The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Religion (1), 4 categories 1948-2012

  '48 '52 '54 '56 '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Protestant 70
(460)
72
(1281)
75
(857)
73
(1287)
74
(1338)
74
(1359)
74
(952)
70
(1105)
71
(911)
72
(1102)
71
(1059)
69
(1850)
68
(1704)
65
(1858)
63
(1439)
63
(1014)
65
(921)
62
(1387)
65
(1402)
65
(1318)
59
(1166)
59
(1467)
57
(1006)
58
(992)
51
(645)
55
(986)
56
(839)
55
(661)
58
(1334)
50
(2900)
Catholic 21
(140)
22
(387)
19
(217)
21
(372)
21
(386)
20
(368)
20
(261)
22
(349)
22
(280)
22
(337)
19
(289)
24
(640)
22
(541)
25
(707)
24
(548)
23
(370)
22
(314)
26
(582)
24
(511)
24
(484)
25
(491)
24
(584)
25
(438)
26
(439)
31
(397)
27
(480)
27
(410)
25
(301)
19
(445)
22
(1288)
Jewish 4
(25)
3
(59)
3
(34)
3
(56)
3
(55)
3
(62)
3
(44)
3
(45)
3
(43)
3
(42)
3
(42)
2
(61)
2
(60)
2
(68)
3
(67)
3
(51)
2
(24)
2
(53)
1
(32)
2
(31)
2
(36)
2
(46)
2
(30)
2
(27)
2
(26)
2
(35)
2
(24)
3
(32)
1
(31)
2
(119)
Other and None 5
(32)
3
(60)
3
(30)
3
(44)
2
(39)
2
(38)
3
(38)
5
(71)
4
(46)
4
(59)
7
(112)
5
(144)
8
(195)
8
(222)
10
(229)
10
(163)
11
(150)
10
(222)
10
(209)
10
(198)
14
(271)
15
(376)
17
(292)
14
(240)
16
(200)
16
(280)
15
(223)
17
(201)
22
(501)
26
(1516)
N 657 1787 1138 1759 1818 1827 1295 1570 1280 1540 1502 2695 2500 2855 2283 1598 1409 2244 2154 2031 1964 2473 1766 1698 1268 1781 1496 1195 2311 5823

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 1B.1a.

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Question Text:

1952-1964: "Is your Church (1962: religious) preference Protestant, Catholic or Jewish?"
1966-1968: "Are you Protestant, Catholic or Jewish?"
1970-1988,2002: "Is your religious preference Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, or something else?"
1990 and later (exc. 2002): (IF R ATTENDS RELIGIOUS SERVICES:) "Do you mostly attend a place of worship that is Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish or what?" (IF R DOESN'T ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES:) "Regardless of whether you now attend any religious services do you ever think of yourself as part of a particular church or denomination?" (IF YES:) "Do you consider yourself Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish or what?"

Note:

Beginning in 1990, this is recoded from the full summary created to represent an expanded religion battery. In 1990 additional questions were added to further specify denomination/religion of the respondents initially indicated as Protestant or Other (see Question Text for Table 1B.1c).
In 1990 and later only, questions about religious affiliation were preceded by the religious attendance question. This change has had some effect on distributions: see an increase in the proportion 'Other and None.'

2012 data are for the combined (face-to-face and internet) sample.

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