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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 WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Religious preference by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Protestant29.9%
281
40.8%
540
51.5%
683
57.3%
500
66.3%
209

13
46.3%
2213
Catholic26.0%
245
22.9%
303
22.9%
303
22.7%
198
22.5%
71

10
23.4%
1120
Jewish2.0%
19
1.7%
22
1.9%
25
1.8%
16
2.2%
7

1
1.9%
89
None31.8%
299
23.7%
314
14.9%
198
13.2%
115
7.3%
23

10
19.9%
949
Other10.1%
95
10.7%
142
8.7%
115
4.6%
40
1.3%
4

5
8.3%
396
Don't know0.1%
1
0.2%
3
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
5
No answer0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.5%
4
0.3%
1

3
0.1%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
941
100.0%
1324
100.0%
1325
100.0%
873
100.0%
315

42

4778



Religious preference by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Protestant27.7%
420
36.5%
234
50.6%
248
54.1%
394
69.4%
129
64.2%
797

2
46.3%
2222
Catholic16.3%
247
33.5%
215
28.6%
140
29.4%
214
22.0%
41
21.8%
271

2
23.5%
1128
Jewish1.3%
19
3.9%
25
4.3%
21
2.1%
15
0.5%
1
0.7%
9

0
1.9%
90
None48.6%
736
18.7%
120
6.5%
32
4.4%
32
2.2%
4
2.8%
35

1
20.0%
959
Other5.8%
88
6.9%
44
9.6%
47
9.9%
72
5.9%
11
10.4%
129

9
8.1%
391
Don't know0.3%
4
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
5
No answer0.1%
1
0.3%
2
0.4%
2
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
1

3
0.1%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
1515
100.0%
641
100.0%
490
100.0%
728
100.0%
186
100.0%
1242

17

4802



Religious preference by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Protestant29.0%
216
38.4%
208
44.4%
777
51.8%
361
65.0%
584

79
46.3%
2146
Catholic19.4%
145
22.0%
119
25.5%
447
27.7%
193
19.9%
179

48
23.4%
1083
Jewish5.2%
39
2.2%
12
1.1%
20
1.7%
12
0.8%
7

0
1.9%
90
None39.0%
291
27.5%
149
19.7%
344
10.2%
71
7.5%
67

37
19.9%
922
Other7.2%
54
9.8%
53
9.0%
157
8.5%
59
6.5%
58

19
8.2%
381
Don't know0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
0.0%
0
0.1%
1

2
0.1%
3
No answer0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
0.1%
1
0.2%
2

2
0.2%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
746
100.0%
541
100.0%
1750
100.0%
697
100.0%
898

187

4632



Religious preference by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Protestant45.7%
1660
67.6%
476
18.6%
90
46.2%
2226
Catholic24.8%
902
4.7%
33
40.5%
196
23.5%
1131
Jewish2.1%
76
0.6%
4
2.1%
10
1.9%
90
None20.4%
740
17.0%
120
20.5%
99
19.9%
959
Other6.8%
247
9.5%
67
18.0%
87
8.3%
401
Don't know0.1%
2
0.3%
2
0.4%
2
0.1%
6
No answer0.2%
7
0.3%
2
0.0%
0
0.2%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
3634
100.0%
704
100.0%
484

4822



Religious preference by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Protestant42.4%
947
49.3%
1278
46.2%
2225
Catholic22.9%
511
23.9%
620
23.5%
1131
Jewish1.6%
35
2.1%
55
1.9%
90
None24.7%
551
15.8%
409
19.9%
960
Other8.0%
178
8.6%
222
8.3%
400
Don't know0.2%
4
0.1%
2
0.1%
6
No answer0.2%
5
0.2%
4
0.2%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
2231
100.0%
2590

4821



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 2012 GSS. There are a total of 4,820 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.




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