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 Beliefs

  All frequencies weighted by LOWEIGHT


Which statement best describes your beliefs about Jesus Christ? (ARBL1W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused191.4
-4) Dont know10.8
1) He was the divine, only Son of God96373.3
2) A prophet of God, but not God927
3) A wise man or a good moral teacher, but not God13810.5
4) He was just another person403
5) He was something else not described above473.6
6) Not heard of Jesus Christ4.3
TOTAL1313100.0
Which statement best describes your beliefs about Jesus Christ? (ARBL1) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) He was the divine, only son of God.92673
2) A prophet of God, but not God.675.3
3) A wise man or a good moral teacher, but not God.16012.6
4) He was just another person.503.9
5) He was something not described above.655.1
6) Or, have not heard of Jesus Christ.1.1
Missing45 
TOTAL1269100.0
Was your religious text fully inspired by God, partly inspired by God, or not inspired by God? (ARBL3W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused221.7
-4) Dont know262
1) Fully inspired by God78059.4
2) Partly inspired by God37028.2
3) Not inspired by God1108.4
4) I have never heard of the religious text6.5
TOTAL1314100.0
Was the [holy book] fully inspired by God, partly inspired by God, or not inspired by God? (ARBL3) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Fully inspired by God77161.1
2) Partly inspired by God35528.2
3) Not inspired by God1229.7
4) I have never heard of the religious text131
Missing53 
TOTAL1261100.0
Outside of religious worship services, have you read any part of your religious text in the past 12 months? (ARBL9W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10.8
-4) Dont know00
1) Yes83463.8
2) No46335.4
Missing7 
TOTAL1307100.0
Outside of religious worship services, have you read any part of the [holy book] in the past 12 months? (ARBL9) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Yes72857.1
2) No54742.9
Missing39 
TOTAL1275100.0
How often have you typically read your religious text in the past 12 months? (ARBL10W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.1
-4) Dont know81
1) Once394.7
2) A few times28233.9
3) Once a month789.4
4) Two-three times a month9611.5
5) Once a week738.8
6) A few times a week (but less than every day)12915.5
7) Once a day10312.4
8) More than once a day232.8
Missing480 
TOTAL832100.0
How often have you typically read the [holy book] in the past 12 months? (ARBL10) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Once294
2) A few times a year19727.1
3) At least once a month12016.5
4) Once a week11515.8
5) More than once a week12016.5
6) About every day14520
Missing587 
TOTAL726100.0
Are you part of a small group that studies your religious text? (ARBL11W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused12.9
-4) Dont know00
1) Yes25019.1
2) No104479.9
Missing7 
TOTAL1306100.0
Are you part of a small group that studies the [holy book]? (ARBL11) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Yes17413.6
2) No110186.4
Missing39 
TOTAL1275100.0
At your meals at home, how often does someone say grace or give thanks aloud? (ARBL12W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10.8
-4) Dont know00
1) Never32724.9
2) A few times a year34826.5
3) Once a month554.2
4) Two-three times a month503.8
5) Once a week393
6) A few times a week, but less than every day1269.6
7) Once a day15611.9
8) More than once a day20115.3
TOTAL1312100.0
At your meals at home, how often does someone say grace or give thanks aloud? (ARBL12) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never33526
2) A few times a year34326.7
3) One to three times a month836.5
4) Once a week393
5) A few times a week (but less than every day)1027.9
6) Once a day14411.2
7) More than once a day24018.7
Missing29 
TOTAL1286100.0
In the past 12 months, how often have you typically prayed, not including before meals and at religious services? (ARBL13W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused131
-4) Dont know00
1) Never19114.5
2) A few times21316.2
3) Once a month644.9
4) Two-three times a month1047.9
5) Once a week544.1
6) A few times a week (but less than every day)19915.2
7) Once a day21116.1
8) Two-three times a day17513.3
9) More than three times a day896.8
TOTAL1313100.0
In the past 12 months, how often have you typically prayed, not including before meals and at religious services? (ARBL13) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never20315.8
2) A few times a year19915.5
3) One to three times a month1259.8
4) Once a week17313.5
5) A few times a week (but less than every day)26320.5
6) Once a day16212.6
7) More than once a day15612.2
Missing34 
TOTAL1281100.0
Have you ever tried to encourage someone to become a member of your religion? (ARBL14W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused11.9
-4) Dont know3.3
1) Yes48941.5
2) No67657.3
Missing136 
TOTAL1179100.0
In the last six years, have you ever tried to encourage someone to become [a member of your religion]? (ARBL14) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Yes43238.5
2) No69161.5
Missing191 
TOTAL1123100.0
In the past 12 months, how often have you spoken or prayed in tongues? (ARBL13Z3) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never110586.9
2) A few times a year594.6
3) One to three times a month443.5
4) Once a week292.3
5) A few times a week (but less than every day)262
6) Once a day5.4
7) More than once a day3.2
Missing43 
TOTAL1271100.0
In the past 12 months, how often have you read religious books, newspapers or magazines? (ARBL13Z4) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never46536.2
2) A few times a year34326.7
3) One to three times a month20015.6
4) Once a week15912.4
5) A few times a week (but less than every day)806.2
6) Once a day191.5
7) More than once a day181.4
Missing30 
TOTAL1284100.0
In the past 12 months, how often have you visited religious websites or participated in religious groups on the Internet? (ARBL13Z5) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never95774.8
2) A few times a year18114.1
3) One to three times a month655.1
4) Once a week483.8
5) A few times a week (but less than every day)191.5
6) Once a day8.6
7) More than once a day2.2
Missing33 
TOTAL1280100.0


Instructions
View each question on our survey and how our respondents answered to the left.

To perform an auto-analysis of how an item relates to key demographics such as gender, education, religion and more, click on the "Analyze results" link below a variable.
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