Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pew Survey: Hispanic Catholics Are Least Informed on Religious Knowledge

These are among the key findings of the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, a nationwide poll conducted from May 19 through June 6, 2010, among 3,412 Americans age 18 and older, on landlines and cell phones, in English and Spanish. Jews, Mormons and atheists/agnostics were oversampled to allow analysis of these relatively small groups.


Previous surveys by the Pew Research Center have shown that America is among the most religious of the world’s developed nations. Nearly six-in-ten U.S. adults say that religion is “very important” in their lives, and roughly four-in-ten say they attend worship services at least once a week. But the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey shows that large numbers of Americans are uninformed about the tenets, practices, history and leading figures of major faith traditions – including their own. Many people also think the constitutional restrictions on religion in public schools are stricter than they really are.
When education and other demographic traits are held equal, whites score better than minorities on the survey’s religious knowledge questions, men score somewhat better than women, and people outside the South score better than Southerners.

How much do you know about religion?

And how do you compare with the average American? Take the short, 15-question quiz to find out and let me know how you did?

1 comment:

  1. Got 13 right. Would have had 14 if I hadn't second guessed myself. Actually would have had all 15 right if I'd taken my time. I messed up the prayer in schools question because I misread it.

    That article's been getting lots of buzz, huh?

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