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How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement: do you strongly agree, agree, neither agree or disagree, disagree, or strongly disagree? -- God hears the prayers of all people, not only Christians. (GODHEARS)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 241 37
2) Agree 344 52.8
3) Neither 17 2.6
4) Disagree 28 4.3
5) Strongly disagree 6 0.9
6) Dont know 16 2.5
TOTAL652100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you believe that God answers prayers? (BLFPRAY)
  TOTAL %
1) BELIEVE 756 93.6
2) DONT BELIEVE 52 6.4
TOTAL808100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you believe that God answers prayers? (BLFPRAY)
  TOTAL %
1) BELIEVE 331 87.3
2) DONT BELIEVE 48 12.7
TOTAL379100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


There is a God who concerns Himself with every human being personally. (THEISM)
  TOTAL %
0) Inapplicable 0 0
1) Strongly agree 578 42.3
2) Agree 368 27
3) Neither agree nor disagree 185 13.6
4) Disagree 136 10
5) Strongly disagree 76 5.6
8) Dont know 16 1.2
9) No answer 6 0.4
TOTAL1,365100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Q22 Even if you might not believe in God, based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like....b. Removed from worldly affairs (RECODED) (Q22B)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 116 7.6
2) Agree 247 16.1
3) Disagree 445 29.1
4) Strongly disagree 539 35.2
5) Undecided 184 12
TOTAL1,531100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22 Even if you might not believe in God, based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like....c. Removed from my personal affairs (RECODED) (Q22C)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 123 8.1
2) Agree 195 12.8
3) Disagree 474 31
4) Strongly disagree 576 37.7
5) Undecided 159 10.4
TOTAL1,527100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22 Even if you might not believe in God, based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like....d. Concerned with the well-being of the world (Q22D)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 773 48.7
2) Agree 468 29.5
3) Disagree 84 5.3
4) Strongly disagree 120 7.6
5) Undecided 142 8.9
TOTAL1,587100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22 Even if you might not believe in God, based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like....e. Concerned with my personal well-being (Q22E)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 702 44.5
2) Agree 477 30.3
3) Disagree 110 7
4) Strongly disagree 134 8.5
5) Undecided 153 9.7
TOTAL1,576100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22 Even if you might not believe in God, based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like....h. Directly involved in worldly affairs (Q22H)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 431 27.8
2) Agree 353 22.7
3) Disagree 306 19.7
4) Strongly disagree 238 15.3
5) Undecided 224 14.4
TOTAL1,552100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22 Even if you might not believe in God, based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like....i. Directly involved in my affairs (Q22I)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 480 30.6
2) Agree 410 26.1
3) Disagree 267 17
4) Strongly disagree 212 13.5
5) Undecided 199 12.7
TOTAL1,568100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God c. Distant (FLIPPED) (Q23C)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 104 6.7
2) Somewhat well 162 10.4
3) Not very well 264 17
4) Not at all 860 55.3
5) Undecided 164 10.6
TOTAL1,554100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God d. Ever-present (Q23D)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 1,187 72.6
2) Somewhat well 209 12.8
3) Not very well 41 2.5
4) Not at all 83 5.1
5) Undecided 115 7
TOTAL1,635100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q20b. Based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like? Removed from worldly affairs (GODREMOV)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 494 34.1
2) Disagree 413 28.5
3) Agree 212 14.6
4) Strongly agree 98 6.8
8) Undecided 231 16
TOTAL1,448100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q20c. Based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like? Concerned with the well-being of the world (GODWORLD)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 71 4.8
2) Disagree 89 6
3) Agree 416 28
4) Strongly agree 747 50.3
8) Undecided 163 11
TOTAL1,486100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q20d. Based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like? Concerned with my personal well-being (GODPERS)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 69 4.7
2) Disagree 107 7.3
3) Agree 383 26
4) Strongly agree 737 50
8) Undecided 177 12
TOTAL1,473100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q20g. Based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like? Directly involved in worldly affairs (GODINVLV)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 171 11.8
2) Disagree 289 19.9
3) Agree 382 26.3
4) Strongly agree 373 25.7
8) Undecided 237 16.3
TOTAL1,452100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q20h. Based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like? Directly involved in my affairs (GODMYAFF)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 150 10.3
2) Disagree 230 15.8
3) Agree 407 27.9
4) Strongly agree 458 31.4
8) Undecided 215 14.7
TOTAL1,460100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21d. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Ever-present (GODPRES)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 56 3.7
2) Not very well 55 3.6
3) Somewhat well 207 13.6
4) Very well 1,075 70.6
8) Undecided 129 8.5
TOTAL1,522100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22h. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about God? God sometimes allows major tragedies to occur as a warning to sinners (GODALLOW)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 300 20.1
2) Disagree 382 25.7
3) Agree 393 26.4
4) Strongly agree 200 13.4
8) Undecided 214 14.4
TOTAL1,489100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22i. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about God? God causes major tragedies to occur as a warning to sinners (GODCAUSE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 467 31.3
2) Disagree 545 36.5
3) Agree 165 11
4) Strongly agree 86 5.8
8) Undecided 231 15.5
TOTAL1,494100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22j. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about God? God often performs miracles which defy the laws of nature (GODMIRAC)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 102 6.8
2) Disagree 143 9.5
3) Agree 486 32.2
4) Strongly agree 608 40.2
8) Undecided 172 11.4
TOTAL1,511100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Do you agree or disagree with the following. . . A. There is a God who concerns Himself with every human being personally. (THEISM)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 585 43
2) Agree 333 24.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree 199 14.6
4) Disagree 72 5.3
5) Strongly disagree 55 4
8) Cant choose 65 4.8
9) No answer 50 3.7
TOTAL1,359100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you agree or disagree with the following. . . E. The course of our lives is decided by God. (PREDETER)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 229 16.9
2) Agree 258 19
3) Neither agree nor disagree 272 20
4) Disagree 273 20.1
5) Strongly disagree 202 14.9
8) Cant choose 65 4.8
9) No answer 60 4.4
TOTAL1,359100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with the following statements...I believe in a God who watches over me. (GODWATCH)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 833 57.6
2) Agree 426 29.5
3) Disagree 105 7.3
4) Strongly disagree 51 3.5
8) Dont know 5 0.3
9) No answer 25 1.7
TOTAL1,445100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There is a God who concerns Himself with every human being personally--do you agree or disagree? (THEISM)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 493 38.4
2) Agree 370 28.8
3) Neither agree nor disagree 142 11.1
4) Disagree 107 8.3
5) Strongly disagree 67 5.2
8) Cant choose 50 3.9
9) No answer 55 4.3
TOTAL1,284100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Even today miracles are performed by the power of God. (Q16C) (MIRACLE)
  TOTAL %
1) Completely agree 9,969 52.5
2) Mostly agree 5,629 29.6
3) Mostly disagree 1,621 8.5
4) Completely disagree 914 4.8
9) Dont know/Refused 856 4.5
TOTAL18,989100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


Typology W: Miracles by God -- 1) God performs miracles . . . 2) Miracles dont happen (MIRACLES)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree strongly with statement number 1 19,670 73.6
2) Agree not strongly with statement number 1 2,677 10
3) Agree strongly with statement number 2 1,886 7.1
4) Agree not strongly with statement number 2 1,232 4.6
5) Neither/Both equally 255 1
9) Dont know/Refused 1,007 3.8
TOTAL26,727100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. When it comes to God acting in history I believe (GODACT)
  TOTAL %
1) God has and continues to act in the history of mankind. 83 83.8
2) God acted in the past but is not active now. 5 5.1
3) God does not act in human history. 11 11.1
TOTAL99100.0
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. When it comes to God acting in history I believe (GODACT)
  TOTAL %
1) God has and continues to act in the history of mankind. 73 76.8
2) God acted in the past but is not active now. 4 4.2
3) God does not act in human history. 18 18.9
TOTAL95100.0
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. When it comes to God acting in history I believe (GODACT)
  TOTAL %
1) God has and continues to act in the history of mankind. 72 72
2) God acted in the past but is not active now. 4 4
3) God does not act in human history. 24 24
TOTAL100100.0
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. When it comes to God acting in history I believe (GODACT)
  TOTAL %
1) God has and continues to act in the history of mankind. 73 75.3
2) God acted in the past but is not active now. 2 2.1
3) God does not act in human history. 22 22.7
TOTAL97100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God k. Loving (Q23K)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 1,182 72.8
2) Somewhat well 191 11.8
3) Not very well 34 2.1
4) Not at all 93 5.7
5) Undecided 123 7.6
TOTAL1,623100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21k. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Loving (GODLOVNG)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 53 3.5
2) Not very well 56 3.7
3) Somewhat well 155 10.2
4) Very well 1,107 72.9
8) Undecided 148 9.7
TOTAL1,519100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


I feel Gods love for me, directly. (GODLVDIR)
  TOTAL %
1) Many times a day 274 20.4
2) Every day 386 28.8
3) Most days 185 13.8
4) Some days 130 9.7
5) Once in a while 147 11
6) Never or almost never 195 14.6
8) Dont know 6 0.4
9) No answer 17 1.3
TOTAL1,340100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


I believe that God loves me and cares about me. (ARA_4)
  TOTAL %
-7) Refused 34 1.5
-4) Dont know 7 0.3
1) Strongly disagree 132 5.7
2) Somewhat disagree 61 2.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree 188 8.1
4) Somewhat agree 363 15.7
5) Strongly agree 1,534 66.1
TOTAL2,319100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


I know that God loves me just as I am. (YGODLOVE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 81 1
2) Disagree 126 1.6
3) Not sure 516 6.4
4) Agree 2,307 28.4
5) Strongly agree 5,080 62.6
TOTAL8,110100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


I know that God loves me just as I am. (FGODLOVE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 29 0.7
2) Disagree 108 2.5
3) Not sure 389 9.1
4) Agree 2,090 49
5) Strongly agree 1,650 38.7
TOTAL4,266100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


I know that God loves me just as I am. (MGODLOVE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 22 0.4
2) Disagree 77 1.3
3) Not sure 301 5.1
4) Agree 2,380 40
5) Strongly agree 3,176 53.3
TOTAL5,956100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Q22g. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about God? God requires the faithful to wage wars for good (GODWAR)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 343 23.2
2) Disagree 472 32
3) Agree 288 19.5
4) Strongly agree 169 11.4
8) Undecided 205 13.9
TOTAL1,477100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Women are more likely than men to take care of children. Im going to read several reasons why this might be so. Please tell me how important you think each reason is: very important, important, somewhat important, or not at all important. E. It is Gods will that women care for children. (FEKIDS5)
  TOTAL %
1) Very important 268 18.4
2) Important 221 15.1
3) Somewhat important 207 14.2
4) Not at all important 700 47.9
8) Dont know 54 3.7
9) No answer 10 0.7
TOTAL1,460100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which statement on this card comes closest to your own view: God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest, God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents, God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world, God doesnt really care what kind of work we do? (GODVIEW)
  TOTAL %
1) God wants us to work at whatever makes us happiest. 888 17.7
2) God wants us to find work that best suits our individual talents. 1,050 20.9
3) God wants us to do something with our lives that will be useful to the world. 1,816 36.2
4) God doesnt really care what kind of work we do. 595 11.9
5) Other 141 2.8
6) Dont know/Refused 530 10.6
TOTAL5,020100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


I believe God cares more about how each person lives than about social problems like hunger or war. (FGODCARE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 267 6.3
2) Disagree 1,103 25.9
3) Not sure 1,000 23.5
4) Agree 1,396 32.8
5) Strongly agree 493 11.6
TOTAL4,259100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


I believe God cares more about how each person lives than about social problems like hunger or war. (MGODCARE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 395 6.6
2) Disagree 1,634 27.4
3) Not sure 1,468 24.7
4) Agree 1,693 28.4
5) Strongly agree 764 12.8
TOTAL5,954100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Q22 Even if you might not believe in God, based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like....j. A He (Q22J)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 392 25.8
2) Agree 271 17.8
3) Disagree 148 9.7
4) Strongly disagree 262 17.2
5) Undecided 446 29.4
TOTAL1,519100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q20i. Based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like? A He (GODMALE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 175 12.2
2) Disagree 111 7.8
3) Agree 269 18.8
4) Strongly agree 410 28.7
8) Undecided 466 32.6
TOTAL1,431100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Next I would like to know your opinion about certain doctrines or teachings, some of which are taught by the LDS Church, and some are not. Please indicate how you feel about each by circling the appropriate number. -- God is a real, glorified person with a body of flesh and bone (GODBODY)
  TOTAL %
1) Definitely true 736 79.7
2) Probably true 45 4.9
3) Probably not true 27 2.9
4) Definitely not true 46 5
5) Dont know 70 7.6
TOTAL924100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Regional samples of Mormons in Salt Lake City, UT and San Francisco, CA
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO BELIEVE THAT A GOD EXISTS: I believe God is: (GODSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Masculine 109 39.8
3) Both masculine and feminine 41 15
4) Neither masculine nor feminine 93 33.9
9) Other 31 11.3
TOTAL274100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: The target population for this survey was students at Winthrop University, a state university in South Carolina.
Frame: Other
Sample: Unknown
Mode: Other


Next I would like to know your opinion about certain doctrines or teachings, some of which are taught by the LDS Church, and some are not. Please indicate how you feel about each by circling the appropriate number. -- God is a real, glorified person with a body of flesh and bone (GODBODY)
  TOTAL %
1) Definitely true 173 61.3
2) Probably true 19 6.7
3) Probably not true 17 6
4) Definitely not true 38 13.5
5) Dont know 35 12.4
TOTAL282100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Please tell me if you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly with each of these statements. - A beautiful painting or a beautiful piece of music is pleasing to God. (EXPBEAUT)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly Agree 20,089 4.7
2) Agree 31,593 7.5
3) Disagree 137,359 32.4
4) Strongly Disagree 164,211 38.8
5) Dont Know, Refused 70,461 16.6
TOTAL423,713100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me if you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly with each of these statements. - God is a mystery and can never be understood by humans. (EXPMSTRY)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly Agree 78,725 18.6
2) Agree 86,130 20.3
3) Disagree 107,268 25.3
4) Strongly Disagree 122,934 29
5) Dont Know, Refused 28,656 6.8
TOTAL423,713100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me if you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly with each of these statements. - God can only be known as people empty their minds and look inside themselves. (EXPINSID)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly Agree 47,338 11.2
2) Agree 75,566 17.8
3) Disagree 146,330 34.5
4) Strongly Disagree 90,968 21.5
5) Dont Know, Refused 63,511 15
TOTAL423,713100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (YREADWAR)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to read and study Gods Word (the Bible or Torah). 2,867 35.6
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 4,179 51.8
3) God most wants people to stop war from ever happening again. 1,018 12.6
TOTAL8,064100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (YPRAYHUN)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to work hard at getting rid of hunger 1,305 16.2
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 4,516 56
3) God most wants people to pray. 2,237 27.8
TOTAL8,058100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (YHELPTEL)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to help old and sick persons have a be 1,011 12.6
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 4,721 58.6
3) God most wants people to tell other people about God. 2,323 28.8
TOTAL8,055100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (YOBEYHLP)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to obey Gods rules and commandments. 2,330 28.9
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 4,706 58.3
3) God most wants people to help persons of every race get a fair chance. 1,030 12.8
TOTAL8,066100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (FREADWAR)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to read and study Gods Word (The Bible or Torah). 2,176 51.6
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 1,471 34.9
3) God most wants people to stop war from ever happening again. 566 13.4
TOTAL4,213100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (FPOVPRAY)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to work hard at getting rid of hunger and poverty. 866 20.5
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 1,905 45.2
3) God most wants people to pray. 1,446 34.3
TOTAL4,217100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (FSICKTEL)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to help old and sick persons have a better life. 573 13.6
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 1,835 43.5
3) God most wants people to tell other people about God. 1,806 42.9
TOTAL4,214100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (FOBEYHLP)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to obey Gods rules and commandments. 2,328 55.1
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 1,509 35.7
3) God most wants people to help persons of every race get a fair chance. 385 9.1
TOTAL4,222100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (MPOVPRAY)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to work hard at getting rid of hunger and poverty. 791 13.3
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 2,899 48.7
3) God most wants people to pray. 2,264 38
TOTAL5,954100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (MSICKTEL)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to help old and sick persons have a better life. 489 8.2
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 2,834 47.5
3) God most wants people to tell other people about God. 2,646 44.3
TOTAL5,969100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What do you think God most wants people to do with their lives? (MOBEYHLP)
  TOTAL %
1) God most wants people to obey Gods rules and commandments. 3,377 56.6
2) God wants both of these things in exactly the same amount. 2,248 37.7
3) God most wants people to help persons of every race get a fair chance. 342 5.7
TOTAL5,967100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
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. Which of the following statements most clearly describes your ideas about God? (IDEAS)
  TOTAL %
1) I believe in a divine God, creator of the universe, who knows my inner-most thoughts, and to whom I will be accountable. 69 69.7
2) I believe in a power greater than myself which some people call God and others call nature. 9 9.1
3) The universal mysteries can be explained by the scientific method; for example, the Big Bang theory. 2 2
4) I am not quite sure what I believe. 19 19.2
TOTAL99100.0
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. Which of the following statements most clearly describes your ideas about God? (IDEAS)
  TOTAL %
1) I believe in a divine God, creator of the universe, who knows my inner-most thoughts, and to whom I will be accountable. 62 65.3
2) I believe in a power greater than myself which some people call God and others call nature. 17 17.9
3) The universal mysteries can be explained by the scientific method; for example, the Big Bang theory. 5 5.3
4) I am not quite sure what I believe. 11 11.6
TOTAL95100.0
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. Which of the following statements most clearly describes your ideas about God? (IDEAS)
  TOTAL %
1) I believe in a divine God, creator of the universe, who knows my inner-most thoughts, and to whom I will be accountable. 66 66
2) I believe in a power greater than myself which some people call God and others call nature. 11 11
3) The universal mysteries can be explained by the scientific method; for example, the Big Bang theory. 7 7
4) I am not quite sure what I believe. 16 16
TOTAL100100.0
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. Which of the following statements most clearly describes your ideas about God? (IDEAS)
  TOTAL %
1) I believe in a divine God, creator of the universe, who knows my inner-most thoughts, and to whom I will be accountable. 54 55.7
2) I believe in a power greater than myself which some people call God and others call nature. 23 23.7
3) The universal mysteries can be explained by the scientific method; for example, the Big Bang theory. 7 7.2
4) I am not quite sure what I believe. 13 13.4
TOTAL97100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


If you had to describe God in your own words, what would you say? (See summary document for more information.) (DESCGOD1)
  TOTAL %
1) Creator/Maker/Architect of the universe 334 8.1
3) Father 111 2.7
4) Savior/Redeemer 95 2.3
5) Friend/Always here for me/Hears my prayers 53 1.3
6) Protector/Provider/Takes care of/Watches over/Helps me/Who I depend upon 80 1.9
7) Peace/Peace of mind/Comforting presence 31 0.8
8) Faith/A belief/Someone/Something to believe in/Gives meaning 85 2.1
9) Hope 10 0.2
10) Love/All-loving/Unconditional love 313 7.6
11) Almighty/All-powerful/Omnipotent 364 8.8
12) Infallible/Perfect 29 0.7
13) All-caring/kind/understanding/compassionate 79 1.9
14) Forgiving/merciful 63 1.5
15) Omnipresent/Everywhere/All-seeing/All-knowing/Omniscient 134 3.3
16) Everlasting/Eternal/Always was and always will be/Infinite 18 0.4
17) Beginning and end/Alpha and Omega 29 0.7
19) Guiding force/Way to live your life 92 2.2
20) The Lord/Lord and Master/Ruler 48 1.2
21) The Word/The Way/way to salvation/heaven 19 0.5
22) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit/The Trinity 11 0.3
23) A spirit/Spirit we carry within us/Soul/Spiritual/Holy 98 2.4
25) Higher power/Supreme Being/Divine power 274 6.7
26) Everything/In everything/everyone 196 4.8
28) Beyond comprehension/Indescribable/Cant be expressed in words/Mysterious 112 2.7
30) Good/All good things/Spirit of good 72 1.8
35) Important/Most important part of my life/Cant do anything without him 190 4.6
40) Great/Terrific/Wonderful 140 3.4
42) Magnificent/Awesome/Amazing 124 3
44) The man/guy above/the good guy 38 0.9
46) #1/1st above everything/One and only 69 1.7
48) She/A woman/A black woman 12 0.3
50) Not listening/Not paying attention 10 0.2
55) A social construct/designed for humans to have a moral guide/a metaphor for human kindness 43 1
58) Demanding/Judgmental/To be feared 20 0.5
59) God/Allah/Buddha/I Am/Jesus 44 1.1
60) I believe/God is real/He exists 186 4.5
62) Dont believe in God/Dont care/Nothing 38 0.9
64) Im not sure there is a God/May or may not exist 46 1.1
66) Personal/Different things to different people 39 0.9
95) Other 245 6
98) Dont know/No idea 72 1.8
99) No answer/Refused 48 1.2
TOTAL4,114100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


If you had to describe God in your own words, what would you say? (See summary document for more information.) (DESCGOD2)
  TOTAL %
1) Creator/Maker/Architect of the universe 105 8.6
3) Father 51 4.2
4) Savior/Redeemer 75 6.2
5) Friend/Always here for me/Hears my prayers 48 3.9
6) Protector/Provider/Takes care of/Watches over/Helps me/Who I depend upon 49 4
7) Peace/Peace of mind/Comforting presence 12 1
8) Faith/A belief/Someone/Something to believe in/Gives meaning 20 1.6
9) Hope 6 0.5
10) Love/All-loving/Unconditional love 129 10.6
11) Almighty/All-powerful/Omnipotent 46 3.8
12) Infallible/Perfect 7 0.6
13) All-caring/kind/understanding/compassionate 53 4.3
14) Forgiving/merciful 61 5
15) Omnipresent/Everywhere/All-seeing/All-knowing/Omniscient 55 4.5
16) Everlasting/Eternal/Always was and always will be/Infinite 8 0.7
17) Beginning and end/Alpha and Omega 13 1.1
19) Guiding force/Way to live your life 46 3.8
20) The Lord/Lord and Master/Ruler 17 1.4
21) The Word/The Way/way to salvation/heaven 8 0.7
22) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit/The Trinity 16 1.3
23) A spirit/Spirit we carry within us/Soul/Spiritual/Holy 30 2.5
25) Higher power/Supreme Being/Divine power 24 2
26) Everything/In everything/everyone 32 2.6
28) Beyond comprehension/Indescribable/Cant be expressed in words/Mysterious 27 2.2
30) Good/All good things/Spirit of good 21 1.7
35) Important/Most important part of my life/Cant do anything without him 72 5.9
40) Great/Terrific/Wonderful 14 1.1
42) Magnificent/Awesome/Amazing 7 0.6
44) The man/guy above/the good guy 3 0.2
46) #1/1st above everything/One and only 19 1.6
55) A social construct/designed for humans to have a moral guide/a metaphor for human kindness 2 0.2
58) Demanding/Judgmental/To be feared 10 0.8
59) God/Allah/Buddha/I Am/Jesus 19 1.6
60) I believe/God is real/He exists 28 2.3
64) Im not sure there is a God/May or may not exist 8 0.7
66) Personal/Different things to different people 4 0.3
95) Other 74 6.1
TOTAL1,219100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


If you had to describe God in your own words, what would you say? (See summary document for more information.) (DESCGOD3)
  TOTAL %
1) Creator/Maker/Architect of the universe 28 6.7
3) Father 20 4.8
4) Savior/Redeemer 28 6.7
5) Friend/Always here for me/Hears my prayers 12 2.9
6) Protector/Provider/Takes care of/Watches over/Helps me/Who I depend upon 32 7.6
7) Peace/Peace of mind/Comforting presence 9 2.1
8) Faith/A belief/Someone/Something to believe in/Gives meaning 8 1.9
9) Hope 9 2.1
10) Love/All loving/Unconditional love 40 9.5
11) Almighty/All-powerful/Omnipotent 9 2.1
12) Infallible/Perfect 6 1.4
13) All-caring/kind/understanding/compassionate 22 5.3
14) Forgiving/merciful 29 6.9
15) Omnipresent/Everywhere/All-seeing/All-knowing/Omniscient 16 3.8
16) Everlasting/Eternal/Always was and always will be/Infinite 1 0.2
17) Beginning and end/Alpha and Omega 5 1.2
19) Guiding force/Way to live your life 13 3.1
20) The Lord/Lord and Master/Ruler 12 2.9
21) The Word/The Way/way to salvation/heaven 5 1.2
22) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit/The Trinity 2 0.5
23) A spirit/Spirit we carry within us/Soul/Spiritual/Holy 7 1.7
25) Higher power/Supreme Being/Divine power 5 1.2
26) Everything/In everything/everyone 6 1.4
28) Beyond comprehension/Indescribable/Cant be expressed in words/Mysterious 5 1.2
30) Good/All good things/Spirit of good 5 1.2
35) Important/Most important part of my life/Cant do anything without him 28 6.7
40) Great/Terrific/Wonderful 2 0.5
42) Magnificent/Awesome/Amazing 12 2.9
46) #1/1st above everything/One and only 1 0.2
58) Demanding/Judgmental/To be feared 7 1.7
59) God/Allah/Buddha/I Am/Jesus 6 1.4
60) I believe/God is real/He exists 2 0.5
66) Personal/Different things to different people 8 1.9
95) Other 19 4.5
TOTAL419100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


If you had to describe God in your own words, what would you say? (See summary document for more information.) (DESCGOD4)
  TOTAL %
1) Creator/Maker/Architect of the universe 3 2.1
3) Father 7 4.8
4) Savior/Redeemer 16 11
5) Friend/Always here for me/Hears my prayers 8 5.5
6) Protector/Provider/Takes care of/Watches over/Helps me/Who I depend upon 7 4.8
7) Peace/Peace of mind/Comforting presence 4 2.7
8) Faith/A belief/Someone/Something to believe in/Gives meaning 1 0.7
10) Love/All-loving/Unconditional love 7 4.8
11) Almighty/All-powerful/Omnipotent 6 4.1
12) Infallible/Perfect 2 1.4
13) All-caring/kind/understanding/compassionate 9 6.2
14) Forgiving/merciful 5 3.4
15) Omnipresent/Everywhere/All-seeing/All-knowing/Omniscient 4 2.7
17) Beginning and end/Alpha and Omega 7 4.8
19) Guiding force/Way to live your life 2 1.4
20) The Lord/Lord and Master/Ruler 2 1.4
22) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit/The Trinity 2 1.4
23) A spirit/Spirit we carry within us/Soul/Spiritual/Holy 2 1.4
25) Higher power/Supreme Being/Divine power 7 4.8
28) Beyond comprehension/Indescribable/Cant be expressed in words/Mysterious 2 1.4
30) Good/All good things/Spirit of good 3 2.1
35) Important/Most important part of my life/Cant do anything without him 10 6.8
40) Great/Terrific/Wonderful 5 3.4
42) Magnificent/Awesome/Amazing 6 4.1
46) #1/1st above everything/One and only 4 2.7
58) Demanding/Judgmental/To be feared 2 1.4
59) God/Allah/Buddha/I Am/Jesus 5 3.4
95) Other 8 5.5
TOTAL146100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


If you had to describe God in your own words, what would you say? (See summary document for more information.) (DESCGOD5)
  TOTAL %
1) Creator/Maker/Architect of the universe 1 2.5
4) Savior/Redeemer 4 10
5) Friend/Always here for me/Hears my prayers 5 12.5
6) Protector/Provider/Takes care of/Watches over/Helps me/Who I depend upon 4 10
10) Love/All-loving/Unconditional love 5 12.5
11) Almighty/All-powerful/Omnipotent 3 7.5
13) All-caring/kind/understanding/compassionate 1 2.5
14) Forgiving/merciful 6 15
19) Guiding force/Way to live your life 1 2.5
20) The Lord/Lord and Master/Ruler 1 2.5
23) A spirit/Spirit we carry within us/Soul/Spiritual/Holy 1 2.5
26) Everything/In everything/everyone 4 10
30) Good/All good things/Spirit of good 2 5
95) Other 2 5
TOTAL40100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


If you had to describe God in your own words, what would you say? (See summary document for more information.) (GODWORD1)
  TOTAL %
1) Number one 23 0.6
2) All-knowing 54 1.3
3) All-powerful 130 3.2
4) All-seeing 6 0.1
5) All-encompassing 8 0.2
6) Almighty 112 2.7
7) Alpha and omega 12 0.3
8) Amazing 13 0.3
9) Awesome 102 2.5
10) Being 32 0.8
12) Higher 18 0.4
13) Caring 43 1
14) Comforting 13 0.3
15) Compassionate 10 0.2
16) Creator 262 6.4
17) Energy 13 0.3
18) Eternal 12 0.3
19) Everything 140 3.4
20) Everywhere 31 0.8
21) Exists 8 0.2
22) Faith 11 0.3
23) Father 113 2.7
24) Feeling 9 0.2
25) Force 25 0.6
26) Forgiving 53 1.3
27) Friend 15 0.4
28) God 30 0.7
29) Good 59 1.4
30) Great 87 2.1
32) Guide 15 0.4
33) Giving 9 0.2
34) Supreme 15 0.4
35) Sovereign 7 0.2
36) Higher power 60 1.5
37) Holy 4 0.1
38) Hope 5 0.1
39) Human 7 0.2
41) I believe 83 2
42) Important 94 2.3
43) Maker 25 0.6
44) Indescribable 24 0.6
46) Leader 8 0.2
47) Judge 2 0
48) King 4 0.1
49) Life 28 0.7
50) Light 4 0.1
51) Lord 22 0.5
52) Love 302 7.3
53) Magnificent 10 0.2
54) Merciful 9 0.2
55) Provider 7 0.2
56) Mysterious 8 0.2
57) Myth 9 0.2
58) Nothing 13 0.3
59) Omnipotent 69 1.7
60) Omnipresent 10 0.2
61) Omniscient 9 0.2
62) One and only 19 0.5
63) Peace 11 0.3
64) Perfect 25 0.6
65) Personal 31 0.8
66) Power 34 0.8
67) Person 10 0.2
68) Protector 5 0.1
69) Real 19 0.5
70) Ruler 5 0.1
71) Savior 61 1.5
72) She 8 0.2
73) Spirit 62 1.5
74) Supreme Being 129 3.1
75) The man 6 0.1
77) The Way 10 0.2
78) Ultimate 19 0.5
79) Understanding 3 0.1
80) Wise 1 0
81) Wonderful 52 1.3
82) Belief 8 0.2
83) Kind 10 0.2
84) Redeemer 3 0.1
85) Soul 2 0
86) Man 16 0.4
87) Benevolent 10 0.2
88) Divine 13 0.3
89) Is there 59 1.4
90) Master 6 0.1
91) Beginning and End 14 0.3
92) Beautiful 7 0.2
93) Support 3 0.1
94) Other one-word description 239 5.8
95) Not/Cant be expressed in one word 727 17.7
96) Dont believe in God/Dont care 25 0.6
97) Im not sure there is a God/May or may not exist 35 0.9
98) Dont know/No idea 75 1.8
99) No answer/Refused 48 1.2
TOTAL4,116100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


If you had to describe God in your own words, what would you say? (See summary document for more information.) (GODWORD2)
  TOTAL %
1) Number one 11 1
2) All-knowing 37 3.5
3) All-powerful 19 1.8
4) All-seeing 2 0.2
6) Almighty 14 1.3
7) Alpha and omega 6 0.6
9) Awesome 7 0.7
10) Being 76 7.1
11) Black 4 0.4
12) Higher 4 0.4
13) Caring 38 3.6
14) Comforting 3 0.3
15) Compassionate 9 0.8
16) Creator 79 7.4
17) Energy 4 0.4
19) Everything 20 1.9
20) Everywhere 4 0.4
21) Exists 4 0.4
22) Faith 5 0.5
23) Father 46 4.3
25) Force 7 0.7
26) Forgiving 44 4.1
27) Friend 23 2.2
29) Good 12 1.1
30) Great 9 0.8
32) Guide 20 1.9
33) Giving 2 0.2
34) Supreme 1 0.1
36) Higher power 7 0.7
37) Holy 4 0.4
38) Hope 6 0.6
39) Human 3 0.3
40) I Am 2 0.2
41) I believe 22 2.1
42) Important 9 0.8
43) Maker 4 0.4
46) Leader 3 0.3
47) Judge 6 0.6
49) Life 5 0.5
50) Light 6 0.6
51) Lord 7 0.7
52) Love 112 10.5
53) Magnificent 5 0.5
54) Merciful 8 0.8
55) Provider 1 0.1
59) Omnipotent 7 0.7
60) Omnipresent 3 0.3
61) Omniscient 2 0.2
62) One and only 6 0.6
63) Peace 3 0.3
65) Personal 2 0.2
66) Power 37 3.5
67) Person 12 1.1
69) Real 5 0.5
70) Ruler 3 0.3
71) Savior 36 3.4
72) She 3 0.3
73) Spirit 17 1.6
74) Supreme Being 6 0.6
76) The Trinity 4 0.4
78) Ultimate 2 0.2
79) Understanding 4 0.4
80) Wise 5 0.5
81) Wonderful 7 0.7
82) Belief 2 0.2
83) Kind 12 1.1
84) Redeemer 9 0.8
85) Soul 8 0.8
86) Man 10 0.9
89) Is there 3 0.3
90) Master 4 0.4
91) Beginning and End 2 0.2
92) Beautiful 7 0.7
93) Support 12 1.1
94) Other one-word description 77 7.2
95) Not/Cant be expressed in one word 29 2.7
97) Im not sure there is a God/May or may not exist 6 0.6
TOTAL1,065100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Q22 Even if you might not believe in God, based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like....a. A cosmic force in the universe (Q22A)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 457 29.8
2) Agree 431 28.1
3) Disagree 159 10.4
4) Strongly disagree 266 17.3
5) Undecided 223 14.5
TOTAL1,536100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Y131. [If teen does not answer no to the believe in God question][IF Y126<>2] Which of the following views comes closest to your own view of God?[READ ALL LIST] (GODVIEW)
  TOTAL %
1) Personal being involved in lives of people 2,157 64
2) Created world, but NOT involved in world 461 13.7
3) Not personal, like a cosmic life force 482 14.3
4) NONE OF THESE VIEWS 34 1
777) Dont know 97 2.9
888) Refused 34 1
999) Not asked 105 3.1
TOTAL3,370100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Youth
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Q20a. Based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like? A cosmic force in the universe (GODFORCE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 234 16.2
2) Disagree 201 13.9
3) Agree 409 28.3
4) Strongly agree 353 24.4
8) Undecided 250 17.3
TOTAL1,447100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21c. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Distant (GODDIST)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 763 51.3
2) Not very well 287 19.3
3) Somewhat well 161 10.8
4) Very well 94 6.3
8) Undecided 182 12.2
TOTAL1,487100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q49 [ASK IF BELIEVE IN GOD] Which comes closest to your view of God? God is a being with whom people can have a relationship or God is an impersonal force? (Q49)
  TOTAL %
1) God is a being with whom people can have a relationship 14,682 60.3
2) God is an impersonal force 7,930 32.6
3) Both/Neither/Other 1,084 4.5
8) Dont know 534 2.2
9) Refused 106 0.4
TOTAL24,336100.0
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


(godview_w3) [IF BELIEVES IN GOD OR IS UNSURE/DK OR REF] I:5. Which of the following views comes closest to your own view of God? (GODVIEW)
  TOTAL %
1) God is a personal being involved in the lives of people today 1,569 62
2) God created the world, but is not involved in the world now 246 9.7
3) God is not personal, but something like a cosmic life force 477 18.8
4) None of these views 35 1.4
777) Dont know 33 1.3
888) Refused 18 0.7
999) Legitimate skip 154 6.1
TOTAL2,532100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


IF BELIEVE IN GOD/UNIVERSAL SPIRIT (Q.30=1), ASK: Which comes closest to your view of God? God is a person with whom people can have a relationship or God is an impersonal force? (Q32)
  TOTAL %
1) God is a person 21,589 65.6
2) God is an impersonal force 8,583 26.1
3) Both/neither/other (Vol.) 1,503 4.6
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.) 1,238 3.8
TOTAL32,913100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


God is not a personal being, but more like an impersonal spiritual force. (RA_2)
  TOTAL %
-7) Refused 9 0.3
-4) Dont know 53 2
1) Strongly agree 776 29.8
2) Somewhat agree 492 18.9
3) Neither agree nor disagree 347 13.3
4) Somewhat disagree 182 7
5) Strongly disagree 749 28.7
TOTAL2,608100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


IF BELIEVE IN GOD/UNIVERSAL SPIRIT (Q.30=1), ASK: Which comes closest to your view of God? God is a person with whom people can have a relationship or God is an impersonal force? (Q32)
  TOTAL %
1) God is a person 218 60.7
2) God is an impersonal force 112 31.2
3) Both/neither/other (Vol.) 16 4.5
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.) 13 3.6
TOTAL359100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Q22 Even if you might not believe in God, based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like....f. Angered by human sin (Q22F)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 456 29.1
2) Agree 426 27.2
3) Disagree 276 17.6
4) Strongly disagree 205 13.1
5) Undecided 204 13
TOTAL1,567100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22 Even if you might not believe in God, based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like....g. Angered by my sins (Q22G)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 381 24.6
2) Agree 412 26.6
3) Disagree 316 20.4
4) Strongly disagree 227 14.7
5) Undecided 212 13.7
TOTAL1,548100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God f. Forgiving (Q23F)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 1,216 74.2
2) Somewhat well 187 11.4
3) Not very well 34 2.1
4) Not at all 90 5.5
5) Undecided 111 6.8
TOTAL1,638100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God m. Punishing (Q23M)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 266 17
2) Somewhat well 272 17.4
3) Not very well 349 22.3
4) Not at all 474 30.3
5) Undecided 205 13.1
TOTAL1,566100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God o. Wrathful (Q23O)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 218 13.9
2) Somewhat well 208 13.3
3) Not very well 327 20.9
4) Not at all 611 39
5) Undecided 201 12.8
TOTAL1,565100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q20e. Based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like? Angered by human sin (GODANGER)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 159 10.9
2) Disagree 279 19.2
3) Agree 380 26.1
4) Strongly agree 444 30.5
8) Undecided 192 13.2
TOTAL1,454100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q20f. Based on your personal understanding, what do you think God is like? Angered by my sins (GODMYSIN)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 175 12
2) Disagree 317 21.8
3) Agree 385 26.5
4) Strongly agree 375 25.8
8) Undecided 202 13.9
TOTAL1,454100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21f. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Forgiving (GODFORGV)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 64 4.2
2) Not very well 46 3
3) Somewhat well 171 11.2
4) Very well 1,123 73.7
8) Undecided 120 7.9
TOTAL1,524100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21m. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Punishing (GODPUNSH)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 408 27.2
2) Not very well 327 21.8
3) Somewhat well 285 19
4) Very well 281 18.7
8) Undecided 199 13.3
TOTAL1,500100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21o. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Wrathful (GODWRATH)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 533 35.6
2) Not very well 303 20.2
3) Somewhat well 232 15.5
4) Very well 211 14.1
8) Undecided 218 14.6
TOTAL1,497100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22c. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about God? God punishes sinners with terrible woes (GODWOES)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 347 23.2
2) Disagree 708 47.4
3) Agree 192 12.9
4) Strongly agree 58 3.9
8) Undecided 189 12.7
TOTAL1,494100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22d. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about God? God punishes sinners in small ways (such as losing a promotion or getting into a minor accident) (GODPUNSM)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 362 24.3
2) Disagree 679 45.7
3) Agree 205 13.8
4) Strongly agree 58 3.9
8) Undecided 183 12.3
TOTAL1,487100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22e. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about God? God reserves his judgment for the afterlife (GODRESRV)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 142 9.6
2) Disagree 231 15.6
3) Agree 491 33.2
4) Strongly agree 396 26.7
8) Undecided 221 14.9
TOTAL1,481100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22f. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about God? God clearly shows us the difference between right and wrong (GODSHOW)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 92 6.1
2) Disagree 217 14.4
3) Agree 450 29.8
4) Strongly agree 622 41.2
8) Undecided 128 8.5
TOTAL1,509100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO BELIEVE A GOD EXISTS: I believe God is: (JUDGE)
  TOTAL %
1) Judgmental 1 0.4
2) Forgiving 120 43.5
3) Both judgmental and forgiving 131 47.5
4) Neither judgmental nor forgiving 8 2.9
9) Other 16 5.8
TOTAL276100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: The target population for this survey was students at Winthrop University, a state university in South Carolina.
Frame: Other
Sample: Unknown
Mode: Other


I believe that if I do a lot of wrong things, God will stop loving me. (YSTOPLOV)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 4,571 56.4
2) Disagree 2,282 28.2
3) Not sure 761 9.4
4) Agree 292 3.6
5) Strongly agree 198 2.4
TOTAL8,104100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


I believe God will punish me if I do something wrong. (YGPUNISH)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 1,152 14.2
2) Disagree 1,657 20.5
3) Not sure 2,360 29.2
4) Agree 2,128 26.3
5) Strongly agree 793 9.8
TOTAL8,090100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you agree with this statement --For I the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me? (AGREE6)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 1,097 44.5
2) No 1,367 55.5
TOTAL2,464100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


I believe that if I do a lot of wrong things, God will stop loving me. (FDOWRONG)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 1,692 39.6
2) Disagree 2,043 47.8
3) Not sure 291 6.8
4) Agree 207 4.8
5) Strongly agree 41 1
TOTAL4,274100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


I believe that God will punish me if I do something wrong. (FPUNISH)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 649 15.2
2) Disagree 1,561 36.6
3) Not sure 722 16.9
4) Agree 1,174 27.5
5) Strongly agree 162 3.8
TOTAL4,268100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


I believe that if I do a lot of wrong things, God will stop loving me. (MDOWRONG)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 3,045 51
2) Disagree 2,527 42.3
3) Not sure 208 3.5
4) Agree 145 2.4
5) Strongly agree 44 0.7
TOTAL5,969100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


I believe that God will punish me if I do something wrong. (MPUNISH)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 1,318 22.1
2) Disagree 2,191 36.8
3) Not sure 909 15.3
4) Agree 1,331 22.3
5) Strongly agree 207 3.5
TOTAL5,956100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statement. Not controlling ones sexual desires is a sin that God will eventually punish. (SEXDESIR)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree with this statement 61 14.9
2) Agree 116 28.4
3) Are you neutral about this statement 72 17.6
4) Disagree 111 27.1
5) Strongly disagree 28 6.8
6) Dont know 21 5.1
TOTAL409100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words… describe God a. Absolute (Q23A)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 1,010 63.1
2) Somewhat well 202 12.6
3) Not very well 83 5.2
4) Not at all 135 8.4
5) Undecided 171 10.7
TOTAL1,601100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words... describe God b. Critical (Q23B)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 190 12.2
2) Somewhat well 203 13.1
3) Not very well 366 23.6
4) Not at all 609 39.2
5) Undecided 184 11.9
TOTAL1,552100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God e. Fatherly (Q23E)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 994 61.6
2) Somewhat well 233 14.4
3) Not very well 90 5.6
4) Not at all 152 9.4
5) Undecided 144 8.9
TOTAL1,613100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God g. Friendly (Q23G)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 922 57.7
2) Somewhat well 294 18.4
3) Not very well 90 5.6
4) Not at all 115 7.2
5) Undecided 176 11
TOTAL1,597100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God h. Just (Q23H)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 1,100 67.9
2) Somewhat well 226 14
3) Not very well 56 3.5
4) Not at all 100 6.2
5) Undecided 137 8.5
TOTAL1,619100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God i. Kind (Q23I)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 1,097 67.7
2) Somewhat well 232 14.3
3) Not very well 54 3.3
4) Not at all 101 6.2
5) Undecided 137 8.5
TOTAL1,621100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God j. Kingly (Q23J)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 742 47.1
2) Somewhat well 201 12.7
3) Not very well 188 11.9
4) Not at all 251 15.9
5) Undecided 195 12.4
TOTAL1,577100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God l. Motherly (Q23L)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 467 30.2
2) Somewhat well 241 15.6
3) Not very well 216 14
4) Not at all 372 24
5) Undecided 251 16.2
TOTAL1,547100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God n. Severe (Q23N)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 185 11.9
2) Somewhat well 177 11.4
3) Not very well 376 24.2
4) Not at all 597 38.4
5) Undecided 221 14.2
TOTAL1,556100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q23 How well do you feel that each of the following words.. describe God p. Yielding (Q23P)
  TOTAL %
1) Very well 292 18.6
2) Somewhat well 312 19.9
3) Not very well 245 15.6
4) Not at all 391 25
5) Undecided 326 20.8
TOTAL1,566100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21a. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Absolute (GODABSOL)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 102 6.8
2) Not very well 97 6.4
3) Somewhat well 225 14.9
4) Very well 912 60.6
8) Undecided 170 11.3
TOTAL1,506100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21b. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Critical (GODCRIT)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 503 33.8
2) Not very well 386 25.9
3) Somewhat well 206 13.8
4) Very well 181 12.2
8) Undecided 212 14.2
TOTAL1,488100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21e. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Fatherly (GODFTHR)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 100 6.6
2) Not very well 94 6.2
3) Somewhat well 213 14.1
4) Very well 938 62.2
8) Undecided 164 10.9
TOTAL1,509100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21g. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Friendly (GODFRND)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 60 4
2) Not very well 79 5.2
3) Somewhat well 262 17.4
4) Very well 914 60.7
8) Undecided 191 12.7
TOTAL1,506100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21h. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Just (GODJUST)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 69 4.6
2) Not very well 62 4.1
3) Somewhat well 189 12.5
4) Very well 1,032 68.4
8) Undecided 157 10.4
TOTAL1,509100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21i. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Kind (GODKIND)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 58 3.8
2) Not very well 60 4
3) Somewhat well 215 14.2
4) Very well 1,032 68
8) Undecided 152 10
TOTAL1,517100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21j. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Kingly (GODKING)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 171 11.4
2) Not very well 177 11.8
3) Somewhat well 193 12.9
4) Very well 761 50.8
8) Undecided 196 13.1
TOTAL1,498100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21l. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Motherly (GODMTHR)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 293 19.8
2) Not very well 228 15.4
3) Somewhat well 255 17.2
4) Very well 461 31.1
8) Undecided 244 16.5
TOTAL1,481100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q21n. How well do you feel that each of the following words describe God in your opinion? Severe (GODSEVER)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 541 36.1
2) Not very well 346 23.1
3) Somewhat well 195 13
4) Very well 193 12.9
8) Undecided 222 14.8
TOTAL1,497100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


I believe God has a lot of rules about how people should live their lives. (YGRULES)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 788 9.7
2) Disagree 1,416 17.5
3) Not sure 2,514 31
4) Agree 2,285 28.2
5) Strongly agree 1,100 13.6
TOTAL8,103100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


I believe God is very strict. (YGSTRICT)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 2,311 28.5
2) Disagree 2,661 32.9
3) Not sure 2,068 25.5
4) Agree 688 8.5
5) Strongly agree 368 4.5
TOTAL8,096100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


I believe God has a lot of rules about how people should live their lives. (FGODRULE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 301 7.1
2) Disagree 1,400 32.9
3) Not sure 476 11.2
4) Agree 1,671 39.2
5) Strongly agree 410 9.6
TOTAL4,258100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


I believe God is very strict. (FGDSTRCT)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 312 7.3
2) Disagree 1,465 34.5
3) Not sure 690 16.2
4) Agree 1,359 32
5) Strongly agree 424 10
TOTAL4,250100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


I believe God has a lot of rules about how people should live their lives. (MGODRULE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 393 6.6
2) Disagree 1,849 31
3) Not sure 623 10.5
4) Agree 2,387 40.1
5) Strongly agree 704 11.8
TOTAL5,956100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


I believe God is very strict. (MGDSTRCT)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 518 8.7
2) Disagree 2,051 34.5
3) Not sure 927 15.6
4) Agree 1,845 31
5) Strongly agree 606 10.2
TOTAL5,947100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Here are several pairs of statements. For each pair, tell me which one comes closest to your own view. (GDPLSURE)
  TOTAL %
1) God Above All Wants Us To Avoid Worldly Pleasures 70,750 17.6
2) God Above All Wants Us To Enjoy Life 332,109 82.4
TOTAL402,859100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Q22a. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about God? God rewards the faithful with major successes (GODMAJOR)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 214 14.2
2) Disagree 528 35
3) Agree 383 25.4
4) Strongly agree 180 11.9
8) Undecided 202 13.4
TOTAL1,507100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Q22b. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about God? God rewards the faithful in small ways (such as helping to find lost keys or fight off a cold) (GODSMALL)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 200 13.4
2) Disagree 463 31.1
3) Agree 444 29.8
4) Strongly agree 206 13.8
8) Undecided 178 11.9
TOTAL1,491100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Do you mostly agree or mostly disagree with each statement on this card? -- God wants me to have the kind of job that will make me happy. (AGGODHAP)
  TOTAL %
1) Mostly agree 3,264 65
2) Mostly disagree 1,241 24.7
3) Dont know 514 10.2
TOTAL5,019100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you mostly agree or mostly disagree with each statement on this card? -- God doesnt care how I use my money. (AGGODUSE)
  TOTAL %
1) Mostly agree 1,117 22.3
2) Mostly disagree 3,346 66.7
3) Dont know 556 11.1
TOTAL5,019100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


ASK UNLESS RESPONDENT REPORTS BEING A MEMBER OF NO RELIGION, DOESNT KNOW, OR REFUSED (from RELIG): Now I am going to read you a series of statements on some different topics. For each one, please tell me if you agree with it or disagree with it. The first one is God will grant financial success and good health to all believers who have enough faith. Do you agree or disagree? (QN52_A)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 2,544 74.4
2) Disagree 719 21
8) Dont know 106 3.1
9) Refused 52 1.5
TOTAL3,421100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Im going to read some statements that give reasons why a persons life turns out well or poorly. As I read each one, tell me whether you think it is very important, important, somewhat important, or not at all important for how somebodys life turns out? Such things are decided by God. (LFEGOD)
  TOTAL %
1) Very important 372 23.2
2) Important 450 28
3) Somewhat important 361 22.5
4) Not at all important 364 22.7
8) Dont know 47 2.9
9) No answer 12 0.7
TOTAL1,606100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me if you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly with each of these statements. - God wants every person to develop his or her gifts to the fullest possible extent. (EXPDEVEL)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly Agree 11,401 2.7
2) Agree 8,760 2.1
3) Disagree 96,254 22.7
4) Strongly Disagree 279,393 65.9
5) Dont Know, Refused 27,905 6.6
TOTAL423,713100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. The first set of contrasting images shows mother at 1 on the scale and father at 7. If you imagine God as a mother, you would place yourself at 1. If you imagine God as a father, you would place yourself at 7. If you imagine God as somewhere between Mother and Father, you would place yourself at 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. (MAPA)
  TOTAL %
0) Inapplicable 0 0
1) Mother 50 2.6
2) 2 15 0.8
3) 3 43 2.3
4) 4 340 17.9
5) 5 102 5.4
6) 6 118 6.2
7) Father 599 31.6
8) Dont know 66 3.5
9) No answer 565 29.8
TOTAL1,898100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Here are sets of contrasting images. On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your images of God between the two contrasting images? The first set of contrasting images shows master at 1 on the scale and spouse at 7. If you imagine God as a master, you would place yourself at 1. If you imagine God as a spouse, you would place yourself at 7. If you imagine God as somewhere between master and spouse, you would place yourself at 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. (MASTERSP)
  TOTAL %
0) Inapplicable 0 0
1) Master 532 39
2) 2 110 8.1
3) 3 136 10
4) 4 320 23.4
5) 5 51 3.7
6) 6 29 2.1
7) Spouse 45 3.3
8) Dont know 111 8.1
9) No answer 31 2.3
TOTAL1,365100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Here are sets of contrasting images. On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your images of God between the two contrasting images? This first set of contrasting images shows judge at 1 on the scale and lover at 7. If you imagine God as a judge, you would place yourself at 1. If you imagine God as a lover, you would place yourself at 7. If you imagine God as somewhere between judge and lover, you would place yourself at 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. (JUDGELUV)
  TOTAL %
0) Inapplicable 0 0
1) Judge 448 32.8
2) 2 94 6.9
3) 3 128 9.4
4) 4 355 26
5) 5 57 4.2
6) 6 53 3.9
7) Lover 82 6
8) Dont know 111 8.1
9) No answer 37 2.7
TOTAL1,365100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Here are sets of contrasting images. On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your images of God between the two contrasting images? This set of contrasting images shows friend at 1 on the scale and king at 7. If you imagine God as a friend, you would place yourself at 1. If you imagine God as a king, you would place yourself at 7. If you imagine God as somewhere between friend and king, you would place yourself at 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6? (FRNDKING)
  TOTAL %
0) Inapplicable 0 0
1) Friend 253 18.5
2) 2 69 5.1
3) 3 78 5.7
4) 4 382 28
5) 5 86 6.3
6) 6 71 5.2
7) King 311 22.8
8) Dont know 84 6.2
9) No answer 31 2.3
TOTAL1,365100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. Here is a card with sets of contrasting images. On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your image of God between the two contrasting images? (MAPA)
  TOTAL %
1) Mother 1 20 2.2
2) 2 14 1.5
3) 3 14 1.5
4) 4 229 24.7
5) 5 77 8.3
6) 6 91 9.8
7) Father 7 437 47.1
8) Dont know 8 0.9
9) No answer 38 4.1
TOTAL928100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your image of God between the two contrasting images? (MASTERSP)
  TOTAL %
1) Master 1 425 45.8
2) 2 111 12
3) 3 71 7.7
4) 4 188 20.3
5) 5 35 3.8
6) 6 13 1.4
7) Spouse 7 30 3.2
8) Dont know 12 1.3
9) No answer 43 4.6
TOTAL928100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your image of God between the two contrasting images? (JUDGELUV)
  TOTAL %
1) Judge 1 345 37.2
2) 2 81 8.7
3) 3 72 7.8
4) 4 229 24.7
5) 5 34 3.7
6) 6 24 2.6
7) Lover 7 84 9.1
8) Dont know 9 1
9) No answer 50 5.4
TOTAL928100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your image of God between the two contrasting images? (FRNDKING)
  TOTAL %
1) Friend 1 263 28.3
2) 2 67 7.2
3) 3 41 4.4
4) 4 258 27.8
5) 5 38 4.1
6) 6 29 3.1
7) King 7 180 19.4
8) Dont know 5 0.5
9) No answer 47 5.1
TOTAL928100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. Here is a card with sets of contrasting images. On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your image of God between the two contrasting images? (MAPA)
  TOTAL %
1) Mother 36 3.6
2) 2 14 1.4
3) 3 22 2.2
4) 4 231 23.3
5) 5 93 9.4
6) 6 82 8.3
7) Father 467 47.1
8) Dont know 11 1.1
9) No answer 35 3.5
TOTAL991100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. Here is a card with sets of contrasting images. On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your image of God between the two contrasting images? (MASTERSP)
  TOTAL %
1) Master 456 46
2) 2 95 9.6
3) 3 87 8.8
4) 4 213 21.5
5) 5 30 3
6) 6 17 1.7
7) Spouse 39 3.9
8) Dont know 14 1.4
9) No answer 40 4
TOTAL991100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. Here is a card with sets of contrasting images. On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your image of God between the two contrasting images? (JUDGELUV)
  TOTAL %
1) Judge 351 35.4
2) 2 85 8.6
3) 3 77 7.8
4) 4 268 27
5) 5 32 3.2
6) 6 31 3.1
7) Lover 95 9.6
8) Dont know 12 1.2
9) No answer 40 4
TOTAL991100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. Here is a card with sets of contrasting images. On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your image of God between the two contrasting images? (FRNDKING)
  TOTAL %
1) Friend 269 27.1
2) 2 50 5
3) 3 48 4.8
4) 4 304 30.7
5) 5 66 6.7
6) 6 41 4.1
7) King 171 17.3
8) Dont know 6 0.6
9) No answer 36 3.6
TOTAL991100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Place God: From (1) Mother; to (7) Father. (MAPA)
  TOTAL %
1) Mother 1 41 2.8
2) 2 26 1.8
3) 3 26 1.8
4) 4 372 25.1
5) 5 105 7.1
6) 6 104 7
7) Father 7 720 48.6
8) Dont know 28 1.9
9) No answer 59 4
TOTAL1,481100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Place god: From (1) Master; to (7) Spouse (MASTERSP)
  TOTAL %
1) Master 1 710 47.9
2) 2 160 10.8
3) 3 106 7.2
4) 4 289 19.5
5) 5 49 3.3
6) 6 26 1.8
7) Spouse 7 42 2.8
8) Dont know 33 2.2
9) No answer 66 4.5
TOTAL1,481100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Place god: From (1) Judge; to (7) Lover (JUDGELUV)
  TOTAL %
1) Judge 1 528 35.7
2) 2 143 9.7
3) 3 99 6.7
4) 4 401 27.1
5) 5 48 3.2
6) 6 54 3.6
7) Lover 7 113 7.6
8) Dont know 33 2.2
9) No answer 62 4.2
TOTAL1,481100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Place god: From (1) Friend; to (7) King (FRNDKING)
  TOTAL %
1) Friend 1 419 28.3
2) 2 95 6.4
3) 3 64 4.3
4) 4 420 28.4
5) 5 69 4.7
6) 6 42 2.8
7) King 7 290 19.6
8) Dont know 28 1.9
9) No answer 54 3.6
TOTAL1,481100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. Where would you place your image of God on the scale for . . . (1) Mother; to (7) Father? (MAPA)
  TOTAL %
1) Mother 1 42 3.1
2) 2 26 1.9
3) 3 52 3.8
4) 4 325 23.9
5) 5 114 8.4
6) 6 116 8.5
7) Father 7 522 38.4
9) No answer 162 11.9
TOTAL1,359100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. Where would you place your image of God on the scale for . . . (1) Master; to (7) Spouse? (MASTERSP)
  TOTAL %
1) Master 1 434 31.9
2) 2 153 11.3
3) 3 122 9
4) 4 296 21.8
5) 5 61 4.5
6) 6 49 3.6
7) Spouse 7 39 2.9
9) No answer 205 15.1
TOTAL1,359100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. Where would you place your image of God on the scale for . . . (1) Judge; to (7) Lover? (JUDGELUV)
  TOTAL %
1) Judge 1 385 28.3
2) 2 140 10.3
3) 3 116 8.5
4) 4 320 23.5
5) 5 75 5.5
6) 6 55 4
7) Lover 7 59 4.3
9) No answer 209 15.4
TOTAL1,359100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. Where would you place your image of God on the scale for . . . (1) Friend; to (7) King? (FRNDKING)
  TOTAL %
1) Friend 1 277 20.4
2) 2 112 8.2
3) 3 77 5.7
4) 4 341 25.1
5) 5 81 6
6) 6 71 5.2
7) King 7 193 14.2
9) No answer 207 15.2
TOTAL1,359100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Place God: From (1) Mother; to (7) Father. (MAPA)
  TOTAL %
1) Mother 1 42 2.9
2) 2 16 1.1
3) 3 30 2.1
4) 4 354 24.5
5) 5 119 8.2
6) 6 139 9.6
7) Father 7 681 47.1
8) Dont know 14 1
9) No answer 50 3.5
TOTAL1,445100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Place God: From (1) Master; to (7) Spouse (MASTERSP)
  TOTAL %
1) Master 1 612 42.4
2) 2 180 12.5
3) 3 116 8
4) 4 313 21.7
5) 5 37 2.6
6) 6 34 2.4
7) Spouse 7 64 4.4
8) Dont know 25 1.7
9) No answer 64 4.4
TOTAL1,445100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Place God: From (1) Judge; to (7) Lover (JUDGELUV)
  TOTAL %
1) Judge 1 482 33.4
2) 2 135 9.3
3) 3 108 7.5
4) 4 420 29.1
5) 5 56 3.9
6) 6 59 4.1
7) Lover 7 106 7.3
8) Dont know 22 1.5
9) No answer 57 3.9
TOTAL1,445100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Place God: From (1) Friend; to (7) King (FRNDKING)
  TOTAL %
1) Friend 1 322 22.3
2) 2 75 5.2
3) 3 70 4.8
4) 4 430 29.8
5) 5 87 6
6) 6 79 5.5
7) King 7 317 21.9
8) Dont know 15 1
9) No answer 50 3.5
TOTAL1,445100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Place God: From (1) Mother; to (7) Father. (MAPA)
  TOTAL %
1) Mother 1 48 2.4
2) 2 28 1.4
3) 3 33 1.7
4) 4 504 25.5
5) 5 158 8
6) 6 174 8.8
7) Father 7 940 47.5
8) Dont know 20 1
9) No answer 72 3.6
TOTAL1,977100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Place God: From (1) Master; to (7) Spouse (MASTERSP)
  TOTAL %
1) Master 1 950 48.1
2) 2 206 10.4
3) 3 148 7.5
4) 4 369 18.7
5) 5 64 3.2
6) 6 42 2.1
7) Spouse 7 78 3.9
8) Dont know 35 1.8
9) No answer 85 4.3
TOTAL1,977100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Place God: From (1) Judge; to (7) Lover (JUDGELUV)
  TOTAL %
1) Judge 1 737 37.3
2) 2 197 10
3) 3 137 6.9
4) 4 485 24.5
5) 5 77 3.9
6) 6 61 3.1
7) Lover 7 172 8.7
8) Dont know 31 1.6
9) No answer 80 4
TOTAL1,977100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Place God: From (1) Friend; to (7) King (FRNDKING)
  TOTAL %
1) Friend 1 525 26.6
2) 2 110 5.6
3) 3 81 4.1
4) 4 585 29.6
5) 5 94 4.8
6) 6 76 3.8
7) King 7 415 21
8) Dont know 22 1.1
9) No answer 69 3.5
TOTAL1,977100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. Here is a card with sets of contrasting images. On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your image of God between the two contrasting images? The first set of contrasting images shows Mother at 1 on the scale and Father at 7. If you imagine God as a Mother you would place yourself at 1. If you imagine God as a Father, you would place yourself at 7. If you imagine God as somewhere between Mother and Father, you would place yourself at 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. Where would you place your image of God on the scale for Mother or Father? (MAPA)
  TOTAL %
1) 1-Mother 33 3.1
2) 2 12 1.1
3) 3 29 2.7
4) 4 251 23.2
5) 5 85 7.9
6) 6 104 9.6
7) 7-Father 506 46.9
8) Dont know 6 0.6
9) No answer 54 5
TOTAL1,080100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. Here is a card with sets of contrasting images. On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your image of God between the two contrasting images? The first set of contrasting images shows Master at 1 on the scale and Spouse at 7. If you imagine God as a Master you would place yourself at 1. If you imagine God as a Master, you would place yourself at 7. If you imagine God as somewhere between Master and Spouse, you would place yourself at 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. Where would you place your image of God on the scale for Master or Spouse? (MASTERSP)
  TOTAL %
1) 1-Master 489 45.3
2) 2 110 10.2
3) 3 98 9.1
4) 4 200 18.5
5) 5 35 3.2
6) 6 25 2.3
7) 7-Spouse 52 4.8
8) Dont know 8 0.7
9) No answer 63 5.8
TOTAL1,080100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. Here is a card with sets of contrasting images. On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your image of God between the two contrasting images? The first set of contrasting images shows Judge at 1 on the scale and Lover at 7. If you imagine God as a Judge you would place yourself at 1. If you imagine God as a Lover, you would place yourself at 7. If you imagine God as somewhere between Judge and Lover, you would place yourself at 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. Where would you place your image of God on the scale for Judge or Lover? (JUDGELUV)
  TOTAL %
1) 1-Judge 396 36.7
2) 2 103 9.5
3) 3 76 7
4) 4 250 23.1
5) 5 54 5
6) 6 46 4.3
7) 7-Lover 87 8.1
8) Dont know 9 0.8
9) No answer 59 5.5
TOTAL1,080100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


There are many different ways of picturing God. Wed like to know the kinds of images you are most likely to associate with God. Here is a card with sets of contrasting images. On a scale of 1-7 where would you place your image of God between the two contrasting images? The first set of contrasting images shows Friend at 1 on the scale and King at 7. If you imagine God as a Friend you would place yourself at 1. If you imagine God as a King, you would place yourself at 7. If you imagine God as somewhere between Friend and King, you would place yourself at 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. Where would you place your image of God on the scale for Friend or King? (FRNDKING)
  TOTAL %
1) 1-Friend 278 25.7
2) 2 79 7.3
3) 3 59 5.5
4) 4 309 28.6
5) 5 44 4.1
6) 6 45 4.2
7) 7-King 212 19.6
8) Dont know 3 0.3
9) No answer 51 4.7
TOTAL1,080100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


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Answers Prayers?: Does God answer prayers?
Engagement: Is God concerned about, engaged in, interested in the personal lives of humans?
God's Love: This question type asks the respondent about God's love or how loving God is.
God's Will?: This question type asks the respondent if God desires a certain type of behavior or outcome
Human Characteristics?: Does God have human characteristics, such as a body or a gender?
Knowing God: How does one come to know God?
Multi-Statement: This question type asks the respondent to respond to distinct statements about God..
Open-Ended: These variables summarize God descriptors provided by the respondent.
Personal/Impersonal: This question type asks respondent's to choose from statements or descriptions of God that vary between a very personal to a very impersonal God/cosmic force.
Sin and Punishment: Does respondent believe that God is angered by and/or will punish sinful behavior?
Single Adjective: This question type asks the respondent how well an adjective describes God
Strict/Rules: Is God strict/expect believers to follow rules and commandments?
Success: Does God care about or influence our success?
Two-Adjective: This question type asks respondents to place God on a scale between two adjectives/descriptions.

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