Importance of religion in one's life among independents and those who don't lean to either party

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who say religion is…

Survey year Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,658. 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 51% 25% 10% 12% 2% 5,658
2007 54% 26% 9% 9% 2% 5,770

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Importance of religion in one's life among independents and those who don't lean to either party by religious group

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 61% 31% 6% 2% 1% 1,158
Evangelical Protestant 78% 18% 2% 1% 2% 1,230
Historically Black Protestant 82% 13% 2% 2% 2% 184
Jehovah's Witness 94% 5% < 1% < 1% < 1% 188
Mainline Protestant 50% 36% 9% 3% 2% 822
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 16% 24% 23% 35% 2% 1,474

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are ages…

Importance of religion in one's life 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,768. 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 19% 39% 25% 17% 2,768
Somewhat important 28% 39% 23% 10% 1,341
Not too important 36% 36% 18% 9% 556
Not at all important 37% 38% 18% 7% 630

Generational cohort among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,768. 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 11% 15% 32% 30% 11% 1% 2,768
Somewhat important 16% 20% 31% 27% 6% 1% 1,341
Not too important 20% 24% 28% 23% 4% 1% 556
Not at all important 24% 22% 29% 20% 4% < 1% 630

Gender composition among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,929. 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 41% 59% 2,929
Somewhat important 51% 49% 1,399
Not too important 61% 39% 572
Not at all important 67% 33% 655
Don't know 63% 37% 103

Racial and ethnic composition among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,832. 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% 12% 4% 28% 6% 2,832
Somewhat important 62% 4% 5% 22% 6% 1,361
Not too important 71% 4% 7% 13% 5% 561
Not at all important 69% 7% 6% 14% 3% 633

Immigrant status among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,828. 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 30% 8% 63% 2,828
Somewhat important 20% 10% 69% 1,356
Not too important 13% 13% 74% 556
Not at all important 15% 11% 74% 635

Income distribution among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,146. 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% 20% 18% 9% 2,146
Somewhat important 46% 19% 22% 12% 1,129
Not too important 42% 19% 24% 16% 472
Not at all important 43% 19% 24% 15% 540

Educational distribution among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who have completed…

Importance of religion in one's life High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,871. 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% 28% 10% 6% 2,871
Somewhat important 50% 32% 12% 7% 1,380
Not too important 43% 35% 15% 7% 566
Not at all important 47% 32% 14% 7% 649

Marital status among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,889. 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 50% 6% 15% 8% 20% 2,889
Somewhat important 42% 13% 15% 4% 26% 1,382
Not too important 35% 13% 13% 3% 36% 565
Not at all important 30% 11% 14% 3% 43% 648

Parent of children under 18 among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,897. 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% 65% 2,897
Somewhat important 33% 67% 1,392
Not too important 28% 72% 570
Not at all important 27% 73% 651

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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% 13% 1% 1% < 1% 1% 2,929
Somewhat important 52% 34% 7% 2% 3% 2% 1,399
Not too important 24% 35% 17% 1% 15% 8% 572
Not at all important 20% 11% 9% 1% 50% 8% 655
Don't know 53% 14% 3% 9% 7% 16% 103

Attendance at religious services among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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% 29% 14% 1% 2,929
Somewhat important 12% 48% 39% 1% 1,399
Not too important 4% 29% 67% < 1% 572
Not at all important 3% 10% 86% < 1% 655
Don't know 26% 17% 33% 23% 103

Frequency of prayer among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who pray…

Importance of religion in one's life At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,929. 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 79% 12% 3% 4% 2% 2,929
Somewhat important 36% 24% 12% 26% 1% 1,399
Not too important 16% 13% 9% 62% < 1% 572
Not at all important 13% 5% 4% 78% 1% 655
Don't know 41% 4% 6% 19% 29% 103

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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% 9% 36% 2% 2,929
Somewhat important 7% 8% 9% 75% 1% 1,399
Not too important 3% 1% 4% 91% < 1% 572
Not at all important 4% 2% 2% 92% < 1% 655
Don't know 15% 12% 13% 36% 24% 103

Frequency of meditation among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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% 32% 4% 2,929
Somewhat important 28% 9% 6% 56% 1% 1,399
Not too important 24% 10% 5% 60% 2% 572
Not at all important 28% 6% 3% 61% 1% 655
Don't know 46% 9% < 1% 25% 20% 103

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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% 10% 5% 7% 3% 2,929
Somewhat important 43% 19% 13% 23% 2% 1,399
Not too important 34% 12% 16% 35% 3% 572
Not at all important 38% 9% 7% 42% 3% 655
Don't know 59% 8% 6% 9% 18% 103

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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% 11% 10% 23% 3% 2,929
Somewhat important 37% 16% 14% 31% 1% 1,399
Not too important 43% 13% 15% 29% 1% 572
Not at all important 46% 11% 8% 34% 1% 655
Don't know 49% 9% 3% 19% 21% 103

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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% 6% 33% 4% 5% 2,929
Somewhat important 14% 11% 62% 10% 3% 1,399
Not too important 4% 19% 62% 13% 3% 572
Not at all important 4% 13% 59% 20% 4% 655
Don't know 25% 11% 28% 8% 28% 103

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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% 59% 3% 2% 2,929
Somewhat important 24% 73% 1% 2% 1,399
Not too important 22% 75% 2% 1% 572
Not at all important 18% 78% 2% 1% 655
Don't know 33% 54% 2% 11% 103

Frequency of reading scripture among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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% 10% 7% 23% 2% 2,929
Somewhat important 14% 11% 11% 64% 1% 1,399
Not too important 5% 6% 5% 84% < 1% 572
Not at all important 7% 3% 2% 87% 1% 655
Don't know 32% 11% 12% 27% 19% 103

Interpreting scripture among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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% 25% 6% 11% 9% 2,929
Somewhat important 17% 30% 3% 36% 14% 1,399
Not too important 6% 13% < 1% 67% 14% 572
Not at all important 5% 5% 1% 81% 9% 655
Don't know 27% 16% 3% 23% 31% 103

Belief in Heaven among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who …in heaven

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,929. 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% 9% 8% 2,929
Somewhat important 72% 17% 11% 1,399
Not too important 46% 38% 16% 572
Not at all important 22% 67% 10% 655
Don't know 43% 15% 42% 103

Belief in Hell among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who …in hell

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,929. 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% 25% 10% 2,929
Somewhat important 54% 35% 12% 1,399
Not too important 32% 54% 14% 572
Not at all important 17% 74% 9% 655
Don't know 33% 31% 36% 103

SocialandPoliticalViews

Political ideology among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,929. 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% 29% 16% 24% 2,929
Somewhat important 22% 38% 23% 17% 1,399
Not too important 16% 42% 23% 18% 572
Not at all important 13% 36% 27% 25% 655
Don't know 17% 22% 20% 41% 103

Views about size of government among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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 41% 47% 5% 8% 2,929
Somewhat important 49% 41% 4% 6% 1,399
Not too important 53% 36% 5% 6% 572
Not at all important 58% 31% 5% 6% 655
Don't know 51% 21% 10% 18% 103

Views about government aid to the poor among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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 41% 48% 6% 5% 2,929
Somewhat important 43% 48% 6% 3% 1,399
Not too important 41% 50% 7% 3% 572
Not at all important 43% 46% 6% 5% 655
Don't know 30% 32% 16% 22% 103

Views about abortion among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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 33% 59% 8% 2,929
Somewhat important 61% 32% 7% 1,399
Not too important 70% 24% 6% 572
Not at all important 67% 25% 8% 655
Don't know 26% 39% 35% 103

Views about homosexuality among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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% 41% 7% 7% 2,929
Somewhat important 73% 16% 5% 6% 1,399
Not too important 79% 13% 4% 4% 572
Not at all important 78% 12% 6% 4% 655
Don't know 31% 22% 18% 28% 103

Views about same-sex marriage among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who …same-sex marriage

Importance of religion in one's life Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,929. 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% 50% 15% 2,929
Somewhat important 64% 23% 13% 1,399
Not too important 74% 16% 9% 572
Not at all important 75% 14% 11% 655
Don't know 30% 31% 40% 103

Views about environmental regulation among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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% 51% 5% 7% 2,929
Somewhat important 34% 56% 3% 6% 1,399
Not too important 31% 60% 4% 5% 572
Not at all important 33% 58% 4% 5% 655
Don't know 27% 42% 6% 25% 103

Views about human evolution among independents and those who don't lean to either party by importance of religion

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 2,929. 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 15% 25% 4% 47% 9% 2,929
Somewhat important 34% 26% 8% 25% 6% 1,399
Not too important 57% 17% 8% 14% 4% 572
Not at all important 64% 12% 6% 14% 5% 655
Don't know 19% 16% 16% 28% 21% 103