Educational distribution by religious group

% of adults who have completed…

Religious tradition High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 262. 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 20% 33% 28% 20% 262
Catholic 46% 27% 16% 10% 7,157
Evangelical Protestant 43% 35% 14% 7% 8,545
Hindu 12% 11% 29% 48% 197
Historically Black Protestant 52% 33% 9% 6% 1,905
Jehovah's Witness 63% 25% 9% 3% 241
Jewish 19% 22% 29% 31% 843
Mainline Protestant 37% 30% 19% 14% 6,045
Mormon 27% 40% 23% 10% 662
Muslim 36% 25% 23% 17% 237
Orthodox Christian 27% 34% 21% 18% 185
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 38% 32% 18% 11% 7,532

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

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God by educational group

% of adults who say they…

Educational 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 = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 66% 20% 5% 1% 6% 1% 10,584
Some college 65% 18% 5% 1% 9% 2% 9,589
College 57% 19% 6% < 1% 14% 3% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 52% 22% 7% 1% 15% 3% 5,897

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

Importance of religion in one's life by educational group

% of adults who say religion is…

Educational distribution Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 58% 24% 8% 8% 1% 10,584
Some college 53% 24% 11% 11% 1% 9,589
College 47% 25% 14% 14% 1% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 46% 24% 14% 15% 1% 5,897

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

Attendance at religious services by educational group

% of adults who attend religious services…

Educational 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 = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 37% 32% 30% 1% 10,584
Some college 34% 35% 31% < 1% 9,589
College 36% 33% 30% < 1% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 36% 33% 30% < 1% 5,897

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

Frequency of prayer by educational group

% of adults who pray…

Educational distribution At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 57% 16% 6% 20% 1% 10,584
Some college 57% 15% 6% 22% 1% 9,589
College 51% 15% 5% 28% 1% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 49% 15% 6% 29% 1% 5,897

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

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

% of adults who attend prayer group…

Educational distribution At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 27% 10% 8% 55% 1% 10,584
Some college 24% 9% 8% 58% 1% 9,589
College 22% 8% 9% 61% 1% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 20% 9% 9% 62% < 1% 5,897

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

Frequency of meditation by educational group

% of adults who meditate…

Educational distribution At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 40% 8% 4% 46% 2% 10,584
Some college 41% 9% 4% 45% 1% 9,589
College 39% 9% 6% 45% 1% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 42% 10% 5% 41% 1% 5,897

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 educational group

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

Educational distribution At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 58% 14% 9% 18% 2% 10,584
Some college 60% 15% 9% 15% 1% 9,589
College 58% 16% 11% 14% 1% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 57% 17% 12% 14% 1% 5,897

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 educational group

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

Educational distribution At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 43% 14% 11% 30% 2% 10,584
Some college 47% 17% 12% 23% 1% 9,589
College 47% 18% 15% 19% 1% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 48% 19% 16% 16% 1% 5,897

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 educational group

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

Educational distribution Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 35% 8% 47% 8% 2% 10,584
Some college 34% 11% 46% 7% 3% 9,589
College 30% 14% 41% 12% 3% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 28% 17% 38% 15% 3% 5,897

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

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong by educational group

% of adults who say…

Educational 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 = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 31% 66% 1% 2% 10,584
Some college 35% 63% 2% 1% 9,589
College 35% 63% 1% 1% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 32% 66% 2% < 1% 5,897

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

Frequency of reading scripture by educational group

% of adults who read scripture…

Educational distribution At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 37% 11% 8% 43% 1% 10,584
Some college 37% 10% 8% 44% 1% 9,589
College 31% 9% 8% 51% 1% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 30% 9% 10% 51% 1% 5,897

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

Interpreting scripture by educational group

% of adults who say the holy scripture is…

Educational 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 = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 42% 24% 3% 25% 6% 10,584
Some college 28% 28% 3% 33% 8% 9,589
College 19% 29% 2% 43% 7% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 14% 28% 2% 49% 8% 5,897

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 educational group

% of adults who …in heaven

Educational distribution Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 78% 15% 7% 10,584
Some college 73% 20% 7% 9,589
College 63% 29% 8% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 57% 35% 8% 5,897

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe

Belief in Hell by educational group

% of adults who …in hell

Educational distribution Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,584. 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.
High school or less 65% 27% 8% 10,584
Some college 60% 32% 8% 9,589
College 48% 43% 8% 8,798
Post-graduate degree 40% 51% 10% 5,897

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe