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

% of adults in the West who say religion is…

Survey year Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know 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 47% 25% 13% 14% 1% 8,498
2007 49% 27% 12% 11% 1% 7,279

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Importance of religion in one's life among adults in the West by religious group

% of adults in the West who say religion is…

Religious tradition Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know 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 30% 48% 14% 7% 1% 113
Catholic 59% 31% 8% 1% < 1% 1,660
Evangelical Protestant 76% 19% 2% 1% 1% 1,819
Historically Black Protestant 79% 17% 1% 2% < 1% 143
Jewish 24% 34% 28% 14% < 1% 181
Mainline Protestant 45% 39% 13% 2% 1% 1,141
Mormon 84% 12% 3% 1% < 1% 480
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 10% 19% 27% 42% 1% 2,388

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West who are ages…

Importance of religion in one's life 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,844. 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 18% 35% 28% 20% 3,844
Somewhat important 27% 35% 24% 14% 2,029
Not too important 31% 36% 22% 11% 1,082
Not at all important 27% 36% 22% 16% 1,298

Generational cohort among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,844. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Very important 11% 13% 29% 33% 14% 1% 3,844
Somewhat important 18% 16% 28% 29% 8% < 1% 2,029
Not too important 19% 19% 29% 26% 7% 1% 1,082
Not at all important 16% 20% 27% 27% 10% 1% 1,298

Gender composition among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,941. 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% 58% 3,941
Somewhat important 53% 47% 2,063
Not too important 54% 46% 1,095
Not at all important 64% 36% 1,319

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,868. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Very important 50% 6% 6% 32% 5% 3,868
Somewhat important 54% 4% 11% 27% 5% 2,036
Not too important 66% 2% 14% 15% 4% 1,084
Not at all important 71% 2% 10% 12% 5% 1,295

Immigrant status among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,881. 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 28% 11% 61% 3,881
Somewhat important 23% 16% 61% 2,036
Not too important 16% 15% 69% 1,085
Not at all important 15% 15% 70% 1,306

Income distribution among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,385. 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% 21% 24% 15% 3,385
Somewhat important 33% 21% 25% 21% 1,857
Not too important 27% 20% 27% 26% 977
Not at all important 23% 19% 29% 29% 1,196

Educational distribution among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West who have completed…

Importance of religion in one's life High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,922. 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% 34% 15% 9% 3,922
Somewhat important 39% 33% 17% 11% 2,047
Not too important 31% 34% 23% 12% 1,089
Not at all important 27% 34% 22% 16% 1,314

Marital status among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,917. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Very important 53% 6% 14% 7% 20% 3,917
Somewhat important 43% 13% 13% 5% 26% 2,057
Not too important 42% 9% 11% 3% 34% 1,092
Not at all important 42% 12% 12% 3% 31% 1,314

Parent of children under 18 among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,925. 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% 67% 3,925
Somewhat important 30% 70% 2,054
Not too important 24% 76% 1,092
Not at all important 20% 80% 1,311

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Very important 84% 13% 1% 1% 1% < 1% 3,941
Somewhat important 48% 37% 8% 1% 3% 2% 2,063
Not too important 19% 33% 23% 1% 18% 6% 1,095
Not at all important 11% 13% 10% 1% 59% 6% 1,319

Attendance at religious services among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. 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% 29% 12% 1% 3,941
Somewhat important 13% 55% 32% 1% 2,063
Not too important 2% 33% 65% < 1% 1,095
Not at all important 1% 9% 89% < 1% 1,319

Frequency of prayer among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West who pray…

Importance of religion in one's life At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,941. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Very important 81% 12% 3% 3% 1% 3,941
Somewhat important 38% 25% 12% 24% 1% 2,063
Not too important 13% 12% 9% 65% < 1% 1,095
Not at all important 8% 3% 3% 86% < 1% 1,319

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. 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% 13% 9% 33% 1% 3,941
Somewhat important 7% 9% 11% 73% < 1% 2,063
Not too important 2% 1% 3% 94% < 1% 1,095
Not at all important 1% < 1% 1% 97% < 1% 1,319

Frequency of meditation among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. 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% 8% 3% 29% 3% 3,941
Somewhat important 29% 11% 6% 53% 1% 2,063
Not too important 22% 12% 6% 59% 1% 1,095
Not at all important 24% 9% 4% 62% < 1% 1,319

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. 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% 3,941
Somewhat important 44% 20% 16% 19% 2% 2,063
Not too important 32% 17% 16% 33% 1% 1,095
Not at all important 39% 14% 9% 36% 2% 1,319

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. 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% 15% 10% 20% 2% 3,941
Somewhat important 43% 16% 16% 24% 1% 2,063
Not too important 41% 19% 17% 22% 1% 1,095
Not at all important 48% 17% 14% 21% 1% 1,319

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. 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% 7% 31% 6% 3% 3,941
Somewhat important 14% 15% 57% 11% 2% 2,063
Not too important 3% 19% 61% 15% 2% 1,095
Not at all important 2% 21% 51% 24% 2% 1,319

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. 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% 53% 2% 2% 3,941
Somewhat important 26% 71% 1% 1% 2,063
Not too important 19% 79% 1% 1% 1,095
Not at all important 18% 80% 1% 1% 1,319

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. 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% 13% 8% 22% 1% 3,941
Somewhat important 14% 11% 13% 61% 1% 2,063
Not too important 5% 3% 7% 86% < 1% 1,095
Not at all important 3% 2% 3% 92% < 1% 1,319

Interpreting scripture among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. 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% 33% 4% 12% 6% 3,941
Somewhat important 13% 30% 2% 44% 11% 2,063
Not too important 3% 13% < 1% 75% 8% 1,095
Not at all important 2% 3% < 1% 90% 6% 1,319

Belief in Heaven among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West who …in heaven

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,941. 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 85% 9% 6% 3,941
Somewhat important 71% 20% 9% 2,063
Not too important 40% 48% 11% 1,095
Not at all important 12% 81% 7% 1,319

Belief in Hell among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West who …in hell

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,941. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Very important 68% 23% 8% 3,941
Somewhat important 51% 40% 9% 2,063
Not too important 28% 62% 10% 1,095
Not at all important 8% 87% 5% 1,319

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,941. 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% 20% 38% 3,941
Somewhat important 33% 22% 46% 2,063
Not too important 28% 18% 53% 1,095
Not at all important 18% 18% 64% 1,319

Political ideology among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,941. 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% 30% 18% 7% 3,941
Somewhat important 28% 39% 28% 5% 2,063
Not too important 18% 39% 37% 6% 1,095
Not at all important 13% 32% 48% 6% 1,319

Views about size of government among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Very important 51% 42% 4% 3% 3,941
Somewhat important 51% 43% 2% 3% 2,063
Not too important 49% 45% 3% 3% 1,095
Not at all important 45% 47% 5% 3% 1,319

Views about government aid to the poor among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. 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% 4% 2% 3,941
Somewhat important 42% 53% 3% 2% 2,063
Not too important 34% 60% 4% 2% 1,095
Not at all important 30% 66% 3% 2% 1,319

Views about abortion among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Very important 36% 58% 5% 3,941
Somewhat important 67% 30% 3% 2,063
Not too important 81% 16% 3% 1,095
Not at all important 86% 9% 4% 1,319

Views about homosexuality among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. 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% 41% 5% 4% 3,941
Somewhat important 76% 17% 4% 3% 2,063
Not too important 85% 9% 2% 3% 1,095
Not at all important 89% 6% 3% 2% 1,319

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in the West by importance of religion

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

Importance of religion in one's life Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,941. 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% 52% 8% 3,941
Somewhat important 69% 24% 7% 2,063
Not too important 81% 15% 4% 1,095
Not at all important 88% 8% 5% 1,319

Views about environmental regulation among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. 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% 50% 3% 4% 3,941
Somewhat important 35% 59% 2% 4% 2,063
Not too important 28% 68% 2% 2% 1,095
Not at all important 20% 76% 3% 1% 1,319

Views about human evolution among adults in the West by importance of religion

% of adults in the West 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 = 3,941. 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 16% 29% 4% 46% 6% 3,941
Somewhat important 42% 26% 5% 23% 3% 2,063
Not too important 67% 13% 7% 11% 2% 1,095
Not at all important 81% 7% 3% 8% 1% 1,319