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Does God cause tragedies? (Demographic Patterns)

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about God? God causes major tragedies to occur as a warning to sinners. Results weighted by WEIGHT (Baylor Religion Survey, Wave 2, 2007)


Does God cause tragedies? by Age


18-29 years old30-44 years old45-59 years old60-74 years old75 years and olderTOTAL
Strongly disagree36.2%
89
31.3%
146
30.2%
128
30.4%
78
25.7%
26
31.2%
467
Disagree32.5%
80
38.8%
181
33.7%
143
39.7%
102
39.6%
40
36.5%
546
Agree7.7%
19
10.3%
48
13.7%
58
10.5%
27
12.9%
13
11.0%
165
Strongly agree8.9%
22
6.4%
30
4.5%
19
3.5%
9
5.0%
5
5.7%
85
Undecided14.6%
36
13.3%
62
17.9%
76
16.0%
41
16.8%
17
15.5%
232
Missing2644381828154
TOTAL 100.0%
246
100.0%
467
100.0%
424
100.0%
257
100.0%
101

1495



Does God cause tragedies? by Church attendance


NeverLess than once a monthLess than once a weekWeekly or moreMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree40.7%
122
30.1%
131
27.9%
78
28.3%
132

4
31.3%
463
Disagree27.7%
83
38.6%
168
38.2%
107
38.8%
181

6
36.4%
539
Agree6.0%
18
9.2%
40
15.4%
43
13.5%
63

1
11.1%
164
Strongly agree3.7%
11
2.1%
9
2.9%
8
12.0%
56

3
5.7%
84
Undecided22.0%
66
20.0%
87
15.7%
44
7.3%
34

1
15.6%
231
Missing78329270146
TOTAL 100.0%
300
100.0%
435
100.0%
280
100.0%
466

15

1481



Does God cause tragedies? by Education


Less than high schoolHigh school graduateSome college or vocational trainingCollege graduatePostgraduate work/degreeMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree25.7%
27
25.5%
106
29.2%
166
38.0%
73
45.7%
84

10
31.1%
456
Disagree25.7%
27
38.3%
159
38.0%
216
39.1%
75
30.4%
56

11
36.4%
533
Agree14.3%
15
12.3%
51
11.2%
64
7.8%
15
10.3%
19

1
11.2%
164
Strongly agree10.5%
11
8.0%
33
5.1%
29
3.1%
6
2.2%
4

3
5.7%
83
Undecided23.8%
25
15.9%
66
16.5%
94
12.0%
23
11.4%
21

1
15.6%
229
Missing20493924170149
TOTAL 100.0%
105
100.0%
415
100.0%
569
100.0%
192
100.0%
184

26

1465



Does God cause tragedies? by Political party


DemocratIndependentRepublicanOtherMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree32.7%
173
36.3%
114
26.8%
159
46.4%
13

7
31.3%
459
Disagree38.0%
201
31.5%
99
39.2%
233
14.3%
4

8
36.7%
537
Agree8.3%
44
8.0%
25
15.3%
91
3.6%
1

4
11.0%
161
Strongly agree6.4%
34
3.2%
10
5.7%
34
17.9%
5

3
5.7%
83
Undecided14.6%
77
21.0%
66
13.0%
77
17.9%
5

6
15.4%
225
Missing68382990144
TOTAL 100.0%
529
100.0%
314
100.0%
594
100.0%
28

28

1465



Does God cause tragedies? by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Strongly disagree28.8%
200
33.5%
267
31.3%
467
Disagree37.6%
261
35.5%
283
36.4%
544
Agree12.9%
90
9.4%
75
11.1%
165
Strongly agree5.5%
38
6.0%
48
5.8%
86
Undecided15.3%
106
15.7%
125
15.5%
231
Missing8075155
TOTAL 100.0%
695
100.0%
798

1493



Does God cause tragedies? by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree26.7%
233
27.1%
91
36.4%
8
60.8%
73
47.4%
45

18
31.1%
450
Disagree38.9%
340
42.9%
144
36.4%
8
11.7%
14
26.3%
25

14
36.7%
531
Agree13.7%
120
9.5%
32
4.5%
1
3.3%
4
8.4%
8

1
11.4%
165
Strongly agree6.9%
60
3.3%
11
0.0%
0
2.5%
3
3.2%
3

8
5.3%
77
Undecided13.7%
120
17.3%
58
22.7%
5
21.7%
26
14.7%
14

8
15.4%
223
Missing601686020146
TOTAL 100.0%
873
100.0%
336
100.0%
22
100.0%
120
100.0%
95

49

1446



Notes

The Baylor Department of Sociology received a three-year grant from the John M. Templeton Foundation, to conduct a nationally representative multi-year study of religious values, practices, and behaviors. Wave 2 of the Baylor Religion Survey was collected in 2007 and includes a deep selection of questions related to religious behaviors, beliefs and belonging. Special topic modules examine race and religion, and personality.