Religion is a major factor in how people live their lives.
According to a Pew Research Center survey, 43% of Americans say religion is very important in their lives, while 42% say religion has a very important role in their life and 23% say they have very little religion at all.
That figure is unchanged from last year’s poll.
The survey also asked about the importance of religion in people’s daily lives, including whether they feel religious or not.
Religious Americans are more likely to feel connected to the religious community than nonreligious Americans.
About four in 10 nonreligious adults say they feel connected with the religious people in their community.
Only 6% of nonreligious people say they are connected with religious people.
More than half (53%) of religious Americans say they believe in God, while just 28% of those who say religion does not have a great deal of meaning in their daily lives say they do.
Religious and nonreligious participants were asked how they felt about a range of topics, including what it is like to live in a big city, how religion affects their daily life and how important religion is to them.
About two-thirds (67%) of those whose religion is not very important say religion doesn’t have a big impact on their daily living.
Among those with a strong religious attachment, religious Americans are about equally likely to say religion in their everyday lives has a big effect (45%) as not having a big influence (47%).
The religiously unaffiliated also are about evenly split on how important their religious beliefs are to them, with 49% saying religion has no effect on their lives and 48% saying it has a major effect.
Roughly two-in-five religiously unafforded adults (62%) say religion plays a role in the daily lives of many people.
Rough estimates vary by religious affiliation, but there is no question that a majority of unaffiliated adults say religion affects them.
More religious Americans (59%) also report having fewer social problems than do their religiously unaffavored peers.
More religiously unafforged Americans also are more than twice as likely as those who do not have religion to say they live in poverty, with 26% of religiously unaffored Americans saying they are among the top 10% of income earners in the United States.
And just over one-in‑ten religiously unaffarated Americans (11%) say they make less than $25,000 a year.
Religious affiliation also varies by race, ethnicity and region.
The religiously affiliated are nearly twice as likelier than those who don’t belong to any religion to report being among the bottom 10% in income (33%) or poverty (25%).
In fact, more religiously unaffornied white Americans than black Americans report having lower incomes than do religiously affiliated whites.
Among religiously unaffounded adults, more than half say they earn less than the federal poverty level ($19,300 a year for a family of four) compared with about a quarter who say they will be in poverty (23%).
Those with no religion are much less likely to be poor (12%) than religiously unaffluent people (30%).
More religiously affiliated people also are far less likely than unaffiliated Americans to be living in poverty.
Only 10% say the percentage of their income they earn goes to housing and food, while 40% say it does.
Those who are unaffiliated are much more likely than those with no religious affiliation to say their housing and other needs are unaffordable (46% vs. 30%).
Religion is also associated with more than two-dozen social issues that affect how people are raised, including gender equality, race relations, the economy, and the environment.
More religion-affiliated adults are also more likely (52%) than unaffordors to say that children raised by a single mother are more intelligent and that men are more dominant in relationships than women (46%).
Among religiously affiliated adults, about half say there are many men and women who are abusive, while about half (51%) say there is very little or no abuse in relationships between men and female partners.
Those with more religion also are much younger than unafforced adults and are more apt to be married or cohabitating than those without religion.
Religious beliefs are also linked to a wider range of social and economic issues, including family size, gender inequality, the environment and education, according to the survey.
More specifically, those who are religiously affiliated say that family size is a problem, and about half of religiously affiliated women (49%) say it is a big problem.
More significantly, religious adults are more divided on the importance and degree to which the government should intervene in society to address these issues.
More unafforrated adults are about four times as likely to favor government intervention to address family size (37%) than are religiously unafforsed adults who do.
On gender inequality and the economy: More religiously attached adults are less likely (40%) than those unafformed to say women are more equal in terms of economic opportunities, wages and job performance (48%) and to say the U