199 30.5
4) At least once a month 45 6.9
5) Several times a year 23 3.5
6) Less often 61 9.3
7) Never 105 16.1
8) Dont know 1 0.2
9) Refused 1 0.2
TOTAL653100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Kenya
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs: would you say every day, more than once a week, once a week, at least once a month, several times a year, less often or never? [Question asked in all countries.] (GROUPS)
  TOTAL %
1) Every day 91 9.1
2) More than once a week 150 14.9
3) Once a week 174 17.3
4) At least once a month 65 6.5
5) Several times a year 44 4.4
6) Less often 45 4.5
7) Never 434 43.2
8) Dont know 1 0.1
9) Refused 1 0.1
TOTAL1,005100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Guatemala
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
Importance: How important is reading sacred scriptures?
Other Materials: How often do respondents read devotional or spiritual material other than sacred scriptures?
Read Bible: How often do respondents read the Bible?
Read Sacred Books: In this question respondents are asked how often they read sacred scriptures (they are given a list of possible scriptures, Bible, Torah, Koran).
Study Groups: How often do respondents participate in scripture study groups?

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