How important is being a Christian?
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How important is being a Christian? (Demographic Patterns)

Some people say the following things are important for being truly American. Others say they are not important. How important do you think each of the following is... E. To be a Christian . Results weighted by WT2004 (General Social Survey, 2004)


How important is being a Christian? by Age


18-3031-4445-6465+MissingTOTAL
Very important33.9%
99
44.0%
148
52.1%
227
67.8%
101

0
47.4%
575
Fairly important17.1%
50
18.2%
61
15.1%
66
12.8%
19

0
16.2%
196
Not very important20.5%
60
20.2%
68
15.4%
67
8.1%
12

0
17.1%
207
Not important at all24.0%
70
14.9%
50
15.6%
68
8.1%
12

0
16.5%
200
Can't choose4.5%
13
2.7%
9
1.8%
8
3.4%
5

1
2.9%
35
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
Missing36346455321001590
TOTAL 100.0%
292
100.0%
336
100.0%
436
100.0%
149

1

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How important is being a Christian? by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Very important40.8%
221
52.9%
355
47.5%
576
Fairly important17.3%
94
15.2%
102
16.2%
196
Not very important21.0%
114
13.7%
92
17.0%
206
Not important at all17.3%
94
15.6%
105
16.4%
199
Can't choose3.5%
19
2.5%
17
3.0%
36
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
Missing7618411602
TOTAL 100.0%
542
100.0%
671

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How important is being a Christian? by Education


Less than high schoolHigh schoolAssociate/Junior collegeBachelor'sGraduateTOTAL
Very important54.0%
67
52.6%
320
53.8%
57
36.6%
94
32.8%
39
47.5%
577
Fairly important16.1%
20
16.9%
103
17.0%
18
16.0%
41
11.8%
14
16.1%
196
Not very important12.1%
15
15.1%
92
10.4%
11
25.7%
66
17.6%
21
16.9%
205
Not important at all11.3%
14
13.0%
79
17.0%
18
19.5%
50
31.9%
38
16.4%
199
Can't choose6.5%
8
2.3%
14
1.9%
2
2.3%
6
5.9%
7
3.0%
37
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
Missing2188381152701601601
TOTAL 100.0%
124
100.0%
608
100.0%
106
100.0%
257
100.0%
119

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How important is being a Christian? by Political ideology


LiberalModerate, middle of the roadConservativeMissingTOTAL
Very important0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

576
0.0%
0
Fairly important0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

196
0.0%
0
Not very important0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

205
0.0%
0
Not important at all0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

200
0.0%
0
Can't choose0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

36
0.0%
0
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
Missing31448749701298
TOTAL 100.0%
0
100.0%
0
100.0%
0

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0



How important is being a Christian? by Marital status


MarriedWidowedDivorcedSeparatedNever marriedTOTAL
Very important51.4%
376
66.0%
35
50.7%
69
51.5%
17
30.0%
78
47.4%
575
Fairly important15.7%
115
15.1%
8
13.2%
18
9.1%
3
20.0%
52
16.2%
196
Not very important16.4%
120
7.5%
4
17.6%
24
9.1%
3
21.2%
55
17.0%
206
Not important at all13.5%
99
9.4%
5
16.2%
22
24.2%
8
25.4%
66
16.5%
200
Can't choose2.9%
21
1.9%
1
2.2%
3
6.1%
2
3.5%
9
3.0%
36
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
Missing97279166413431601
TOTAL 100.0%
731
100.0%
53
100.0%
136
100.0%
33
100.0%
260

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How important is being a Christian? by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Very important46.3%
450
73.5%
111
16.5%
15
47.5%
576
Fairly important16.7%
162
6.0%
9
27.5%
25
16.2%
196
Not very important17.1%
166
11.3%
17
24.2%
22
16.9%
205
Not important at all17.1%
166
6.0%
9
26.4%
24
16.4%
199
Can't choose2.8%
27
3.3%
5
5.5%
5
3.1%
37
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
Missing12631891491601
TOTAL 100.0%
971
100.0%
151
100.0%
91

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How important is being a Christian? by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Very important62.2%
377
48.5%
149
9.7%
3
10.8%
18
29.9%
29

0
47.7%
576
Fairly important16.3%
99
22.1%
68
0.0%
0
9.6%
16
12.4%
12

0
16.1%
195
Not very important13.0%
79
14.7%
45
19.4%
6
31.1%
52
21.6%
21

1
16.8%
203
Not important at all6.9%
42
13.4%
41
67.7%
21
38.3%
64
30.9%
30

2
16.4%
198
Can't choose1.5%
9
1.3%
4
3.2%
1
10.2%
17
5.2%
5

1
3.0%
36
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
0
Missing8383862622611601592
TOTAL 100.0%
606
100.0%
307
100.0%
31
100.0%
167
100.0%
97

4

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Notes

General Social Survey: Since 1972, the National Opinion Research Center has conducted a nationwide survey of a random sample of U.S. citizens on a near-yearly basis-the General Social Survey (GSS). In addition to gathering detailed demographic information on respondents, the GSS gathers opinions on a wide variety of topics, such as the role of government in public life, controversial issues such as abortion, confidence in public institutions and a host of others. Of course, respondents are unlikely to spend five hours completing a survey so in order to gather data on a broad range of issues the GSS has adopted the practice of rotating groups of questions into and out of the survey in different years.




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