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Table 37. Percentage of high school seniors reporting various levels of importance of religion in their life, by sex: Selected years, 1980 through 2009
 
Year and sex Very important Pretty important A little important Not important
Total        
1980 32.4 32.6 25.3 9.8
1985 27.3 32.4 27.6 12.7
1990 26.4 29.5 28.7 15.5
1995 29.9 28.2 26.8 15.1
2000 31.7 29.2 25.0 14.2
2001 32.3 27.9 24.4 15.5
2002 32.8 29.6 22.9 14.7
2003 30.5 27.8 24.3 17.5
2004 30.4 27.4 24.9 17.2
2005 31.1 27.1 23.9 17.9
2006 30.7 27.5 24.3 17.5
2007 30.4 26.6 24.4 18.5
2008 28.0 27.6 24.9 19.6
2009 28.4 26.5 24.9 20.2
         
Males        
1980 27.2 31.9 28.0 12.9
1985 23.3 31.6 28.6 16.4
1990 23.0 28.4 30.4 18.3
1995 26.7 26.2 28.4 18.7
2000 28.3 27.9 27.0 16.9
2001 28.5 27.0 26.2 18.4
2002 28.7 28.0 24.1 19.1
2003 25.4 26.4 25.6 22.6
2004 26.3 26.7 25.9 21.1
2005 26.0 26.8 24.7 22.5
2006 27.0 27.1 25.1 20.7
2007 26.6 26.1 25.1 22.2
2008 25.0 26.1 26.0 22.9
2009 25.5 25.2 24.9 24.4
         
Females        
1980 37.2 33.5 22.6 6.7
1985 31.0 33.1 26.6 9.2
1990 29.9 30.8 26.9 12.4
1995 32.7 30.0 25.7 11.6
2000 34.7 30.4 23.3 11.6
2001 36.1 28.4 22.8 12.7
2002 36.3 31.0 22.2 10.5
2003 34.7 29.1 23.4 12.8
2004 34.6 28.2 23.9 13.3
2005 35.9 27.4 23.2 13.6
2006 34.1 27.8 23.7 14.3
2007 33.4 27.4 24.0 15.2
2008 30.6 28.9 23.9 16.6
2009 31.0 27.8 25.0 16.2
NOTE: The response rates for this survey do not meet National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) standards. For more information on Monitoring the Future, see Appendix A: Technical Note and Guide to Sources. Detail may not sum to total due to rounding.
SOURCE: University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Monitoring the Future, selected years, 1980–2009.

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