THE VALUES AND BELIEFS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC

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1 Selected Charts from THE VALUES AND BELIEFS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC Wave III Baylor Religion Survey September 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Department of Sociology Media inquiries: Office of Media Communications One Bear Place #97024 Waco, TX (254)

2 Figure 6 How God Sustains The American Dream Percent Who Strongly Agree That Anything Is Possible For Those Who Work Hard 100% Strong disagreers Disagreers 22 % 26 % Agreers 34 % 54 % Strong Agreers God has a plan for me Page 4: The Values and Beliefs of the American Public Wave III Baylor Religion Survey

3 Figure 9 Liberals Are Idealists? Conservatives Are Realists? Think Again. Politics And Idealism 100% Conservatives Moderates Liberals 84 % 80 % 81 % 81 % 72 % 70 % 70 % 66 % 66 % 52 % 49 % 47 % There is an ultimate meaning to life There is ultimate Truth One should have a philosophy of life I seek eternal wisdom Page 6: The Values and Beliefs of the American Public Wave III Baylor Religion Survey

4 Figure 18 Mental Health And Spirituality Percentages Of Fewer Reported Mental Health Issues For Those Who Strongly Believe That: 0% I have a warm relationship with God God knows when I need support God is responsive to me God s love never fails -5% -10% -15% -20% -25% 19 % 19 % 17 % -30% -35% -40% 31 % -45% -50% Page 13: The Values and Beliefs of the American Public Wave III Baylor Religion Survey

5 Figure 19 Image Of God And Mental Health Percent Increase Or Decrease In Anxiety Disorders For Those Who Believe In A Very Judgmental Or A Very Engaged God Very Engaged God Very Judgmental God -50% 0% 50% -34 % -21 % Social Anxiety -25 % 18 % -18 % Generalized Anxiety Paranoia Obsession -17 % 33 % Compulsion 45 % Page 14: The Values and Beliefs of the American Public Wave III Baylor Religion Survey

6 Figure 21 God s Worriers: Religion, Anxiety And Melancholy Religious Behaviors For Non-worriers And Worriers Non-worriers Worriers % 17 % 29 % 39 % 25 % 33 % Never attend religious services Attend religious services every week Read Bible weekly 13 % 19 % Consider themselves very religious Page 16: The Values and Beliefs of the American Public Wave III Baylor Religion Survey

7 Figure 27 The Social And Religious Characteristics Of Contemporary American Entrepreneurs Percentage Of Prayer And Meditation Of American Entrepreneurs And Non-entrepreneurs Non-entrepreneur Entrepreneur % 22 % 15 % 15 % Never pray Pray several times a day Meditate 34 % 32 % Page 25: The Values and Beliefs of the American Public Wave III Baylor Religion Survey

8 Figure 30 Beliefs About Heaven And Hell Could Make A Helluva Difference Percentage Of Those With Absolute Beliefs Who Pursue Excellence In Work Because Of Faith Hell Heaven % 27 % 18 % 12 % Always Often Sometimes 8 % Seldom Never 32 % 25 % 20 % 12 % 13 % Page 28: The Values and Beliefs of the American Public Wave III Baylor Religion Survey

9 Figure 35 Attitudes Toward Homosexuality In The United States: Restricted Equality Support Same-sex Marriage 100% Unaffiliated 88 % Catholics Black Protestants Mainline Protestants 45 % 43 % 40 % Evangelical Protestants 37 % Page 31: The Values and Beliefs of the American Public Wave III Baylor Religion Survey

10 Figure 36 Attitudes Toward Homosexuality In The United States: Restricted Equality Support Same-sex Civil Unions 100% Unaffiliated 92 % Catholics Black Protestants Mainline Protestants 52 % 64 % 61 % Evangelical Protestants 59 % Page 32: The Values and Beliefs of the American Public Wave III Baylor Religion Survey

11 Figure 44 Attitudes Toward Homosexuality In The United States: The Power Of A Perceived Cause Religious Affiliation And Attitudes Toward Cause Of Homosexuality Unaffiliated Affiliated % Sexuality is Genetic 15 % Sexuality is a Choice 45 % 55 % Page 37: The Values and Beliefs of the American Public Wave III Baylor Religion Survey

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