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The following tables compare Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Church of Christ respondents on a variety of attitudes and experiences using data from the 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, collected by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.


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Demographics

Church of ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that are 60 or older 39.4% 53.4%
Percent that are currently a citizen of the United States 97.2% 99.5%
Percent that live in the South. 51.4% 15.1%
Percent female 57.6% 55.4%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent 7.8% 0.8%
Percent that are white 73.3% 95.3%
Percent born in the United States 94.2% 97.8%
Percent that are currently married 52.8% 61.3%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year 40.2% 24.8%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree 28.5% 49%

Moral Attitudes

Church of ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that believe that there are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong 48.8% 32.6%
Percent that think homosexuality should be accepted by society 34.5% 72.9%
Percent that "strongly favor" allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally 8.4% 28.9%
Percent that think more women in the workforce is a change for the worse 13.1% 9.7%
Percent that think that more people having children without getting married is a change for the worse 73.1% 63.2%
Percent that believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases 21.3% 3.7%

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

Church of ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that are very satisfied with their health 45.8% 58%
Percent that are "very satisfied" with family life 65.5% 72.7%
Percent that say they are "very happy" with life these days 31.5% 34%
Percent that believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time 44.8% 67.7%

Political Attitudes

Church of ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent Republican 34.1% 27%
Percent that are conservative or very conservative 53.2% 33.4%
Percent that are not registered to vote 13.3% 8.3%
Percent that personally know anyone who is gay or lesbian 78.7% 86.9%
Percent that believe that government aid to the poor does more harm than good 50% 45.6%
Percent that think that growing immigration is a change for the worse 48.6% 41%
Percent that believe that stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost. 44.4% 60.1%
Percent that would prefer a smaller government, with fewer services 61% 62.9%

Religious Beliefs

Church of ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit 99% 98.4%
Percent that believe in Heaven 91.8% 84.1%
Percent that believe in Hell 83.3% 56.8%
Percent that believe in reincarnation 0% 0%
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life 75.1% 63.7%
Percent that believe their holy book is the word of God 86.7% 64.4%
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 60% 33.9%
Percent that look most to "religious teachings and beliefs" when it comes to questions of right and wrong 56.2% 33.5%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations bring people together and strengthen community bonds 93.6% 96.4%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations play an important role in helping the poor and needy 94.2% 94.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations protect and strengthen morality in society 85.3% 84.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too involved with politics 34.1% 39%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too concerned with money and power 45.2% 41.7%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules 38.6% 40.4%
Percent that think about the meaning and purpose of life at least once a week 65.1% 51%
Percent that feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness at least once a week 86.9% 82.7%
Percent that feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week 47.8% 46.8%
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week 73.5% 60.7%
Percent that think many religions can lead to eternal life 54.4% 87.5%

Religious Practices

Church of ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that are members of a local house of worship 72.3% 78%
Percent that pray at least once a day 76.7% 59.9%
Percent that meditate at least once a week 44.8% 37.9%
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week 56.2% 41.5%
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at least once a week 60.8% 29.3%
Percent that participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs at least once a week 46.8% 18.6%
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other relgious backgrounds" at least once a week 32.9% 13.3%
Percent that did volunteer work in the last seven days 34.5% 42.6%
Percent that speak in tongues at least once a month 9.2% 7.3%


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