Sunday, May 27, 2007

[Stats] Some American Gallup numbers on religion (2006-2007)

Some numbers here:

Would you like to see organized religion have more influence in this nation, less influence, or keep its influence as it is now?
More influence (27% -3) Less influence (32% -1) Keep influence as it is now (39% +4)
(Jan 2007)

Influence of Organized Religion (Summary)
Total satisfied (56% +1)Dissatisfied, want more (6% -1) Dissatisfied, want less (23% +1) Dissatisfied, keep as now (10% +2) No opinion (5%) (Jan 2007)

How important would you say religion is in your own life – very important, fairly important, or not very important?
Very important (57% -2) Fairly important (27 +2) Not very important (16%) (2006)

Do you happen to be a member of a church or synagogue?
Yes (63 -1) No (37 +1) (2006)

Did you, yourself, happen to attend church or synagogue in the last seven days, or not?
Yes (40% -3) No (60 +3) (2006)

Do you believe that religion can answer all or most of today's problems, or that religion is largely old-fashioned and out of date?
Can answer (60% +1) Old-fashioned (25% +1) Other (10 -2) No opinion (5%)

Which of the following best describes you?
Always the same religious preference (72% Switched from one religious preference to another (15%) Moved away from any religion whatsoever (10%) No opinion (3%)
2006 Jun 9-11)
[Note: check page 2 for reasons to change.]

Convinced God exists (73% -3) Probably exists, have a little doubt (14% +2) Probably exists, have a lot of doubt (5% +1) Probably does not exist, but not sure (4%) Convinced God does not exist (3% +2)
No opinion (2 +1) (2006 May 8-11)

Which of the following statements comes closest to describing your views about the Bible -- the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word, the Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, or the Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man]?
Actual (28% -4) Inspired (+2) Fables (19 +1) No opinion (3) (May 2006)

Which of the following comes closer to your view about books or movies that raise doubts about Jesus Christ or the Bible?
Human nature to be skeptical about religion (72%) Work of the Devil to destroy people's religious beliefs (19%) No opinion (9%) (May 2006)

Have you, personally, ever seen a movie that had a profound effect, either positive or negative, on your religious beliefs or practices, or not?
Yes, have (26%) No, have not (72%) No opinion (1%)

Movie made you strengthen religious beliefs (81%)
Movie made you question religious beliefs (14%)
No opinion (5%)

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