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Beliefs about Jesus (Demographic Patterns)

Which one statement comes closest to your personal beliefs about Jesus? Results weighted by WGT (Baylor Religion Survey, 2005)


Beliefs about Jesus by Gender


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Jesus is a fictional character1.9%
15
1.0%
9
1.4%
24
Jesus probably existed, but he was not special4.4%
35
2.0%
18
3.1%
53
Jesus was extraordinary person/wasn't messenger of God9.8%
78
4.7%
42
7.1%
120
Jesus was one of many messengers or prophets of God11.1%
88
10.5%
94
10.8%
182
Jesus is the son of God67.8%
539
76.8%
686
72.6%
1225
I have no opinion5.0%
40
4.9%
44
5.0%
84
Missing141832
TOTAL 100.0%
795
100.0%
893

1688



Beliefs about Jesus by Race


WhiteBlackOtherMissingTOTAL
Jesus is a fictional character1.6%
23
0.0%
0
1.1%
1

0
1.4%
24
Jesus probably existed, but he was not special3.1%
45
2.2%
3
5.5%
5

1
3.2%
53
Jesus was extraordinary person/wasn't messenger of God7.5%
108
0.7%
1
8.8%
8

3
7.1%
117
Jesus was one of many messengers or prophets of God10.5%
150
13.4%
18
12.1%
11

3
10.8%
179
Jesus is the son of God72.0%
1031
82.1%
110
64.8%
59

25
72.4%
1200
I have no opinion5.2%
75
1.5%
2
7.7%
7

1
5.1%
84
Missing2104025
TOTAL 100.0%
1432
100.0%
134
100.0%
91

33

1657



Beliefs about Jesus by Religion


CatholicProtestantOtherNoneMissingTOTAL
Jesus is a fictional character0.3%
1
0.3%
3
0.8%
1
11.4%
20

0
1.5%
25
Jesus probably existed, but he was not special1.1%
4
0.6%
6
6.6%
8
19.9%
35

1
3.2%
53
Jesus was extraordinary person/wasn't messenger of God3.7%
13
2.5%
25
17.2%
21
30.1%
53

9
6.8%
112
Jesus was one of many messengers or prophets of God9.6%
34
8.2%
82
36.1%
44
11.4%
20

2
10.9%
180
Jesus is the son of God80.2%
283
87.0%
874
32.8%
40
9.1%
16

12
73.2%
1213
I have no opinion5.1%
18
1.5%
15
6.6%
8
18.2%
32

11
4.4%
73
Missing61335027
TOTAL 100.0%
353
100.0%
1005
100.0%
122
100.0%
176

35

1656



Beliefs about Jesus by Age


18-3031-4445-6465+MissingTOTAL
Jesus is a fictional character3.3%
7
2.1%
10
0.8%
5
0.3%
1

0
1.4%
23
Jesus probably existed, but he was not special4.3%
9
3.8%
18
2.5%
16
2.8%
10

0
3.2%
53
Jesus was extraordinary person/wasn't messenger of God10.5%
22
7.9%
37
7.3%
46
4.0%
14

1
7.1%
119
Jesus was one of many messengers or prophets of God9.5%
20
10.2%
48
13.0%
82
9.1%
32

1
10.9%
182
Jesus is the son of God66.2%
139
69.8%
328
72.5%
459
79.3%
279

20
72.4%
1205
I have no opinion6.2%
13
6.2%
29
3.9%
25
4.5%
16

3
5.0%
83
Missing21078027
TOTAL 100.0%
210
100.0%
470
100.0%
633
100.0%
352

25

1665



Beliefs about Jesus by Worship attendance


Never< 1 Month< 1 a WeekWeekly +MissingTOTAL
Jesus is a fictional character5.4%
20
0.9%
4
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
1.4%
24
Jesus probably existed, but he was not special10.3%
38
2.4%
11
1.0%
2
0.5%
3

0
3.2%
54
Jesus was extraordinary person/wasn't messenger of God21.5%
79
7.1%
33
1.5%
3
0.5%
3

3
7.1%
118
Jesus was one of many messengers or prophets of God11.7%
43
18.8%
88
10.2%
20
4.5%
29

2
10.8%
180
Jesus is the son of God37.8%
139
64.7%
303
86.2%
169
94.1%
603

11
72.6%
1214
I have no opinion13.3%
49
6.2%
29
1.0%
2
0.5%
3

2
5.0%
83
Missing21718028
TOTAL 100.0%
368
100.0%
468
100.0%
196
100.0%
641

18

1673



Beliefs about Jesus by Political ideology


George W. BushJohn KerryRalph NaderSomebody elseNo preferenceMissingTOTAL
Jesus is a fictional character1.1%
9
2.1%
14
0.0%
0
0.7%
1
2.0%
1

0
1.5%
25
Jesus probably existed, but he was not special1.3%
10
5.5%
36
0.0%
0
5.1%
7
2.0%
1

0
3.2%
54
Jesus was extraordinary person/wasn't messenger of God2.8%
22
11.3%
74
26.7%
8
9.6%
13
4.0%
2

1
7.1%
119
Jesus was one of many messengers or prophets of God4.4%
35
18.9%
124
13.3%
4
10.3%
14
4.0%
2

4
10.7%
179
Jesus is the son of God87.0%
696
55.9%
367
60.0%
18
66.2%
90
84.0%
42

10
72.5%
1213
I have no opinion3.5%
28
6.4%
42
0.0%
0
8.1%
11
4.0%
2

1
5.0%
83
Missing1311011026
TOTAL 100.0%
800
100.0%
657
100.0%
30
100.0%
136
100.0%
50

16

1673



Beliefs about Jesus by Education


< High schoolHS gradSome collegeJr collegeCollege graduatePostgraduate work/DegreeMissingTOTAL
Jesus is a fictional character0.7%
1
1.3%
4
3.0%
14
0.6%
1
0.6%
2
0.7%
2

0
1.4%
24
Jesus probably existed, but he was not special0.0%
0
1.3%
4
4.9%
23
3.4%
6
1.9%
6
5.5%
15

1
3.2%
54
Jesus was extraordinary person/wasn't messenger of God3.5%
5
3.3%
10
6.4%
30
5.7%
10
10.9%
34
11.7%
32

2
7.2%
121
Jesus was one of many messengers or prophets of God0.7%
1
6.3%
19
9.0%
42
12.6%
22
13.5%
42
19.8%
54

2
10.8%
180
Jesus is the son of God93.0%
132
83.1%
251
70.7%
331
68.6%
120
69.2%
216
57.9%
158

16
72.2%
1208
I have no opinion2.1%
3
4.6%
14
6.0%
28
9.1%
16
3.8%
12
4.4%
12

0
5.1%
85
Missing078522024
TOTAL 100.0%
142
100.0%
302
100.0%
468
100.0%
175
100.0%
312
100.0%
273

21

1672



Beliefs about Jesus by Marital status


Never marriedMarriedLiving as marriedSeparated/DivorcedWidowedMissingTOTAL
Jesus is a fictional character0.8%
2
1.6%
15
0.0%
0
2.2%
6
0.8%
1

0
1.4%
24
Jesus probably existed, but he was not special5.4%
14
2.7%
26
3.3%
2
3.0%
8
2.3%
3

1
3.2%
53
Jesus was extraordinary person/wasn't messenger of God12.6%
33
6.1%
58
9.8%
6
6.7%
18
3.1%
4

2
7.1%
119
Jesus was one of many messengers or prophets of God14.9%
39
10.0%
95
18.0%
11
10.4%
28
5.4%
7

2
10.8%
180
Jesus is the son of God62.1%
162
75.4%
715
55.7%
34
71.0%
191
82.2%
106

16
72.4%
1208
I have no opinion4.2%
11
4.1%
39
13.1%
8
6.7%
18
6.2%
8

0
5.0%
84
Missing215233025
TOTAL 100.0%
261
100.0%
948
100.0%
61
100.0%
269
100.0%
129

21

1668



Beliefs about Jesus by Household income


< $20,000$20,001-$35,000$35,001-$50,000$50,001 - $100,000$100,001+MissingTOTAL
Jesus is a fictional character1.1%
3
1.3%
3
2.7%
8
1.0%
5
1.4%
4

1
1.4%
23
Jesus probably existed, but he was not special3.2%
9
2.2%
5
3.4%
10
2.3%
12
5.7%
16

1
3.3%
52
Jesus was extraordinary person/wasn't messenger of God3.2%
9
5.6%
13
7.8%
23
8.2%
42
10.0%
28

7
7.2%
115
Jesus was one of many messengers or prophets of God5.8%
16
10.8%
25
9.9%
29
11.7%
60
14.3%
40

11
10.7%
170
Jesus is the son of God83.8%
232
76.6%
177
69.3%
203
72.0%
370
62.4%
174

69
72.5%
1156
I have no opinion2.9%
8
3.5%
8
6.8%
20
4.9%
25
6.1%
17

7
4.9%
78
Missing251032022
TOTAL 100.0%
277
100.0%
231
100.0%
293
100.0%
514
100.0%
279

96

1594



Notes

The Baylor Religion Survey (BRS) is national population survey of religious characteristics, orientations, and attitudes modeled after the General Social Survey. The 2005 BRS data includes 1,721 responses collected by the Gallup Organization. A third of the survey is dedicated solely to religion items; focusing on affiliation, identity, belief, experience, and commitment. Two-thirds of the survey is dedicated to topical modules which will be rotated in subsequent administrations. The 2005 survey includes modules on moral and political attitudes, the consumption of religious goods, the paranormal and civic engagement.




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