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Religious preference (Demographic Patterns)

What is your religious preference? Is it Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, some other religion, or no religion? Results weighted by WTCOMBNR (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Religious preference by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Protestant44.8%
1011
50.1%
1325
47.7%
2336
Catholic24.4%
551
26.2%
694
25.4%
1245
Jewish1.7%
39
2.0%
54
1.9%
93
None20.6%
465
13.0%
344
16.5%
809
Other7.6%
172
8.1%
213
7.9%
385
Dont Know0.2%
4
0.0%
1
0.1%
5
No Answer0.7%
16
0.5%
13
0.6%
29
TOTAL 100.0%
2258
100.0%
2644

4902



Religious preference by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservativeExtremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Protestant35.5%
276
36.2%
217
46.9%
809
54.2%
363
62.7%
498
60.1%
116

58
47.9%
2279
Catholic24.7%
192
27.0%
162
26.6%
459
24.9%
167
23.2%
184
21.8%
42

39
25.3%
1206
Jewish3.6%
28
3.2%
19
1.6%
27
1.0%
7
1.4%
11
0.5%
1

1
2.0%
93
None29.6%
230
22.5%
135
15.3%
263
13.7%
92
5.9%
47
9.3%
18

24
16.5%
785
Other6.4%
50
10.7%
64
8.8%
151
5.8%
39
6.4%
51
7.8%
15

16
7.8%
370
Dont Know0.1%
1
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.5%
1

1
0.1%
4
No Answer0.1%
1
0.2%
1
0.9%
15
0.3%
2
0.3%
2
0.0%
0

8
0.4%
21
TOTAL 100.0%
778
100.0%
599
100.0%
1724
100.0%
670
100.0%
794
100.0%
193

147

4758



Religious preference by Age


18 to 29 years old30 to 44 years old45 to 59 years old60 to 74 years old75 years or olderMissingTOTAL
Protestant35.7%
345
40.8%
531
55.4%
781
54.7%
452
61.0%
210

16
47.8%
2319
Catholic27.6%
267
27.0%
352
23.3%
328
25.4%
210
23.0%
79

8
25.5%
1236
Jewish1.9%
18
2.1%
28
1.4%
20
1.7%
14
3.8%
13

0
1.9%
93
None24.2%
234
19.2%
250
13.0%
183
12.5%
103
9.3%
32

6
16.5%
802
Other10.0%
97
10.4%
136
6.2%
87
5.2%
43
2.3%
8

13
7.7%
371
Dont Know0.1%
1
0.2%
3
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
5
No Answer0.4%
4
0.2%
3
0.6%
9
0.6%
5
0.6%
2

6
0.5%
23
TOTAL 100.0%
966
100.0%
1303
100.0%
1409
100.0%
827
100.0%
344

49

4849



Religious preference by Region


NortheastMidwestSouthWestMissingTOTAL
Protestant32.5%
274
48.1%
506
60.6%
1138
36.9%
416

1
47.6%
2334
Catholic37.3%
315
26.2%
275
18.9%
355
26.6%
300

0
25.4%
1245
Jewish3.7%
31
1.6%
17
1.7%
31
1.2%
14

0
1.9%
93
None16.5%
139
19.1%
201
11.7%
220
22.1%
249

0
16.5%
809
Other8.9%
75
4.6%
48
6.5%
122
12.3%
139

0
7.8%
384
Dont Know0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
0.1%
1

0
0.1%
5
No Answer1.1%
9
0.4%
4
0.4%
8
0.7%
8

0
0.6%
29
TOTAL 100.0%
844
100.0%
1051
100.0%
1877
100.0%
1127

1

4899



Religious preference by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Protestant47.0%
1752
68.7%
454
25.2%
129
47.7%
2335
Catholic26.3%
979
9.4%
62
39.6%
203
25.4%
1244
Jewish2.4%
88
0.2%
1
0.8%
4
1.9%
93
None17.1%
637
12.7%
84
17.4%
89
16.5%
810
Other6.8%
252
8.2%
54
15.2%
78
7.8%
384
Dont Know0.1%
4
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.1%
5
No Answer0.4%
14
0.9%
6
1.6%
8
0.6%
28
TOTAL 100.0%
3726
100.0%
661
100.0%
512

4899



Religious preference by Church attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekOnce a week or moreMissingTOTAL
Protestant29.9%
423
35.2%
240
50.5%
257
55.5%
437
57.4%
120
63.6%
582

277
45.6%
2059
Catholic16.8%
237
33.9%
231
31.8%
162
31.6%
249
26.8%
56
29.2%
267

43
26.6%
1202
Jewish1.4%
20
3.5%
24
3.9%
20
2.0%
16
0.5%
1
0.5%
5

7
1.9%
86
None44.1%
623
17.7%
121
5.1%
26
2.7%
21
1.4%
3
0.8%
7

8
17.7%
801
Other7.1%
101
9.2%
63
8.3%
42
8.1%
64
13.9%
29
5.2%
48

37
7.7%
347
Dont Know0.1%
1
0.1%
1
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1

1
0.1%
4
No Answer0.6%
9
0.3%
2
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.5%
5

11
0.4%
17
TOTAL 100.0%
1414
100.0%
682
100.0%
509
100.0%
787
100.0%
209
100.0%
915

384

4516



Notes

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972, except for the years 1979, 1981, and 1992 (a supplement was added in 1992), and biennially beginning in 1994. The GSS are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2010 GSS. There are a total of 4,901 cases in the data set but their initial sampling years vary because the GSS now contains panel cases. Sampling years can be identified with the variable SAMPTYPE.