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

Religion - Importance

  All frequencies weighted by LOWEIGHT


How important is religion or religious faith to you personally? (RM_1W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know3.2
1) Not at all important1289.7
2) Somewhat important35527
3) Very important37528.5
4) Extremely important22016.7
5) By far the most important part of your life23417.8
TOTAL1315100.0
How important is religion or religious faith to you personally? (RM_1) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all important18314.2
2) Somewhat important34426.7
3) Very important28822.3
4) Extremely important20115.6
5) By far the most important part of your life27421.2
Missing24 
TOTAL1290100.0
How important is God or spirituality in your life? (RM_2W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know1.1
1) Not at all important644.9
2) Somewhat important27420.9
3) Very important39229.8
4) Extremely important25019
5) By far the most important part of your life33325.3
TOTAL1314100.0
How important is God or spirituality in your life? (RM_2) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all important1289.9
2) Somewhat important27521.3
3) Very important28622.2
4) Extremely important24418.9
5) By far the most important part of your life35827.7
Missing22 
TOTAL1291100.0
Thinking about your spouse/partner, how important would you say religion or religious faith is to him or her personally? (RM_3W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused4.5
-4) Dont know5.6
1) Not at all important728.6
2) Somewhat important24329.2
3) Very important21726.1
4) Extremely important15318.4
5) By far the most important part of his/her life13916.7
Missing480 
TOTAL833100.0
Thinking about your spouse or partner, how important would you say religion or religious faith is to him or her personally? (RM_3) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all important11113.5
2) Somewhat important21225.8
3) Very important20625.1
4) Extremely important14617.8
5) By far the most important part of your life14717.9
Missing492 
TOTAL822100.0
How much influence have your religious beliefs, teachings, or congregation had on the following big decisions you have made in your life? Your choice of a career or job (RM_4W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused3.3
-4) Dont know3.3
1) None60250.5
2) A little19416.3
3) Quite a bit12910.8
4) A lot14211.9
5) Most important influence1028.6
6) Not applicable161.3
Missing123 
TOTAL1191100.0
How much influence have your religious beliefs, teachings, or congregation had on the following big decisions you have made in your life? Your decision about whether or whom to marry (RM_5W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know00
1) None47039.4
2) A little20917.5
3) Quite a bit15713.2
4) A lot18315.4
5) Most important influence1109.2
6) Not applicable635.3
Missing123 
TOTAL1192100.0
How much influence have your religious beliefs, teachings, or congregation had on the following big decisions you have made in your life? Your decision about where to live (RM_6W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know4.3
1) None75963.7
2) A little17714.9
3) Quite a bit907.6
4) A lot998.3
5) Most important influence423.5
6) Not applicable201.7
Missing123 
TOTAL1191100.0
How much influence have your religious beliefs, teachings, or congregation had on the following big decisions you have made in your life? Your decision about how many children to have (RM_7W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know5.6
1) None59369.4
2) A little9611.2
3) Quite a bit414.8
4) A lot556.4
5) Most important influence374.3
6) Not applicable283.3
Missing458 
TOTAL855100.0


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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