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Frequency of prayer (Demographic Patterns)

About how often do you pray? Results weighted by WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2014 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Frequency of prayer by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Several times a day16.8%
115
24.3%
251
32.1%
346
33.0%
248
32.6%
88

5
27.5%
1048
Once a day23.1%
158
29.7%
306
30.5%
329
30.5%
229
37.4%
101

11
29.4%
1123
Several times a week13.5%
92
10.8%
111
9.7%
105
7.6%
57
12.2%
33

2
10.4%
398
Once a week7.3%
50
6.7%
69
5.8%
63
6.0%
45
3.3%
9

1
6.2%
236
Less than once a week14.0%
96
11.2%
115
9.2%
99
9.8%
74
6.7%
18

0
10.5%
402
Never24.7%
169
17.0%
175
12.3%
133
12.4%
93
6.3%
17

4
15.4%
587
Don't know0.6%
4
0.3%
3
0.0%
0
0.4%
3
0.0%
0

1
0.3%
10
No answer0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.4%
4
0.4%
3
1.5%
4

3
0.3%
12
TOTAL 100.0%
684
100.0%
1031
100.0%
1079
100.0%
752
100.0%
270

27

3816



Frequency of prayer by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOnce to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Several times a day12.2%
155
12.4%
61
21.7%
88
33.2%
183
30.8%
52
54.4%
509

3
27.4%
1048
Once a day18.6%
237
27.8%
137
32.3%
131
41.6%
229
46.2%
78
34.1%
319

1
29.6%
1131
Several times a week8.6%
109
12.0%
59
18.0%
73
13.4%
74
13.6%
23
6.7%
63

0
10.5%
401
Once a week7.3%
93
8.7%
43
7.9%
32
6.5%
36
5.9%
10
2.7%
25

0
6.2%
239
Less than once a week16.6%
211
21.3%
105
14.5%
59
3.6%
20
0.0%
0
0.6%
6

0
10.5%
401
Never36.3%
462
17.1%
84
5.2%
21
0.9%
5
2.4%
4
1.4%
13

0
15.4%
589
Don't know0.2%
3
0.2%
1
0.5%
2
0.7%
4
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

1
0.3%
10
No answer0.1%
1
0.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
1.2%
2
0.1%
1

9
0.2%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
1271
100.0%
492
100.0%
406
100.0%
551
100.0%
169
100.0%
936

14

3825



Frequency of prayer by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservative or extremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Several times a day20.0%
118
22.1%
95
25.4%
375
24.7%
129
42.1%
300

35
27.3%
1017
Once a day22.5%
133
26.8%
115
30.6%
452
35.2%
184
31.6%
225

25
29.7%
1109
Several times a week8.5%
50
9.3%
40
11.9%
175
11.7%
61
9.3%
66

8
10.5%
392
Once a week6.1%
36
7.0%
30
6.5%
96
8.2%
43
3.9%
28

6
6.2%
233
Less than once a week13.0%
77
12.8%
55
11.3%
166
9.4%
49
6.3%
45

10
10.5%
392
Never29.6%
175
21.4%
92
13.6%
201
10.5%
55
5.8%
41

26
15.1%
564
Don't know0.2%
1
0.2%
1
0.1%
1
0.2%
1
0.8%
6

1
0.3%
10
No answer0.2%
1
0.2%
1
0.6%
9
0.0%
0
0.1%
1

2
0.3%
12
TOTAL 100.0%
591
100.0%
429
100.0%
1475
100.0%
522
100.0%
712

113

3729



Frequency of prayer by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Several times a day25.2%
722
47.4%
267
15.5%
64
27.4%
1053
Once a day28.3%
813
31.1%
175
35.4%
146
29.5%
1134
Several times a week10.6%
304
9.2%
52
10.9%
45
10.4%
401
Once a week6.6%
190
1.8%
10
9.0%
37
6.2%
237
Less than once a week11.5%
329
3.9%
22
12.3%
51
10.5%
402
Never17.2%
492
5.5%
31
16.2%
67
15.3%
590
Don't know0.3%
8
0.7%
4
0.0%
0
0.3%
12
No answer0.3%
10
0.4%
2
0.7%
3
0.4%
15
TOTAL 100.0%
2868
100.0%
563
100.0%
413

3844



Frequency of prayer by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Several times a day39.2%
655
20.0%
186
21.5%
14
10.3%
83
32.3%
111

3
27.5%
1049
Once a day32.8%
549
39.5%
367
13.8%
9
12.4%
100
31.7%
109

0
29.7%
1134
Several times a week11.3%
189
12.5%
116
7.7%
5
6.2%
50
11.6%
40

0
10.5%
400
Once a week5.7%
95
7.1%
66
13.8%
9
4.6%
37
8.7%
30

0
6.2%
237
Less than once a week7.9%
132
11.7%
109
10.8%
7
15.5%
125
7.6%
26

1
10.5%
399
Never2.9%
49
8.8%
82
32.3%
21
50.1%
403
7.6%
26

9
15.2%
581
Don't know0.1%
1
0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.7%
6
0.0%
0

3
0.2%
9
No answer0.2%
3
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.6%
2

8
0.2%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
1673
100.0%
929
100.0%
65
100.0%
805
100.0%
344

24

3816



Frequency of prayer by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Several times a day19.4%
342
34.2%
710
27.4%
1052
Once a day25.2%
444
33.2%
689
29.5%
1133
Several times a week10.7%
188
10.2%
212
10.4%
400
Once a week8.2%
144
4.5%
93
6.2%
237
Less than once a week13.6%
240
7.8%
162
10.5%
402
Never22.2%
392
9.5%
198
15.4%
590
Don't know0.3%
6
0.3%
6
0.3%
12
No answer0.4%
7
0.3%
7
0.4%
14
TOTAL 100.0%
1763
100.0%
2077

3840



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 2014 GSS. There are a total of 3,842 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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