Demographics, Behaviors, Beliefs and Practices of Members
The following tables provide information on a variety of demographics, behaviors, beliefs and attitudes for self-identified members of United Methodist Church using the Pew Religious Landscape Survey (2014). These figures are not from official denominational records. Click here for more information on this data source.
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Demographics

United Methodist Church
Percent that are 60 or older 54.6%
Percent that are currently citizens of the United States 98.9%
Percent that live in the South. 47%
Percent female 56.6%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent 1.5%
Percent that are white 95.5%
Percent born in the United States 97%
Percent that are currently married 60.4%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year 25.9%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree 49.9%

Moral Attitudes

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

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

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

Political Attitudes

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

Religious Beliefs

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

Religious Practices

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

The tables above use data from the 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, collected by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Compare United Methodist Church Members

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Atheist (do not believe in God)
Buddhist
Church of Christ
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Church of the Nazarene
Episcopal Church in the USA
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Hindu
Jehovah's Witnesses
Judaism (Conservative)
Judaism (Reform)
Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
Muslim (Islam)
National Baptist Convention
Nondenominational evangelical
None (Nothing in particular)
Orthodox (Greek, Russian, or some other Orthodox church)
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Presbyterian Church in America
Roman Catholic
Southern Baptist Convention
Unitarian (Universalist)
United Church of Christ

Surveys of the Methodist/Pietist Family

The ARDA has archived surveys of groups in the Methodist/Pietist Family. Click on a survey below to learn more about it (opens in a new window)

U.S. Congregational Life Survey, Wave 2, 2008/2009, United Methodist Church Attender Survey
U.S. Congregational Life Survey, Wave 2, 2008/2009, United Methodist Church Leader Survey
U.S. Congregational Life Survey, Wave 2, 2008/2009, United Methodist Church Congregational Profile Survey
U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, United Methodist Attenders
U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, United Methodist Leaders
U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, United Methodist Profile
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