Is the influence of religion increasing or decreasing in the U.S.?
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Is the influence of religion increasing or decreasing in the U.S.? (Demographic Patterns)

At the present time, do you think religion as a whole is increasing its influence on American life or losing its influence? (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)


Is the influence of religion increasing or decreasing in the U.S.? by Age (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + Missing TOTAL
Increasing 36.8%
88
33.3%
106
40.8%
167
38.3%
145
41.4%
111
33.5%
121
8 37.4%
738
Losing 54.4%
130
56.0%
178
49.9%
204
52.5%
199
46.6%
125
50.7%
183
15 51.6%
1019
Staying the same 2.1%
5
2.5%
8
5.1%
21
2.6%
10
2.6%
7
4.4%
16
4 3.4%
67
No opinion 6.7%
16
8.2%
26
4.2%
17
6.6%
25
9.3%
25
11.4%
41
1 7.6%
150
TOTAL 100%
239
100%
318
100%
409
100%
379
100%
268
100%
361
28 1974

Is the influence of religion increasing or decreasing in the U.S.? by Gender (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Male Female TOTAL
Increasing 33.8%
312
40.2%
434
37.3%
746
Losing 54.6%
503
49.2%
531
51.6%
1034
Staying the same 4.6%
42
2.7%
29
3.5%
71
No opinion 7.0%
65
8.0%
86
7.5%
151
TOTAL 100%
922
100%
1080
2002

Is the influence of religion increasing or decreasing in the U.S.? by Political party (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Republican Democrat Independent No preference Missing TOTAL
Increasing 38.9%
254
39.4%
234
34.4%
198
32.2%
39
21 37.3%
725
Losing 52.2%
341
50.7%
301
54.7%
315
44.6%
54
23 52%
1011
Staying the same 3.7%
24
2.9%
17
4.0%
23
5.0%
6
1 3.6%
70
No opinion 5.2%
34
7.1%
42
6.9%
40
18.2%
22
13 7.1%
138
TOTAL 100%
653
100%
594
100%
576
100%
121
58 1944

Is the influence of religion increasing or decreasing in the U.S.? by Household income (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $40,000 $40,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Increasing 38.1%
119
38.3%
181
39.3%
205
34.0%
68
41.0%
80
30.8%
93
37.3%
746
Losing 49.0%
153
52.1%
246
52.6%
274
56.5%
113
45.6%
89
52.6%
159
51.6%
1034
Staying the same 4.8%
15
3.2%
15
2.7%
14
5.5%
11
3.6%
7
3.0%
9
3.5%
71
No opinion 8.0%
25
6.4%
30
5.4%
28
4.0%
8
9.7%
19
13.6%
41
7.5%
151
TOTAL 100%
312
100%
472
100%
521
100%
200
100%
195
100%
302
2002

Is the influence of religion increasing or decreasing in the U.S.? by Education (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + Missing TOTAL
Increasing 31.7%
58
34.5%
223
42.3%
222
37.7%
241
2 37.3%
744
Losing 51.4%
94
53.3%
344
50.1%
263
51.4%
329
4 51.7%
1030
Staying the same 3.8%
7
3.4%
22
3.0%
16
3.9%
25
1 3.5%
70
No opinion 13.1%
24
8.8%
57
4.6%
24
7.0%
45
1 7.5%
150
TOTAL 100%
183
100%
646
100%
525
100%
640
8 1994

Is the influence of religion increasing or decreasing in the U.S.? by Marital status (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married Missing TOTAL
Increasing 37.9%
399
41.4%
135
35.4%
63
33.4%
145
4 37.3%
742
Losing 51.8%
545
48.8%
159
46.6%
83
55.1%
239
8 51.6%
1026
Staying the same 3.3%
35
4.0%
13
3.9%
7
3.7%
16
0 3.6%
71
No opinion 6.9%
73
5.8%
19
14.0%
25
7.8%
34
0 7.6%
151
TOTAL 100%
1052
100%
326
100%
178
100%
434
12 1990

Is the influence of religion increasing or decreasing in the U.S.? by Worship attendance (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002)

  More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never Missing TOTAL
Increasing 47.3%
147
42.1%
224
36.3%
117
34.4%
123
31.1%
91
24.0%
41
3 37.4%
743
Losing 41.2%
128
49.6%
264
52.2%
168
56.1%
201
56.3%
165
57.9%
99
9 51.6%
1025
Staying the same 3.2%
10
3.4%
18
4.0%
13
4.2%
15
3.4%
10
2.3%
4
1 3.5%
70
No opinion 8.4%
26
4.9%
26
7.5%
24
5.3%
19
9.2%
27
15.8%
27
2 7.5%
149
TOTAL 100%
311
100%
532
100%
322
100%
358
100%
293
100%
171
15 1987

Notes

This project investigated the public's attitudes on religion and public life. The survey was commissioned by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press (www.people-press.org) and produced two reports. The first report addressed America's struggle with religion in the post 9-11 climate. The second report examined the public's attitudes about genetic research.




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