Age distribution by religious group

% of adults who are ages…

Religious tradition 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 259. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 34% 30% 23% 14% 259
Catholic 17% 33% 29% 20% 7,061
Evangelical Protestant 17% 33% 29% 20% 8,417
Hindu 34% 56% 6% 4% 194
Historically Black Protestant 20% 36% 29% 15% 1,873
Jehovah's Witness 15% 34% 29% 23% 238
Jewish 22% 27% 26% 26% 825
Mainline Protestant 16% 29% 29% 26% 5,946
Mormon 22% 40% 22% 16% 651
Muslim 44% 37% 13% 5% 234
Orthodox Christian 26% 40% 21% 13% 177
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 35% 37% 19% 9% 7,437

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Belief in God by age group

% of adults who say they…

Age distribution Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 51% 22% 8% < 1% 16% 3% 5,544
30-49 62% 21% 5% < 1% 9% 2% 9,178
50-64 69% 19% 4% 1% 6% 2% 10,296
65+ 70% 17% 4% 2% 6% 2% 9,327

Learn More: Believe in God; absolutely certain, Believe in God; fairly certain, Believe in God; not too/not at all certain, Do not believe in God

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Importance of religion in one's life by age group

% of adults who say religion is…

Age distribution Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 40% 28% 16% 16% < 1% 5,544
30-49 51% 25% 11% 12% 1% 9,178
50-64 59% 24% 9% 8% 1% 10,296
65+ 65% 20% 7% 8% 1% 9,327

Learn More: Very important, Somewhat important, Not too important, Not at all important

Attendance at religious services by age group

% of adults who attend religious services…

Age distribution At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 27% 37% 35% < 1% 5,544
30-49 33% 35% 32% < 1% 9,178
50-64 38% 34% 28% 1% 10,296
65+ 48% 25% 26% 1% 9,327

Learn More: At least once a week, Once or twice a month/a few times a year, Seldom/never

Frequency of prayer by age group

% of adults who pray…

Age distribution At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 41% 17% 7% 34% < 1% 5,544
30-49 54% 16% 6% 23% 1% 9,178
50-64 61% 16% 5% 17% 1% 10,296
65+ 65% 13% 4% 17% 2% 9,327

Learn More: At least daily, Weekly, Monthly, Seldom/never

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups by age group

% of adults who attend prayer group…

Age distribution At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 17% 11% 9% 63% < 1% 5,544
30-49 24% 10% 8% 57% < 1% 9,178
50-64 27% 8% 8% 56% < 1% 10,296
65+ 30% 7% 8% 53% 1% 9,327

Learn More: At least once a week, Once or twice a month, Several times a year, Seldom/never

Frequency of meditation by age group

% of adults who meditate…

Age distribution At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 29% 10% 5% 56% 1% 5,544
30-49 38% 9% 4% 47% 1% 9,178
50-64 44% 8% 4% 43% 1% 10,296
65+ 53% 7% 4% 32% 3% 9,327

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Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing by age group

% of adults who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Age distribution At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 50% 19% 10% 19% 1% 5,544
30-49 57% 16% 10% 16% 1% 9,178
50-64 63% 13% 9% 14% 1% 10,296
65+ 65% 11% 7% 15% 2% 9,327

Learn More: At least once a week, Once or twice a month, Several times a year, Seldom/never

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe by age group

% of adults who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Age distribution At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 48% 20% 12% 20% 1% 5,544
30-49 43% 16% 14% 26% 1% 9,178
50-64 48% 15% 12% 24% 2% 10,296
65+ 46% 12% 12% 27% 3% 9,327

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong by age group

% of adults who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Age distribution Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 24% 16% 47% 12% 2% 5,544
30-49 32% 10% 45% 10% 2% 9,178
50-64 38% 9% 44% 7% 3% 10,296
65+ 40% 7% 43% 7% 3% 9,327

Learn More: Religion, Philosophy/reason, Common sense, Science

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong by age group

% of adults who say…

Age distribution There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 23% 76% 1% 1% 5,544
30-49 34% 64% 1% 1% 9,178
50-64 38% 59% 2% 1% 10,296
65+ 37% 59% 2% 2% 9,327

Learn More: There are clear standards for what is right and wrong, Right or wrong depends on the situation

Frequency of reading scripture by age group

% of adults who read scripture…

Age distribution At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 27% 12% 8% 53% < 1% 5,544
30-49 34% 11% 9% 46% 1% 9,178
50-64 39% 10% 8% 43% 1% 10,296
65+ 42% 9% 7% 40% 2% 9,327

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Interpreting scripture by age group

% of adults who say the holy scripture is…

Age distribution Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 20% 29% 2% 43% 6% 5,544
30-49 31% 26% 2% 34% 7% 9,178
50-64 35% 26% 3% 29% 7% 10,296
65+ 37% 26% 4% 25% 8% 9,327

Learn More: Word of God; should be taken literally, Word of God; not everything taken literally, Not the word of God

Belief in Heaven by age group

% of adults who …in heaven

Age distribution Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 68% 27% 6% 5,544
30-49 71% 21% 7% 9,178
50-64 74% 18% 8% 10,296
65+ 74% 18% 8% 9,327

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe

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Belief in Hell by age group

% of adults who …in hell

Age distribution Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
18-29 56% 38% 6% 5,544
30-49 59% 34% 8% 9,178
50-64 60% 32% 9% 10,296
65+ 56% 33% 10% 9,327

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe

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