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Belief in hell (Demographic Patterns)

In your opinion, does each of the following exist? Hell. Results weighted by WEIGHT (Baylor Religion Survey, Wave 2, 2007)


Belief in hell by Age


18-29 years old30-44 years old45-59 years old60-74 years old75 years and olderTOTAL
Absolutely not8.3%
22
12.1%
61
9.6%
43
12.4%
33
14.5%
17
11.0%
176
Probably not17.4%
46
15.2%
77
17.4%
78
13.9%
37
17.1%
20
16.1%
258
Probably21.2%
56
19.4%
98
21.9%
98
17.2%
46
17.1%
20
19.9%
318
Absolutely53.0%
140
53.3%
269
51.1%
229
56.6%
151
51.3%
60
53.0%
849
Missing861381348
TOTAL 100.0%
264
100.0%
505
100.0%
448
100.0%
267
100.0%
117

1601



Belief in hell by Church attendance


NeverLess than once a monthLess than once a weekWeekly or moreMissingTOTAL
Absolutely not30.8%
113
9.3%
42
4.2%
12
1.5%
7

3
11.0%
174
Probably not27.8%
102
21.7%
98
10.5%
30
5.5%
26

2
16.2%
256
Probably21.0%
77
29.0%
131
24.2%
69
7.8%
37

4
19.9%
314
Absolutely20.4%
75
40.0%
181
61.1%
174
85.3%
407

11
52.9%
837
Missing1114417046
TOTAL 100.0%
367
100.0%
452
100.0%
285
100.0%
477

20

1581



Belief in hell by Education


Less than high schoolHigh school graduateSome college or vocational trainingCollege graduatePostgraduate work/degreeMissingTOTAL
Absolutely not4.3%
5
9.2%
41
9.0%
54
16.7%
35
18.1%
36

5
10.9%
171
Probably not12.2%
14
13.2%
59
14.2%
85
19.0%
40
27.6%
55

4
16.1%
253
Probably21.7%
25
18.3%
82
21.9%
131
17.1%
36
19.1%
38

7
19.9%
312
Absolutely61.7%
71
59.4%
266
54.9%
329
47.1%
99
35.2%
70

12
53.2%
835
Missing11171061045
TOTAL 100.0%
115
100.0%
448
100.0%
599
100.0%
210
100.0%
199

28

1571



Belief in hell by Political party


DemocratIndependentRepublicanOtherMissingTOTAL
Absolutely not15.1%
88
16.6%
56
3.6%
22
20.0%
7

3
11.0%
173
Probably not20.1%
117
19.6%
66
10.1%
62
25.7%
9

4
16.2%
254
Probably21.8%
127
23.4%
79
17.5%
107
8.6%
3

2
20.2%
316
Absolutely43.1%
251
40.4%
136
68.8%
422
45.7%
16

24
52.6%
825
Missing1315102040
TOTAL 100.0%
583
100.0%
337
100.0%
613
100.0%
35

33

1568



Belief in hell by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Absolutely not13.8%
104
8.6%
73
11.0%
177
Probably not19.3%
146
13.2%
112
16.1%
258
Probably19.4%
147
20.2%
171
19.9%
318
Absolutely47.5%
359
57.9%
490
53.0%
849
Missing192847
TOTAL 100.0%
756
100.0%
846

1602



Belief in hell by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Absolutely not4.5%
41
2.3%
8
44.8%
13
48.9%
86
17.9%
17

12
10.7%
165
Probably not10.9%
99
18.7%
64
51.7%
15
31.3%
55
21.1%
20

5
16.3%
253
Probably17.1%
155
30.6%
105
3.4%
1
12.5%
22
20.0%
19

17
19.5%
302
Absolutely67.4%
611
48.4%
166
0.0%
0
7.4%
13
41.1%
39

20
53.5%
829
Missing2610161044
TOTAL 100.0%
906
100.0%
343
100.0%
29
100.0%
176
100.0%
95

54

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.