Racial and ethnic composition by religious group

% of adults who identify as…

Religious tradition White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 262. 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 44% 3% 33% 12% 8% 262
Catholic 59% 3% 3% 34% 2% 7,113
Evangelical Protestant 76% 6% 2% 11% 5% 8,479
Hindu 4% 2% 91% 1% 2% 197
Historically Black Protestant 2% 94% < 1% 3% 1% 1,913
Jehovah's Witness 36% 27% < 1% 32% 6% 242
Jewish 90% 2% 2% 4% 2% 838
Mainline Protestant 86% 3% 1% 6% 3% 5,995
Mormon 85% 1% 1% 8% 5% 656
Muslim 38% 28% 28% 4% 3% 232
Orthodox Christian 81% 8% 3% 6% 2% 184
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 68% 9% 5% 13% 4% 7,427

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

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Belief in God by race/ethnicity

% of adults who say they…

Racial and ethnic composition 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
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 61% 20% 5% 1% 11% 3% 24,900
Black 83% 11% 2% 1% 2% 1% 3,394
Asian 44% 23% 12% 1% 19% 2% 937
Latino 59% 26% 6% 1% 6% 1% 3,814
Other/Mixed 66% 18% 5% 1% 8% 3% 1,504

Learn More: Believe in God; absolutely certain, Believe in God; fairly certain, Believe in God; not too/not at all certain, Do not believe in God

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Importance of religion in one's life by race/ethnicity

% of adults who say religion is…

Racial and ethnic composition Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 49% 26% 12% 13% 1% 24,900
Black 75% 16% 5% 4% 1% 3,394
Asian 36% 30% 19% 14% < 1% 937
Latino 59% 25% 7% 8% 1% 3,814
Other/Mixed 54% 25% 10% 10% 1% 1,504

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

Attendance at religious services by race/ethnicity

% of adults who attend religious services…

Racial and ethnic composition At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 34% 32% 33% 1% 24,900
Black 47% 36% 17% < 1% 3,394
Asian 26% 42% 32% < 1% 937
Latino 39% 35% 26% < 1% 3,814
Other/Mixed 34% 32% 33% 1% 1,504

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

Frequency of prayer by race/ethnicity

% of adults who pray…

Racial and ethnic composition At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 52% 16% 6% 26% 1% 24,900
Black 73% 13% 5% 9% 1% 3,394
Asian 42% 14% 8% 36% < 1% 937
Latino 58% 17% 7% 18% 1% 3,814
Other/Mixed 61% 13% 5% 20% 1% 1,504

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

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups by race/ethnicity

% of adults who attend prayer group…

Racial and ethnic composition At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 22% 8% 8% 62% < 1% 24,900
Black 39% 14% 9% 38% 1% 3,394
Asian 17% 10% 13% 60% < 1% 937
Latino 27% 12% 8% 51% 1% 3,814
Other/Mixed 26% 8% 8% 57% 1% 1,504

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

Frequency of meditation by race/ethnicity

% of adults who meditate…

Racial and ethnic composition At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 36% 8% 4% 50% 2% 24,900
Black 52% 8% 4% 34% 2% 3,394
Asian 31% 11% 7% 49% 2% 937
Latino 49% 10% 4% 35% 2% 3,814
Other/Mixed 47% 9% 4% 40% 1% 1,504

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

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing by race/ethnicity

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

Racial and ethnic composition At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 56% 15% 10% 17% 1% 24,900
Black 69% 13% 7% 10% 1% 3,394
Asian 45% 16% 17% 20% 2% 937
Latino 63% 13% 9% 13% 1% 3,814
Other/Mixed 65% 14% 6% 14% 2% 1,504

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

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe by race/ethnicity

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

Racial and ethnic composition At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 45% 17% 13% 24% 1% 24,900
Black 45% 14% 10% 29% 2% 3,394
Asian 35% 18% 23% 24% 1% 937
Latino 51% 14% 13% 21% 2% 3,814
Other/Mixed 52% 15% 10% 21% 1% 1,504

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong by race/ethnicity

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

Racial and ethnic composition Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 32% 11% 46% 8% 2% 24,900
Black 43% 7% 43% 5% 2% 3,394
Asian 19% 17% 46% 17% 2% 937
Latino 35% 11% 39% 13% 2% 3,814
Other/Mixed 32% 11% 45% 9% 3% 1,504

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

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong by race/ethnicity

% of adults who say…

Racial and ethnic composition 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
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 36% 62% 1% 1% 24,900
Black 28% 70% 1% 1% 3,394
Asian 21% 78% 1% < 1% 937
Latino 27% 69% 2% 2% 3,814
Other/Mixed 29% 68% 2% 1% 1,504

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

Frequency of reading scripture by race/ethnicity

% of adults who read scripture…

Racial and ethnic composition At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 32% 9% 8% 50% 1% 24,900
Black 54% 13% 7% 24% 1% 3,394
Asian 21% 10% 11% 58% < 1% 937
Latino 38% 12% 9% 40% 1% 3,814
Other/Mixed 41% 9% 9% 40% 1% 1,504

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

Interpreting scripture by race/ethnicity

% of adults who say the holy scripture is…

Racial and ethnic composition 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
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 26% 28% 3% 36% 7% 24,900
Black 51% 23% 2% 17% 7% 3,394
Asian 19% 21% 2% 49% 9% 937
Latino 38% 24% 3% 29% 7% 3,814
Other/Mixed 27% 26% 4% 34% 9% 1,504

Learn More: Word of God; should be taken literally, Word of God; not everything taken literally, Not the word of God

Belief in Heaven by race/ethnicity

% of adults who …in heaven

Racial and ethnic composition Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 70% 23% 8% 24,900
Black 86% 10% 4% 3,394
Asian 60% 34% 6% 937
Latino 75% 19% 7% 3,814
Other/Mixed 70% 20% 10% 1,504

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe

Belief in Hell by race/ethnicity

% of adults who …in hell

Racial and ethnic composition Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. 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.
White 55% 36% 8% 24,900
Black 73% 20% 7% 3,394
Asian 46% 46% 8% 937
Latino 61% 32% 7% 3,814
Other/Mixed 57% 32% 10% 1,504

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe