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

% of adults ages 65 and older who say religion is…

Survey year Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 9,327. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
2014 65% 20% 7% 8% 1% 9,327
2007 69% 19% 5% 5% 1% 8,146

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Importance of religion in one's life among adults ages 65 and older by religious group

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 69% 23% 6% 2% 1% 2,131
Evangelical Protestant 83% 14% 2% 1% 1% 2,399
Historically Black Protestant 93% 6% 1% < 1% < 1% 401
Jewish 27% 40% 18% 15% 1% 320
Mainline Protestant 60% 27% 9% 2% 1% 2,272
Mormon 90% 4% 5% 1% < 1% 146
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 14% 16% 19% 49% 2% 1,225

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DemographicInformation

Generational cohort among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 5,785. 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% 25% 68% 7% 5,785
Somewhat important < 1% < 1% < 1% 34% 61% 5% 1,851
Not too important < 1% < 1% < 1% 35% 58% 7% 740
Not at all important < 1% < 1% < 1% 34% 61% 5% 848
Don't know < 1% < 1% < 1% 31% 63% 6% 103

Gender composition among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 5,785. 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% 63% 5,785
Somewhat important 52% 48% 1,851
Not too important 63% 37% 740
Not at all important 65% 35% 848
Don't know 47% 53% 103

Racial and ethnic composition among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 5,715. 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% 11% 1% 8% 2% 5,715
Somewhat important 88% 3% 2% 5% 2% 1,834
Not too important 91% 1% 1% 4% 2% 729
Not at all important 90% 2% 1% 5% 2% 837

Immigrant status among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 5,723. 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 9% 9% 82% 5,723
Somewhat important 8% 12% 80% 1,830
Not too important 8% 15% 76% 734
Not at all important 9% 17% 74% 843

Income distribution among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 4,642. 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% 24% 22% 10% 4,642
Somewhat important 37% 23% 24% 15% 1,570
Not too important 31% 18% 29% 22% 611
Not at all important 27% 19% 32% 22% 745

Educational distribution among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older who have completed…

Importance of religion in one's life High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 5,763. 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% 26% 12% 9% 5,763
Somewhat important 47% 26% 15% 12% 1,847
Not too important 36% 23% 22% 18% 739
Not at all important 33% 23% 20% 24% 848
Don't know 48% 25% 15% 13% 101

Marital status among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 5,763. 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% 2% 12% 29% 4% 5,763
Somewhat important 56% 4% 14% 23% 4% 1,847
Not too important 58% 4% 15% 19% 5% 737
Not at all important 59% 4% 17% 15% 5% 847
Don't know 49% 4% 15% 29% 2% 101

Parent of children under 18 among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 5,779. 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 3% 97% 5,779
Somewhat important 2% 98% 1,850
Not too important 1% 99% 738
Not at all important 3% 97% 846
Don't know 1% 99% 103

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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% 9% 1% 1% < 1% 1% 5,785
Somewhat important 51% 37% 5% 1% 3% 2% 1,851
Not too important 18% 37% 18% 2% 15% 9% 740
Not at all important 16% 12% 11% 1% 53% 7% 848
Don't know 51% 19% 7% 16% 4% 3% 103

Attendance at religious services among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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 68% 20% 11% 1% 5,785
Somewhat important 19% 46% 34% 1% 1,851
Not too important 4% 33% 63% < 1% 740
Not at all important 2% 7% 91% < 1% 848
Don't know 26% 17% 52% 5% 103

Frequency of prayer among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older who pray…

Importance of religion in one's life At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,785. 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 84% 10% 1% 2% 1% 5,785
Somewhat important 38% 27% 11% 22% 2% 1,851
Not too important 14% 10% 10% 64% 1% 740
Not at all important 11% 3% 2% 83% < 1% 848
Don't know 52% 8% 4% 18% 17% 103

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

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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% 10% 10% 36% 2% 5,785
Somewhat important 7% 5% 8% 80% 1% 1,851
Not too important 2% 2% 2% 95% 1% 740
Not at all important 3% 1% 1% 96% < 1% 848
Don't know 11% 5% 4% 71% 10% 103

Frequency of meditation among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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% 6% 3% 21% 4% 5,785
Somewhat important 33% 12% 6% 47% 2% 1,851
Not too important 25% 7% 6% 60% 1% 740
Not at all important 25% 7% 5% 62% 1% 848
Don't know 47% 5% 4% 30% 14% 103

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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 81% 8% 4% 5% 2% 5,785
Somewhat important 41% 18% 14% 24% 3% 1,851
Not too important 27% 13% 14% 44% 3% 740
Not at all important 30% 10% 7% 49% 4% 848
Don't know 48% 16% 7% 17% 13% 103

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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% 11% 10% 24% 3% 5,785
Somewhat important 34% 15% 18% 31% 3% 1,851
Not too important 31% 14% 17% 35% 3% 740
Not at all important 42% 11% 13% 32% 1% 848
Don't know 43% 5% 10% 26% 16% 103

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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 56% 5% 33% 3% 3% 5,785
Somewhat important 15% 9% 65% 7% 3% 1,851
Not too important 4% 14% 63% 17% 3% 740
Not at all important 2% 18% 57% 21% 2% 848
Don't know 29% 11% 37% 8% 15% 103

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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% 52% 2% 2% 5,785
Somewhat important 27% 70% 1% 2% 1,851
Not too important 21% 76% 2% 1% 740
Not at all important 22% 77% 1% 1% 848
Don't know 24% 62% 3% 10% 103

Frequency of reading scripture among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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% 10% 6% 22% 2% 5,785
Somewhat important 11% 10% 13% 65% 1% 1,851
Not too important 5% 3% 5% 87% < 1% 740
Not at all important 4% 1% 2% 92% < 1% 848
Don't know 29% 2% 10% 50% 9% 103

Interpreting scripture among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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% 27% 5% 9% 7% 5,785
Somewhat important 15% 36% 2% 36% 11% 1,851
Not too important 5% 14% < 1% 71% 9% 740
Not at all important 3% 4% 1% 86% 7% 848
Don't know 14% 18% 11% 36% 21% 103

Belief in Heaven among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older who …in heaven

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,785. 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% 6% 6% 5,785
Somewhat important 68% 20% 12% 1,851
Not too important 32% 52% 16% 740
Not at all important 14% 80% 6% 848
Don't know 51% 18% 31% 103

Belief in Hell among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older who …in hell

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,785. 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 70% 20% 10% 5,785
Somewhat important 44% 44% 12% 1,851
Not too important 22% 68% 10% 740
Not at all important 7% 88% 5% 848
Don't know 29% 41% 30% 103

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 5,785. 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% 13% 40% 5,785
Somewhat important 42% 14% 45% 1,851
Not too important 32% 14% 54% 740
Not at all important 23% 11% 66% 848
Don't know 26% 27% 47% 103

Political ideology among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,785. 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% 27% 14% 6% 5,785
Somewhat important 37% 38% 22% 3% 1,851
Not too important 26% 38% 31% 5% 740
Not at all important 20% 28% 45% 6% 848
Don't know 30% 28% 23% 19% 103

Views about size of government among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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% 32% 3% 6% 5,785
Somewhat important 60% 32% 3% 4% 1,851
Not too important 56% 36% 4% 5% 740
Not at all important 45% 44% 6% 5% 848
Don't know 46% 32% 8% 15% 103

Views about government aid to the poor among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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% 43% 4% 4% 5,785
Somewhat important 49% 46% 3% 3% 1,851
Not too important 38% 57% 3% 2% 740
Not at all important 32% 62% 5% 2% 848
Don't know 34% 45% 5% 15% 103

Views about abortion among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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% 58% 7% 5,785
Somewhat important 65% 29% 6% 1,851
Not too important 78% 16% 6% 740
Not at all important 85% 11% 4% 848
Don't know 48% 28% 24% 103

Views about homosexuality among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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 38% 53% 5% 5% 5,785
Somewhat important 63% 28% 4% 5% 1,851
Not too important 74% 21% 3% 2% 740
Not at all important 82% 13% 3% 2% 848
Don't know 57% 24% 1% 17% 103

Views about same-sex marriage among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

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

Importance of religion in one's life Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,785. 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 26% 64% 10% 5,785
Somewhat important 51% 38% 11% 1,851
Not too important 65% 27% 8% 740
Not at all important 74% 18% 8% 848
Don't know 45% 29% 26% 103

Views about environmental regulation among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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% 44% 3% 7% 5,785
Somewhat important 43% 49% 3% 5% 1,851
Not too important 33% 62% 2% 3% 740
Not at all important 24% 71% 3% 2% 848
Don't know 33% 42% 8% 18% 103

Views about human evolution among adults ages 65 and older by importance of religion

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 5,785. 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 12% 24% 4% 50% 10% 5,785
Somewhat important 33% 27% 6% 27% 7% 1,851
Not too important 62% 13% 7% 13% 5% 740
Not at all important 74% 7% 4% 13% 2% 848
Don't know 24% 22% 13% 20% 22% 103