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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? -- Those who practice Eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism can fit into American society, just like others. (EASTFIT)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 72 11.1
2) Agree 378 58.1
3) Neither 34 5.2
4) Disagree 107 16.4
5) Strongly disagree 15 2.3
6) Dont know 45 6.9
TOTAL651100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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) Welcome 1,722 59.2
2) Not welcome 935 32.1
3) Indifferent 141 4.8
4) Dont know 98 3.4
5) Refused 14 0.5
TOTAL2,910100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[ASK ONLY IF CONT_BUD = 1 A GREAT DEAL OR 2 A FAIR AMOUNT OR 3 ONLY A LITTLE OR 4 ALMOST NONE] Have your contacts with Buddhists been mostly pleasant, mixed, or mostly unpleasant? (C_BUPLEA)
  TOTAL %
1) Mostly pleasant 754 76
2) Mixed 185 18.6
3) Mostly unpleasant 27 2.7
4) Dont know 24 2.4
5) Refused 2 0.2
TOTAL992100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: fanatical (FANAT_BU)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 675 23.2
2) No 1,594 54.8
3) Dont know 631 21.7
4) Refused 10 0.3
TOTAL2,910100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: violent (VLNT_BUD)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 344 11.8
2) No 1,976 67.9
3) Dont know 583 20
4) Refused 7 0.2
TOTAL2,910100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: peace-loving (PEACE_BU)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 1,839 63.2
2) No 476 16.4
3) Dont know 587 20.2
4) Refused 8 0.3
TOTAL2,910100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: backward (BKWRD_BU)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 786 27
2) No 1,547 53.2
3) Dont know 569 19.6
4) Refused 8 0.3
TOTAL2,910100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: closed-minded (CLOSE_BU)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 886 30.4
2) No 1,410 48.4
3) Dont know 607 20.9
4) Refused 8 0.3
TOTAL2,911100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: tolerant (TLRNT_BU)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 1,641 56.4
2) No 624 21.4
3) Dont know 637 21.9
4) Refused 8 0.3
TOTAL2,910100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: strange (STRANGBU)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 1,235 42.4
2) No 1,213 41.7
3) Dont know 457 15.7
4) Refused 5 0.2
TOTAL2,910100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think each of these words applies to the Buddhist religion: appealing (APPEALBU)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 752 25.8
2) No 1,618 55.6
3) Dont know 533 18.3
4) Refused 7 0.2
TOTAL2,910100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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) Favor 878 38
2) Oppose 1,071 46.3
9) Dont know/Refused 364 15.7
TOTAL2,313100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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 applicable 0 0
1) Yes 2,143 73.3
2) No 541 18.5
8) Dont know 241 8.2
TOTAL2,925100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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) Favor 1,395 47.9
2) Oppose 1,288 44.3
3) Dont know 220 7.6
4) Refused 7 0.2
TOTAL2,910100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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) Favor 566 19.5
2) Oppose 2,156 74.1
3) Dont know 179 6.2
4) Refused 9 0.3
TOTAL2,910100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Q25f. If you believe in Heaven, how many of the following people do you think will get into Heaven? Buddhists (GETBUDDH)
  TOTAL %
0) None 214 15
1) A few 113 7.9
2) About half 75 5.3
3) Most 314 22
4) All 150 10.5
8) No opinion 559 39.2
TOTAL1,425100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


If you had a chance would you enjoy learning more about eastern religions such as Buddhism or Hinduism? (BUDDHA)
  TOTAL %
1) Not at all 169 60.1
2) Somewhat 81 28.8
3) A great deal 22 7.8
4) Not sure 9 3.2
TOTAL281100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


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 deal 49 9.9
2) Somewhat 175 35.4
3) Not at all 250 50.6
4) Dont know 20 4
TOTAL494100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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 all 228 57.1
2) Somewhat 118 29.6
3) A great deal 45 11.3
4) Dont know 8 2
TOTAL399100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Outside of your own religious tradition, which other religion do you have the most respect for? (RC_1)
  TOTAL %
-7) Refused 31 1.2
-4) Dont know 116 4.4
1) Buddhism 236 9
2) Christianity 147 5.6
3) Hinduism 26 1
4) Islam 59 2.3
5) Judaism 564 21.6
6) Mormonism (Latter-day Saints) 130 5
7) Do not respect these religions 191 7.3
8) Equal respect for all 870 33.4
9) Other 238 9.1
TOTAL2,608100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Which religion do you have the least respect for? (RC_2)
  TOTAL %
-7) Refused 49 1.9
-4) Dont know 130 5
1) Buddhism 164 6.3
2) Christianity 60 2.3
3) Hinduism 62 2.4
4) Islam 538 20.6
5) Judaism 58 2.2
6) Mormonism (Latter-day Saints) 276 10.6
7) Do not respect these religions 100 3.8
8) Equal respect for all 932 35.7
9) Other 241 9.2
TOTAL2,610100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


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 favorable 275 5.9
2) Mostly favorable 1,456 31.1
3) Mostly unfavorable 666 14.2
4) Very unfavorable 493 10.5
5) Never heard of 324 6.9
8) Cant rate 1,309 28
9) Refused 159 3.4
TOTAL4,682100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Is your overall opinion of Buddhists very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (Q141H) (BUDDH_A)
  TOTAL %
1) Very favorable 459 10.4
2) Mostly favorable 1,522 34.5
3) Mostly unfavorable 486 11
4) Very unfavorable 394 8.9
5) Never heard of (VOL.) 83 1.9
8) Cant rate (VOL.) 1,129 25.6
9) Refused (VOL.) 338 7.7
TOTAL4,411100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
American Society: This question type asks about the place of Buddhists in American society.
Contact: How does the respondent view previous contact with Buddhists?
Descriptors: Do certain adjectives/descriptors apply to Buddhists?
Government Action: Does the respondent believe the government should offer support to or keep tabs on the Buddhists?
Heaven?: Does the respondent think Buddhists will get into Heaven?
Interest: How interested is the respondent in learning about Buddhism?
Opinion: Does the respondent have a favorable opinion of Buddhists?

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