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Life after death (Demographic Patterns)

Do you believe there is a life after death? Results weighted by WTCOMBNR (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Life after death by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Yes65.8%
1485
74.5%
1968
70.5%
3453
No22.8%
514
14.4%
380
18.2%
894
Undecided11.3%
255
11.0%
291
11.1%
546
No answer0.1%
3
0.2%
4
0.1%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
2257
100.0%
2643

4900



Life after death by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservativeExtremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Yes57.5%
448
63.3%
379
71.3%
1228
74.7%
500
81.6%
648
82.4%
159

91
70.7%
3362
No27.7%
216
22.5%
135
17.0%
293
15.8%
106
11.0%
87
14.5%
28

30
18.2%
865
Undecided14.8%
115
14.2%
85
11.4%
196
9.4%
63
7.4%
59
3.1%
6

23
11.0%
524
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
6
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

2
0.1%
6
TOTAL 100.0%
779
100.0%
599
100.0%
1723
100.0%
669
100.0%
794
100.0%
193

146

4757



Life after death by Age


18 to 29 years old30 to 44 years old45 to 59 years old60 to 74 years old75 years or olderMissingTOTAL
Yes71.7%
693
67.6%
882
74.4%
1049
70.0%
579
62.5%
215

35
70.4%
3418
No17.2%
166
21.4%
279
16.1%
227
16.9%
140
22.7%
78

4
18.3%
890
Undecided10.8%
104
10.9%
142
9.4%
133
12.9%
107
14.8%
51

11
11.1%
537
No answer0.4%
4
0.1%
1
0.1%
1
0.1%
1
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
967
100.0%
1304
100.0%
1410
100.0%
827
100.0%
344

50

4852



Life after death by Region


NortheastMidwestSouthWestMissingTOTAL
Yes64.7%
546
71.2%
750
74.7%
1401
67.0%
755

1
70.4%
3452
No21.6%
182
16.9%
178
15.5%
291
21.5%
242

0
18.2%
893
Undecided13.5%
114
11.8%
124
9.6%
181
11.4%
128

0
11.2%
547
No answer0.2%
2
0.1%
1
0.2%
3
0.2%
2

0
0.2%
8
TOTAL 100.0%
844
100.0%
1053
100.0%
1876
100.0%
1127

1

4900



Life after death by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Yes81.5%
1903
70.7%
880
43.6%
41
41.0%
331
73.2%
281

18
70.6%
3436
No11.0%
258
17.6%
219
39.4%
37
38.7%
313
16.7%
64

3
18.3%
891
Undecided7.4%
173
11.7%
146
17.0%
16
20.3%
164
10.2%
39

8
11.1%
538
No answer0.1%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

5
0.0%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
2336
100.0%
1245
100.0%
94
100.0%
808
100.0%
384

34

4867



Life after death by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Yes71.8%
2675
72.6%
480
58.0%
298
70.4%
3453
No16.9%
630
16.8%
111
29.8%
153
18.2%
894
Undecided11.2%
419
10.1%
67
11.9%
61
11.2%
547
No answer0.1%
3
0.5%
3
0.4%
2
0.2%
8
TOTAL 100.0%
3727
100.0%
661
100.0%
514

4902



Life after death by Church attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekOnce a week or moreMissingTOTAL
Yes54.1%
766
65.2%
445
74.3%
379
74.6%
586
77.5%
162
85.3%
780

335
69.0%
3118
No29.3%
414
20.2%
138
12.7%
65
15.5%
122
16.3%
34
10.1%
92

30
19.2%
865
Undecided16.5%
233
14.5%
99
12.9%
66
9.7%
76
6.2%
13
4.6%
42

16
11.7%
529
No answer0.1%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

4
0.1%
4
TOTAL 100.0%
1415
100.0%
682
100.0%
510
100.0%
786
100.0%
209
100.0%
914

385

4516



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.