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Frequency of prayer (Demographic Patterns)

About how often do you pray? Results weighted by WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Frequency of prayer by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Several times a day16.5%
155
26.7%
353
32.6%
432
33.0%
288
38.3%
121

5
28.2%
1349
Once a day21.5%
202
28.7%
380
32.4%
429
30.9%
270
32.6%
103

13
29.0%
1384
Several times a week12.5%
117
10.1%
133
10.1%
134
8.6%
75
8.9%
28

3
10.2%
487
Once a week9.7%
91
7.9%
104
5.3%
70
6.1%
53
5.1%
16

3
7.0%
334
Less than once a week15.1%
142
10.8%
143
8.4%
111
9.3%
81
8.2%
26

9
10.5%
503
Never24.3%
228
15.0%
198
11.0%
146
11.3%
99
5.7%
18

6
14.4%
689
Don't know0.1%
1
0.4%
5
0.2%
2
0.6%
5
0.6%
2

0
0.3%
15
No answer0.2%
2
0.5%
7
0.2%
2
0.3%
3
0.6%
2

4
0.3%
16
TOTAL 100.0%
938
100.0%
1323
100.0%
1326
100.0%
874
100.0%
316

43

4777



Frequency of prayer by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Several times a day11.0%
166
17.1%
109
26.1%
128
24.8%
181
38.4%
71
56.0%
695

4
28.1%
1350
Once a day18.1%
274
25.2%
161
34.4%
169
42.1%
307
42.7%
79
32.7%
406

2
29.1%
1396
Several times a week9.0%
137
13.2%
84
14.7%
72
14.7%
107
7.6%
14
6.0%
75

0
10.2%
489
Once a week8.3%
126
11.3%
72
5.9%
29
8.2%
60
7.0%
13
3.1%
38

0
7.0%
338
Less than once a week16.2%
246
19.6%
125
14.3%
70
7.8%
57
2.2%
4
0.6%
7

1
10.6%
509
Never36.9%
558
12.5%
80
3.7%
18
1.8%
13
2.2%
4
1.6%
20

0
14.4%
693
Don't know0.3%
5
0.3%
2
0.6%
3
0.4%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.3%
13
No answer0.1%
2
0.8%
5
0.4%
2
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
1

10
0.2%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
1514
100.0%
638
100.0%
491
100.0%
729
100.0%
185
100.0%
1242

17

4799



Frequency of prayer by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Several times a day20.5%
153
21.6%
117
26.8%
469
28.0%
195
41.0%
369

51
28.1%
1303
Once a day22.8%
170
28.0%
152
27.9%
489
31.7%
221
33.9%
305

59
28.9%
1337
Several times a week8.3%
62
10.9%
59
10.7%
188
11.9%
83
9.6%
86

11
10.3%
478
Once a week8.2%
61
6.5%
35
8.7%
152
6.0%
42
4.4%
40

7
7.1%
330
Less than once a week14.5%
108
13.1%
71
11.0%
193
11.6%
81
5.9%
53

7
10.9%
506
Never25.2%
188
19.4%
105
14.1%
247
10.6%
74
4.7%
42

39
14.2%
656
Don't know0.4%
3
0.6%
3
0.2%
4
0.1%
1
0.2%
2

2
0.3%
13
No answer0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.5%
8
0.0%
0
0.2%
2

10
0.2%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
746
100.0%
542
100.0%
1750
100.0%
697
100.0%
899

186

4634



Frequency of prayer by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Several times a day25.6%
929
43.2%
304
25.1%
121
28.1%
1354
Once a day28.3%
1028
31.4%
221
30.6%
148
29.0%
1397
Several times a week10.5%
383
9.4%
66
8.5%
41
10.2%
490
Once a week7.0%
254
5.3%
37
9.9%
48
7.0%
339
Less than once a week11.7%
426
4.0%
28
12.0%
58
10.6%
512
Never16.2%
587
6.0%
42
13.5%
65
14.4%
694
Don't know0.4%
14
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
14
No answer0.3%
12
0.9%
6
0.4%
2
0.4%
20
TOTAL 100.0%
3633
100.0%
704
100.0%
483

4820



Frequency of prayer by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Several times a day40.0%
891
19.8%
224
19.1%
17
8.0%
77
36.2%
145

1
28.2%
1354
Once a day32.7%
729
36.9%
417
16.9%
15
11.2%
107
30.9%
124

4
29.0%
1392
Several times a week10.4%
232
12.5%
141
7.9%
7
6.7%
64
11.0%
44

3
10.2%
488
Once a week5.8%
130
11.5%
130
4.5%
4
5.1%
49
6.0%
24

1
7.0%
337
Less than once a week7.0%
156
11.5%
130
32.6%
29
17.3%
166
7.5%
30

1
10.6%
511
Never3.4%
75
7.6%
86
18.0%
16
51.0%
489
6.7%
27

1
14.4%
693
Don't know0.4%
10
0.1%
1
1.1%
1
0.2%
2
0.0%
0

0
0.3%
14
No answer0.1%
3
0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.5%
5
1.7%
7

4
0.4%
17
TOTAL 100.0%
2226
100.0%
1131
100.0%
89
100.0%
959
100.0%
401

15

4806



Frequency of prayer by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Several times a day21.1%
470
34.2%
885
28.1%
1355
Once a day25.8%
576
31.7%
821
29.0%
1397
Several times a week10.5%
234
9.9%
256
10.2%
490
Once a week7.8%
174
6.3%
164
7.0%
338
Less than once a week14.0%
312
7.7%
200
10.6%
512
Never19.8%
442
9.7%
252
14.4%
694
Don't know0.4%
9
0.2%
5
0.3%
14
No answer0.6%
13
0.3%
8
0.4%
21
TOTAL 100.0%
2230
100.0%
2591

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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