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Is it possible to be possessed? (Demographic Patterns)

Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about evil in the world: It is possible for people to be possessed by the Devil/demons. Results weighted by WEIGHT (Baylor Religion Survey, Wave 2, 2007)


Is it possible to be possessed? by Age


18-29 years old30-44 years old45-59 years old60-74 years old75 years and olderTOTAL
Strongly disagree14.6%
38
16.3%
82
14.7%
67
14.7%
39
12.7%
15
15.0%
241
Disagree15.8%
41
18.5%
93
14.9%
68
14.3%
38
17.8%
21
16.3%
261
Agree29.2%
76
31.4%
158
32.7%
149
33.8%
90
33.1%
39
32.0%
512
Strongly agree26.5%
69
21.1%
106
21.8%
99
19.9%
53
12.7%
15
21.3%
342
Undecided13.8%
36
12.7%
64
15.8%
72
17.3%
46
23.7%
28
15.4%
246
Missing128781146
TOTAL 100.0%
260
100.0%
503
100.0%
455
100.0%
266
100.0%
118

1602



Is it possible to be possessed? by Church attendance


NeverLess than once a monthLess than once a weekWeekly or moreMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree32.4%
121
16.6%
75
9.5%
27
2.9%
14

4
15.0%
237
Disagree20.4%
76
22.2%
100
15.1%
43
8.6%
41

1
16.4%
260
Agree23.9%
89
31.9%
144
34.9%
99
37.4%
178

3
32.2%
510
Strongly agree6.7%
25
12.2%
55
21.8%
62
40.5%
193

7
21.1%
335
Undecided16.6%
62
17.1%
77
18.7%
53
10.5%
50

3
15.3%
242
Missing515617043
TOTAL 100.0%
373
100.0%
451
100.0%
284
100.0%
476

18

1584



Is it possible to be possessed? by Education


Less than high schoolHigh school graduateSome college or vocational trainingCollege graduatePostgraduate work/degreeMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree6.7%
8
12.2%
55
12.0%
71
19.8%
42
30.7%
61

3
15.1%
237
Disagree12.6%
15
15.3%
69
16.0%
95
17.5%
37
17.6%
35

10
15.9%
251
Agree37.0%
44
31.6%
142
34.0%
202
32.1%
68
26.6%
53

4
32.3%
509
Strongly agree26.1%
31
24.0%
108
23.2%
138
14.6%
31
14.6%
29

5
21.4%
337
Undecided17.6%
21
16.9%
76
14.8%
88
16.0%
34
10.6%
21

6
15.2%
240
Missing8141532042
TOTAL 100.0%
119
100.0%
450
100.0%
594
100.0%
212
100.0%
199

28

1574



Is it possible to be possessed? by Political party


DemocratIndependentRepublicanOtherMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree19.9%
116
20.6%
72
7.1%
43
21.2%
7

3
15.1%
238
Disagree21.1%
123
15.7%
55
13.0%
79
12.1%
4

0
16.6%
261
Agree27.1%
158
28.3%
99
38.8%
236
24.2%
8

12
31.8%
501
Strongly agree15.6%
91
20.0%
70
27.1%
165
27.3%
9

7
21.3%
335
Undecided16.2%
94
15.4%
54
14.1%
86
15.2%
5

7
15.2%
239
Missing163134036
TOTAL 100.0%
582
100.0%
350
100.0%
609
100.0%
33

29

1574



Is it possible to be possessed? by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Strongly disagree18.1%
137
12.4%
105
15.1%
242
Disagree16.3%
124
16.3%
138
16.3%
262
Agree30.0%
228
33.7%
285
32.0%
513
Strongly agree20.0%
152
22.5%
190
21.3%
342
Undecided15.5%
118
15.0%
127
15.3%
245
Missing172845
TOTAL 100.0%
759
100.0%
845

1604



Is it possible to be possessed? by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree9.1%
83
6.8%
23
57.1%
16
48.6%
87
24.5%
23

8
15.0%
232
Disagree14.2%
129
19.4%
66
10.7%
3
17.9%
32
21.3%
20

10
16.1%
250
Agree34.8%
316
37.4%
127
3.6%
1
15.6%
28
31.9%
30

10
32.4%
502
Strongly agree28.1%
255
15.9%
54
0.0%
0
3.9%
7
13.8%
13

13
21.2%
329
Undecided13.8%
125
20.6%
70
28.6%
8
14.0%
25
8.5%
8

9
15.2%
236
Missing2512201040
TOTAL 100.0%
908
100.0%
340
100.0%
28
100.0%
179
100.0%
94

50

1549



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.