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

Religious Identification

  All frequencies weighted by LOWEIGHT


Do you consider yourself a traditional Catholic, a progressive or liberal Catholic, a charismatic Catholic, or just Catholic? (RI_1W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know3.9
1) Traditional (includes conservative or orthodox, if offered)7822.7
2) Progressive or liberal7221
3) Charismatic Catholic61.7
4) Just Catholic17751.6
5) Other72
Missing971 
TOTAL343100.0
Do you consider yourself a traditional Catholic, a progressive or liberal Catholic, a charismatic Catholic, or just Catholic? (RI_1) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Traditional (includes conservative or orthodox)5717.9
2) Progressive or liberal4313.5
3) Charismatic Catholic123.8
4) Just Catholic20062.9
5) Other/something else61.9
Missing996 
TOTAL318100.0
Would you say that being Catholic is very central to who you are, somewhat central, or not that central to who you are? (RI_2W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know61.7
1) Very central13539.4
2) Somewhat central12436.2
3) Not that central7822.7
Missing971 
TOTAL343100.0
Would you say being Catholic is very central to who you are, somewhat central, or not that central to who you are? (RI_2) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Very central12841.6
2) Somewhat central12440.3
3) Not that central5618.2
Missing1006 
TOTAL308100.0
[NON-CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS: IF CI_1=1 AND CI_4=2, DK, RF, ASK RI_3] Which of these best describes your religious faith or spirituality? (RI_3W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused4.6
-4) Dont know6.9
1) Pentecostal7310.5
2) Charismatic142
3) Fundamentalist182.6
4) Evangelical699.9
5) Mainline Protestant618.8
6) Liberal Protestant385.5
7) Not familiar with these terms7210.3
8) Dont like labels/just Christian32046
9) Something else213
Missing618 
TOTAL696100.0
Which of these terms best describes your religious faith or spirituality? Is it Pentecostal, charismatic, fundamentalist, evangelical, mainline Protestant or liberal Protestant? (RI_3) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Pentecostal6710.2
2) Charismatic192.9
3) Fundamentalist152.3
4) Evangelical639.6
5) Mainline Protestant7912
6) Liberal Protestant477.2
7) Not familiar with these terms8312.7
8) Dont like labels/just a Christian25038.1
9) Something else335
Missing659 
TOTAL656100.0
[IF RI_3=1-6, GO TO RI_4; ELSE GO TO RI_5; ADD CHECK TO PREVENT INTERVIEWERS FROM SELECTING SAME RESPONSE IN RI_3] Is there another one that is next best in describing your religious faith or spirituality? (Which?) (RI_4W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused4.8
-4) Dont know102.1
1) Pentecostal245
2) Charismatic204.2
3) Fundamentalist245
4) Evangelical367.5
5) Mainline Protestant439
6) Liberal Protestant316.5
7) No second best20743.4
8) Not familiar with these terms5411.3
9) Dont like labels/just Christian163.4
10) Something else81.7
Missing837 
TOTAL477100.0
[IF C1_1=1 OR 4 OR CI_4=1, ASK RI_5] Have you had a born-again experience, that is, a turning point in your life when you committed yourself to Jesus Christ? (RI_5W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know5.5
1) Yes53051.2
2) No50148.4
Missing278 
TOTAL1036100.0
Have you had a born-again experience, that is, a turning point in your life when you committed yourself to Jesus Christ? (RI_5) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Yes6914.5
2) No40885.5
Missing837 
TOTAL477100.0
[IF RI_5=1, SKIP TO RI_6, ELSE ASK RI_7] Would you say that being born-again is very central to who you are, somewhat central, or not that central to who you are? (RI_6W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know1.2
1) Very central39173.9
2) Somewhat central10219.3
3) Not that central356.6
Missing784 
TOTAL529100.0
In general, would you describe your views on religious or spiritual matters as conservative, moderate, or liberal? (RI_7W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused9.7
-4) Dont know483.7
1) Conservative43333
2) Moderate49137.4
3) Liberal33325.3
TOTAL1314100.0
In general, would you describe your views on religious or spiritual matters as conservative, moderate, or liberal? (RI_7) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Conservative45935.8
2) Moderate48237.6
3) Liberal34026.5
Missing32 
TOTAL1281100.0
Would you say very conservative or somewhat conservative? (RI_8W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
1) Very conservative15335.3
2) Somewhat conservative28064.7
Missing881 
TOTAL433100.0
Would you say very [religiously] conservative or somewhat conservative? (RI_8) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Very conservative19542.5
2) Somewhat conservative26457.5
Missing855 
TOTAL459100.0
In general, would you lean toward conservative or toward liberal? (RI_9W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused3.6
-4) Dont know265.3
1) Conservative29359.8
2) Liberal16834.3
Missing823 
TOTAL490100.0
In general, would you [religiously] lean toward conservative or toward liberal? (RI_9) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Conservative28259.6
2) Liberal19140.4
Missing841 
TOTAL473100.0
Would you say very liberal or somewhat liberal? (RI_10W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know00
1) Very liberal12738.3
2) Somewhat liberal20561.7
Missing981 
TOTAL332100.0
Would you say very [religiously] liberal or somewhat liberal? (RI_10) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Very liberal16147.4
2) Somewhat liberal17952.6
Missing974 
TOTAL340100.0
Would you say being Catholic is very central to who you are, somewhat central, or not that central to who you are? (RI_2) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Very central12841.6
2) Somewhat central12440.3
3) Not that central5618.2
Missing1006 
TOTAL308100.0
Would you describe yourself as a Pentecostal [religion] or not? (RI_3Z5) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Yes596.8
2) No81393.2
Missing443 
TOTAL872100.0
Would you describe yourself as a charismatic [religion], or not? (RI_3Z6) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Yes11212.3
2) No79987.7
Missing403 
TOTAL911100.0


Instructions
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