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The following tables compare United Methodist Church and Nondenominational evangelical 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

Nondenominational evangelicalUnited Methodist Church
Percent that live in the South. 35.2% 47%
Percent that are currently a citizen of the United States 97.2% 98.9%
Percent that are 60 or older 24.3% 54.6%
Percent female 49% 56.6%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent 8.5% 1.5%
Percent that are white 81.7% 95.5%
Percent born in the United States 92.1% 97%
Percent that are currently married 65.6% 60.4%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year 26.2% 25.9%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree 49.6% 49.9%

Moral Attitudes

Nondenominational evangelicalUnited Methodist Church
Percent that believe that there are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong 68.7% 38.4%
Percent that think homosexuality should be accepted by society 33.3% 60.1%
Percent that "strongly favor" allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally 8.9% 17.9%
Percent that think more women in the workforce is a change for the worse 18.1% 9.7%
Percent that think that more people having children without getting married is a change for the worse 84.9% 67.6%
Percent that believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases 25.9% 6.5%

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

Nondenominational evangelicalUnited Methodist Church
Percent that are very satisfied with their health 55.4% 54.8%
Percent that are "very satisfied" with family life 75% 75.6%
Percent that say they are "very happy" with life these days 40.4% 36.3%
Percent that believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time 28.1% 63.5%

Political Attitudes

Nondenominational evangelicalUnited Methodist Church
Percent Republican 47.4% 40.7%
Percent that are conservative or very conservative 64.6% 44.6%
Percent that are not registered to vote 9.8% 7%
Percent that personally know anyone who is gay or lesbian 89.5% 84.9%
Percent that believe that government aid to the poor does more harm than good 64.8% 53.7%
Percent that think that growing immigration is a change for the worse 43.1% 46.2%
Percent that believe that stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost. 41.8% 53%
Percent that would prefer a smaller government, with fewer services 81.3% 68.6%

Religious Beliefs

Nondenominational evangelicalUnited Methodist Church
Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit 100% 98.3%
Percent that believe in Heaven 80.1% 83.6%
Percent that believe in Hell 82% 61%
Percent that believe in reincarnation 0% 0%
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life 84.9% 62.1%
Percent that believe their holy book is the word of God 92.3% 69.1%
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 61.4% 39%
Percent that look most to "religious teachings and beliefs" when it comes to questions of right and wrong 73% 37.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations bring people together and strengthen community bonds 97.2% 95.4%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations play an important role in helping the poor and needy 95.3% 94.2%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations protect and strengthen morality in society 94.6% 88.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too involved with politics 27.8% 36.8%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too concerned with money and power 37.1% 40.8%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules 40.2% 37.4%
Percent that think about the meaning and purpose of life at least once a week 63.9% 51%
Percent that feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness at least once a week 91.5% 83.9%
Percent that feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week 54.2% 43.9%
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week 78.1% 63.1%
Percent that think many religions can lead to eternal life 31.6% 82.5%

Religious Practices

Nondenominational evangelicalUnited Methodist Church
Percent that are members of a local house of worship 73.7% 72.6%
Percent that pray at least once a day 84.4% 61.9%
Percent that meditate at least once a week 51.8% 42.9%
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week 71.2% 46%
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at least once a week 73.1% 38.7%
Percent that participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs at least once a week 51.3% 25.1%
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other relgious backgrounds" at least once a week 28.7% 15.8%
Percent that did volunteer work in the last seven days 42.5% 40.8%
Percent that speak in tongues at least once a month 12.9% 6.2%


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