Importance of religion in one's life among whites

% of whites who say religion is…

Survey year Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 24,900. 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 49% 26% 12% 13% 1% 24,900
2007 52% 28% 11% 8% 1% 27,309

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Importance of religion in one's life among whites by religious group

% of whites who say religion is…

Religious tradition Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 141. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 30% 33% 20% 13% 4% 141
Catholic 53% 34% 10% 3% < 1% 4,827
Evangelical Protestant 78% 18% 2% 1% 1% 6,633
Jewish 33% 37% 20% 10% < 1% 782
Mainline Protestant 52% 35% 10% 2% 1% 5,322
Mormon 84% 12% 3% 1% < 1% 575
Orthodox Christian 49% 33% 14% 4% < 1% 153
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 8% 20% 27% 44% 1% 5,490

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among whites by importance of religion

% of whites who are ages…

Importance of religion in one's life 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 12,209. 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% 28% 31% 27% 12,209
Somewhat important 20% 34% 29% 18% 6,033
Not too important 27% 36% 24% 14% 2,956
Not at all important 29% 36% 21% 15% 3,109
Don't know 12% 27% 26% 34% 163

Generational cohort among whites by importance of religion

% of whites who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 12,209. 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 8% 10% 24% 38% 19% 2% 12,209
Somewhat important 12% 13% 28% 35% 11% 1% 6,033
Not too important 17% 16% 29% 29% 8% 1% 2,956
Not at all important 18% 19% 27% 26% 9% 1% 3,109
Don't know 6% 10% 24% 36% 21% 2% 163

Gender composition among whites by importance of religion

% of whites who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 12,458. 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% 12,458
Somewhat important 51% 49% 6,124
Not too important 57% 43% 2,988
Not at all important 61% 39% 3,154
Don't know 51% 49% 176

Immigrant status among whites by importance of religion

% of whites who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 12,357. 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% 6% 90% 12,357
Somewhat important 4% 8% 88% 6,078
Not too important 5% 9% 86% 2,961
Not at all important 6% 9% 84% 3,127
Don't know 4% 7% 89% 172

Income distribution among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 10,632. 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 29% 21% 31% 19% 10,632
Somewhat important 27% 20% 29% 24% 5,448
Not too important 24% 19% 31% 26% 2,701
Not at all important 25% 17% 30% 28% 2,883
Don't know 36% 18% 32% 14% 123

Educational distribution among whites by importance of religion

% of whites who have completed…

Importance of religion in one's life High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 12,406. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Very important 39% 33% 17% 11% 12,406
Somewhat important 38% 32% 19% 11% 6,101
Not too important 31% 33% 22% 14% 2,979
Not at all important 30% 31% 23% 17% 3,145
Don't know 32% 35% 20% 13% 172

Marital status among whites by importance of religion

% of whites who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 12,408. 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% 4% 12% 10% 13% 12,408
Somewhat important 50% 9% 13% 6% 22% 6,104
Not too important 46% 10% 11% 4% 30% 2,976
Not at all important 41% 12% 12% 3% 31% 3,146
Don't know 54% 6% 12% 9% 19% 170

Parent of children under 18 among whites by importance of religion

% of whites who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 12,424. 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 27% 73% 12,424
Somewhat important 27% 73% 6,107
Not too important 25% 75% 2,980
Not at all important 22% 78% 3,146
Don't know 15% 85% 175

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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 90% 8% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 12,458
Somewhat important 51% 38% 6% 1% 3% 2% 6,124
Not too important 17% 38% 18% < 1% 19% 7% 2,988
Not at all important 10% 13% 10% 1% 59% 8% 3,154
Don't know 54% 17% 4% 9% 7% 10% 176

Attendance at religious services among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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% 27% 11% 1% 12,458
Somewhat important 12% 55% 33% < 1% 6,124
Not too important 2% 33% 65% < 1% 2,988
Not at all important 1% 8% 90% < 1% 3,154
Don't know 24% 21% 44% 11% 176

Frequency of prayer among whites by importance of religion

% of whites who pray…

Importance of religion in one's life At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 12,458. 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% 12,458
Somewhat important 34% 30% 13% 22% 1% 6,124
Not too important 11% 13% 11% 65% < 1% 2,988
Not at all important 7% 4% 3% 86% < 1% 3,154
Don't know 50% 13% 4% 19% 14% 176

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

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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% 12% 11% 36% 1% 12,458
Somewhat important 5% 6% 8% 80% < 1% 6,124
Not too important 1% 1% 2% 95% < 1% 2,988
Not at all important 2% < 1% 1% 97% < 1% 3,154
Don't know 13% 6% 10% 61% 10% 176

Frequency of meditation among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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% 7% 3% 38% 2% 12,458
Somewhat important 25% 10% 5% 59% 1% 6,124
Not too important 20% 11% 6% 63% 1% 2,988
Not at all important 22% 8% 5% 64% 1% 3,154
Don't know 49% 7% 3% 29% 13% 176

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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 77% 11% 5% 5% 1% 12,458
Somewhat important 40% 23% 16% 20% 1% 6,124
Not too important 30% 18% 15% 36% 1% 2,988
Not at all important 33% 14% 9% 42% 2% 3,154
Don't know 60% 9% 7% 15% 10% 176

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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% 16% 11% 22% 2% 12,458
Somewhat important 38% 18% 15% 28% 1% 6,124
Not too important 40% 19% 15% 26% 1% 2,988
Not at all important 48% 15% 13% 24% 1% 3,154
Don't know 49% 15% 7% 17% 13% 176

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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% 6% 30% 3% 3% 12,458
Somewhat important 12% 13% 64% 8% 2% 6,124
Not too important 3% 18% 64% 14% 1% 2,988
Not at all important 1% 18% 56% 23% 2% 3,154
Don't know 22% 9% 45% 5% 19% 176

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

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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% 49% 2% 1% 12,458
Somewhat important 28% 70% 1% 1% 6,124
Not too important 22% 76% 1% < 1% 2,988
Not at all important 18% 81% 1% 1% 3,154
Don't know 30% 62% 2% 5% 176

Frequency of reading scripture among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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% 12% 8% 22% 1% 12,458
Somewhat important 11% 11% 13% 65% < 1% 6,124
Not too important 3% 4% 5% 88% < 1% 2,988
Not at all important 3% 2% 3% 92% < 1% 3,154
Don't know 26% 5% 6% 49% 14% 176

Interpreting scripture among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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% 34% 4% 10% 6% 12,458
Somewhat important 13% 37% 1% 40% 9% 6,124
Not too important 4% 13% < 1% 75% 8% 2,988
Not at all important 2% 3% < 1% 91% 4% 3,154
Don't know 19% 14% 7% 43% 18% 176

Belief in Heaven among whites by importance of religion

% of whites who …in heaven

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 12,458. 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% 12,458
Somewhat important 76% 16% 8% 6,124
Not too important 43% 45% 12% 2,988
Not at all important 14% 79% 7% 3,154
Don't know 43% 24% 33% 176

Belief in Hell among whites by importance of religion

% of whites who …in hell

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 12,458. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Very important 74% 18% 8% 12,458
Somewhat important 55% 36% 9% 6,124
Not too important 29% 61% 9% 2,988
Not at all important 9% 85% 6% 3,154
Don't know 29% 44% 28% 176

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among whites by importance of religion

% of whites who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 12,458. 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% 15% 27% 12,458
Somewhat important 43% 17% 40% 6,124
Not too important 32% 17% 51% 2,988
Not at all important 22% 18% 61% 3,154
Don't know 33% 31% 36% 176

Political ideology among whites by importance of religion

% of whites who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 12,458. 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 54% 28% 12% 6% 12,458
Somewhat important 31% 40% 24% 5% 6,124
Not too important 21% 40% 34% 5% 2,988
Not at all important 14% 32% 48% 7% 3,154
Don't know 33% 29% 22% 17% 176

Views about size of government among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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 69% 25% 3% 4% 12,458
Somewhat important 60% 33% 3% 4% 6,124
Not too important 54% 39% 3% 3% 2,988
Not at all important 49% 44% 4% 4% 3,154
Don't know 49% 27% 8% 16% 176

Views about government aid to the poor among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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% 38% 4% 2% 12,458
Somewhat important 48% 47% 3% 1% 6,124
Not too important 40% 56% 3% 1% 2,988
Not at all important 33% 62% 3% 2% 3,154
Don't know 35% 41% 11% 13% 176

Views about abortion among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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% 62% 4% 12,458
Somewhat important 66% 30% 4% 6,124
Not too important 79% 18% 3% 2,988
Not at all important 85% 12% 3% 3,154
Don't know 52% 27% 21% 176

Views about homosexuality among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Very important 42% 49% 5% 4% 12,458
Somewhat important 75% 18% 4% 3% 6,124
Not too important 85% 11% 2% 2% 2,988
Not at all important 90% 7% 2% 1% 3,154
Don't know 54% 23% 8% 15% 176

Views about same-sex marriage among whites by importance of religion

% of whites who …same-sex marriage

Importance of religion in one's life Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 12,458. 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% 7% 12,458
Somewhat important 67% 26% 7% 6,124
Not too important 80% 15% 5% 2,988
Not at all important 86% 9% 5% 3,154
Don't know 50% 30% 20% 176

Views about environmental regulation among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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% 47% 3% 3% 12,458
Somewhat important 38% 58% 2% 2% 6,124
Not too important 29% 68% 2% 2% 2,988
Not at all important 23% 73% 1% 2% 3,154
Don't know 31% 47% 9% 13% 176

Views about human evolution among whites by importance of religion

% of whites 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 = 12,458. 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% 29% 3% 50% 5% 12,458
Somewhat important 38% 30% 5% 23% 3% 6,124
Not too important 70% 14% 5% 9% 2% 2,988
Not at all important 82% 6% 3% 7% 2% 3,154
Don't know 31% 15% 15% 23% 16% 176