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The Panel Study on American Religion and Ethnicity: Background, Methods, and Selected Results

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Surveying 2,610 respondents, the Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity is a nationally representative in-home survey of the noninstitutionalized U.S. adult population. The survey is designed to (a) focus primarily on religion and spirituality (with over 200 questions on these topics), (b) include multiple other modules (such as health, family relationships, and social ties), (c) oversample African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics, and (d) follow the same respondents over time. We describe the main design features of the survey, present some characteristics of the sample, and provide basic findings. It is our hope that these data will foster more research and contribute to a better understanding of the role and meaning of religion in the contemporary United States.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology Rice University 2: Department of Sociology University of Notre Dame

Publication date: March 1, 2010


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