The Roar Meter is a weekly story in numbers.
- According to a 2014 PEW study, Americans by self-declared religious affiliation:
- Christian: 70.6%
- Non-religious: 22.8%
- Jewish: 1.9%
- Muslim: 0.9%
- Buddhist: 0.7%
- Hindu: 0.7%
- Other: 0.3%
- Religion that is the largest percentage female: Jehovah’s Witnesses (65%)
- Religion that is the smallest percentage female: Islam (35%)
- Religion nearest gender parity: Buddhism (49% female)
- Runner-up is Judaism, which is 48% female
- More women than men absolutely believe in God’s existence (69% vs 57%)
- More men than women absolutely do not believe in God’s existence (12% vs. 6%)
- Women are more likely than men to say religion is important in their lives, to attend religious services, read scripture, and to pray, meditate, or attend religious group meetings.
- Men are slightly more likely to feel a sense of wonder at the universe than women (by 1%)
- Women are both more likely to take the scripture literally than men (34% vs 27%) and more likely to say it should not be taken literally (28% vs 25%).
Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.