From the Barna Group’s latest survey:
August 14, 2006 (Ventura, CA) – An analysis of how Americans
perceive themselves in relation to 33 different descriptions studied in
research conducted by The Barna Group, of Ventura, California, reveals
that adults generally see themselves as good people, spiritually
stable, and living a good and honorable life. Yet, despite the
spiritual focus people claim, the study found that people’s lifestyles,
attitudes and self-perceptions are more likely to be affected by their
life-stage and ethnic culture than by their faith commitments.
Most adults hold a generally favorable impression of themselves.
At least nine out of ten said they are “a good citizen” (97%),
“friendly” (94%) and “generous” (90%). At least eight out of ten
claimed to “feel at peace” (83%), to be “clear about the meaning and
purpose of your life” (81%), and to be “making a positive difference in
the world” (80%). Nearly seven out of ten who have children in their
home said they are “an effective parent” (69%).
When posed with descriptions that were not flattering, most
adults rejected those adjectives. For instance, only 13% said they are
“in serious debt” and only one out of every five (21%) are “feeling
unfulfilled.” One out of three (34%) admitted to feeling stressed out –
the highest level recorded for that descriptor in the past five years.
And four out of every ten adults (40%) admitted to being overweight.
The above is only the opening of this survey. It’s quite interesting reading. Click on over to see the full survey results.