Generational cohort by religious group

% of adults who are…

Religious tradition Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 259. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 23% 17% 23% 30% 7% < 1% 259
Catholic 11% 11% 28% 35% 13% 2% 7,061
Evangelical Protestant 11% 12% 28% 35% 14% 1% 8,417
Hindu 14% 36% 40% 8% 1% < 1% 194
Historically Black Protestant 12% 14% 30% 33% 10% 1% 1,873
Jehovah's Witness 10% 10% 29% 33% 17% 1% 238
Jewish 13% 13% 23% 33% 15% 3% 825
Mainline Protestant 10% 10% 25% 36% 17% 2% 5,946
Mormon 14% 17% 31% 26% 11% 1% 651
Muslim 29% 22% 31% 15% 4% < 1% 234
Orthodox Christian 18% 16% 32% 25% 8% 1% 177
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 22% 22% 28% 22% 5% < 1% 7,437

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

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Belief in God by generational group

% of adults who say they…

Generational cohort 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 = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 50% 21% 9% < 1% 17% 3% 3,291
Older Millennial 54% 22% 7% 1% 13% 3% 4,128
Generation X 64% 20% 5% < 1% 9% 2% 7,303
Baby Boomer 69% 18% 4% 1% 6% 2% 13,049
Silent 71% 16% 4% 2% 6% 2% 5,989
Greatest 66% 15% 4% 5% 7% 3% 585

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 generational group

% of adults who say religion is…

Generational cohort Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 38% 29% 17% 16% < 1% 3,291
Older Millennial 44% 27% 14% 15% 1% 4,128
Generation X 53% 25% 11% 11% 1% 7,303
Baby Boomer 59% 24% 9% 8% 1% 13,049
Silent 67% 18% 6% 7% 1% 5,989
Greatest 72% 15% 7% 6% 1% 585

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

Attendance at religious services by generational group

% of adults who attend religious services…

Generational cohort At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 28% 38% 34% < 1% 3,291
Older Millennial 27% 36% 37% 1% 4,128
Generation X 34% 35% 31% < 1% 7,303
Baby Boomer 38% 33% 28% 1% 13,049
Silent 51% 23% 24% 1% 5,989
Greatest 51% 23% 25% 1% 585

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

Frequency of prayer by generational group

% of adults who pray…

Generational cohort At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 39% 18% 7% 36% < 1% 3,291
Older Millennial 46% 16% 7% 31% < 1% 4,128
Generation X 56% 16% 6% 22% 1% 7,303
Baby Boomer 61% 16% 5% 17% 1% 13,049
Silent 67% 13% 4% 16% 2% 5,989
Greatest 69% 9% 2% 17% 3% 585

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

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

% of adults who attend prayer group…

Generational cohort At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 18% 11% 9% 62% < 1% 3,291
Older Millennial 18% 10% 8% 64% < 1% 4,128
Generation X 25% 10% 8% 57% < 1% 7,303
Baby Boomer 27% 8% 8% 57% 1% 13,049
Silent 32% 7% 8% 51% 1% 5,989
Greatest 29% 7% 7% 55% 2% 585

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

Frequency of meditation by generational group

% of adults who meditate…

Generational cohort At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 27% 10% 5% 58% 1% 3,291
Older Millennial 33% 10% 5% 52% 1% 4,128
Generation X 39% 9% 4% 47% 2% 7,303
Baby Boomer 45% 8% 4% 42% 2% 13,049
Silent 56% 7% 4% 30% 3% 5,989
Greatest 60% 8% 3% 24% 5% 585

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 generational group

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

Generational cohort At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 49% 20% 10% 19% 1% 3,291
Older Millennial 53% 17% 10% 18% 1% 4,128
Generation X 58% 15% 10% 15% 1% 7,303
Baby Boomer 62% 13% 9% 14% 1% 13,049
Silent 66% 10% 6% 15% 2% 5,989
Greatest 70% 7% 6% 16% 2% 585

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 generational group

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

Generational cohort At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 49% 20% 11% 19% 1% 3,291
Older Millennial 44% 18% 14% 23% 1% 4,128
Generation X 43% 16% 14% 26% 1% 7,303
Baby Boomer 48% 15% 12% 24% 2% 13,049
Silent 45% 12% 12% 27% 3% 5,989
Greatest 44% 11% 11% 29% 5% 585

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 generational group

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

Generational cohort Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 23% 17% 46% 12% 2% 3,291
Older Millennial 26% 13% 48% 11% 2% 4,128
Generation X 33% 10% 45% 10% 2% 7,303
Baby Boomer 38% 9% 44% 7% 3% 13,049
Silent 41% 7% 42% 6% 4% 5,989
Greatest 40% 6% 43% 6% 4% 585

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

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong by generational group

% of adults who say…

Generational cohort 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 = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 21% 78% 1% 1% 3,291
Older Millennial 28% 70% 1% 1% 4,128
Generation X 35% 63% 1% 1% 7,303
Baby Boomer 38% 59% 2% 1% 13,049
Silent 37% 59% 2% 2% 5,989
Greatest 31% 62% 1% 5% 585

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

Frequency of reading scripture by generational group

% of adults who read scripture…

Generational cohort At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 25% 13% 8% 53% < 1% 3,291
Older Millennial 29% 10% 8% 52% 1% 4,128
Generation X 36% 11% 9% 44% 1% 7,303
Baby Boomer 38% 9% 8% 44% 1% 13,049
Silent 44% 9% 7% 38% 2% 5,989
Greatest 45% 9% 6% 38% 2% 585

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

Interpreting scripture by generational group

% of adults who say the holy scripture is…

Generational cohort 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 = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 20% 31% 1% 44% 5% 3,291
Older Millennial 23% 25% 1% 42% 7% 4,128
Generation X 32% 27% 2% 33% 7% 7,303
Baby Boomer 35% 26% 3% 29% 7% 13,049
Silent 39% 26% 4% 23% 8% 5,989
Greatest 44% 20% 5% 19% 12% 585

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 generational group

% of adults who …in heaven

Generational cohort Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 68% 26% 6% 3,291
Older Millennial 67% 27% 6% 4,128
Generation X 72% 20% 7% 7,303
Baby Boomer 74% 18% 8% 13,049
Silent 75% 16% 8% 5,989
Greatest 69% 22% 9% 585

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe

Belief in Hell by generational group

% of adults who …in hell

Generational cohort Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,291. 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.
Younger Millennial 56% 38% 5% 3,291
Older Millennial 55% 38% 7% 4,128
Generation X 59% 33% 8% 7,303
Baby Boomer 59% 32% 9% 13,049
Silent 57% 32% 11% 5,989
Greatest 50% 36% 14% 585

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe