Jehovah's Witnesses

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This member profile of the Jehovah's Witnesses was created using data from the 2007 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, collected by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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Demographics

Percent female
60.5%
Percent that are currently married
52.7%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree
7.9%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year
45.5%
Percent that are white
59%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent
23.8%
Percent that live in a rural area
16.2%
Percent that live in the South
36.2%
Percent with one or more parents born outside the U.S.
10.8%
Percent born in another country
16.6%

Moral Attitudes

Percent who think that abortion should be illegal in all cases.
52.3%
Percent that think that "homosexuality" is a way of life that should be discouraged by society.
76.4%
Percent that "mostly agree" or "completely agree" that there are "clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong"
83.7%
Percent who think the government should do more to protect morality in society.
38.3%
Percent that "mostly agree" or "completely agree" that their values are threatened by Hollywood and the entertainment industry
53.3%

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

Percent satisfied with personal life.
83%
Percent that "mostly agree" or "completely agree" that "evolution is the best explanation for the origins of human life on earth"
7.9%

Political Attitudes

Percent that think that churches and other houses of worship should keep out of political matters
81.5%
Percent that think the best way to ensure peace is through military strength.
9.2%
Percent that think the government should do more to help needy Americans.
59.6%
Percent that think that stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs.
23.8%
Percent that prefer a smaller government providing fewer services.
23.3%
Percent registered to vote
15.4%
Percent Republican
3.5%
Percent that describe themselves as conservative or very conservative
20.4%
Percent that voted for Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election
51.8%

Religious Beliefs

Percent that view God as an impersonal force
11%
Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit
97.9%
Percent that believe in Hell
8.8%
Percent that believe in Heaven
45.7%
Percent that agree: Angels and demons are active in the world
95.5%
Percent that believe in reincarnation
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Percent that believe in life after death
42.3%
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life
86.2%
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices
61.1%
Percent that mostly or complete agree: Religion causes more problems in society than it solves
51.3%
Percent that think there is a natural conflict between "being a devout religious person and living in a modern society"
59.2%
Percent that mostly or completely agree: Miracles still occur today as in ancient times
29.4%
Percent that believe that many religions can lead to eternal life
15.7%

Religious Experiences

Percent that speak or pray in tongues
7.9%
Percent that have experienced or witnessed a divine healing of an illness or injury?
7.4%
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week
77.2%

Religious Practices

Percent that attend religious services at least once a week
81.8%
Percent that pray at a shrine or religious symbol in their home
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Percent that attend services at a church with 2000 or more members.
6.1%
Percent that pray at least once a day
89.4%
Percent that meditate at least once a week
71.7%
Percent that pray or read the Scripture with their children
87.3%
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at last once a week
82.6%
Percent that participate in a choir or other musical program at their place of worship
49.7%
Percent that do community volunteer work through their place of worship
75.3%
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other religious backgrounds" at least once a week
76.1%
Percent that send their children to Sunday School or another religious education program
35.4%
Percent that home school or send their children to a religious school
13.5%