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Frequency of prayer (Demographic Patterns)

About how often do you pray? Results weighted by WTCOMBNR (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Frequency of prayer by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Several times a day18.6%
420
34.7%
916
27.3%
1336
Once a day25.6%
578
32.7%
863
29.4%
1441
Several times a week13.6%
307
11.4%
301
12.4%
608
Once a week7.9%
178
4.2%
112
5.9%
290
Less than once a week14.6%
330
8.4%
223
11.3%
553
Never18.9%
427
7.7%
204
12.9%
631
Dont know0.4%
10
0.6%
17
0.6%
27
No answer0.4%
8
0.3%
7
0.3%
15
TOTAL 100.0%
2258
100.0%
2643

4901



Frequency of prayer by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservativeExtremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Several times a day19.9%
155
20.2%
121
26.4%
454
26.4%
177
37.3%
296
45.8%
88

44
27.1%
1291
Once a day26.6%
207
23.5%
141
29.2%
503
33.3%
223
33.8%
268
30.2%
58

40
29.4%
1400
Several times a week11.3%
88
14.7%
88
13.4%
230
11.8%
79
10.8%
86
10.9%
21

16
12.4%
592
Once a week4.4%
34
8.8%
53
7.4%
128
4.9%
33
3.8%
30
1.0%
2

10
5.9%
280
Less than once a week11.8%
92
13.2%
79
12.3%
212
10.9%
73
8.8%
70
7.3%
14

14
11.4%
540
Never25.2%
196
19.2%
115
10.5%
180
11.8%
79
4.7%
37
4.7%
9

16
13.0%
616
Dont know0.8%
6
0.3%
2
0.5%
8
0.6%
4
0.5%
4
0.0%
0

3
0.5%
24
No answer0.1%
1
0.2%
1
0.4%
7
0.3%
2
0.3%
2
0.0%
0

3
0.3%
13
TOTAL 100.0%
779
100.0%
600
100.0%
1722
100.0%
670
100.0%
793
100.0%
192

146

4756



Frequency of prayer by Age


18 to 29 years old30 to 44 years old45 to 59 years old60 to 74 years old75 years or olderMissingTOTAL
Several times a day15.7%
152
23.8%
311
31.8%
448
34.8%
288
33.5%
115

22
27.1%
1314
Once a day28.4%
275
27.5%
359
30.3%
426
30.3%
251
34.1%
117

14
29.4%
1428
Several times a week15.0%
145
14.0%
183
11.7%
165
11.1%
92
5.8%
20

3
12.5%
605
Once a week7.2%
70
7.3%
95
5.5%
77
3.6%
30
5.0%
17

0
6.0%
289
Less than once a week13.1%
127
13.2%
172
9.6%
135
9.5%
79
9.9%
34

6
11.3%
547
Never19.5%
189
13.5%
176
10.7%
151
9.7%
80
9.6%
33

3
13.0%
629
Dont know1.0%
10
0.4%
5
0.1%
2
0.4%
3
1.7%
6

0
0.5%
26
No answer0.0%
0
0.2%
3
0.3%
4
0.6%
5
0.3%
1

2
0.3%
13
TOTAL 100.0%
968
100.0%
1304
100.0%
1408
100.0%
828
100.0%
343

50

4851



Frequency of prayer by Region


NortheastMidwestSouthWestMissingTOTAL
Several times a day21.0%
177
25.7%
271
33.7%
633
22.6%
255

0
27.3%
1336
Once a day28.6%
241
25.9%
273
32.7%
614
27.6%
311

1
29.4%
1439
Several times a week12.5%
105
12.7%
134
12.1%
227
12.6%
142

0
12.4%
608
Once a week6.9%
58
6.5%
68
4.9%
92
6.4%
72

0
5.9%
290
Less than once a week13.6%
115
12.7%
134
8.2%
153
13.4%
151

0
11.3%
553
Never16.3%
137
14.9%
157
7.9%
148
16.9%
190

0
12.9%
632
Dont know0.8%
7
1.2%
13
0.2%
4
0.3%
3

0
0.6%
27
No answer0.4%
3
0.3%
3
0.3%
5
0.3%
3

0
0.3%
14
TOTAL 100.0%
843
100.0%
1053
100.0%
1876
100.0%
1127

1

4899



Frequency of prayer by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Several times a day38.0%
887
18.3%
228
8.5%
8
8.0%
65
35.4%
136

12
27.2%
1324
Once a day30.6%
715
38.6%
480
26.6%
25
12.1%
98
31.5%
121

2
29.6%
1439
Several times a week12.9%
302
15.9%
198
5.3%
5
8.0%
65
9.9%
38

0
12.5%
608
Once a week5.8%
136
7.5%
93
7.4%
7
4.7%
38
3.6%
14

1
5.9%
288
Less than once a week8.3%
194
13.1%
163
25.5%
24
15.9%
129
9.6%
37

5
11.2%
547
Never4.0%
93
5.7%
71
25.5%
24
50.4%
408
8.9%
34

1
12.9%
630
Dont know0.2%
5
0.9%
11
0.0%
0
0.6%
5
0.8%
3

3
0.5%
24
No answer0.1%
2
0.0%
0
1.1%
1
0.2%
2
0.3%
1

9
0.1%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
2334
100.0%
1244
100.0%
94
100.0%
810
100.0%
384

33

4866



Frequency of prayer by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Several times a day25.2%
941
42.1%
278
22.8%
117
27.3%
1336
Once a day29.0%
1082
30.9%
204
30.2%
155
29.4%
1441
Several times a week12.3%
457
12.4%
82
13.6%
70
12.4%
609
Once a week6.0%
223
4.2%
28
7.6%
39
5.9%
290
Less than once a week12.4%
462
4.8%
32
11.5%
59
11.3%
553
Never14.2%
528
5.3%
35
13.5%
69
12.9%
632
Dont know0.6%
21
0.3%
2
0.8%
4
0.6%
27
No answer0.4%
14
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
14
TOTAL 100.0%
3728
100.0%
661
100.0%
513

4902



Frequency of prayer by Church attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekOnce a week or moreMissingTOTAL
Several times a day11.3%
160
16.0%
109
21.6%
110
24.6%
193
33.2%
69
46.9%
429

266
23.7%
1070
Once a day19.9%
281
28.8%
197
30.8%
157
40.2%
315
37.0%
77
37.4%
342

71
30.3%
1369
Several times a week11.9%
168
13.9%
95
17.7%
90
14.5%
114
15.4%
32
9.7%
89

21
13.0%
588
Once a week5.3%
75
7.9%
54
5.9%
30
9.1%
71
7.7%
16
4.2%
38

5
6.3%
284
Less than once a week16.0%
227
20.4%
139
17.9%
91
8.5%
67
5.3%
11
1.2%
11

7
12.1%
546
Never35.1%
496
12.6%
86
4.9%
25
2.0%
16
1.0%
2
0.3%
3

2
13.9%
628
Dont know0.4%
6
0.3%
2
1.0%
5
1.0%
8
0.5%
1
0.0%
0

5
0.5%
22
No answer0.1%
2
0.1%
1
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
2

9
0.1%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
1415
100.0%
683
100.0%
509
100.0%
784
100.0%
208
100.0%
914

386

4513



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.