Importance of religion in one's life

% of adults who say religion is…

Survey year Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know 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 53% 24% 11% 11% 1% 35,071
2007 56% 26% 9% 7% 1% 35,556

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

Importance of religion in one's life by religious group

% of adults who say religion is…

Religious tradition Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know 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 33% 39% 15% 10% 2% 264
Catholic 58% 32% 8% 2% < 1% 7,202
Evangelical Protestant 79% 17% 2% 1% 1% 8,593
Hindu 26% 53% 15% 6% < 1% 199
Historically Black Protestant 85% 12% 1% 1% < 1% 1,916
Jehovah's Witness 90% 8% < 1% < 1% 1% 245
Jewish 35% 36% 20% 9% < 1% 847
Mainline Protestant 53% 34% 10% 2% 1% 6,083
Mormon 84% 12% 3% 1% < 1% 664
Muslim 64% 24% 8% 2% 1% 237
Orthodox Christian 52% 33% 12% 3% < 1% 186
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 13% 21% 26% 39% 1% 7,556

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

DemographicInformation

Age distribution by importance of religion

% of adults who are ages…

Importance of religion in one's life 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 18,272. 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.
Very important 16% 33% 29% 22% 18,272
Somewhat important 25% 35% 25% 14% 8,174
Not too important 32% 35% 21% 11% 3,743
Not at all important 32% 36% 19% 12% 3,904
Don't know 14% 32% 27% 27% 252

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

Generational cohort by importance of religion

% of adults who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 18,272. 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.
Very important 10% 12% 28% 34% 15% 2% 18,272
Somewhat important 16% 16% 28% 30% 9% 1% 8,174
Not too important 21% 19% 28% 25% 7% 1% 3,743
Not at all important 21% 20% 28% 23% 7% 1% 3,904
Don't know 7% 13% 26% 36% 17% 2% 252

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

Gender composition by importance of religion

% of adults who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 43% 57% 18,725
Somewhat important 51% 49% 8,311
Not too important 56% 44% 3,790
Not at all important 63% 37% 3,966
Don't know 56% 44% 279

Learn More: Men, Women

Racial and ethnic composition by importance of religion

% of adults who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 18,442. 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.
Very important 61% 16% 2% 16% 4% 18,442
Somewhat important 69% 7% 5% 15% 4% 8,208
Not too important 75% 5% 7% 10% 4% 3,749
Not at all important 77% 4% 5% 11% 4% 3,902
Don't know 67% 9% 2% 16% 6% 248

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

Immigrant status by importance of religion

% of adults who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 18,465. 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.
Very important 16% 8% 76% 18,465
Somewhat important 14% 11% 74% 8,204
Not too important 12% 13% 75% 3,746
Not at all important 12% 13% 75% 3,916
Don't know 17% 12% 71% 262

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

Income distribution by importance of religion

% of adults who have a household income of…

Importance of religion in one's life Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 15,940. 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.
Very important 39% 21% 25% 15% 15,940
Somewhat important 33% 20% 27% 20% 7,379
Not too important 27% 20% 29% 24% 3,397
Not at all important 26% 18% 29% 27% 3,589
Don't know 44% 19% 26% 11% 185

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

Educational distribution by importance of religion

% of adults who have completed…

Importance of religion in one's life High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 18,611. 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.
Very important 45% 31% 15% 9% 18,611
Somewhat important 41% 31% 17% 10% 8,270
Not too important 32% 33% 21% 14% 3,775
Not at all important 32% 31% 22% 15% 3,950
Don't know 38% 34% 18% 10% 262

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

Marital status by importance of religion

% of adults who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 18,631. 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.
Very important 53% 5% 14% 9% 20% 18,631
Somewhat important 45% 10% 13% 5% 27% 8,280
Not too important 42% 9% 10% 3% 35% 3,772
Not at all important 38% 11% 12% 3% 36% 3,949
Don't know 47% 5% 16% 9% 22% 259

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

Parent of children under 18 by importance of religion

% of adults who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 18,648. 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.
Very important 31% 69% 18,648
Somewhat important 29% 71% 8,284
Not too important 25% 75% 3,780
Not at all important 23% 77% 3,950
Don't know 19% 81% 271

Learn More: Parents, Non-parents

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God by importance of religion

% of adults who say they…

Importance of religion in one's life 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 = 18,725. 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.
Very important 87% 10% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 18,725
Somewhat important 51% 37% 7% 1% 3% 2% 8,311
Not too important 19% 35% 19% 1% 20% 7% 3,790
Not at all important 14% 12% 10% 1% 56% 7% 3,966
Don't know 55% 16% 3% 8% 7% 10% 279

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

Attendance at religious services by importance of religion

% of adults who attend religious services…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 60% 28% 11% 1% 18,725
Somewhat important 13% 54% 32% < 1% 8,311
Not too important 2% 34% 63% < 1% 3,790
Not at all important 2% 10% 88% < 1% 3,966
Don't know 26% 19% 40% 15% 279

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

Frequency of prayer by importance of religion

% of adults who pray…

Importance of religion in one's life At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 82% 13% 2% 3% 1% 18,725
Somewhat important 37% 28% 12% 21% 1% 8,311
Not too important 13% 13% 10% 64% < 1% 3,790
Not at all important 9% 4% 3% 83% < 1% 3,966
Don't know 49% 11% 5% 18% 17% 279

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

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups by importance of religion

% of adults who attend prayer group…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 42% 13% 10% 34% 1% 18,725
Somewhat important 7% 8% 9% 76% < 1% 8,311
Not too important 2% 2% 3% 93% < 1% 3,790
Not at all important 2% 1% 1% 95% < 1% 3,966
Don't know 16% 8% 9% 51% 15% 279

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

Frequency of meditation by importance of religion

% of adults who meditate…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 53% 7% 3% 34% 2% 18,725
Somewhat important 28% 10% 6% 56% 1% 8,311
Not too important 21% 11% 6% 62% 1% 3,790
Not at all important 24% 8% 5% 63% 1% 3,966
Don't know 52% 8% 2% 24% 15% 279

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 importance of religion

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

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 76% 11% 6% 6% 1% 18,725
Somewhat important 42% 22% 15% 20% 1% 8,311
Not too important 32% 17% 15% 34% 1% 3,790
Not at all important 36% 14% 9% 39% 2% 3,966
Don't know 62% 8% 6% 12% 12% 279

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 importance of religion

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

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 49% 15% 11% 23% 2% 18,725
Somewhat important 39% 17% 16% 28% 1% 8,311
Not too important 40% 18% 16% 25% 1% 3,790
Not at all important 47% 15% 13% 24% 1% 3,966
Don't know 50% 12% 6% 16% 16% 279

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 importance of religion

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

Importance of religion in one's life Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 55% 6% 32% 4% 3% 18,725
Somewhat important 13% 14% 61% 10% 2% 8,311
Not too important 3% 18% 62% 15% 1% 3,790
Not at all important 2% 19% 54% 23% 2% 3,966
Don't know 23% 11% 39% 6% 21% 279

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

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say…

Importance of religion in one's life 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 = 18,725. 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.
Very important 42% 55% 2% 1% 18,725
Somewhat important 26% 72% 1% 1% 8,311
Not too important 20% 78% 1% < 1% 3,790
Not at all important 18% 81% 1% 1% 3,966
Don't know 28% 63% 2% 7% 279

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

Frequency of reading scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who read scripture…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 58% 13% 8% 21% 1% 18,725
Somewhat important 13% 11% 13% 62% 1% 8,311
Not too important 4% 4% 6% 85% < 1% 3,790
Not at all important 4% 3% 3% 89% < 1% 3,966
Don't know 29% 7% 9% 40% 14% 279

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

Interpreting scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who say the holy scripture is…

Importance of religion in one's life 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 = 18,725. 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.
Very important 49% 31% 4% 10% 6% 18,725
Somewhat important 15% 34% 2% 41% 9% 8,311
Not too important 5% 13% < 1% 74% 8% 3,790
Not at all important 3% 4% < 1% 88% 5% 3,966
Don't know 19% 15% 5% 36% 25% 279

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 importance of religion

% of adults who …in heaven

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 88% 7% 6% 18,725
Somewhat important 75% 17% 8% 8,311
Not too important 42% 46% 12% 3,790
Not at all important 17% 76% 7% 3,966
Don't know 47% 20% 33% 279

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe

Belief in Hell by importance of religion

% of adults who …in hell

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 74% 18% 8% 18,725
Somewhat important 55% 36% 9% 8,311
Not too important 30% 61% 9% 3,790
Not at all important 12% 82% 6% 3,966
Don't know 33% 36% 31% 279

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation by importance of religion

% of adults who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 43% 18% 39% 18,725
Somewhat important 36% 19% 45% 8,311
Not too important 30% 18% 53% 3,790
Not at all important 20% 20% 60% 3,966
Don't know 23% 41% 36% 279

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

Political ideology by importance of religion

% of adults who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 47% 29% 17% 7% 18,725
Somewhat important 29% 39% 26% 6% 8,311
Not too important 20% 40% 35% 6% 3,790
Not at all important 14% 32% 47% 7% 3,966
Don't know 26% 26% 25% 23% 279

Learn More: Conservative, Moderate, Liberal

Views about size of government by importance of religion

% of adults who would rather have…

Importance of religion in one's life Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 52% 41% 3% 4% 18,725
Somewhat important 52% 42% 3% 3% 8,311
Not too important 51% 42% 3% 4% 3,790
Not at all important 47% 46% 4% 4% 3,966
Don't know 46% 30% 8% 16% 279

Learn More: Smaller government; fewer services, Bigger government; more services

Views about government aid to the poor by importance of religion

% of adults who say government aid to the poor…

Importance of religion in one's life Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 48% 46% 4% 2% 18,725
Somewhat important 45% 50% 4% 2% 8,311
Not too important 39% 56% 4% 1% 3,790
Not at all important 33% 62% 4% 2% 3,966
Don't know 30% 42% 12% 16% 279

Learn More: Does more harm than good, Does more good than harm

Views about abortion by importance of religion

% of adults who say abortion should be…

Importance of religion in one's life Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 37% 58% 5% 18,725
Somewhat important 65% 31% 4% 8,311
Not too important 79% 18% 3% 3,790
Not at all important 82% 15% 3% 3,966
Don't know 44% 32% 24% 279

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

Views about homosexuality by importance of religion

% of adults who say homosexuality…

Importance of religion in one's life Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 46% 45% 5% 4% 18,725
Somewhat important 75% 18% 4% 3% 8,311
Not too important 84% 11% 2% 2% 3,790
Not at all important 88% 8% 2% 2% 3,966
Don't know 51% 21% 11% 18% 279

Learn More: Should be accepted, Should be discouraged

Views about same-sex marriage by importance of religion

% of adults who …same-sex marriage

Importance of religion in one's life Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 18,725. 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.
Very important 36% 56% 8% 18,725
Somewhat important 66% 26% 8% 8,311
Not too important 80% 15% 5% 3,790
Not at all important 84% 11% 5% 3,966
Don't know 44% 29% 27% 279

Learn More: Strongly favor/favor, Oppose/strongly oppose

Views about environmental regulation by importance of religion

% of adults who say…

Importance of religion in one's life 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 = 18,725. 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.
Very important 43% 50% 3% 4% 18,725
Somewhat important 36% 59% 2% 3% 8,311
Not too important 29% 67% 2% 2% 3,790
Not at all important 23% 73% 2% 2% 3,966
Don't know 30% 46% 8% 17% 279

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 importance of religion

% of adults who say humans…

Importance of religion in one's life 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 = 18,725. 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.
Very important 14% 29% 3% 49% 6% 18,725
Somewhat important 39% 29% 5% 24% 3% 8,311
Not too important 67% 14% 5% 11% 2% 3,790
Not at all important 77% 8% 3% 9% 2% 3,966
Don't know 28% 16% 15% 24% 17% 279

Learn More: Evolved; due to natural processes, Evolved; due to God's design, Always existed in present form