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The following tables compare United Methodist Church and Muslim (Islam) 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

Muslim (Islam)United Methodist Church
Percent that live in the South. 32.9% 47%
Percent that are currently a citizen of the United States 77.2% 98.9%
Percent that are 60 or older 11% 54.6%
Percent female 35.9% 56.6%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent 3.8% 1.5%
Percent that are white 41.4% 95.5%
Percent born in the United States 35.9% 97%
Percent that are currently married 46.4% 60.4%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year 35% 25.9%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree 55.3% 49.9%

Moral Attitudes

Muslim (Islam)United Methodist Church
Percent that believe that there are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong 22.4% 38.4%
Percent that think homosexuality should be accepted by society 46.8% 60.1%
Percent that "strongly favor" allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally 18.6% 17.9%
Percent that think more women in the workforce is a change for the worse 8% 9.7%
Percent that think that more people having children without getting married is a change for the worse 62.4% 67.6%
Percent that believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases 12.2% 6.5%

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

Muslim (Islam)United Methodist Church
Percent that are very satisfied with their health 58.2% 54.8%
Percent that are "very satisfied" with family life 68.4% 75.6%
Percent that say they are "very happy" with life these days 34.2% 36.3%
Percent that believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time 56.5% 63.5%

Political Attitudes

Muslim (Islam)United Methodist Church
Percent Republican 9.7% 40.7%
Percent that are conservative or very conservative 21.1% 44.6%
Percent that are not registered to vote 19.4% 7%
Percent that personally know anyone who is gay or lesbian 64.1% 84.9%
Percent that believe that government aid to the poor does more harm than good 31.6% 53.7%
Percent that think that growing immigration is a change for the worse 11% 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 27% 68.6%

Religious Beliefs

Muslim (Islam)United Methodist Church
Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit 98.7% 98.3%
Percent that believe in Heaven 85.2% 83.6%
Percent that believe in Hell 73% 61%
Percent that believe in reincarnation 0% 0%
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life 65% 62.1%
Percent that believe their holy book is the word of God 81.4% 69.1%
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 32.1% 39%
Percent that look most to "religious teachings and beliefs" when it comes to questions of right and wrong 39.2% 37.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations bring people together and strengthen community bonds 87.8% 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 83.5% 88.1%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too involved with politics 48.1% 36.8%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too concerned with money and power 43.5% 40.8%
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules 54% 37.4%
Percent that think about the meaning and purpose of life at least once a week 65% 51%
Percent that feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness at least once a week 80.2% 83.9%
Percent that feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week 54.4% 43.9%
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week 64.1% 63.1%
Percent that think many religions can lead to eternal life 68.8% 82.5%

Religious Practices

Muslim (Islam)United Methodist Church
Percent that are members of a local house of worship 34.2% 72.6%
Percent that pray at least once a day 69.2% 61.9%
Percent that meditate at least once a week 39.2% 42.9%
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week 44.3% 46%
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at least once a week 41.8% 38.7%
Percent that participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs at least once a week 31.6% 25.1%
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other relgious backgrounds" at least once a week 23.2% 15.8%
Percent that did volunteer work in the last seven days 32.5% 40.8%
Percent that speak in tongues at least once a month 0% 6.2%


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