Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS)

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This member profile of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) 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
52.8%
Percent that are currently married
60.3%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree
27.5%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year
27.6%
Percent that are white
95.4%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent
0.7%
Percent that live in a rural area
25.2%
Percent that live in the South
16.1%
Percent with one or more parents born outside the U.S.
8.3%
Percent born in another country
1.5%

Moral Attitudes

Percent who think that abortion should be illegal in all cases.
12.7%
Percent that think that "homosexuality" is a way of life that should be discouraged by society.
47.3%
Percent that "mostly agree" or "completely agree" that there are "clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong"
82.2%
Percent who think the government should do more to protect morality in society.
39%
Percent that "mostly agree" or "completely agree" that their values are threatened by Hollywood and the entertainment industry
47.7%

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

Percent satisfied with personal life.
91.1%
Percent that "mostly agree" or "completely agree" that "evolution is the best explanation for the origins of human life on earth"
32.8%

Political Attitudes

Percent that think that churches and other houses of worship should keep out of political matters
48.5%
Percent that think the best way to ensure peace is through military strength.
36.1%
Percent that think the government should do more to help needy Americans.
55.5%
Percent that think that stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs.
33.4%
Percent that prefer a smaller government providing fewer services.
58.1%
Percent registered to vote
86%
Percent Republican
39.9%
Percent that describe themselves as conservative or very conservative
47.9%
Percent that voted for Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election
26.4%

Religious Beliefs

Percent that view God as an impersonal force
20.1%
Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit
98.4%
Percent that believe in Hell
72.1%
Percent that believe in Heaven
85.1%
Percent that agree: Angels and demons are active in the world
76.5%
Percent that believe in reincarnation
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Percent that believe in life after death
84.7%
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life
65.6%
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices
51.2%
Percent that mostly or complete agree: Religion causes more problems in society than it solves
23.6%
Percent that think there is a natural conflict between "being a devout religious person and living in a modern society"
36.9%
Percent that mostly or completely agree: Miracles still occur today as in ancient times
85.9%
Percent that believe that many religions can lead to eternal life
77.7%

Religious Experiences

Percent that speak or pray in tongues
12%
Percent that have experienced or witnessed a divine healing of an illness or injury?
29.2%
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week
55.1%

Religious Practices

Percent that attend religious services at least once a week
41.1%
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.
4.8%
Percent that pray at least once a day
63.6%
Percent that meditate at least once a week
35.3%
Percent that pray or read the Scripture with their children
80.9%
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at last once a week
32.7%
Percent that participate in a choir or other musical program at their place of worship
21.4%
Percent that do community volunteer work through their place of worship
68.1%
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other religious backgrounds" at least once a week
12.9%
Percent that send their children to Sunday School or another religious education program
70%
Percent that home school or send their children to a religious school
15.6%