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Desire to be closer to God (Demographic Patterns)

You may experience the following in your daily life, if so how often? I desire to be closer to God or in union with Him. . Results weighted by WT2004 (General Social Survey, 2004)


Desire to be closer to God by Age


18-3031-4445-6465+MissingTOTAL
Many times a day18.1%
58
20.5%
80
14.8%
65
19.0%
33

0
17.8%
236
Every day26.3%
84
32.7%
128
35.6%
156
42.5%
74

0
33.4%
442
Most days15.0%
48
14.8%
58
13.5%
59
9.8%
17

0
13.8%
182
Some days17.8%
57
12.3%
48
13.0%
57
5.7%
10

2
13.0%
172
Once in a while11.9%
38
8.2%
32
11.0%
48
10.9%
19

0
10.4%
137
Never or almost never10.3%
33
9.2%
36
9.8%
43
9.2%
16

2
9.7%
128
Don't know0.0%
0
1.5%
6
0.9%
4
0.6%
1

0
0.8%
11
No answer0.6%
2
0.8%
3
1.4%
6
2.3%
4

1
1.1%
15
Missing33540955118501480
TOTAL 100.0%
320
100.0%
391
100.0%
438
100.0%
174

5

1323



Desire to be closer to God by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Many times a day13.9%
88
21.4%
149
17.8%
237
Every day29.6%
188
36.5%
254
33.2%
442
Most days13.5%
86
14.0%
97
13.8%
183
Some days15.7%
100
10.8%
75
13.2%
175
Once in a while12.1%
77
8.6%
60
10.3%
137
Never or almost never12.6%
80
7.2%
50
9.8%
130
Don't know1.4%
9
0.3%
2
0.8%
11
No answer1.1%
7
1.2%
8
1.1%
15
Missing6678181485
TOTAL 100.0%
635
100.0%
695

1330



Desire to be closer to God by Education


Less than high schoolHigh schoolAssociate/Junior collegeBachelor'sGraduateMissingTOTAL
Many times a day22.4%
36
18.1%
128
18.3%
19
15.8%
35
13.6%
18

1
17.8%
236
Every day39.8%
64
34.9%
247
37.5%
39
25.2%
56
27.3%
36

0
33.3%
442
Most days12.4%
20
14.5%
103
15.4%
16
13.1%
29
11.4%
15

0
13.8%
183
Some days9.3%
15
14.4%
102
10.6%
11
11.7%
26
15.2%
20

0
13.1%
174
Once in a while8.7%
14
8.3%
59
6.7%
7
17.1%
38
13.6%
18

0
10.2%
136
Never or almost never6.8%
11
8.1%
57
9.6%
10
13.1%
29
18.2%
24

0
9.9%
131
Don't know0.0%
0
0.8%
6
0.0%
0
1.4%
3
0.8%
1

0
0.8%
10
No answer0.6%
1
0.8%
6
1.9%
2
2.7%
6
0.0%
0

0
1.1%
15
Missing18173811730214701485
TOTAL 100.0%
161
100.0%
708
100.0%
104
100.0%
222
100.0%
132

1

1327



Desire to be closer to God by Political ideology


LiberalModerate, middle of the roadConservativeMissingTOTAL
Many times a day16.6%
52
17.7%
86
18.1%
90

9
17.6%
228
Every day29.0%
91
32.0%
156
37.8%
188

7
33.5%
435
Most days11.1%
35
15.6%
76
13.9%
69

3
13.9%
180
Some days12.1%
38
12.5%
61
14.9%
74

3
13.3%
173
Once in a while13.7%
43
10.9%
53
7.6%
38

3
10.3%
134
Never or almost never16.2%
51
9.9%
48
5.4%
27

3
9.7%
126
Don't know0.6%
2
0.6%
3
1.0%
5

1
0.8%
10
No answer0.6%
2
0.8%
4
1.2%
6

2
0.9%
12
TOTAL 100.0%
314
100.0%
487
100.0%
497

31

1298



Desire to be closer to God by Marital status


MarriedWidowedDivorcedSeparatedNever marriedTOTAL
Many times a day18.3%
143
16.4%
11
13.6%
19
21.1%
8
18.3%
55
17.8%
236
Every day35.5%
278
46.3%
31
34.3%
48
26.3%
10
24.9%
75
33.3%
442
Most days13.2%
103
10.4%
7
9.3%
13
21.1%
8
16.9%
51
13.7%
182
Some days13.9%
109
7.5%
5
16.4%
23
7.9%
3
11.6%
35
13.2%
175
Once in a while9.0%
70
10.4%
7
9.3%
13
15.8%
6
13.6%
41
10.3%
137
Never or almost never8.1%
63
9.0%
6
12.9%
18
5.3%
2
14.0%
42
9.9%
131
Don't know0.9%
7
0.0%
0
2.1%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.8%
10
No answer1.2%
9
0.0%
0
2.1%
3
2.6%
1
0.7%
2
1.1%
15
Missing92164162363021485
TOTAL 100.0%
782
100.0%
67
100.0%
140
100.0%
38
100.0%
301

1328



Desire to be closer to God by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Many times a day15.2%
160
31.1%
46
24.2%
31
17.8%
237
Every day33.2%
350
39.9%
59
25.8%
33
33.2%
442
Most days13.7%
145
12.2%
18
16.4%
21
13.8%
184
Some days13.6%
144
9.5%
14
13.3%
17
13.1%
175
Once in a while11.4%
120
2.7%
4
9.4%
12
10.2%
136
Never or almost never11.0%
116
2.0%
3
9.4%
12
9.8%
131
Don't know0.9%
9
0.7%
1
0.8%
1
0.8%
11
No answer1.0%
11
2.0%
3
0.8%
1
1.1%
15
Missing11791941121485
TOTAL 100.0%
1055
100.0%
148
100.0%
128

1331



Desire to be closer to God by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Many times a day20.9%
146
13.0%
43
10.5%
2
9.6%
18
30.8%
28

0
17.9%
237
Every day39.7%
277
34.4%
114
0.0%
0
13.9%
26
26.4%
24

0
33.3%
441
Most days12.5%
87
17.5%
58
15.8%
3
12.8%
24
12.1%
11

0
13.8%
183
Some days13.3%
93
16.6%
55
5.3%
1
9.1%
17
9.9%
9

0
13.2%
175
Once in a while7.6%
53
11.5%
38
31.6%
6
17.6%
33
6.6%
6

0
10.3%
136
Never or almost never4.2%
29
5.1%
17
26.3%
5
35.8%
67
12.1%
11

1
9.7%
129
Don't know0.6%
4
1.2%
4
10.5%
2
0.5%
1
0.0%
0

0
0.8%
11
No answer1.1%
8
0.6%
2
0.0%
0
0.5%
1
2.2%
2

1
1.0%
13
Missing7473623920612101475
TOTAL 100.0%
697
100.0%
331
100.0%
19
100.0%
187
100.0%
91

2

1325



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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