Belief in God among adults in the West

% of adults in the West who say they…

Survey year 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 = 8,498. 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 56% 21% 7% 1% 12% 2% 8,498
2007 65% 20% 4% 1% 7% 4% 7,279

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Belief in God among adults in the West by religious group

% of adults in the West who say they…

Religious tradition 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 = 113. 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 28% 30% 12% 1% 27% 2% 113
Catholic 59% 30% 7% 2% 1% 1% 1,660
Evangelical Protestant 87% 10% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,819
Historically Black Protestant 91% 7% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 143
Jewish 26% 24% 22% 1% 20% 7% 181
Mainline Protestant 60% 30% 5% 1% 2% 1% 1,141
Mormon 86% 11% 2% < 1% 1% < 1% 480
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 22% 22% 13% 1% 36% 6% 2,388

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who are ages…

Belief in God 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 4,676. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 19% 34% 28% 18% 4,676
Believe in God; fairly certain 23% 38% 25% 13% 1,732
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 37% 31% 19% 13% 556
Do not believe in God 34% 36% 16% 14% 1,070
Other/don't know if they believe in God 26% 32% 28% 15% 224

Generational cohort among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who are…

Belief in God Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 4,676. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 12% 13% 29% 33% 12% 1% 4,676
Believe in God; fairly certain 14% 16% 31% 30% 8% 1% 1,732
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 24% 20% 23% 24% 8% 1% 556
Do not believe in God 20% 22% 27% 20% 10% 1% 1,070
Other/don't know if they believe in God 12% 20% 26% 33% 9% 1% 224

Gender composition among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who are…

Belief in God Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 43% 57% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 52% 48% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 59% 41% 564
Do not believe in God 67% 33% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 61% 39% 239

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who identify as…

Belief in God White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 4,697. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 55% 6% 7% 27% 5% 4,697
Believe in God; fairly certain 51% 3% 9% 32% 5% 1,739
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 54% 2% 16% 24% 3% 557
Do not believe in God 68% 1% 14% 12% 5% 1,065
Other/don't know if they believe in God 76% 2% 8% 9% 6% 232

Immigrant status among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who are…

Belief in God Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 4,718. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 21% 12% 66% 4,718
Believe in God; fairly certain 29% 14% 57% 1,741
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 28% 18% 54% 556
Do not believe in God 16% 17% 66% 1,071
Other/don't know if they believe in God 15% 9% 76% 233

Income distribution among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who have a household income of…

Belief in God Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 4,158. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 36% 22% 25% 17% 4,158
Believe in God; fairly certain 37% 19% 24% 21% 1,581
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 32% 20% 25% 23% 508
Do not believe in God 22% 19% 28% 31% 986
Other/don't know if they believe in God 26% 19% 22% 33% 187

Educational distribution among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who have completed…

Belief in God High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 4,754. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 39% 36% 16% 9% 4,754
Believe in God; fairly certain 44% 28% 16% 11% 1,753
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 37% 32% 17% 14% 559
Do not believe in God 24% 34% 26% 17% 1,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 21% 37% 25% 17% 235

Marital status among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who are…

Belief in God Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 4,759. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 50% 7% 15% 7% 21% 4,759
Believe in God; fairly certain 47% 12% 12% 3% 26% 1,757
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 36% 12% 9% 4% 39% 559
Do not believe in God 42% 12% 8% 3% 35% 1,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 47% 6% 14% 3% 29% 235

Parent of children under 18 among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who are…

Belief in God Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 4,760. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 31% 69% 4,760
Believe in God; fairly certain 33% 67% 1,758
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 22% 78% 561
Do not believe in God 20% 80% 1,077
Other/don't know if they believe in God 20% 80% 236

BeliefsandPractices

Importance of religion in one's life among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who say religion is…

Belief in God Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 70% 22% 4% 3% 1% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 28% 43% 20% 8% 1% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 10% 29% 41% 20% 1% 564
Do not believe in God 3% 7% 20% 69% 1% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 7% 20% 35% 35% 3% 239

Attendance at religious services among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who attend religious services…

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 47% 33% 19% 1% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 19% 42% 38% < 1% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 7% 39% 54% < 1% 564
Do not believe in God 2% 15% 83% < 1% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 5% 25% 69% 1% 239

Frequency of prayer among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who pray…

Belief in God At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 73% 14% 4% 7% 1% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 35% 24% 11% 29% 1% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 16% 10% 10% 63% < 1% 564
Do not believe in God 3% 1% 3% 93% < 1% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 10% 7% 7% 74% 3% 239

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who attend prayer group…

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 35% 11% 9% 44% 1% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 11% 9% 10% 70% 1% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 3% 5% 5% 87% < 1% 564
Do not believe in God 1% 1% 3% 95% < 1% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 1% 1% 3% 93% 2% 239

Frequency of meditation among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who meditate…

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 51% 8% 3% 36% 2% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 34% 13% 6% 46% 1% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 23% 13% 7% 56% < 1% 564
Do not believe in God 19% 8% 6% 67% 1% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 20% 11% 4% 60% 5% 239

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in the West by belief in God

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

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 71% 13% 7% 8% 1% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 46% 19% 15% 19% 2% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 33% 18% 17% 32% < 1% 564
Do not believe in God 34% 15% 11% 39% 2% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 36% 13% 15% 32% 4% 239

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in the West by belief in God

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

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 51% 15% 11% 21% 1% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 43% 16% 16% 23% 2% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 48% 15% 16% 21% < 1% 564
Do not believe in God 45% 17% 16% 20% 2% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 49% 19% 16% 15% 1% 239

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in the West by belief in God

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

Belief in God Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 46% 8% 38% 6% 3% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 16% 16% 52% 13% 3% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 7% 20% 55% 17% 1% 564
Do not believe in God 1% 22% 49% 26% 2% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 4% 24% 53% 16% 4% 239

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who say…

Belief in God 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 = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 41% 56% 2% 2% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 25% 72% 1% 2% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 17% 79% 2% 2% 564
Do not believe in God 16% 82% 1% 1% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 19% 77% 3% 1% 239

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who read scripture…

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 49% 11% 8% 31% 1% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 16% 11% 10% 62% 1% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 6% 5% 7% 81% < 1% 564
Do not believe in God 2% 3% 5% 91% < 1% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 7% 3% 8% 81% 2% 239

Interpreting scripture among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who say the holy scripture is…

Belief in God 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 = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 38% 34% 3% 17% 7% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 16% 25% 1% 48% 10% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 4% 10% < 1% 79% 7% 564
Do not believe in God < 1% 1% < 1% 95% 4% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 3% 4% 1% 72% 20% 239

Belief in Heaven among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who …in heaven

Belief in God Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 83% 10% 7% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 66% 25% 9% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 39% 51% 10% 564
Do not believe in God 5% 92% 4% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 17% 51% 32% 239

Belief in Hell among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who …in hell

Belief in God Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 66% 26% 8% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 46% 44% 10% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 27% 65% 9% 564
Do not believe in God 4% 93% 3% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 15% 59% 26% 239

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who identify as…

Belief in God Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 42% 20% 37% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 30% 22% 49% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 22% 17% 60% 564
Do not believe in God 16% 16% 68% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 20% 29% 51% 239

Political ideology among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who are…

Belief in God Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 42% 33% 19% 6% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 26% 38% 31% 5% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 19% 36% 39% 6% 564
Do not believe in God 12% 31% 52% 6% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 18% 35% 41% 7% 239

Views about size of government among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who would rather have…

Belief in God Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 55% 39% 3% 3% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 45% 50% 3% 3% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 43% 50% 4% 4% 564
Do not believe in God 41% 51% 4% 3% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 45% 37% 7% 11% 239

Views about government aid to the poor among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who say government aid to the poor…

Belief in God Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 47% 47% 4% 2% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 40% 55% 4% 2% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 34% 60% 3% 2% 564
Do not believe in God 24% 72% 3% 2% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 32% 54% 10% 4% 239

Views about abortion among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who say abortion should be…

Belief in God Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 44% 51% 5% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 64% 33% 4% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 79% 19% 2% 564
Do not believe in God 88% 8% 5% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 80% 15% 5% 239

Views about homosexuality among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who say homosexuality…

Belief in God Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 54% 37% 5% 4% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 78% 15% 4% 3% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 85% 11% 2% 3% 564
Do not believe in God 91% 5% 2% 1% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 77% 11% 5% 7% 239

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who …same-sex marriage

Belief in God Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 46% 46% 8% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 70% 23% 7% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 77% 17% 6% 564
Do not believe in God 90% 6% 4% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 80% 16% 4% 239

Views about environmental regulation among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who say…

Belief in God 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 = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 42% 51% 3% 4% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 34% 61% 2% 3% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 27% 69% 2% 2% 564
Do not believe in God 17% 80% 2% 1% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 24% 65% 4% 6% 239

Views about human evolution among adults in the West by belief in God

% of adults in the West who say humans…

Belief in God 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 = 4,781. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 19% 29% 4% 43% 5% 4,781
Believe in God; fairly certain 48% 23% 6% 18% 4% 1,764
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 68% 11% 5% 15% 2% 564
Do not believe in God 88% 4% 2% 6% 1% 1,081
Other/don't know if they believe in God 68% 6% 16% 6% 4% 239