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The following tables compare Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Buddhist 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

BuddhistEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that are 60 or older 30.3% 53.4%
Percent that are currently a citizen of the United States 96.2% 99.5%
Percent that live in the South. 23.9% 15.1%
Percent female 47.7% 55.4%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent 8.7% 0.8%
Percent that are white 56.4% 95.3%
Percent born in the United States 80.3% 97.8%
Percent that are currently married 39% 61.3%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year 36.7% 24.8%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree 61% 49%

Moral Attitudes

BuddhistEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that believe that there are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong 17.4% 32.6%
Percent that think homosexuality should be accepted by society 89% 72.9%
Percent that "strongly favor" allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally 47.7% 28.9%
Percent that think more women in the workforce is a change for the worse 5.3% 9.7%
Percent that think that more people having children without getting married is a change for the worse 31.8% 63.2%
Percent that believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases 2.7% 3.7%

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

BuddhistEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that are very satisfied with their health 50% 58%
Percent that are "very satisfied" with family life 61.7% 72.7%
Percent that say they are "very happy" with life these days 29.9% 34%
Percent that believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time 87.9% 67.7%

Political Attitudes

BuddhistEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent Republican 4.9% 27%
Percent that are conservative or very conservative 14% 33.4%
Percent that are not registered to vote 14% 8.3%
Percent that personally know anyone who is gay or lesbian 85.2% 86.9%
Percent that believe that government aid to the poor does more harm than good 20.1% 45.6%
Percent that think that growing immigration is a change for the worse 14.4% 41%
Percent that believe that stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost. 77.7% 60.1%
Percent that would prefer a smaller government, with fewer services 38.6% 62.9%

Religious Beliefs

BuddhistEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit 65.9% 98.4%
Percent that believe in Heaven 37.1% 84.1%
Percent that believe in Hell 22.7% 56.8%
Percent that believe in reincarnation 62.5% 0%
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life 33.3% 63.7%
Percent that believe their holy book is the word of God 12.1% 64.4%
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 14.4% 33.9%
Percent that look most to "religious teachings and beliefs" when it comes to questions of right and wrong 6.1% 33.5%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations bring people together and strengthen community bonds 82.2% 96.4%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations play an important role in helping the poor and needy 78% 94.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations protect and strengthen morality in society 56.4% 84.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too involved with politics 70.8% 39%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too concerned with money and power 69.7% 41.7%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules 76.5% 40.4%
Percent that think about the meaning and purpose of life at least once a week 63.3% 51%
Percent that feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness at least once a week 78.4% 82.7%
Percent that feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week 63.6% 46.8%
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week 62.9% 60.7%
Percent that think many religions can lead to eternal life 83% 87.5%

Religious Practices

BuddhistEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Percent that are members of a local house of worship 21.2% 78%
Percent that pray at least once a day 41.7% 59.9%
Percent that meditate at least once a week 70.5% 37.9%
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week 18.9% 41.5%
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at least once a week 26.5% 29.3%
Percent that participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs at least once a week 15.5% 18.6%
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other relgious backgrounds" at least once a week 16.7% 13.3%
Percent that did volunteer work in the last seven days 39.4% 42.6%
Percent that speak in tongues at least once a month 0% 7.3%


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