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Reincarnation, Belief in

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What do you feel will probably happen to you after death? -- (I feel that I will do one of the following): (AFTRDETH)
  TOTAL %
1) Go to purgatory 452 16.3
2) Go to hell 35 1.3
3) Simply stop existing 449 16.1
4) Go to heaven 1,734 62.4
5) Dont know 94 3.4
6) Reincarnation 10 0.4
7) Other 7 0.3
TOTAL2,781100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Y125. Do you believe [INSERT LIST A-H], definitely, maybe, or not at all: In reincarnation, that people have lived previous lives? (REINCAR)
  TOTAL %
1) Definitely 453 13.4
2) Maybe 1,210 35.9
3) Not at all 1,665 49.4
777) Dont know 37 1.1
888) Refused 5 0.1
TOTAL3,370100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Youth
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


(reincar_w2) I:1. Do you believe [INSERT LIST A-G], [INTERVIEWER MUST READ RESPONSE CATEGORIES: definitely, maybe, or not at all FOR ‘A AND ‘B AND THEN ONLY IF NECESSARY FOR ‘C THROUGH ‘G] G. In reincarnation, that people have lived previous lives? (REINCAR)
  TOTAL %
1) Definitely 449 17.2
2) Maybe 774 29.7
3) Not at all 1,353 52
666) Invalid skip 16 0.6
777) Dont know 12 0.5
TOTAL2,604100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


(reincar_w3) Next, I will be asking you some questions about your religious beliefs. I:1. Do you believe [INSERT LIST A-G], [INTERVIEWER MUST READ RESPONSE CATEGORIES: definitely, maybe, or not at all FOR ‘A AND ‘B AND THEN ONLY IF NECESSARY FOR ‘C THROUGH ‘G] G. In reincarnation, that people have lived previous lives? (REINCAR)
  TOTAL %
1) Definitely 398 15.7
2) Maybe 748 29.5
3) Not at all 1,372 54.2
777) Dont know 7 0.3
888) Refused 2 0.1
999) Legitimate skip 5 0.2
TOTAL2,532100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


I believe in reincarnation, that people have lived previous lives. (RA_9)
  TOTAL %
-7) Refused 2 0.1
-4) Dont know 34 1.3
1) Strongly agree 304 11.7
2) Somewhat agree 444 17
3) Neither agree nor disagree 565 21.7
4) Somewhat disagree 309 11.9
5) Strongly disagree 949 36.4
TOTAL2,607100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Here are some more questions about religion. -- Do you believe in reincarnation that is, weve had previous lives? (REINCARN)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 628 25.5
2) No 1,836 74.5
TOTAL2,464100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina and California
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you believe in Reincarnation -- being reborn in this world again and again? (REINCAR)
  TOTAL %
0) Inapplicable 0 0
1) Yes, definitely 178 13
2) Yes, probably 248 18.2
3) No, probably not 374 27.4
4) No, definitely not 488 35.8
8) Dont know 71 5.2
9) No answer 6 0.4
TOTAL1,365100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Q51C [WHICH, IF ANY, OF THE FOLLOWING DO YOU BELIEVE IN?] In reincarnation - that people will be reborn in this world again and again? (Q51C)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 9,344 37.3
2) No 13,189 52.7
8) Dont know 2,352 9.4
9) Refused 145 0.6
TOTAL25,030100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania)
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


IF HINDU (Q.16=8), ASK: Do you believe in reincarnation, that people will be reborn in this world again and again? (Q34C)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 157 61.1
2) No 72 28
3) Other (Vol.) 5 1.9
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.) 23 8.9
TOTAL257100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? Do you believe in reincarnation, that people will be reborn in this world again and again? (Q291A) [Note: BREINC_B through BASTRO_B were read together as a block, but were read in a random order within the block.] (BREINC_B)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, believe in 2,147 24.3
2) No, dont believe 6,108 69.2
9) Dont know/Refused (VOL.) 574 6.5
TOTAL8,829100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you believe in reincarnation, that is, the rebirth of the soul in a new body after death? (BLFRECAR)
  TOTAL %
1) BELIEVE 209 27.8
2) DONT BELIEVE 543 72.2
TOTAL752100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you believe in reincarnation, that is, the rebirth of the soul in a new body after death? (BLFRECAR)
  TOTAL %
1) BELIEVE 100 29.5
2) DONT BELIEVE 239 70.5
TOTAL339100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you believe in reincarnation (returning to earth in another form after you die)? (REINCARN)
  TOTAL %
1) Definitely yes 19 6.2
2) Probably yes 40 13.1
3) Unsure 54 17.6
4) Probably not 59 19.3
5) Definitely not 134 43.8
TOTAL306100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: The target population for this survey was students at Winthrop University, a state university in South Carolina.
Frame: Other
Sample: Unknown
Mode: Other


ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO NEVER ATTEND CHURCH: Do you believe in reincarnation, that is, that the soul, after death, comes back to earth in another body? (REINCAR)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 40 28.6
2) No 72 51.4
3) Are not sure 28 20
TOTAL140100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you believe in reincarnation, that is, the rebirth of the soul in a new body after death? (BLFRECAR)
  TOTAL %
1) Believe 307 29.1
2) Dont Believe 748 70.9
TOTAL1,055100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


IF BELIEVE IN REINCARNATION (Q.34c=1), ASK: How certain are you about this belief? Are you absolutely certain, fairly certain, not too certain, or not at all certain? (Q34D)
  TOTAL %
1) Absolutely certain 89 56.7
2) Fairly certain 47 29.9
3) Not too certain 20 12.7
4) Not at all certain 1 0.6
TOTAL157100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you mostly agree or mostly disagree with the following statement? - Reincarnation is something I personally believe. (REINCARN)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 559 22.4
2) Disagree 1,563 62.5
8) Dont know 377 15.1
TOTAL2,499100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
Comparative Afterlife: What does the respondent think will happen to him/her after death?
Previous Lives: Does the respondent believe that people have lived previous lives?
Reborn: This question type asks the respondent if people are reborn again and again.
Simple Belief: Does the respondent believe in reincarnation (characteristics of reincarnation unspecified).

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