Home > Coordination Communication >
.
Affluence Affects Attitude Toward Religion
.
New data from a study of socioeconomic class in America sponsored by the New York Times clearly demonstrates that low-income people are more interested in spiritual things. In March 2005 during random telephone interviews, 1,764 Americans were asked, "How important to you is having faith in God?"

Those who responded "very important" by annual household income levels:

Under $30,000 79%
$30,000-$49,999 73%
$50,000-$74,999 74%
$75,000-$99,999 74%
$100,000-$149,999 61%
$150,000 and over 54%

Response of the total group interviewed in March 2005 compared to responses to the same question asked in a survey in July 1999 (before 9/11):

2005 1999
Very important 74% 75%
Somewhat important 16% 17%
Not very important 5% 8%
Not at all important 4% 4%
Don't know/won't say 1% 1%

The differences are not statistically significant; it appears that the 8% is a typo and probably is supposed to be 3%.

INNOVATIONewsletter, May 25, 2005 Center for Creative Ministry