Importance of religion in one's life among 50-64 year olds

% of 50-64 year olds who say religion is…

Survey year Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,296. 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 59% 24% 9% 8% 1% 10,296
2007 59% 25% 8% 7% 1% 10,484

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Importance of religion in one's life among 50-64 year olds by religious group

% of 50-64 year olds who say religion is…

Religious tradition Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know 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 58% 33% 7% 3% < 1% 2,277
Evangelical Protestant 81% 16% 2% 1% < 1% 2,758
Historically Black Protestant 89% 9% 1% < 1% 1% 622
Jewish 37% 36% 21% 6% < 1% 236
Mainline Protestant 57% 32% 9% 2% < 1% 1,819
Mormon 84% 14% 2% < 1% < 1% 168
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 16% 23% 23% 36% 1% 1,838

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DemographicInformation

Generational cohort among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 5,842. 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 < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 5,842
Somewhat important < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 2,446
Not too important < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 971
Not at all important < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 968

Gender composition among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 5,842. 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% 5,842
Somewhat important 53% 47% 2,446
Not too important 57% 43% 971
Not at all important 62% 38% 968

Racial and ethnic composition among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 5,746. 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 66% 16% 2% 12% 4% 5,746
Somewhat important 78% 5% 2% 11% 4% 2,416
Not too important 86% 3% 4% 6% 2% 962
Not at all important 84% 3% 3% 7% 4% 949

Immigrant status among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 5,780. 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 13% 5% 82% 5,780
Somewhat important 12% 7% 81% 2,429
Not too important 10% 8% 82% 966
Not at all important 11% 9% 80% 961

Income distribution among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,147. 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 35% 19% 27% 18% 5,147
Somewhat important 29% 18% 28% 24% 2,222
Not too important 20% 15% 34% 31% 900
Not at all important 20% 14% 30% 36% 875

Educational distribution among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds who have completed…

Importance of religion in one's life High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 5,827. 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% 10% 5,827
Somewhat important 43% 29% 17% 11% 2,441
Not too important 32% 30% 22% 17% 968
Not at all important 30% 27% 24% 20% 960

Marital status among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 5,820. 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% 3% 20% 6% 9% 5,820
Somewhat important 59% 6% 20% 5% 10% 2,435
Not too important 60% 8% 18% 4% 10% 969
Not at all important 55% 8% 21% 4% 12% 965

Parent of children under 18 among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 5,831. 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% 84% 5,831
Somewhat important 15% 85% 2,441
Not too important 13% 87% 971
Not at all important 11% 89% 966

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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 89% 9% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 5,842
Somewhat important 53% 37% 5% 1% 2% 2% 2,446
Not too important 26% 35% 17% 1% 15% 6% 971
Not at all important 19% 15% 10% 1% 48% 7% 968

Attendance at religious services among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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% 30% 12% < 1% 5,842
Somewhat important 13% 52% 35% < 1% 2,446
Not too important 2% 31% 67% < 1% 971
Not at all important 3% 10% 87% < 1% 968

Frequency of prayer among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds who pray…

Importance of religion in one's life At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,842. 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 83% 12% 2% 2% 1% 5,842
Somewhat important 38% 30% 12% 19% 1% 2,446
Not too important 18% 14% 9% 59% < 1% 971
Not at all important 12% 6% 4% 76% 1% 968

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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% 11% 10% 36% 1% 5,842
Somewhat important 6% 6% 7% 81% < 1% 2,446
Not too important 2% 1% 2% 95% < 1% 971
Not at all important 3% 1% 1% 95% < 1% 968

Frequency of meditation among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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% 7% 3% 33% 2% 5,842
Somewhat important 30% 9% 5% 55% 1% 2,446
Not too important 25% 9% 5% 60% < 1% 971
Not at all important 28% 7% 5% 59% 1% 968

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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 78% 10% 5% 6% 1% 5,842
Somewhat important 43% 20% 16% 20% 1% 2,446
Not too important 32% 16% 15% 36% 1% 971
Not at all important 41% 11% 8% 37% 3% 968

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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% 14% 11% 21% 2% 5,842
Somewhat important 38% 17% 16% 29% 1% 2,446
Not too important 39% 17% 14% 29% 1% 971
Not at all important 51% 12% 12% 24% 1% 968

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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 57% 5% 32% 4% 3% 5,842
Somewhat important 16% 11% 62% 9% 2% 2,446
Not too important 4% 17% 65% 12% 2% 971
Not at all important 3% 18% 56% 21% 2% 968

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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% 52% 2% 1% 5,842
Somewhat important 30% 67% 2% 1% 2,446
Not too important 28% 69% 2% < 1% 971
Not at all important 21% 77% 1% 1% 968

Frequency of reading scripture among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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 59% 11% 7% 22% 1% 5,842
Somewhat important 12% 10% 13% 65% < 1% 2,446
Not too important 4% 4% 6% 86% < 1% 971
Not at all important 5% 2% 2% 90% 1% 968

Interpreting scripture among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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 51% 28% 4% 11% 6% 5,842
Somewhat important 17% 32% 3% 39% 9% 2,446
Not too important 7% 13% 1% 74% 6% 971
Not at all important 3% 5% 1% 85% 6% 968

Belief in Heaven among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds who …in heaven

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,842. 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% 7% 6% 5,842
Somewhat important 76% 15% 9% 2,446
Not too important 42% 46% 12% 971
Not at all important 17% 75% 8% 968

Belief in Hell among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds who …in hell

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,842. 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 73% 19% 8% 5,842
Somewhat important 55% 35% 10% 2,446
Not too important 28% 62% 9% 971
Not at all important 12% 82% 5% 968

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 5,842. 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 44% 15% 41% 5,842
Somewhat important 37% 16% 47% 2,446
Not too important 33% 15% 52% 971
Not at all important 22% 18% 59% 968

Political ideology among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,842. 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% 29% 17% 6% 5,842
Somewhat important 35% 38% 23% 4% 2,446
Not too important 23% 38% 33% 6% 971
Not at all important 15% 33% 47% 5% 968

Views about size of government among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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% 39% 3% 3% 5,842
Somewhat important 56% 37% 4% 4% 2,446
Not too important 56% 38% 3% 3% 971
Not at all important 50% 43% 4% 4% 968

Views about government aid to the poor among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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% 5,842
Somewhat important 46% 49% 4% 2% 2,446
Not too important 41% 54% 3% 2% 971
Not at all important 31% 64% 3% 2% 968

Views about abortion among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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 40% 56% 4% 5,842
Somewhat important 66% 29% 5% 2,446
Not too important 81% 16% 3% 971
Not at all important 86% 11% 3% 968

Views about homosexuality among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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% 46% 5% 4% 5,842
Somewhat important 71% 22% 4% 3% 2,446
Not too important 79% 15% 2% 4% 971
Not at all important 84% 11% 3% 2% 968

Views about same-sex marriage among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds who …same-sex marriage

Importance of religion in one's life Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,842. 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 34% 58% 8% 5,842
Somewhat important 60% 32% 9% 2,446
Not too important 72% 21% 7% 971
Not at all important 81% 14% 5% 968

Views about environmental regulation among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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% 49% 2% 3% 5,842
Somewhat important 39% 56% 2% 3% 2,446
Not too important 33% 64% 1% 2% 971
Not at all important 26% 71% 2% 1% 968

Views about human evolution among 50-64 year olds by importance of religion

% of 50-64 year olds 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 = 5,842. 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 13% 29% 3% 50% 4% 5,842
Somewhat important 34% 32% 5% 26% 4% 2,446
Not too important 64% 16% 5% 12% 3% 971
Not at all important 75% 9% 3% 10% 3% 968