Belief in God

% of adults who say they…

Survey year 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 = 35,071. 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.
2014 63% 20% 5% 1% 9% 2% 35,071
2007 71% 17% 3% 1% 5% 3% 35,556

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Belief in God by religious group

% of adults who say they…

Religious tradition 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 = 264. 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 29% 29% 10% 1% 27% 4% 264
Catholic 64% 27% 5% 1% 2% 1% 7,202
Evangelical Protestant 88% 10% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 8,593
Hindu 41% 34% 13% 1% 10% 2% 199
Historically Black Protestant 89% 9% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 1,916
Jehovah's Witness 90% 8% 1% < 1% < 1% 1% 245
Jewish 37% 27% 14% 1% 17% 4% 847
Mainline Protestant 66% 25% 4% 1% 2% 1% 6,083
Mormon 86% 11% 2% < 1% < 1% 1% 664
Muslim 84% 12% 3% < 1% 1% < 1% 237
Orthodox Christian 61% 29% 7% < 1% 3% 1% 186
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 27% 22% 11% 1% 33% 6% 7,556

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution by belief in God

% of adults who are ages…

Belief in God 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 21,424. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 18% 34% 29% 20% 21,424
Believe in God; fairly certain 24% 36% 25% 15% 6,674
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 35% 33% 20% 12% 1,794
Believe in God; don't know 14% 22% 26% 38% 260
Do not believe in God 38% 34% 16% 12% 3,372
Other/don't know if they believe in God 29% 34% 22% 16% 821

Learn More: 18-29, 30-49, 50-64, 65+

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Generational cohort by belief in God

% of adults who are…

Belief in God Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 21,424. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 11% 12% 28% 34% 13% 1% 21,424
Believe in God; fairly certain 15% 17% 29% 29% 9% 1% 6,674
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 23% 20% 26% 23% 8% 1% 1,794
Believe in God; don't know 7% 12% 17% 30% 26% 8% 260
Do not believe in God 26% 21% 25% 20% 7% 1% 3,372
Other/don't know if they believe in God 17% 19% 26% 26% 10% 2% 821

Learn More: Younger Millennial, Older Millennial, Generation X, Baby Boomer, Silent, Greatest

Gender composition by belief in God

% of adults who are…

Belief in God Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 44% 56% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 52% 48% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 60% 40% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 50% 50% 274
Do not believe in God 65% 35% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 61% 39% 868

Learn More: Men, Women

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Racial and ethnic composition by belief in God

% of adults who identify as…

Belief in God White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 21,559. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 64% 15% 3% 14% 4% 21,559
Believe in God; fairly certain 66% 7% 4% 20% 3% 6,731
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 66% 5% 8% 17% 3% 1,797
Believe in God; don't know 61% 10% 4% 21% 4% 260
Do not believe in God 77% 3% 7% 9% 3% 3,372
Other/don't know if they believe in God 80% 5% 3% 7% 5% 830

Learn More: White, Black, Asian, Latino, Other/Mixed

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Immigrant status by belief in God

% of adults who are…

Belief in God Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 21,614. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 13% 9% 78% 21,614
Believe in God; fairly certain 20% 10% 70% 6,704
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 20% 15% 66% 1,796
Believe in God; don't know 24% 11% 66% 263
Do not believe in God 13% 15% 72% 3,376
Other/don't know if they believe in God 10% 10% 80% 840

Learn More: Immigrants, Second generation, Third generation or higher

Income distribution by belief in God

% of adults who have a household income of…

Belief in God Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 18,870. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 37% 21% 26% 16% 18,870
Believe in God; fairly certain 34% 20% 26% 20% 5,984
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 32% 17% 26% 26% 1,637
Believe in God; don't know 53% 19% 18% 10% 185
Do not believe in God 24% 18% 30% 28% 3,120
Other/don't know if they believe in God 27% 17% 28% 28% 694

Learn More: Less than $30,000, $30,000-$49,999, $50,000-$99,999, $100,000 or more

Educational distribution by belief in God

% of adults who have completed…

Belief in God High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 21,772. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 43% 33% 15% 9% 21,772
Believe in God; fairly certain 42% 29% 17% 12% 6,760
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 38% 28% 19% 15% 1,809
Believe in God; don't know 53% 27% 10% 10% 268
Do not believe in God 28% 30% 25% 17% 3,403
Other/don't know if they believe in God 27% 33% 22% 17% 856

Learn More: High school or less, Some college, College, Post-graduate degree

Marital status by belief in God

% of adults who are…

Belief in God Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 21,804. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 51% 6% 14% 8% 21% 21,804
Believe in God; fairly certain 47% 10% 12% 5% 26% 6,766
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 40% 10% 9% 4% 36% 1,810
Believe in God; don't know 37% 8% 20% 18% 16% 267
Do not believe in God 38% 11% 9% 2% 39% 3,403
Other/don't know if they believe in God 44% 8% 12% 5% 32% 841

Learn More: Married, Living with a partner, Divorced/separated, Widowed, Never married

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Parent of children under 18 by belief in God

% of adults who are…

Belief in God Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 21,819. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 30% 70% 21,819
Believe in God; fairly certain 30% 70% 6,774
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 25% 75% 1,811
Believe in God; don't know 22% 78% 269
Do not believe in God 22% 78% 3,402
Other/don't know if they believe in God 23% 77% 858

Learn More: Parents, Non-parents

BeliefsandPractices

Importance of religion in one's life by belief in God

% of adults who say religion is…

Belief in God Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 74% 20% 3% 2% 1% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 27% 46% 19% 7% 1% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 9% 30% 39% 21% < 1% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 51% 24% 8% 9% 7% 274
Do not believe in God 3% 8% 23% 66% 1% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 10% 20% 33% 34% 3% 868

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

Attendance at religious services by belief in God

% of adults who attend religious services…

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 49% 33% 17% 1% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 20% 43% 37% < 1% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 7% 36% 57% < 1% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 35% 30% 33% 3% 274
Do not believe in God 2% 17% 81% < 1% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 6% 27% 63% 3% 868

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

Frequency of prayer by belief in God

% of adults who pray…

Belief in God At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 74% 15% 4% 6% 1% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 34% 25% 12% 28% 1% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 16% 13% 11% 59% < 1% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 46% 12% 7% 26% 9% 274
Do not believe in God 2% 1% 3% 93% < 1% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 12% 7% 6% 70% 5% 868

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

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups by belief in God

% of adults who attend prayer group…

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 35% 11% 10% 44% 1% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 11% 8% 8% 73% < 1% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 4% 4% 5% 87% < 1% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 20% 7% 10% 54% 10% 274
Do not believe in God 1% 1% 2% 96% < 1% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 5% 3% 4% 86% 3% 868

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

Frequency of meditation by belief in God

% of adults who meditate…

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 49% 7% 3% 39% 2% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 31% 11% 5% 51% 1% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 22% 12% 7% 59% 1% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 47% 7% 2% 37% 7% 274
Do not believe in God 18% 8% 5% 67% 1% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 24% 9% 5% 57% 4% 868

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

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing by belief in God

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

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 71% 13% 7% 8% 1% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 43% 20% 15% 21% 1% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 30% 17% 15% 37% 1% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 57% 8% 9% 15% 12% 274
Do not believe in God 30% 15% 9% 44% 2% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 37% 13% 10% 33% 8% 868

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 belief in God

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

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 47% 15% 11% 25% 2% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 41% 17% 16% 24% 1% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 44% 16% 15% 24% 1% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 46% 7% 9% 29% 9% 274
Do not believe in God 46% 18% 13% 23% 1% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 47% 17% 14% 18% 3% 868

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong by belief in God

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

Belief in God Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 47% 7% 38% 5% 3% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 15% 14% 57% 12% 2% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 5% 21% 56% 16% 2% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 21% 11% 50% 7% 11% 274
Do not believe in God 1% 19% 51% 27% 1% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 5% 19% 56% 14% 6% 868

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

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong by belief in God

% of adults who say…

Belief in God 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 = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 40% 57% 2% 1% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 24% 73% 1% 1% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 20% 78% 1% 1% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 28% 61% 4% 7% 274
Do not believe in God 16% 82% 1% 1% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 17% 78% 3% 1% 868

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

Frequency of reading scripture by belief in God

% of adults who read scripture…

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 50% 12% 8% 29% 1% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 15% 10% 10% 64% 1% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 6% 6% 6% 81% < 1% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 31% 7% 8% 47% 7% 274
Do not believe in God 2% 3% 5% 90% < 1% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 9% 5% 6% 78% 3% 868

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

Interpreting scripture by belief in God

% of adults who say the holy scripture is…

Belief in God 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 = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 43% 32% 4% 14% 7% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 15% 28% 1% 48% 8% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 6% 10% < 1% 77% 7% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 33% 11% 8% 26% 22% 274
Do not believe in God 1% 2% < 1% 94% 3% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 3% 4% 1% 73% 18% 868

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 belief in God

% of adults who …in heaven

Belief in God Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 87% 7% 6% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 70% 21% 9% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 40% 47% 13% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 64% 18% 18% 274
Do not believe in God 6% 91% 3% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 18% 45% 36% 868

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe

Belief in Hell by belief in God

% of adults who …in hell

Belief in God Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 72% 20% 7% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 49% 42% 9% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 28% 61% 11% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 47% 31% 23% 274
Do not believe in God 5% 93% 3% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 15% 56% 29% 868

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SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation by belief in God

% of adults who identify as…

Belief in God Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 43% 18% 39% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 33% 19% 48% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 24% 18% 58% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 26% 33% 41% 274
Do not believe in God 18% 17% 65% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 25% 26% 49% 868

Learn More: Republican/lean Rep., No lean, Democrat/lean Dem.

Political ideology by belief in God

% of adults who are…

Belief in God Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 45% 31% 17% 7% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 26% 39% 29% 5% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 18% 39% 37% 6% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 31% 23% 27% 18% 274
Do not believe in God 13% 31% 50% 6% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 17% 36% 35% 12% 868

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Views about size of government by belief in God

% of adults who would rather have…

Belief in God Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 54% 39% 3% 4% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 48% 46% 3% 3% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 45% 47% 4% 4% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 37% 43% 7% 12% 274
Do not believe in God 43% 51% 3% 3% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 49% 35% 7% 9% 868

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Views about government aid to the poor by belief in God

% of adults who say government aid to the poor…

Belief in God Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 48% 45% 4% 2% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 42% 53% 3% 2% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 36% 59% 3% 2% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 36% 43% 9% 13% 274
Do not believe in God 29% 66% 3% 1% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 36% 53% 7% 4% 868

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Views about abortion by belief in God

% of adults who say abortion should be…

Belief in God Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 42% 53% 5% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 64% 32% 4% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 77% 20% 3% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 38% 39% 23% 274
Do not believe in God 86% 11% 3% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 76% 17% 7% 868

Learn More: Legal in all/most cases, Illegal in all/most cases

Views about homosexuality by belief in God

% of adults who say homosexuality…

Belief in God Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 50% 41% 5% 4% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 77% 17% 3% 3% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 83% 13% 2% 3% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 50% 27% 11% 12% 274
Do not believe in God 91% 6% 2% 1% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 78% 13% 5% 5% 868

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Views about same-sex marriage by belief in God

% of adults who …same-sex marriage

Belief in God Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 41% 51% 8% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 69% 24% 7% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 78% 17% 6% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 44% 31% 25% 274
Do not believe in God 89% 8% 3% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 75% 16% 9% 868

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Views about environmental regulation by belief in God

% of adults who say…

Belief in God Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 43% 51% 3% 4% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 34% 62% 2% 3% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 28% 68% 2% 2% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 35% 43% 6% 16% 274
Do not believe in God 19% 77% 1% 2% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 27% 63% 4% 6% 868

Learn More: Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy, Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost

Views about human evolution by belief in God

% of adults who say humans…

Belief in God Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,904. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 16% 30% 3% 45% 5% 21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain 46% 25% 5% 20% 3% 6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 67% 12% 5% 14% 2% 1,819
Believe in God; don't know 32% 16% 11% 26% 14% 274
Do not believe in God 88% 4% 1% 6% 1% 3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God 69% 6% 12% 8% 5% 868

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