Portraits of American Life Study
Hosted by The ARDA
The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.
Results & Summaries
This section is about your views on life. For each statement tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, neither agree nor disagree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree. I like doing things just for the thrill of it. (SE_1W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)



Variable Comparisons

[Education | Political Party | Gender | Race | Religious Tradition ]

Education

Less than high schoolGED or high school diplomaVocational/technical diploma or associate degreeBachelorsGraduate degreeOtherTOTAL
Dont know2.5%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
Strongly agree14.9%
18
24.6%
116
20.9%
58
21.4%
53
12.6%
21
46.7%
14
21.3%
280
Somewhat agree40.5%
49
42.9%
202
43.5%
121
45.6%
113
49.7%
83
30.0%
9
43.9%
577
Neither agree nor disagree7.4%
9
16.6%
78
18.3%
51
16.1%
40
15.6%
26
10.0%
3
15.7%
207
Somewhat disagree19.8%
24
9.6%
45
9.4%
26
11.3%
28
12.0%
20
6.7%
2
11.0%
145
Strongly disagree14.9%
18
6.4%
30
7.9%
22
5.6%
14
10.2%
17
6.7%
2
7.8%
103
TOTAL 100.0%
121
100.0%
471
100.0%
278
100.0%
248
100.0%
167
100.0%
30

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Political party

DemocratNeitherRepublicanMissingTOTAL
Dont know0.5%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.2%
3
Strongly agree21.3%
133
23.2%
55
20.2%
87

6
21.3%
275
Somewhat agree45.7%
285
39.2%
93
43.7%
188

12
43.8%
566
Neither agree nor disagree13.5%
84
20.3%
48
16.3%
70

4
15.6%
202
Somewhat disagree12.0%
75
8.9%
21
10.9%
47

1
11.1%
143
Strongly disagree7.1%
44
8.4%
20
8.8%
38

1
7.9%
102
TOTAL 100.0%
624
100.0%
237
100.0%
430

24

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Gender

FemaleMaleTOTAL
Dont know0.4%
3
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
Strongly agree17.5%
119
25.4%
161
21.3%
280
Somewhat agree42.6%
290
45.3%
287
43.9%
577
Neither agree nor disagree19.0%
129
12.3%
78
15.8%
207
Somewhat disagree10.4%
71
11.7%
74
11.0%
145
Strongly disagree10.0%
68
5.4%
34
7.8%
102
TOTAL 100.0%
680
100.0%
634

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Race

White/Caucasian/AngloBlack/African AmericanHispanic/Latino(a)Asian/Asian AmericanNative AmericanTOTAL
Dont know0.1%
1
1.3%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
Strongly agree21.9%
200
15.6%
24
27.5%
49
11.1%
7
20.0%
1
21.4%
281
Somewhat agree45.6%
417
37.7%
58
39.3%
70
47.6%
30
40.0%
2
43.9%
577
Neither agree nor disagree16.4%
150
14.9%
23
11.8%
21
17.5%
11
40.0%
2
15.7%
207
Somewhat disagree10.5%
96
13.6%
21
12.4%
22
9.5%
6
0.0%
0
11.0%
145
Strongly disagree5.6%
51
16.9%
26
9.0%
16
14.3%
9
0.0%
0
7.8%
102
TOTAL 100.0%
915
100.0%
154
100.0%
178
100.0%
63
100.0%
5

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Religion

Black ProtestantEvangelical ProtestantMainline ProtestantCatholicOther faithNonaffiliatedTOTAL
Dont know0.0%
0
0.9%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
Strongly agree11.8%
8
16.8%
57
24.8%
34
21.6%
69
19.3%
41
30.0%
71
21.3%
280
Somewhat agree39.7%
27
46.5%
158
42.3%
58
45.9%
147
40.6%
86
42.6%
101
43.9%
577
Neither agree nor disagree20.6%
14
16.5%
56
13.9%
19
16.3%
52
16.0%
34
13.1%
31
15.7%
206
Somewhat disagree13.2%
9
12.1%
41
11.7%
16
9.1%
29
11.8%
25
10.5%
25
11.0%
145
Strongly disagree14.7%
10
7.4%
25
7.3%
10
7.2%
23
12.3%
26
3.8%
9
7.8%
103
TOTAL 100.0%
68
100.0%
340
100.0%
137
100.0%
320
100.0%
212
100.0%
237

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