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The following tables compare United Methodist Church and National Baptist Convention respondents on a variety of attitudes and experiences using data from the 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, collected by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.


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Demographics

National Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist Church
Percent that live in the South. 66.2% 47%
Percent that are currently a citizen of the United States 99.1% 98.9%
Percent that are 60 or older 44.4% 54.6%
Percent female 61.7% 56.6%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent 1.1% 1.5%
Percent that are white 0% 95.5%
Percent born in the United States 95.7% 97%
Percent that are currently married 36.1% 60.4%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year 50% 25.9%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree 29.7% 49.9%

Moral Attitudes

National Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist Church
Percent that believe that there are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong 31% 38.4%
Percent that think homosexuality should be accepted by society 49.4% 60.1%
Percent that "strongly favor" allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally 11.9% 17.9%
Percent that think more women in the workforce is a change for the worse 4.8% 9.7%
Percent that think that more people having children without getting married is a change for the worse 56.5% 67.6%
Percent that believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases 14.5% 6.5%

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

National Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist Church
Percent that are very satisfied with their health 48.5% 54.8%
Percent that are "very satisfied" with family life 68% 75.6%
Percent that say they are "very happy" with life these days 37.4% 36.3%
Percent that believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time 48.1% 63.5%

Political Attitudes

National Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist Church
Percent Republican 2.6% 40.7%
Percent that are conservative or very conservative 34.4% 44.6%
Percent that are not registered to vote 8.7% 7%
Percent that personally know anyone who is gay or lesbian 71.6% 84.9%
Percent that believe that government aid to the poor does more harm than good 24% 53.7%
Percent that think that growing immigration is a change for the worse 28.8% 46.2%
Percent that believe that stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost. 65.4% 53%
Percent that would prefer a smaller government, with fewer services 23.6% 68.6%

Religious Beliefs

National Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist Church
Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit 99.8% 98.3%
Percent that believe in Heaven 94.8% 83.6%
Percent that believe in Hell 86.6% 61%
Percent that believe in reincarnation 0% 0%
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life 92.4% 62.1%
Percent that believe their holy book is the word of God 89.2% 69.1%
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 58.4% 39%
Percent that look most to "religious teachings and beliefs" when it comes to questions of right and wrong 52.6% 37.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations bring people together and strengthen community bonds 90.5% 95.4%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations play an important role in helping the poor and needy 89% 94.2%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations protect and strengthen morality in society 83.3% 88.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too involved with politics 38.1% 36.8%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too concerned with money and power 50.4% 40.8%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules 37.4% 37.4%
Percent that think about the meaning and purpose of life at least once a week 74.7% 51%
Percent that feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness at least once a week 88.7% 83.9%
Percent that feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week 43.9% 43.9%
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week 80.5% 63.1%
Percent that think many religions can lead to eternal life 58.7% 82.5%

Religious Practices

National Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist Church
Percent that are members of a local house of worship 86.8% 72.6%
Percent that pray at least once a day 85.1% 61.9%
Percent that meditate at least once a week 65.8% 42.9%
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week 64.3% 46%
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at least once a week 68.8% 38.7%
Percent that participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs at least once a week 56.7% 25.1%
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other relgious backgrounds" at least once a week 49.4% 15.8%
Percent that did volunteer work in the last seven days 37.4% 40.8%
Percent that speak in tongues at least once a month 14.7% 6.2%


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