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Certainty about going to heaven (Demographic Patterns)

How certain are you that you will get into Heaven?. Results weighted by WEIGHT (Baylor Religion Survey, Wave 2, 2007)


Certainty about going to heaven by Age


18-29 years old30-44 years old45-59 years old60-74 years old75 years and olderTOTAL
Not at all certain1.1%
3
2.2%
11
2.9%
13
2.6%
7
4.9%
6
2.5%
40
Not very certain4.6%
12
2.4%
12
5.2%
23
6.7%
18
4.1%
5
4.4%
70
Somewhat certain19.2%
50
17.0%
86
24.0%
107
18.0%
48
21.3%
26
19.8%
317
Quite certain13.4%
35
16.6%
84
14.6%
65
19.9%
53
13.9%
17
15.9%
254
Very certain32.6%
85
29.5%
149
30.3%
135
29.2%
78
23.0%
28
29.7%
475
I don't believe in heaven13.0%
34
13.5%
68
8.8%
39
10.1%
27
10.7%
13
11.3%
181
I don't know16.1%
42
18.8%
95
14.2%
63
13.5%
36
22.1%
27
16.4%
263
Missing105189749
TOTAL 100.0%
261
100.0%
505
100.0%
445
100.0%
267
100.0%
122

1600



Certainty about going to heaven by Church attendance


NeverLess than once a monthLess than once a weekWeekly or moreMissingTOTAL
Not at all certain3.3%
12
3.3%
15
2.8%
8
0.8%
4

0
2.5%
39
Not very certain4.9%
18
5.1%
23
5.0%
14
3.1%
15

0
4.4%
70
Somewhat certain12.6%
46
29.4%
133
21.7%
61
15.2%
73

4
19.8%
313
Quite certain8.7%
32
16.3%
74
22.8%
64
17.1%
82

2
16.0%
252
Very certain11.2%
41
15.5%
70
32.7%
92
55.3%
265

6
29.6%
468
I don't believe in heaven34.7%
127
8.6%
39
2.5%
7
1.0%
5

3
11.3%
178
I don't know24.6%
90
21.9%
99
12.5%
35
7.3%
35

4
16.4%
259
Missing1212814046
TOTAL 100.0%
366
100.0%
453
100.0%
281
100.0%
479

19

1579



Certainty about going to heaven by Education


Less than high schoolHigh school graduateSome college or vocational trainingCollege graduatePostgraduate work/degreeMissingTOTAL
Not at all certain3.4%
4
1.8%
8
3.2%
19
1.4%
3
1.5%
3

2
2.4%
37
Not very certain5.1%
6
5.1%
23
4.0%
24
4.8%
10
2.5%
5

2
4.3%
68
Somewhat certain27.1%
32
23.8%
107
19.3%
115
15.9%
33
13.1%
26

4
19.9%
313
Quite certain15.3%
18
21.3%
96
13.1%
78
14.0%
29
14.6%
29

4
15.9%
250
Very certain21.2%
25
27.1%
122
34.1%
203
30.4%
63
26.6%
53

8
29.7%
466
I don't believe in heaven5.1%
6
9.1%
41
9.4%
56
16.9%
35
21.6%
43

1
11.5%
181
I don't know22.9%
27
11.8%
53
16.9%
101
16.4%
34
20.1%
40

8
16.2%
255
Missing8141383046
TOTAL 100.0%
118
100.0%
450
100.0%
596
100.0%
207
100.0%
199

29

1570



Certainty about going to heaven by Political party


DemocratIndependentRepublicanOtherMissingTOTAL
Not at all certain2.6%
15
3.0%
10
1.5%
9
11.8%
4

3
2.4%
38
Not very certain5.3%
31
3.9%
13
3.8%
23
5.9%
2

1
4.4%
69
Somewhat certain22.6%
132
17.8%
60
18.8%
114
8.8%
3

7
19.8%
309
Quite certain15.4%
90
14.8%
50
17.8%
108
0.0%
0

5
15.9%
248
Very certain19.0%
111
22.8%
77
43.4%
264
29.4%
10

12
29.6%
462
I don't believe in heaven16.6%
97
15.1%
51
3.6%
22
20.6%
7

6
11.3%
177
I don't know18.4%
107
22.6%
76
11.2%
68
23.5%
8

3
16.6%
259
Missing1316162047
TOTAL 100.0%
583
100.0%
337
100.0%
608
100.0%
34

37

1562



Certainty about going to heaven by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Not at all certain3.5%
26
1.5%
13
2.4%
39
Not very certain4.8%
36
4.0%
34
4.4%
70
Somewhat certain19.5%
146
20.2%
171
19.8%
317
Quite certain13.7%
103
17.7%
150
15.8%
253
Very certain25.2%
189
33.6%
285
29.7%
474
I don't believe in heaven14.3%
107
8.8%
75
11.4%
182
I don't know19.1%
143
14.2%
120
16.5%
263
Missing242549
TOTAL 100.0%
750
100.0%
848

1598



Certainty about going to heaven by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Not at all certain2.4%
22
2.9%
10
0.0%
0
1.2%
2
6.3%
6

0
2.6%
40
Not very certain3.2%
29
8.3%
28
3.3%
1
6.4%
11
1.1%
1

0
4.5%
70
Somewhat certain19.4%
176
30.4%
103
13.3%
4
6.4%
11
14.7%
14

9
19.9%
308
Quite certain17.3%
157
20.1%
68
3.3%
1
2.3%
4
20.0%
19

5
16.1%
249
Very certain42.3%
384
15.0%
51
3.3%
1
3.5%
6
20.0%
19

13
29.8%
461
I don't believe in heaven3.1%
28
4.7%
16
46.7%
14
57.2%
99
17.9%
17

9
11.3%
174
I don't know12.3%
112
18.6%
63
30.0%
9
23.1%
40
20.0%
19

18
15.7%
243
Missing2315071046
TOTAL 100.0%
908
100.0%
339
100.0%
30
100.0%
173
100.0%
95

54

1545



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.