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Life after death (Demographic Patterns)

Do you believe there is a life after death? Results weighted by WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Life after death by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Yes69.8%
655
71.7%
949
74.8%
992
72.5%
634
67.5%
212

25
72.1%
3442
No19.5%
183
18.3%
242
15.7%
208
17.6%
154
19.1%
60

9
17.7%
847
Undecided10.0%
94
9.6%
127
9.5%
126
9.6%
84
13.1%
41

5
9.9%
472
No answer0.7%
7
0.4%
5
0.0%
0
0.2%
2
0.3%
1

4
0.3%
15
Missing0000101
TOTAL 100.0%
939
100.0%
1323
100.0%
1326
100.0%
874
100.0%
314

43

4776



Life after death by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Yes56.3%
853
68.9%
441
75.0%
369
80.5%
587
74.2%
138
86.3%
1072

7
72.0%
3460
No27.5%
417
18.1%
116
16.9%
83
12.5%
91
16.7%
31
9.5%
118

0
17.8%
856
Undecided16.0%
242
12.2%
78
8.1%
40
7.0%
51
8.6%
16
4.2%
52

0
10.0%
479
No answer0.2%
3
0.8%
5
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.5%
1
0.0%
0

10
0.2%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
1515
100.0%
640
100.0%
492
100.0%
729
100.0%
186
100.0%
1242

17

4804



Life after death by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Yes61.5%
459
64.5%
349
71.4%
1249
77.8%
542
84.8%
762

106
72.6%
3361
No24.9%
186
26.4%
143
16.9%
296
14.8%
103
9.9%
89

39
17.6%
817
Undecided13.0%
97
8.7%
47
11.4%
200
7.5%
52
5.2%
47

34
9.6%
443
No answer0.5%
4
0.4%
2
0.2%
4
0.0%
0
0.1%
1

8
0.2%
11
Missing0010001
TOTAL 100.0%
746
100.0%
541
100.0%
1749
100.0%
697
100.0%
899

187

4632



Life after death by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Yes71.9%
2612
74.9%
527
68.1%
329
72.0%
3468
No17.6%
639
16.5%
116
20.7%
100
17.7%
855
Undecided10.2%
370
7.8%
55
10.8%
52
9.9%
477
No answer0.3%
11
0.9%
6
0.4%
2
0.4%
19
Missing1001
TOTAL 100.0%
3632
100.0%
704
100.0%
483

4819



Life after death by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Yes82.9%
1846
73.3%
828
34.8%
31
45.8%
439
78.8%
316

7
72.0%
3460
No10.4%
231
17.3%
195
40.4%
36
36.0%
345
11.5%
46

4
17.8%
853
Undecided6.6%
147
9.4%
106
24.7%
22
17.6%
169
8.2%
33

0
9.9%
477
No answer0.1%
2
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.6%
6
1.5%
6

3
0.3%
15
TOTAL 100.0%
2226
100.0%
1130
100.0%
89
100.0%
959
100.0%
401

14

4805



Life after death by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Yes68.4%
1526
75.0%
1941
72.0%
3467
No21.3%
475
14.7%
381
17.8%
856
Undecided9.8%
219
10.0%
258
9.9%
477
No answer0.4%
10
0.3%
8
0.4%
18
Missing011
TOTAL 100.0%
2230
100.0%
2588

4818



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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