Barna's recent survey suggests that opinions vary across the spectrum of people.
- Seven out of ten adults mentioned family or family members as their most significant connection.
- God, Jesus Christ, Allah, and the Trinity were among the names listed by one out of every five adults (19%).
- 2% of adults said a specific friend represented their most important personal relationship.
I would say that my wife is my most important earthly relationship.
Here are a few more interesting tidbits from their research:
- The people most likely to list God were 40 or older.
- Political conservatives were almost three times as likely as political liberals to identify God as their most important relationship (33% vs. 12%, respectively).
- The only subgroup for which at least one-third said God was their most significant relationship was evangelicals, among whom 70% listed God.
- Thirty percent of Protestants listed God as their most important connection. In contrast, just 9% of Catholics did so.
- Blacks were about twice as likely as all other Americans to describe their bond with God as their most important relationship.
- Women were nearly twice as likely as men to list their children as their most important relationship.
The 5 main categories of social groups and their respective percentages are below. The % indicates how many % of people say that group is their most important.
Church - 29%
Work - 18%
Friends - 14%
Hobby/Social Group - 12%
Neighbors - 7%
I don't have any major conclusions to draw from this research! Just putting it out there! Barna has also picked apart the data to include conservatives versus liberals, etc.