Module: Religious Observance

This page lists the questions asked within the Religious Observance module, and for which years. Clicking on the year printed after every question will bring you to the results for that year. Publications and further information on Religious Observance can be found on the Religious Observance Resources page. In 1998 and 2008, this module was asked as part of the International Social Survey Programme.

RUHAPPY: How happy are you? 1998 2001 2007 2008 2009 2010 (Asked in the Social Networks module in 2001, the Public Services module in 2007, the Leisure Time and Sport module in 2009, and the Background module in 2010 and 2012)

GOVRESP1: Should the government provide a job for everyone who wants one? 1998 

GOVRESP7: Should the government reduce income differences between the rich and poor? 1998 2000

SEXBFMAR: Is it wrong to have sexual relations before marriage? 1998 2004 2008 2012 (Asked in the LGBT Issues module in 2012)

ADULTERY: Is adultery wrong? 1998 2004 2008 2012 (Asked in the LGBT Issues module in 2012)

SEXHOMO: Are sexual relations between adults of the same sex wrong? 1998 2004 2008 2012 (Asked in the LGBT Issues module in 2012)

ABORWRGA: Is abortion wrong if there is a strong chance of a serious defect in the baby? 1998 2004 2008

ABORWRGB: Is abortion wrong if the family cannot afford any more children? 1998 2004 2008

TAXCHEAT: Is it wrong for a tax payer not to report all their income to avoid income tax? 1998

BENCHEAT: Is it wrong to give incorrect information to get government benefits? 1998

PEOPADVT: Would people try to take advantage of you if they got the chance? 1998

PEOPTRST: Can people be trusted? 1998 2008 2009 (Asked in the Leisure Time and Sport module in 2009)

PARLCONF: Have you confidence in Parliament at Westminster? 1998 2008

BUSCONF: Have you confidence in business and industry? 1998 2008

CHCHCONF: Have you confidence in churches and religious organisations? 1998 2008

CORTCONF: Have you confidence in courts and the legal system? 1998 2008

SCHLCONF: Have you confidence in schools and the educational system? 1998 2008

RLGINFVT: Should religious leaders try to influence how people vote in elections? 1998 2008

RLGINFGV: Should religious leaders try to influence government decisions? 1998 2008

SCIEHARM:Does modern science do more harm than good? 1998 2000 2008 (Asked in the Environment module in 2000)

SCIETRST: Do we trust too much in science and not enough in religious faith? 1998 2008

RELPROB1: Does religion bring more conflict than peace? 1998 2008

RELPROB2: Are people with strong religious beliefs too intolerant? 1998 2008

RELPROB3: Would Northern Ireland be a better country if religion had less influence? 1998

VOLACT1: Have you done volunteer work related to political activities? 1998

VOLACT2: Have you done volunteer work related to charitable activities? 1998

VOLACT3: Have you done volunteer work related to religious activities? 1998

VOLACT4: Have you done volunteer work for other activities? 1998

CHCHPOWR: Have churches too much power? 1998 2008

GODBELF1: Do you believe in God? 1998 2000 2008 (Asked in the Environment module in 2000)

GODBELF2: Which best describes your beliefs about God? 1998 2008

AFTRLIFE: Do you believe in life after death? 1998 2008

HEAVEN: Do you believe in Heaven? 1998 2008

HELL: Do you believe in Hell? 1998 2008

RELGMIRC: Do you believe in religious miracles? 1998 2008

REINCARN: Do you believe in reincarnation? 2008

NIRVANA: Do you believe in nirvana? 2008

ANCESTOR: Do you believe in the supernatural powers of deceased ancestors? 2008

BIBLFEEL: What are your feelings about the Bible? 1998 2004

GODCONCN: Is there a God concerned with every human being personally? 1998 2004 2008

FATALIST: Is there little that people can do to change the course of their lives? 1998 2000 2008 (Asked in the Environment module in 2000)

GODGMEAN: Is life meaningful only because God exists? 1998 2008

LFNOPURP: Does life serve any purpose? 1998 2008

SLFGMEAN: Is life only meaningful if you provide the meaning yourself? 1998 2008

OWNFATE: Do we each make our own fate? 1998 2004

GODNOCH: Do you have your own way of connecting with God without churches or religious services? 2008

RELGCOMM: Has there been a turning point when you made a new and personal commitment to religion? 1998 2004

MUMRELIG: What was your mother's religion when you were a child? 1998 2006 2007 2008 (Asked in the Background module in 2006 and 2007)

DADRELIG: What was your father's religion when you were a child? 1998 2006 2007 2008 (Asked in the Background module in 2006 and 2007)

FAMRELIG: What religion were you brought up in? 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 (Asked in the Background module in 1998 - 2007)

FAMREL2: What religion were you raised in? 2008

PRTNRRLG: What is your spouse's/partner's religion? 1998 2006 2007 2008 (Asked in the Background module in 2006 and 2007)

MUMATTCH: How often did your mother attend religious services when you were a child? 1998 2008

DADATTCH: How often did your father attend religious services when you were a child? 1998 2008

R11ATTCH: How often did you attend religious services where you were 11? 1998 2008

PRAYFREQ: How often to you pray? 1998 2004 2008

CHRCHACT: How often to you take part in activities of a church? 1998 2008

RELIGIUS: Are you religious? 1998 2008

RELTRUTH: Is there truth in religion? 1998 2008

ACCEXPCT: What has friend a right to expect from you in given situation? 1998

ACCWOULD: What would you do in given situation? 1998

UCHRSTN: Do you consider yourself to be a Christian? 2004

UECHRSTN: Do you consider yourself to be an ‘evangelical’ Christian? 2004

UBCHRSTN: Do you consider yourself to be a ‘born-again’ Christian? 2004

UFCHRSTN: Do you consider yourself to be a ‘fundamentalist’ Christian? 2004

SEXROLE2: Is a husband's job to earn money and a wife's job to look after the home and family? 2008

SEXROLE: Is a man's job to earn money and a woman's job to look after the home and family? 1998 2002 (Asked as part of the Gender and Family Roles module in 1998 and 2002).

MOVELIFE: Have you lived in other areas or other countries? 2008

RELRGHTS: Should all religious groups in N Ireland have equal rights? 2008

RESPREL: Should we respect all religions? 2008

DIFFMARR: Would you accept a person from a different religion or with a very different religious view from yours marrying a relative of yours? 2008

DIFFCAND: Would you accept a person from a different religion or with a very different religious view from yours being a candidate of the political party you prefer? 2008

REXTMEET: Should religious extremists be allowed to hold public meetings to express their views? 2008

REXTPUB: Should religious extremists be allowed to publish books expressing their views? 2008

GODNOCH: Do you have your own way of connecting with God without churches or religious services? 2008

HOMEREL: Do you have a shrine, altar, or a religious object on display in your home? 2008

HOLYVIST: How often do you visit a holy place for religious reasons? 2008

RELSPIRT: Do you follow a religion or consider yourself to be spiritual? 2008

RELHELP1: Does practising a religion help people to ind inner peace and happiness? 2008

RELHELP2: Does practising a religion help people to make friends? 2008

RELHELP3: Does practising a religion help people to gain comfort in times of trouble or sorrow? 2008

RELHELP4: Does practising a religion help people to meet the right kind of people? 2008

MUMRELGS: When you were a child, was your mother religious? 2008

DADRELGS: When you were a child, was your father religious? 2008

PRTRELGS: Is your spouse or partner religious? 2008

IMPRELU: How important was religion in your upbringing? 2008

IMPRELCH: If you have children, how important is or was religion in their upbringing? 2008

IMPRELDY: How important is religion in your daily life? 2008

GODINV: Is God directly involved in your affairs? 2008

GODANGER: Is God angered by human sin? 2008

SCHFAITH: Should religious groups have their own schools? 2008

BANBOOK2: Should books and films that attack religions be banned by law? 2008

CLONEFRM: Do you approve of cloning the best farm animals to improve breeding stock? 2008

EMBRES: Should scientists be allowed to use cells from human embryos for research? 2008

EMBHUMAN: Is an embryo a human being at the moment of conception? 2008

EXIT1: Should doctors be allowed by law to end the patient’s life, if the patient requests it? 2008

WOMENEQ: Should more be done to promote equality for women? 2008

CIVPART: Do you approve of laws that treat same-sex partnerships like marriage? 2008

SSEXADPT: Do you approve of allowing same-sex couples to adopt children? 2008

WEARRSYM: Should people working with the public be allowed to dress in a way that shows their religious faith? 2008

IMMTHRT: Is immigration a threat to our national identity? 2008

MUSNIFIT: Do nearly all Muslims living in Northern Ireland want to fit in? 2008

 

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