Religion and Faith


Introduction


This page presents summary points related to religion and faith from the 2023 Oregon Values & Beliefs Typology Study. The summary draws from a scientifically conducted public opinion survey completed in the fall of 2023. 

The survey’s full sample size was N=3,414 which is sufficient to assess Oregonians’ values and beliefs generally, to learn how Oregonians feel about different planning and policymaking issues, and to review findings by multiple subgroups.

General Observations – Religion and Faith


Oregonians are split between considering themselves to be non-religious and religious (either moderately or very).  Around a quarter of Oregonians identify as Christian. Almost half of Oregonians indicate that they never attend religious services, and a slim majority reports that religion is not important to them. Oregonians generally believe that abortion and same-sex marriage should be legal. Moreover, they believe that society can flourish even when people do not prioritize marriage and children. Oregonians generally support a secular government.

Findings


Q13. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Same-gender romantic relationships should be discouraged in society11%24%
LEAN TOWARDS A13%
LEAN TOWARDS B23%76%
FEEL STRONGLY: Same-gender relationships should be respected in society53%

Q19. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Society is better off if people make marriage and having children a priority14%33%
LEAN TOWARDS A19%
LEAN TOWARDS B27%67%
FEEL STRONGLY: Society is just as well off if people have priorities other than marriage and children39%

Q25. Which option comes closest to your view about abortion? It should be…

Response categoryN = 3,414
Legal in all cases33%72%
Legal in most cases38%
Illegal in most cases23%28%
Illegal in all cases6%

Q26. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Government should not favor any one religion or faith61%78%
LEAN TOWARDS A17%
LEAN TOWARDS B12%22%
FEEL STRONGLY: Our government should reflect and favor Christian faith and values10%

Q49. What is your religious preference?

Response categoryN = 3,414
Baptist3%
Catholic10%
Christian25%
Evangelical1%
Jewish2%
Methodist1%
Muslim1%
Nature-based4%
No religious identity31%
Pentecostal1%
Protestant3%
Seventh Day Adventist1%
Other (please specify)12%
Refused5%

Q50. How religious do you consider yourself to be?

Response categoryN = 3,414
Very religious13%
Moderately religious37%
Not religious45%
Other (please specify)6%

Q51. Is religion important in your daily life?

Response categoryN = 3,414
Yes40%
No53%
Other (please specify)6%

Q52. How often do you attend religious services?

Response categoryN = 3,414
Monthly or more often20%
Seldom29%
Never45%
Other (please specify)6%

“That people will be open to the Bible and turn to Jesus as the way, truth, and life.”
Curry County

“That we fight against white Christian nationalism.”
Clackamas County

“That Oregon will turn to Jesus.”
Douglas County

“I hope that all religions are made illegal, since they are the source of all evil.”
Benton County

“We live in an Authoritarian White Supremacist Christian Nation.”
Multnomah County

“Church & state will no longer be separate.”
Multnomah County

“Environmental devastation; political/racial/religious divisions; under educated populace.”
Deschutes County

“That the state and country will become dominated by Islam believing people.”
 Columbia County