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Questions aimed at finding a respondent's beliefs about a god's abilities, often in the material world 

Below are 139 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 13 types:

[ Acted in History? | AIDS | Answer Prayers | Disasters | End World? | Healing | Involved? | Life Direction | Love | Miracles | Politics | Punished? | Success ]

Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey. Click on "More" to see the response frequencies for a question, or click here to view all frequency tables.



Category 1:Acted in History?
 

Does the respondent believe that God has played a role in human history?

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Q22B from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q22H from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

GODINVLV from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

GODACT from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1985

GODACT from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1986

GODACT from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1987

GODACT from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1988


Category 2:AIDS
 

Does the respondent believe that God caused the AIDs epidemic to occur?

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AIDS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

AIDS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

AIDS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

AIDS from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

Q58A from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

AIDS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

AIDS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

AIDS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

AIDS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

AIDS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

H7GODPUN from Politics of Character Survey, 2000

H7GODPUN from State of Disunion Survey, 1996

AIDSGOD from Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes, 1987-2009

AIDS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

AIDS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala

AIDSPUN from December 2006 Values Update Survey

AIDS from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986

AGREE2L from July 2003 Values Update Survey


Category 3:Answer Prayers
 

Does the respondent believe that God answers prayers?

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PRAYANSR from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

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

GODHEARS from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996

BLFPRAY from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1998

BLFPRAY from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 1998


Category 4:Disasters
 

Does the respondent believe that God plays a role in natural disasters (such as tornados) or man-made disasters (such as 9-11)?

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GODALLOW from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

GODCAUSE from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

TORNADOS from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986

QUAKES from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986

FLOODS from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986

BADWELL from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986

RIVPOL from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986

SHUTTLE from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986

CRASHES from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986

TFLOOD from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986


Category 5:End World?
 

This question type asks the respondent if he/she believes that God will one day end the world.

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TOJUDGE from Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes, 1987-2009

GODJUDG from December 2006 Values Update Survey

AGREE2B from July 2003 Values Update Survey

WORLD from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1985

WORLD from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1986

WORLD from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1987

WORLD from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1988


Category 6:Healing
 

Does the respondent believe that God can grant good health and/or cure illnesses?

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HEALTH from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

HEALTH from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

HEALTH from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

HEALTH from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

Q59E from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

HEALTH from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

HEALTH from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

HEALTH from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

HEALTH from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

HEALTH from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

HEALTH from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

HEALTH from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala

HEAL from Winthrop University Student Religion Survey, 1996


Category 7:Involved?
 

Is God involved in the lives of individuals?

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THEISM from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

Q22I from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

GODMYAFF from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

GODSHOW from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

GODGUIDE from General Social Survey, 2004

THEISM from General Social Survey, 1991

GODWATCH from General Social Survey, 1998


Category 8:Life Direction
 

Does the respondent believe that the course of one's life is determined by God?

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GODSWILL from General Social Survey, 2006

GODSWILL from General Social Survey, 1996

PREDETER from General Social Survey, 1991

V147G from American Mosaic Project: A National Survey on Diversity

LFEGOD from General Social Survey, 1993

GODDETER from Middletown Area Study, 1994

GODSHAND from Middletown Area Study, 1990

GODSPLAN from Middletown Area Study, 1986


Category 9:Love
 

Does the respondent feel God's love?

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GODLVDIR from General Social Survey, 2004

GODLVOTH from General Social Survey, 2004


Category 10:Miracles
 

Does God have the ability to create miracles?

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MIRACLE from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

GODMIRAC from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

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

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

RA_6 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

MIRACLE from Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes, 1987-2009

MIRACLES from Religion and Politics Survey Merged Data Set, 1994-1995


Category 11:Politics
 

Does God impact politics and elections?

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POLITICS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

POLITICS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

POLITICS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

POLITICS from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

POLITICS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

POLITICS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

POLITICS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

POLITICS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

POLITICS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

POLITICS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

POLITICS from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala


Category 12:Punished?
 

Does the respondent feel that they have ever been punished by God?

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JUDGEDAY from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

GODWOES from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

GODPUNSM from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

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

ARA_5 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

GODPUN from Politics of Character Survey, 2000

M8GODPUN from State of Disunion Survey, 1996

COPE4 from General Social Survey, 1998

PUNISHED from Winthrop University Student Religion Survey, 1996

YGPUNISH from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Youth Component

PNSHBYGD from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

FPUNISH from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Father Component

PUNISHED from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1988

MPUNISH from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Mother Component

RELGC17 from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1986

RELGC17 from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1987

CONFPUNI from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999


Category 13:Success
 

Does the respondent believe that God plays a role in a person's success?

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PROSPER from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

FAITH_GD from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

PROSPER from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

FAITH_GD from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

PROSPER from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

FAITH_GD from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

PROSPER from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

GODMAJOR from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

GODSMALL from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

PROSPER from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

FAITH_GD from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

PROSPER from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

FAITH_GD from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

JBINCWH5 from American National Election Studies, 2002

JBINWH12 from American National Election Studies, 2002

PROSPER from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

FAITH_GD from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

PROSPER from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

PROSPER from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

FAITH_GD from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

AGGODCAL from Economic Values Survey, 1992

AGGODHAP from Economic Values Survey, 1992

QN52_A from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

PROSPER from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

FAITH_GD from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

PROSPER from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala

FAITH_GD from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala



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