Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Religion in America Survey

A survey of American adults:

Do you believe in God? Yes 92%

Do you have a belief in a personal God? Yes 51%

Is God "an impersonal force”? Yes 14%

Do you reject any concept of God? Yes 5%

Do you pray daily? Yes 58%

Are there absolute standards of right and wrong? Yes 78%

How do you determine what’s right and wrong?
Practical experience and common sense 52%
Your religion 29%
Philosophy and reason 9%
Scientific information 5%

Is there a heaven, where people who have led good lives are eternally rewarded? Yes 74%

Is there a hell, where people who have led bad lives and die without being sorry are eternally punished? Yes 59%

Can many religions can lead to eternal life? Yes 70%

Is there more than one true way to interpret the teachings of my religion? Yes 68%

Is religion the "main influence in their political thinking”? 14%

Is homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society? Yes 50%

Should society discourage homosexuality? % of members of groups responding Yes
Jehovah's Witnesses 76%
Mormons 68%
Muslims 61%
Evangelicals 64%

Do you read the Bible or pray with your children?
Couples of the same religion: Yes, 63%
Religiously mixed marriages: 48%

Source: Pew Forum

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