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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 2014 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Life after death by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Yes70.6%
482
70.1%
723
71.1%
766
71.1%
534
71.1%
192

17
70.8%
2697
No19.0%
130
19.4%
200
17.8%
192
16.4%
123
14.4%
39

5
17.9%
684
Undecided10.4%
71
10.4%
107
11.0%
118
12.1%
91
14.4%
39

5
11.2%
426
No answer0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.1%
1
0.4%
3
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
5
TOTAL 100.0%
683
100.0%
1031
100.0%
1077
100.0%
751
100.0%
270

27

3812



Life after death by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOnce to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Yes55.3%
704
66.3%
327
74.9%
304
78.8%
435
81.1%
137
85.8%
803

5
70.8%
2710
No28.1%
358
21.7%
107
13.8%
56
12.0%
66
13.6%
23
8.2%
77

1
17.9%
687
Undecided16.5%
210
11.6%
57
11.1%
45
9.2%
51
5.3%
9
6.0%
56

4
11.2%
428
No answer0.0%
0
0.4%
2
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

4
0.1%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
1272
100.0%
493
100.0%
406
100.0%
552
100.0%
169
100.0%
936

14

3828



Life after death by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservative or extremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Yes59.9%
354
61.9%
266
70.9%
1045
75.9%
396
83.6%
595

59
71.2%
2656
No25.9%
153
26.0%
112
15.5%
228
13.8%
72
13.3%
95

30
17.7%
660
Undecided14.0%
83
11.6%
50
13.4%
198
10.3%
54
3.1%
22

24
10.9%
407
No answer0.2%
1
0.5%
2
0.2%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

1
0.2%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
591
100.0%
430
100.0%
1474
100.0%
522
100.0%
712

114

3729



Life after death by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Yes70.4%
2018
77.4%
435
63.4%
262
70.7%
2715
No18.6%
534
12.5%
70
20.6%
85
17.9%
689
Undecided10.8%
310
10.1%
57
15.7%
65
11.2%
432
No answer0.2%
5
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.2%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
2867
100.0%
562
100.0%
413

3842



Life after death by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Yes83.5%
1397
71.5%
665
50.8%
33
43.1%
347
77.3%
266

6
70.9%
2708
No9.5%
159
15.8%
147
33.8%
22
38.1%
307
14.2%
49

5
17.9%
684
Undecided7.0%
117
12.5%
116
13.8%
9
18.8%
151
8.4%
29

10
11.1%
422
No answer0.0%
0
0.2%
2
1.5%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

4
0.1%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
1673
100.0%
930
100.0%
65
100.0%
805
100.0%
344

25

3817



Life after death by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Yes66.2%
1167
74.4%
1547
70.6%
2714
No22.2%
391
14.3%
298
17.9%
689
Undecided11.5%
203
11.0%
229
11.2%
432
No answer0.2%
3
0.2%
4
0.2%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
1764
100.0%
2078

3842



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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