Who's Going to Hell?

Who's Going to Hell?

Does hell exist? Who are its occupants? Over ten thousand Beliefnet readers responded to our online survey about the down side of the afterlife. View selected results below and then read our analysis.
1. Do you believe in life after death?
Yes 79%
No 5%
Reincarnation 8%
Other 7%


1a. Do you believe in hell?
(Asked of those who did not reply "no" to #1)
Yes 76%
No 13%
Not sure 8%


2. What do you think are the chances you might go to hell?
(Asked of those who did not reply "no" to #1a)
Certain 0.7%
Likely 3%
Unlikely 36%
Not a chance 36%
I don't know 24%

2a. Percentage of each religious group that answered "not a chance":
Christian (Born-Again) 55%
Christian (Other) 21%
Christian (Catholic) 21%
Jewish 20%
Spiritual but not religious 26%

2b. Percentage of each political group that answered "not a chance":
Conservative 46%
Moderate 31%
Liberal 28%

Results of a self-selecting online survey of 10,567 Beliefnet readers conducted June 5-9, 2006. Beliefnet readers were invited to fill out a survey about their views on the afterlife. The invitation was placed as links in a variety of different Beliefnet newsletters, including Daily Bible Wisdom, Daily Inspiration, Daily Jewish Wisdom, and Daily Buddhist Wisdom. Data compiled by Lilit Marcus.
 
3. Do you know someone you think might go to hell?
Yes 56%
No 44%

3a. How do you know the people you think might go to hell?
(Asked of those who replied "yes" to #3)
Acquaintances 54%
Coworkers 9%
Family 24%
Friends 13%

3b. What is the main reason you think they might go to hell?
(Asked of those who replied "yes" to #3)
Wrong beliefs 42%
Immoral actions 58%

3c. Percentage of each religious group that answered "wrong beliefs":
Christian (Born-Again) 60%
Christian (Other) 25%
Christian (Catholic) 19%
Jewish 1%
Spiritual but not religious 15%

3d. Percentage of each political group that answered "wrong beliefs":
Conservative 54%
Moderate 36%
Liberal 23%
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