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Does the respondent have a warm\cold, positive\negative, favorable\unfavorable view of Buddhists or Buddhism? 

Below are 23 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 7 types:

[ American Society | Contact | Descriptors | Government Action | Heaven? | Interest | Opinion ]

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Category 1:American Society
 

This question type asks about the place of Buddhists in American society.

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EASTFIT from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996

How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement: do you strongly agree, agree, neither agree or disagree, disagree, or strongly disagree? -- Those who practice Eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism can fit into American society, just like others. (EASTFIT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree7211.1
2) Agree37858.1
3) Neither345.2
4) Disagree10716.4
5) Strongly disagree152.3
6) Dont know456.9
TOTAL651100.0


STRO_BUD from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

In the next few years, would you welcome or not welcome each of the following groups becoming a stronger presence in the United States: Buddhists (STRO_BUD)
TOTAL%
1) Welcome1,72259.2
2) Not welcome93532.1
3) Indifferent1414.8
4) Donít know983.4
5) Refused140.5
TOTAL2,910100.0



Category 2:Contact
 

How does the respondent view previous contact with Buddhists?

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C_BUPLEA from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

[ASK ONLY IF CONT_BUD = 1 ďA GREAT DEALĒ OR 2 ďA FAIR AMOUNTĒ OR 3 ďONLY A LITTLEĒ OR 4 ďALMOST NONEĒ] Have your contacts with Buddhists been mostly pleasant, mixed, or mostly unpleasant? (C_BUPLEA)
TOTAL%
1) Mostly pleasant75476.0
2) Mixed18518.6
3) Mostly unpleasant272.7
4) Donít know242.4
5) Refused20.2
Missing1,918 
TOTAL992100.0



Category 3:Descriptors
 

Do certain adjectives/descriptors apply to Buddhists?

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FANAT_BU from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: fanatical (FANAT_BU)
TOTAL%
1) Yes67523.2
2) No1,59454.8
3) Donít know63121.7
4) Refused100.3
TOTAL2,910100.0


VLNT_BUD from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: violent (VLNT_BUD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes34411.8
2) No1,97667.9
3) Donít know58320.0
4) Refused70.2
TOTAL2,910100.0


PEACE_BU from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: peace-loving (PEACE_BU)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1,83963.2
2) No47616.4
3) Donít know58720.2
4) Refused80.3
TOTAL2,910100.0


BKWRD_BU from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: backward (BKWRD_BU)
TOTAL%
1) Yes78627.0
2) No1,54753.2
3) Donít know56919.6
4) Refused80.3
TOTAL2,910100.0


CLOSE_BU from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: closed-minded (CLOSE_BU)
TOTAL%
1) Yes88630.4
2) No1,41048.4
3) Donít know60720.9
4) Refused80.3
TOTAL2,911100.0


TLRNT_BU from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: tolerant (TLRNT_BU)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1,64156.4
2) No62421.4
3) Donít know63721.9
4) Refused80.3
TOTAL2,910100.0


STRANGBU from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: strange (STRANGBU)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1,23542.4
2) No1,21341.7
3) Donít know45715.7
4) Refused50.2
TOTAL2,910100.0


APPEALBU from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: appealing (APPEALBU)
TOTAL%
1) Yes75225.8
2) No1,61855.6
3) Donít know53318.3
4) Refused70.2
TOTAL2,910100.0



Category 4:Government Action
 

Does the respondent believe the government should offer support to or keep tabs on the Buddhists?

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APLBUD from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO COMPLETED FORM 1. For each specific religious group, please indicate whether you would favor or oppose this group applying for government funds to provide social services to people who need them. -- Buddhist temples. (APLBUD)
TOTAL%
1) Favor87838.0
2) Oppose1,07146.3
9) Dont know/Refused36415.7
Missing2,370 
TOTAL2,313100.0


GOVPAYBD from Williamsburg Charter Survey On Religion and Public Life, 1987

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE WHO THINK IT IS OKAY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY FOR CHAPLAINS FOR THE MILITARY: Do you think its okay for the government to pay for some Buddhist chaplains for the military? (GOVPAYBD)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable43813.0
1) Yes2,14363.7
2) No54116.1
8) Dont know2417.2
TOTAL3363100.0


INFO_BUD from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Please tell me if you favor or oppose the U.S. government doing each of the following: collecting information about Buddhist religious groups in the United States (INFO_BUD)
TOTAL%
1) Favor1,39547.9
2) Oppose1,28844.3
3) Donít know2207.6
4) Refused70.2
TOTAL2,910100.0


ILLEG_BU from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Please tell me if you favor or oppose the U.S. government doing each of the following: making it illegal for Buddhist groups to meet in the United States. (ILLEG_BU)
TOTAL%
1) Favor56619.5
2) Oppose2,15674.1
3) Donít know1796.2
4) Refused90.3
TOTAL2,910100.0



Category 5:Heaven?
 

Does the respondent think Buddhists will get into Heaven?

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GETBUDDH from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q25f. If you believe in Heaven, how many of the following people do you think will get into Heaven? Buddhists (GETBUDDH)
TOTAL%
0) None22415.6
1) A few1137.9
2) About half755.2
3) Most31421.9
4) All15010.5
8) No opinion55939.0
Missing214 
TOTAL1,435100.0



Category 6:Interest
 

How interested is the respondent in learning about Buddhism?

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BUDDHA from Middletown Area Study (Autumn), 1981

If you had a chance would you enjoy learning more about eastern religions such as Buddhism or Hinduism? (BUDDHA)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all16960.1
2) Somewhat8128.8
3) A great deal227.8
4) Not sure93.2
TOTAL281100.0


EASTRELS from Middletown Area Study, 1992

If you had the chance, to what extent would you enjoy learning more about Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism? (EASTRELS)
TOTAL%
1) A great deal499.9
2) Somewhat17535.4
3) Not at all25050.6
4) Dont know204.0
TOTAL494100.0


EASTRELS from Middletown Area Study, 1988

If you had the chance, to what extent would you enjoy learning more about Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism? (EASTRELS)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all22857.1
2) Somewhat11829.6
3) A great deal4511.3
4) Dont know82.0
TOTAL399100.0



Category 7:Opinion
 

Does the respondent have a favorable opinion of Buddhists?

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RC_1 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

Outside of your own religious tradition, which other religion do you have the most respect for? (RC_1)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused311.2
-4) Dont know1164.4
1) Buddhism2369.0
2) Christianity1475.6
3) Hinduism261.0
4) Islam592.3
5) Judaism56421.6
6) Mormonism (Latter-day Saints)1305.0
7) Do not respect these religions1917.3
8) Equal respect for all87033.4
9) Other2389.1
TOTAL2,608100.0


RC_2 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

Which religion do you have the least respect for? (RC_2)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused491.9
-4) Dont know1305.0
1) Buddhism1646.3
2) Christianity602.3
3) Hinduism622.4
4) Islam53820.6
5) Judaism582.2
6) Mormonism (Latter-day Saints)27610.6
7) Do not respect these religions1003.8
8) Equal respect for all93235.7
9) Other2419.2
TOTAL2,610100.0


FAVAMBUD from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

Now Id like your views on some specific religious groups. Is your overall opinion of American Buddhists very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (FAVAMBUD)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable2755.9
2) Mostly favorable1,45631.1
3) Mostly unfavorable66614.2
4) Very unfavorable49310.5
5) Never heard of3246.9
8) Cant rate1,30928.0
9) Refused1593.4
TOTAL4,682100.0


BUDDH_A from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

Is your overall opinion of Buddhists very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (Q141H) (BUDDH_A)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable45910.4
2) Mostly favorable1,52234.5
3) Mostly unfavorable48611.0
4) Very unfavorable3948.9
5) Never heard of (VOL.)831.9
8) Cant rate (VOL.)1,12925.6
9) Refused (VOL.)3387.7
Missing13,248 
TOTAL4,411100.0




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