Portraits of American Life Study
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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 Guidance and Religious Authority (ACASI)

  All frequencies weighted by PAWT2


[If RM_1= 2, 3, 4 or 5, ASK ARA_1. OTHERWISE SKIP TO ART_1] For each of the following statements, please indicate whether you strongly disagree, somewhat disagree, neither agree nor disagree, somewhat agree, or strongly agree. There are errors in your religious text on moral, spiritual, or religious matters. (ARA_1)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused421.8
-4) Don't know291.3
1) Strongly disagree88838.3
2) Somewhat disagree2199.4
3) Neither agree nor disagree70630.4
4) Somewhat agree29612.8
5) Strongly agree1396
Missing291 
TOTAL2319100.0
There are errors in your religious text regarding science or history. (ARA_1B)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused391.7
-4) Don't know311.3
1) Strongly disagree78133.7
2) Somewhat disagree25611
3) Neither agree nor disagree73831.8
4) Somewhat agree30913.3
5) Strongly agree1667.2
Missing291 
TOTAL2320100.0
God created the world in six, twenty-four-hour days. (ARA_1C)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused401.7
-4) Don't know451.9
1) Strongly disagree49921.5
2) Somewhat disagree1797.7
3) Neither agree nor disagree66128.5
4) Somewhat agree2199.4
5) Strongly agree67629.2
Missing291 
TOTAL2319100.0
I try hard to live all my life according to my religious beliefs. (ARA_1D)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused361.6
-4) Don't know15.6
1) Strongly disagree1245.3
2) Somewhat disagree1908.2
3) Neither agree nor disagree52122.5
4) Somewhat agree70630.4
5) Strongly agree72731.3
Missing291 
TOTAL2319100.0
I have a personally meaningful relationship with God. (ARA_2)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused341.5
-4) Don't know9.4
1) Strongly disagree1114.8
2) Somewhat disagree1446.2
3) Neither agree nor disagree42118.2
4) Somewhat agree69630
5) Strongly agree90339
Missing291 
TOTAL2318100.0
I believe that God loves me and cares about me. (ARA_4)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused341.5
-4) Don't know7.3
1) Strongly disagree1325.7
2) Somewhat disagree612.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree1888.1
4) Somewhat agree36315.7
5) Strongly agree153466.1
Missing291 
TOTAL2319100.0
In the last few years, how often have you felt that God is punishing you for your sins or lack of spirituality? (ARA_5)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused351.5
-4) Don't know15.6
1) Never115849.9
2) Rarely46019.8
3) Sometimes55023.7
4) Very often753.2
5) Every day or almost every day261.1
Missing291 
TOTAL2319100.0
In the last three years how often have you felt angry at God? (ARA_6)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused331.4
-4) Don't know7.3
1) Never128555.4
2) Rarely59925.8
3) Sometimes36115.6
4) Very often311.3
5) Every day or almost every day3.1
Missing291 
TOTAL2319100.0
In the last three years how often have you wondered whether God had abandoned you? (ARA_7)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused321.4
-4) Don't know14.6
1) Never134758.1
2) Rarely49221.2
3) Sometimes37516.2
4) Very often441.9
5) Every day or almost every day15.6
Missing291 
TOTAL2319100.0
In the last three years how often have you had doubts about your faith? (ARA_8)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused321.4
-4) Don't know10.4
1) Never123353.1
2) Rarely49121.2
3) Sometimes47920.6
4) Very often682.9
5) Every day or almost every day8.3
Missing291 
TOTAL2321100.0


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