Belief in God among adults ages 65 and older

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 9,327. 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 70% 17% 4% 2% 6% 2% 9,327
2007 77% 12% 3% 1% 4% 2% 8,146

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Belief in God among adults ages 65 and older by religious group

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 0. 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.
Catholic 72% 21% 3% 2% 1% 1% 2,131
Evangelical Protestant 89% 8% 1% 1% < 1% 1% 2,399
Historically Black Protestant 90% 7% 1% 2% < 1% < 1% 401
Jewish 28% 29% 15% 2% 20% 5% 320
Mainline Protestant 67% 23% 4% 3% 2% 1% 2,272
Mormon 90% 6% 3% < 1% < 1% < 1% 146
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 25% 18% 11% 1% 37% 7% 1,225

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DemographicInformation

Generational cohort among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Belief in God Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 6,253. 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 < 1% < 1% < 1% 28% 66% 6% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain < 1% < 1% < 1% 31% 63% 6% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain < 1% < 1% < 1% 30% 62% 8% 368
Believe in God; don't know < 1% < 1% < 1% 10% 69% 20% 131
Do not believe in God < 1% < 1% < 1% 31% 62% 7% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God < 1% < 1% < 1% 29% 61% 10% 228

Gender composition among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Belief in God Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 6,253. 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 39% 61% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 50% 50% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 64% 36% 368
Believe in God; don't know 43% 57% 131
Do not believe in God 68% 32% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 57% 43% 228

Racial and ethnic composition among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who identify as…

Belief in God White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 6,178. 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 80% 10% 1% 6% 2% 6,178
Believe in God; fairly certain 82% 4% 1% 11% 1% 1,627
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 84% 4% 4% 6% 3% 364
Believe in God; don't know 72% 11% 1% 15% 1% 128
Do not believe in God 91% 1% 2% 4% 3% 694
Other/don't know if they believe in God 90% 5% < 1% 2% 3% 222

Immigrant status among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Belief in God Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 6,195. 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 7% 9% 84% 6,195
Believe in God; fairly certain 13% 12% 75% 1,620
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 14% 16% 70% 364
Believe in God; don't know 20% 7% 73% 127
Do not believe in God 8% 21% 70% 703
Other/don't know if they believe in God 8% 20% 72% 220

Income distribution among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,068. 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% 25% 22% 10% 5,068
Believe in God; fairly certain 39% 20% 24% 17% 1,371
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 40% 16% 28% 17% 320
Do not believe in God 22% 16% 33% 29% 621
Other/don't know if they believe in God 32% 15% 24% 29% 176

Educational distribution among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who have completed…

Belief in God High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 6,234. 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 53% 26% 12% 9% 6,234
Believe in God; fairly certain 46% 23% 17% 15% 1,635
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 44% 23% 16% 16% 366
Believe in God; don't know 64% 14% 12% 9% 129
Do not believe in God 27% 22% 24% 27% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 28% 30% 21% 21% 227

Marital status among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Belief in God Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 6,235. 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% 2% 13% 28% 4% 6,235
Believe in God; fairly certain 57% 3% 14% 23% 4% 1,633
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 54% 5% 14% 22% 5% 367
Believe in God; don't know 41% 1% 15% 41% 2% 129
Do not believe in God 64% 3% 13% 15% 5% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 54% 4% 16% 23% 4% 224

Parent of children under 18 among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Belief in God Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 6,247. 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 3% 97% 6,247
Believe in God; fairly certain 2% 98% 1,639
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 2% 98% 367
Believe in God; don't know 5% 95% 131
Do not believe in God 4% 96% 706
Other/don't know if they believe in God 2% 98% 226

BeliefsandPractices

Importance of religion in one's life among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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 81% 14% 2% 2% 1% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 34% 44% 16% 5% 1% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 13% 28% 34% 22% 2% 368
Believe in God; don't know 60% 15% 9% 5% 10% 131
Do not believe in God 5% 10% 18% 67% 1% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 17% 22% 32% 27% 2% 228

Attendance at religious services among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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 60% 24% 16% 1% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 31% 32% 36% 1% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 10% 28% 61% 1% 368
Believe in God; don't know 39% 28% 26% 6% 131
Do not believe in God 4% 15% 81% < 1% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 10% 29% 59% 2% 228

Frequency of prayer among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who pray…

Belief in God At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,253. 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 79% 12% 3% 5% 1% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 40% 24% 9% 25% 2% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 23% 12% 7% 57% 1% 368
Believe in God; don't know 59% 5% 2% 19% 15% 131
Do not believe in God 3% 2% 3% 91% 1% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 21% 2% 6% 68% 4% 228

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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 39% 9% 9% 42% 1% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 12% 5% 9% 73% 1% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 3% 1% 5% 90% < 1% 368
Believe in God; don't know 22% 6% 8% 49% 15% 131
Do not believe in God 1% 1% 2% 96% 1% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 5% 2% 2% 88% 2% 228

Frequency of meditation among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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 62% 7% 3% 25% 3% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 38% 10% 6% 43% 2% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 27% 7% 7% 58% 1% 368
Believe in God; don't know 52% 9% < 1% 28% 10% 131
Do not believe in God 20% 6% 6% 68% 1% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 27% 8% 8% 52% 6% 228

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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 77% 9% 5% 7% 2% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 45% 17% 14% 21% 2% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 32% 10% 11% 46% 2% 368
Believe in God; don't know 48% 12% 9% 16% 15% 131
Do not believe in God 26% 8% 7% 54% 4% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 35% 11% 13% 36% 5% 228

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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% 12% 11% 26% 3% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 39% 15% 17% 27% 3% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 40% 9% 15% 35% 1% 368
Believe in God; don't know 46% 4% 7% 29% 14% 131
Do not believe in God 41% 14% 13% 31% 2% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 45% 11% 18% 20% 5% 228

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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% 5% 37% 4% 3% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 19% 11% 58% 9% 3% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 4% 13% 67% 13% 3% 368
Believe in God; don't know 22% 7% 53% 4% 14% 131
Do not believe in God 1% 19% 51% 26% 3% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 9% 16% 57% 14% 4% 228

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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% 54% 2% 2% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 26% 71% 2% 1% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 23% 72% 2% 3% 368
Believe in God; don't know 33% 58% 2% 7% 131
Do not believe in God 20% 79% 1% 1% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 17% 78% 2% 3% 228

Frequency of reading scripture among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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% 10% 7% 28% 2% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 19% 9% 11% 60% 1% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 7% 5% 5% 83% < 1% 368
Believe in God; don't know 34% 9% 6% 43% 8% 131
Do not believe in God 2% 1% 4% 93% < 1% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 12% 5% 4% 77% 2% 228

Interpreting scripture among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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% 30% 5% 10% 7% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 14% 27% 3% 45% 11% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 6% 12% 1% 71% 9% 368
Believe in God; don't know 37% 14% 9% 18% 21% 131
Do not believe in God 1% 1% < 1% 91% 7% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 5% 5% 2% 70% 18% 228

Belief in Heaven among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who …in heaven

Belief in God Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,253. 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% 6% 6% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 64% 23% 13% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 30% 56% 14% 368
Believe in God; don't know 60% 16% 25% 131
Do not believe in God 3% 96% 1% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 12% 51% 37% 228

Belief in Hell among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who …in hell

Belief in God Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,253. 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 69% 21% 10% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 36% 50% 14% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 20% 70% 10% 368
Believe in God; don't know 41% 25% 33% 131
Do not believe in God 2% 97% 1% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 8% 66% 26% 228

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who identify as…

Belief in God Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 6,253. 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% 14% 39% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 35% 14% 50% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 28% 13% 59% 368
Believe in God; don't know 32% 20% 48% 131
Do not believe in God 20% 8% 72% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 25% 20% 55% 228

Political ideology among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Belief in God Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,253. 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 52% 28% 14% 6% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 32% 39% 24% 5% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 27% 37% 33% 3% 368
Believe in God; don't know 43% 22% 23% 12% 131
Do not believe in God 19% 25% 51% 5% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 26% 22% 36% 16% 228

Views about size of government among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who would rather have…

Belief in God Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,253. 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 61% 30% 3% 6% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 55% 37% 4% 4% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 51% 39% 6% 4% 368
Believe in God; don't know 43% 36% 6% 16% 131
Do not believe in God 41% 49% 5% 5% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 41% 36% 9% 14% 228

Views about government aid to the poor among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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% 42% 4% 4% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 42% 52% 4% 2% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 35% 57% 4% 5% 368
Believe in God; don't know 38% 36% 6% 20% 131
Do not believe in God 29% 66% 3% 2% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 29% 61% 6% 4% 228

Views about abortion among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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% 54% 6% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 63% 30% 6% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 75% 21% 4% 368
Believe in God; don't know 33% 40% 27% 131
Do not believe in God 89% 9% 2% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 70% 19% 10% 228

Views about homosexuality among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who say homosexuality…

Belief in God Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,253. 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% 51% 5% 5% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 66% 27% 3% 4% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 73% 19% 3% 5% 368
Believe in God; don't know 31% 43% 9% 16% 131
Do not believe in God 86% 10% 3% 1% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 65% 24% 4% 6% 228

Views about same-sex marriage among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older who …same-sex marriage

Belief in God Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,253. 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 28% 62% 9% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 53% 36% 11% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 66% 24% 10% 368
Believe in God; don't know 26% 47% 27% 131
Do not believe in God 76% 16% 8% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 58% 28% 15% 228

Views about environmental regulation among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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 46% 44% 3% 7% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 38% 55% 2% 5% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 31% 63% 2% 4% 368
Believe in God; don't know 31% 40% 7% 22% 131
Do not believe in God 23% 73% 2% 2% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 28% 62% 3% 6% 228

Views about human evolution among adults ages 65 and older by belief in God

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 6,253. 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% 25% 4% 48% 10% 6,253
Believe in God; fairly certain 38% 23% 7% 23% 8% 1,640
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 57% 13% 8% 18% 5% 368
Believe in God; don't know 31% 16% 9% 23% 21% 131
Do not believe in God 83% 3% 2% 9% 3% 707
Other/don't know if they believe in God 69% 2% 11% 12% 6% 228