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

Spiritual Experiences

  All frequencies weighted by PAWT2

I'm going to ask you just a few final questions on spiritual experiences you may have had. Did you ever have a religious or spiritual experience that changed your life? (SP_1)
-7) Refused5.2
-4) Don't know7.3
1) Yes118445.5
2) No140954.1
Has there been a turning point in your life when you, personally, either made a commitment to or away from a religious tradition, faith, or God? (SP_2)
-7) Refused5.2
-4) Don't know9.3
1) Yes117645.1
2) No141554.3

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

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