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Religion, Importance of

Assesses how important a respondent considers religion to be to her/his identity


Below are 132 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept.

  • RELIMP from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of IndiaLEARN MORE
    • Thinking now about religion, how important is religion in your life? Is it the single most important thing, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? [This question was asked in all countries.] (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in NigeriaLEARN MORE
    • Thinking now about religion, how important is religion in your life? Is it the single most important thing, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? [This question was asked in all countries.] (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South KoreaLEARN MORE
    • Thinking now about religion, how important is religion in your life? Is it the single most important thing, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? [This question was asked in all countries.] (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GROUPS from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q44. We are all part of different groups. Some are more important to us than others when we think of ourselves. In general, which single item in the following list is most important to you in describing who you are? (Please mark only one box.) (GROUPS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPMARR from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q64b. How important are the following things to you? That your children marry someone with the same religion as you (IMPMARR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPSAME from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q64a. How important are the following things to you? That your children have the same religion as you (IMPSAME) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPSHARE from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q64c. How important are the following things to you? That you and your partner/spouse share the same religious views (IMPSHARE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPORTCH from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1999LEARN MORE
    • How important is the Catholic Church to you personally? Is it the most important part of your life, among the most important parts of your life, quite important to you, but so are many other areas of your life, or not very important to you at all? (IMPORTCH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPCATH from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005LEARN MORE
    • How important is the Catholic Church to you, personally? (IMPCATH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FAITH1 from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)LEARN MORE
    • P57. TEXT: Next, I have some questions about religion. There may be some that dont directly apply to you, but just answer them as well as you can. How important or unimportant is religious faith in shaping [INSERT A-B]?: [READ LIST] How you live your daily life. (FAITH1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FAITH2 from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)LEARN MORE
    • P57. TEXT: Next, I have some questions about religion. There may be some that dont directly apply to you, but just answer them as well as you can. How important or unimportant is religious faith in shaping [INSERT A-B]?: [READ LIST] Your major life decisions. (FAITH2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PIMPREL from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)LEARN MORE
    • P79. TEXT: Thanks, Now I have some questions about religion. How important is your religious faith in providing guidance in you own day-to-day living?: [READ LIST] (PIMPREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of PentecostalsLEARN MORE
    • Thinking now about religion, how important is religion in your life? Is it the single most important thing, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? [This question was asked in all countries.] (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELGUIDE from American National Election Studies, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Would you say your religion provides SOME guidance in your day-to-day living, QUITE A BIT of guidance, or a GREAT DEAL of guidance in your day-to-day life? (RELGUIDE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • AMCHRSTN from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • How important for being truly American does respondent consider the following...To be a Christian (AMCHRSTN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SOCID1 from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • We are all part of different groups. Some are more important to us than others when we think of ourselves. In general, which in the following list is most important to you in describing who you are? (SOCID1) (1=Current occupation, 2=Race or ethnic background, 3=Gender, 4= Age group, 5=Religion, 6=Political party, 7=Nationality, 8=Family or marital status, 9=Social class, 10=Region) (SOCID1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SOCID2 from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • And the second most important? (From previous question: We are all part of different groups. Some are more important to us than others when we think of ourselves. In general, which in the following list is most important to you in describing who you are?) (SOCID2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SOCID3 from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • And the third most important? (From previous question: We are all part of different groups. Some are more important to us than others when we think of ourselves. In general, which in the following list is most important to you in describing who you are?) (SOCID3) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your life? Would you say: very important, somewhat important, or not very important? (83-10) (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPTREL from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your own life - very important, fairly important, or not very important? (IMPTREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RM_1 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006LEARN MORE
    • How important is religion or religious faith to you personally? (RM_1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RM_2 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006LEARN MORE
    • How important is God or spirituality in your life? (RM_2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELDAILY from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2003LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your own life - very important, fairly important, or not very important? (RELDAILY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your own life: very important, fairly important, or not very important? (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPREL from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2007LEARN MORE
    • How important is religion in your life – very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (IMPREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELPRES from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2007LEARN MORE
    • How do you feel about this statement: Its important to me that a president have strong religious beliefs. Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with it? (RELPRES) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in BrazilLEARN MORE
    • Thinking now about religion, how important is religion in your life? Is it the single most important thing, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? [This question was asked in all countries.] (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in ChileLEARN MORE
    • Thinking now about religion, how important is religion in your life? Is it the single most important thing, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? [This question was asked in all countries.] (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q14 from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • Q14 And how do you feel about this statement: Its important to me that political leaders of our country have strong religious beliefs. Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with it? (Q14) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q42 from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • Q42 How important is religion in your life - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (Q42) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from The Right to Die II, November 2005LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your own life -- very important, fairly important, or not very important? (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q21 from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental DatasetLEARN MORE
    • How important is religion in your life - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (Q21) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1996LEARN MORE
    • Now, thinking about religion, how important would you say religion is in your own life? Would you say that its extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important? (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QE3 from Muslim American Survey, 2007LEARN MORE
    • How important is religion in your life- very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (QE3) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South AfricaLEARN MORE
    • Thinking now about religion, how important is religion in your life? Is it the single most important thing, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? [This question was asked in all countries.] (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the PhilippinesLEARN MORE
    • Thinking now about religion, how important is religion in your life? Is it the single most important thing, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? [This question was asked in all countries.] (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United StatesLEARN MORE
    • Thinking now about religion, how important is religion in your life? Is it the single most important thing, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? [This question was asked in all countries.] (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN25 from U.S. Religious Knowledge Study, 2010LEARN MORE
    • 25. How important is religion in your life-very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important? (QN25) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RLGNGROW from Economic Values Survey, 1992LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion was in your family while you were growing up... (RLGNGROW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WORTHGOD from Economic Values Survey, 1992LEARN MORE
    • How important is each of the following to your basic sense of worth as a person: absolutely essential, very important, somewhat important, not very important? -- your relation to God (WORTHGOD) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • How important to you are your religious beliefs? (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMPT from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your own life: very important, fairly important, or not very important? (RELIMPT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • REL_IMP from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your own life: very important, fairly important, or not very important? (REL_IMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPREL_A from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009LEARN MORE
    • How important is religion in your life -- very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (Q185) (IMPREL_A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIFE_B from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009LEARN MORE
    • How important is religion in your life - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (Q280) (RELIFE_B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPRELIG from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • How important is religion in your life -- very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (IMPRELIG) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • C_RELIMP from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: the New Pope, 2005LEARN MORE
    • How important is religion in your everyday life: The most important thing in your life; extremely important, but not the most important thing, very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Houston Area Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your life? Would you say: very important, somewhat important, or not very important? (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 38I. Religion is very important in my life. (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in GuatemalaLEARN MORE
    • Thinking now about religion, how important is religion in your life? Is it the single most important thing, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? [This question was asked in all countries.] (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in KenyaLEARN MORE
    • Thinking now about religion, how important is religion in your life? Is it the single most important thing, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? [This question was asked in all countries.] (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPCATH from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007LEARN MORE
    • How important is Catholicism to your life- extremely important, very important, not so important, or not important at all? (IMPCATH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from News Interest Index, October 2003LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your own life - very important, fairly important, or not very important? (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CANDBEL from Campaign 2000 Typology SurveyLEARN MORE
    • Now I am going to read some statements about the candidates and political parties. For each, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly disagree with it, or completely disagree with it. Its important to me that a president have strong religious beliefs. (CANDBEL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • STATREL from Campaign 2000 Typology SurveyLEARN MORE
    • Now Im going to read you some more pairs of statements. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views - even if neither is exactly right. Religion is a very important part of my life OR…Religion is not that important to me. (STATREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMPT from Faith and Family in America, 2005LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your life? Would you say it is very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not at all important? (RELIMPT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FAITHIMP from Lilly Survey of Attitudes and Social NetworksLEARN MORE
    • Would you say your religious faith currently is not important, slightly, moderately, very, or extremely important in your own life? (FAITHIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIGIMP from Lilly Survey of Attitudes and Social NetworksLEARN MORE
    • Would you say religion in your family while you were growing up was not important, slightly, moderately, very, or extremely important? (RELIGIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRESRELI from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Thinking again about candidates and elections… How do you feel about this statement: Its important to me that a president have strong religious beliefs. Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with it? [Ask if FORM = 2.] (PRESRELI) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your own life - very important, fairly important, or not very important? (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1996LEARN MORE
    • Now, thinking about religion, how important would you say religion is in your own life? Would you say that its extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important? (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIGIMP from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1999LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say your religious faith is in your own life these days: Extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important? (RELIGIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIGIMP from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 2000LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say your religious faith is in your own life these days: Extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important? (RELIGIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIGIMP from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 2001LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say your religious faith is in your own life these days -- extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important? (RELIGIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIGIMP from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 2000LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say your religious faith is in your own life these days? Extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important? (RELIGIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIGIMP from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, 1999LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say your religious faith is in your own life these days—extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important? (RELIGIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIGIMP from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1998LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say your religious faith is in your own life these days -- extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important? (RELIGIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELFMLY from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Groups Sample)LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ANY SMALL GROUP THAT MEETS REGULARLY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT OR CARING FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT: How important would you say religion was in your family while you were growing up? (RELFMLY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMPRT from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Groups Sample)LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ANY SMALL GROUP THAT MEETS REGULARLY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT OR CARING FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT: How important would you say religion is in your own life? (RELIMPRT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPTREL from Mid-November Survey, 2001LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your own life-very important, fairly important, or not very important? (IMPTREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DECIDE3 from Survey of Religion and Community Life in Indianapolis, 1999LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE WHO RESPONDED THAT THEY ARE VERY, SOMEWHAT, OR NOT TOO RELIGIOUS OR SPIRITUAL: How important to you is using religious or spiritual beliefs in making decisions about family or children? (DECIDE3) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPGOD from General Social Survey, 1993LEARN MORE
    • Im going to read you a list of some things that different people value. Some people say these things are very important to them. Other people say they are not so important. Please tell me how important each thing is to you personally, using the responses on this card (hand card to respondent). Is it one of the most important values you hold, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? Having faith in God (IMPGOD) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIGIMP from Southern Focus Poll, Combined Sample, Spring 1999LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say your religious faith is in your own life these days--extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important? (RELIGIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIGIMP from Southern Focus Poll, Southern Sample, Spring 1999LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say your religious faith is in your own life these days--extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important? (RELIGIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIGIMP from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1999LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say your religious faith is in your own life these days--extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important? (RELIGIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your life? Would you say religion is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, slightly important, or not important? (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELIMP from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1985LEARN MORE
    • How important would you say religion is in your life? Would you say religion is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, slightly important, or not important? (RELIMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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