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The following tables compare Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 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 Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that are 60 or older 30.1% 53.4%
Percent that are currently a citizen of the United States 98.3% 99.5%
Percent that live in the South. 16.7% 15.1%
Percent female 48% 55.4%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent 6.1% 0.8%
Percent that are white 89.4% 95.3%
Percent born in the United States 94.2% 97.8%
Percent that are currently married 68.6% 61.3%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year 28.2% 24.8%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree 47.1% 49%

Moral Attitudes

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that believe that there are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong 58.3% 32.6%
Percent that think homosexuality should be accepted by society 33.1% 72.9%
Percent that "strongly favor" allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally 7.3% 28.9%
Percent that think more women in the workforce is a change for the worse 24.5% 9.7%
Percent that think that more people having children without getting married is a change for the worse 84.2% 63.2%
Percent that believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases 9.4% 3.7%

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that are very satisfied with their health 50.1% 58%
Percent that are "very satisfied" with family life 79.6% 72.7%
Percent that say they are "very happy" with life these days 38.1% 34%
Percent that believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time 41% 67.7%

Political Attitudes

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent Republican 49.3% 27%
Percent that are conservative or very conservative 63.5% 33.4%
Percent that are not registered to vote 12.6% 8.3%
Percent that personally know anyone who is gay or lesbian 85.3% 86.9%
Percent that believe that government aid to the poor does more harm than good 63.5% 45.6%
Percent that think that growing immigration is a change for the worse 38.7% 41%
Percent that believe that stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost. 39.5% 60.1%
Percent that would prefer a smaller government, with fewer services 79.1% 62.9%

Religious Beliefs

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit 98.8% 98.4%
Percent that believe in Heaven 94.4% 84.1%
Percent that believe in Hell 57.3% 56.8%
Percent that believe in reincarnation 0% 0%
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life 84.7% 63.7%
Percent that believe their holy book is the word of God 91.7% 64.4%
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 73% 33.9%
Percent that look most to "religious teachings and beliefs" when it comes to questions of right and wrong 65.5% 33.5%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations bring people together and strengthen community bonds 97.2% 96.4%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations play an important role in helping the poor and needy 96.1% 94.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations protect and strengthen morality in society 92.8% 84.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too involved with politics 27.1% 39%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too concerned with money and power 32.4% 41.7%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules 25% 40.4%
Percent that think about the meaning and purpose of life at least once a week 72.1% 51%
Percent that feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness at least once a week 90.5% 82.7%
Percent that feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week 50.5% 46.8%
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week 82.4% 60.7%
Percent that think many religions can lead to eternal life 38.4% 87.5%

Religious Practices

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that are members of a local house of worship 90.8% 78%
Percent that pray at least once a day 86.7% 59.9%
Percent that meditate at least once a week 62.2% 37.9%
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week 78% 41.5%
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at least once a week 77.8% 29.3%
Percent that participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs at least once a week 71.6% 18.6%
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other relgious backgrounds" at least once a week 30.4% 13.3%
Percent that did volunteer work in the last seven days 62.1% 42.6%
Percent that speak in tongues at least once a month 11.1% 7.3%


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