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Do you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross, or not? (CROSS)
  TOTAL %
1) Believe he died on the cross 812 91.2
2) Do not believe 43 4.8
8) DK/No opinion 35 3.9
TOTAL890100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[ASK ALL:] Do you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross, or not? (JESUSDIE)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 3,012 91.5
2) No 145 4.4
9) Dont know/Refused 134 4.1
TOTAL3,291100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with each of these statements. -- God has been fully revealed to humans in Jesus Christ. (GODRVEAL)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 2,826 50.4
2) Somewhat agree 1,457 26
3) Somewhat disagree 574 10.2
4) Strongly disagree 484 8.6
5) Dont know/refused 262 4.7
TOTAL5,603100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Here are several pairs of statements. For each pair, tell me which one comes closest to your own view. (GDNATURE)
  TOTAL %
1) Gods Nature is Fully Revealed to us In Jesus Christ 224,664 55.4
2) Gods Nature is Ultimately a Mystery 180,919 44.6
TOTAL405,583100.0
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 has been fully revealed to humans in Jesus Christ. (EXPRVEAL)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly Agree 30,087 7.1
2) Agree 61,557 14.5
3) Disagree 135,779 32
4) Strongly Disagree 151,956 35.9
5) Dont Know, Refused 44,334 10.5
TOTAL423,713100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Q24 Which one statement comes closest to your personal beliefs about Jesus (Q24)
  TOTAL %
1) Jesus is a fictional character 17 1
2) Jesus probably existed, but he was not special 56 3.3
3) Jesus was extraordinary person/wasnt messenger of God 135 8
4) Jesus was one of many messengers or prophets of God 207 12.2
5) Jesus is the son of God 1,198 70.9
6) I have no opinion 77 4.6
TOTAL1,690100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


(jesuschrst_w2) I:6. Which of the following comes closest to your beliefs about Jesus Christ? Do you believe: [ALL RESPONSE OPTIONS MUST BE READ] [INTERVIEWER: IF RESPONDENT NAMES A NUMBER AS THEIR RESPONSE READ BACK THE ANSWER ASSOCIATED WITH THAT NUMBER TO CLARIFY] (JESUSCHR)
  TOTAL %
1) One, that Jesus was the Son of God who was raised from the dead 1,755 67.4
2) Two, that Jesus was an important human teacher but was not the Son of God 264 10.1
3) Three, that Jesus never really existed 33 1.3
4) Four, do you believe something else 88 3.4
5) Five, you are unsure what you believe about Jesus Dont know 442 17
666) Invalid skip 17 0.7
888) Refused 5 0.2
TOTAL2,604100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


(jesuschrst_w3) I:6. Which of the following comes closest to your beliefs about Jesus Christ? Do you believe: [ALL RESPONSE OPTIONS MUST BE READ] [INTERVIEWER: IF RESPONDENT NAMES A NUMBER AS THEIR RESPONSE READ BACK THE ANSWER ASSOCIATED WITH THAT NUMBER TO CLARIFY] (JESUSCHR)
  TOTAL %
1) Jesus was the Son of God who was raised from the dead 1,677 66.2
2) Jesus was an important human teacher, but was not the Son of God 309 12.2
3) Jesus never really exited 38 1.5
4) Believe something else 96 3.8
5) Unsure what you believe about Jesus/Dont know 402 15.9
888) Refused 5 0.2
999) Legitimate skip 5 0.2
TOTAL2,532100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Which statement best describes your beliefs about Jesus Christ? (ARBL_1)
  TOTAL %
-7) Refused 47 1.8
-4) Dont know 29 1.1
1) He was the divine, only Son of God 1,907 73.2
2) A prophet of God, but not God 172 6.6
3) A wise man or a good moral teacher, but not God 283 10.9
4) He was just another person 76 2.9
5) He was something else not described above 84 3.2
6) Not heard of Jesus Christ 6 0.2
TOTAL2,604100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which of these statements about Jesus is closest to your view of Jesus? (YJESUS)
  TOTAL %
1) I dont think Jesus ever existed - it is just a story that people made up. 194 2.5
2) I think Jesus was a great man who lived long ago, but I dont think he was the Son of God. 350 4.4
3) I believe Jesus is the Son of God, but I doubt he actually rose from the dead. 461 5.8
4) I believe Jesus is the Son of God who died on a cross and rose again. 6,913 87.3
TOTAL7,918100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing what you believe about Jesus? (BELVJESU)
  TOTAL %
1) Jesus is the Divine Son of God. I have no doubts about it. 2,082 73.8
2) While I have some doubts, I feel that Jesus is Divine. 452 16
3) Jesus was a great holy man; not Gods Son anymore than us 178 6.3
4) I think Jesus was only a man, although an extraordinary one. 88 3.1
5) Frankly, Im not entirely sure there was such a person. 15 0.5
6) None of the above. What I believe is... 8 0.3
TOTAL2,823100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Which of these statements comes closest to what you believe about Jesus? (JESUS)
  TOTAL %
1) Jesus was the only divine son of God who died and rose again to save us from our sins. 1,893 65.1
2) Jesus embodied the essence of divine love and showed us how to attain spiritual union with God. 443 15.2
3) Jesus had special insights about God, much in the same way that Muhammad and the Buddha did. 411 14.1
4) Other 64 2.2
5) Dont know 90 3.1
6) Refused 8 0.3
TOTAL2,909100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing what you believe about Jesus? (Choose one answer) (RELGC2)
  TOTAL %
1) Jesus is the Divine Son of God and I have no doubts about it. 51 59.3
2) While I have some doubts, I feel basically that Jesus is Divine. 17 19.8
3) I feel that Jesus is a great man and very holy, but I dont feel Him to be the Son of God any more than all of us are children of God. 4 4.7
4) I think that Jesus was only a man although an extraordinary one. 9 10.5
5) Frankly, Im not entirely sure there was such a person as Jesus. 3 3.5
6) None of the above represents what I believe. 2 2.3
TOTAL86100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing what you believe about Jesus? (Choose one answer) (RELGC2)
  TOTAL %
1) Jesus is the Divine Son of God and I have no doubts about it. 53 54.1
2) While I have some doubts, I feel basically that Jesus is Divine. 21 21.4
3) I feel that Jesus is a great man and very holy, but I dont feel Him to be the Son of God any more than all of us are children of God. 4 4.1
4) I think that Jesus was only a man although an extraordinary one. 7 7.1
5) Frankly, Im not entirely sure there was such a person as Jesus. 5 5.1
6) None of the above represents what I believe. 8 8.2
TOTAL98100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


Would you please think about each of the religious beliefs listed below and then indicate how certain you are that it is true. -- Jesus was born a Jew. (BORNAJEW)
  TOTAL %
1) Completely true 2,287 82
2) Probably true 443 15.9
3) Probably not true 29 1
4) Definitely not true 31 1.1
TOTAL2,790100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Would you please think about each of the religious beliefs listed below and then indicate how certain you are that it is true. -- Jesus walked on water. (WLKONWTR)
  TOTAL %
1) Completely true 1,551 56.3
2) Probably true 676 24.5
3) Probably not true 410 14.9
4) Definitely not true 117 4.2
TOTAL2,754100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic without believing that Jesus physically rose from the dead? (GCNOROSE)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 1,069 23.2
2) No 3,455 74.9
3) Dont know 87 1.9
TOTAL4,611100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As a Catholic, how important is each of the following to you? Would you say the following is or are very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? H. Belief in Jesus resurrection from the dead (BELRESUR)
  TOTAL %
1) Not important at all 25 2.9
2) Somewhat important 115 13.1
3) Very important 735 84
4) Dont know 0 0
TOTAL875100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic…I. Without believing that Jesus physically rose from the dead? (GCTHROSE)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 197 22.5
2) No 670 76.6
3) Dont know 5 0.6
4) Refused 3 0.3
TOTAL875100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead. (RA_5A)
  TOTAL %
-7) Refused 3 0.1
-4) Dont know 41 1.6
1) Strongly agree 1,639 62.9
2) Somewhat agree 283 10.9
3) Neither agree nor disagree 406 15.6
4) Somewhat disagree 90 3.5
5) Strongly disagree 145 5.6
TOTAL2,607100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you believe that Jesus rose from the dead or not? (ROSEDEAD)
  TOTAL %
1) Believe Jesus rose from the dead 750 84.4
2) Do not believe 87 9.8
8) DK/No opinion 52 5.8
TOTAL889100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you believe that Jesus rose from the dead, or not? (ROSEDEAD)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 2,727 82.9
2) No 368 11.2
9) Dont know/Refused 195 5.9
TOTAL3,290100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me how important each aspect of Catholicism is to your Catholic identity? Is it very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all? How important is . . .? Resurrection of Jesus (RESURREC)
  TOTAL %
1) Very important 333 83.9
2) Somewhat important 49 12.3
3) Not too important 2 0.5
4) Not important at all 13 3.3
TOTAL397100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think the following items are requirements to be a good Catholic. To be a good Catholic, do you have to . . .? Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus (GDCTH_1)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 361 91.4
2) No 34 8.6
TOTAL395100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Listed below are certain inner experiences or feelings that people have reported having. Since you have been an adult, have you ever had any of these experiences? If so, how sure are you about it? (Please indicate below) -- A feeling that perhaps the bodily resurrection of Jesus was a hoax (RESSHOAX)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, Im sure I have 29 50
2) Yes, I think that I have 29 50
TOTAL58100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Regional samples of Mormons in Salt Lake City, UT and San Francisco, CA
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Listed below are certain inner experiences or feelings that people have reported having. Since you have been an adult, have you ever had any of these experiences? If so, how sure are you about it? (Please indicate below) -- A feeling that perhaps the bodily resurrection of Jesus was a hoax (RESSHOAX)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, Im sure I have 20 7.2
2) Yes, I think that I have 31 11.1
3) No, I dont think so 228 81.7
TOTAL279100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Do you believe that Jesus Christ was the son of God or not? (SONGOD)
  TOTAL %
1) Believe he was the son of God 792 89.2
2) Do not believe 62 7
8) DK/No opinion 34 3.8
TOTAL888100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[JESUS, LIFEAFTR, BIBLEPD, AND RELIGEXP ARE ONE GROUP OF RANDOMLY ASSIGNED QUESTIONS.] I believe that Jesus is the son of God. (JESUS)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 343 85.3
2) Disagree 39 9.7
3) Dont know / Cant say / No answer 20 5
TOTAL402100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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. -- Jesus is the Divine Son of God and was literally and actually born of a virgin (JESUSDIV)
  TOTAL %
1) Definitely true 793 85.2
2) Probably true 62 6.7
3) Probably not true 21 2.3
4) Definitely not true 30 3.2
5) Dont know 25 2.7
TOTAL931100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Regional samples of Mormons in Salt Lake City, UT and San Francisco, CA
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Please indicate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statement - Christ is a divine being, the Son of God. (DIVINE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 7 7.3
2) Disagree 12 12.5
3) Undecided 19 19.8
4) Agree 24 25
5) Strongly Agree 34 35.4
TOTAL96100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
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. -- Jesus is the Divine Son of God and was literally and actually born of a virgin (JESUSDIV)
  TOTAL %
1) Definitely true 189 65.2
2) Probably true 30 10.3
3) Probably not true 22 7.6
4) Definitely not true 29 10
5) Dont know 20 6.9
TOTAL290100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


I believe that Jesus is the son of God. (JESUS)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 774 91.4
2) Disagree 51 6
3) Dont know/Cant say/No answer 22 2.6
TOTAL847100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please indicate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statement - Christ is a divine being, the Son of God. (DIVINE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 8 8.3
2) Disagree 4 4.2
3) Undecided 11 11.5
4) Agree 33 34.4
5) Strongly Agree 40 41.7
TOTAL96100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


Please indicate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statement: Christ is a divine being, the Son of God. (DIVINE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 6 6.7
2) Disagree 6 6.7
3) Undecided 19 21.1
4) Agree 26 28.9
5) Strongly Agree 33 36.7
TOTAL90100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


Would you please think about each of the religious beliefs listed below and then indicate how certain you are that it is true. -- Jesus was born of a virgin. (BORNVIRG)
  TOTAL %
1) Completely true 1,754 63.5
2) Probably true 509 18.4
3) Probably not true 360 13
4) Definitely not true 141 5.1
TOTAL2,764100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
Died on Cross?: This question type asks the respondent if Jesus died on the cross.
God Revealed: This question type asks respondents if God has been fully revealed in Jesus.
How Special?: This question type provides a range of options regarding how special/unique Jesus was, often ranging from Jesus as a fictional character to the son of God.
Jewish?: This question type asks respondents if Jesus was born a Jew.
Miraculous Powers: This question type asks the respondent whether he or she believes that Jesus possessed a particular power or performed a particular miracle (excluding the resurrection)
Resurrection: This question type asks respondents their opinion regarding the ressurection of Jesus.
Son of God: This question type asks the respondent if Jesus is the son of God.
Virgin Birth: This question type asks specifically about the virgin birth. Note: many questions include the concept of the virgin birth as part of a larger statement about the nature of Jesus. See Son of God.

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