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The Devil’s Demographics – Statistical Tables

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Satan Survey #1 (SS-1): Collected data from August 2000 to February 2001 (7 months)

20-item questionnaire (plus some follow up from about 25 respondents)

140 Respondents


Satan Survey #2 (SS-2): Collected data from 27 June to 4 November 2009 (4 months)

40-item questionnaire

260 Respondents (300 by end of 2009)



Age: SS-1 – 25 (range 14-56) [Would be 26 if several claims of being ‘lifelong’ Satanists are included.]

SS-2 – 29 (range 13-59) [Would have been 31 if I had cut off data collection at the end of August.]


Years Involved: SS-1 – 7 years [Increases to 8 years if ‘lifelong’ included]

SS-2 – 9 years [Decreases to 7 years for becoming self-identified Satanists]

{In SS-2, there was a question about how long one had been interested in Satanism, plus

  a second question about how long since one had begun to self-identify as a Satanist.}


Age Involved: SS-1 – 18 yrs old

SS-2 – 20 yrs old [Became interested]; 22 yrs old [Began to self-identify as a Satanist]


Gender: SS-1 – 101 male; 36 female (2 NR) [‘NR’ = ‘non-response’]

SS-2 – 192 male; 63 female (5 NR)

[About ¾ male to ¼ female in both surveys]

{For each item, the most common responses are in bold}

          Sexual Orientation: SS-1    No sexual orientation question in SS-1

  SS-2    Heterosexual: 70% 180

  Homosexual:   4%     9

  Bisexual: 17%   44

  Other:   9%   23]


Marital Status: SS-1    Single: 69%  96

Married: 23%  32

Divorced/Separated: 9%  12


SS-2    Single: 42% 108

Committed Relationship: 28%   71

Married: 20%   51

Divorced: 4%   10

Separated: 3%    7

Widowed: 1%    2

“Other”: 3%    7

NR: 2%    4


Children: SS-1  22% 31

SS-2  25% 66


Race: SS-1    Caucasian: 81% 113

Black:   2%    3

Asian:   1%    2

Hispanic:   6%    9

Native American:   8%   11

“Other”/Multi-racial:   1%    2


SS-2    Caucasian: 84% 220

Black:   1%    3

Asian:   2%    5

Hispanic:   3%    8

Native American:   2%    4

“Other”/Multi-racial:   6%  15

NR:   2%    5


Nationality: SS-1    United States: 72% 101

Canada:   6%     9

UK   4%     6

Netherlands   4%     5

Australia   4%     5

Denmark   2%     3

Other Nations   8%   11


SS-2    United States: 47% 123

Denmark: 13%   33

UK   8%   20

Finland:   7%   15

Canada:   6%   12

Russia:   4%     9

Australia:   2%     6

Norway   1%     3

Belgium   1%     3

Greece   1%     2

Netherlands   1%     2

Other Nations:   5%   14

NR:   3%     8


Highest Degree: SS-1    Masters:   6%     9

Bachelors: 11%   16

Some College: 42%   58

No College or NR: 39%   55


SS-2    Doctorate:   3%     8

Masters: 11%   28

Bachelors: 15%   38

Some College: 25%   62

Technical or AA: 12%   30

No College or NR: 36%   94


Occupation: SS-1    Student: 29%   40

Computers/Internet: 13%   18

Writer/Artist:   8%   11

Sales/Retail Clerk:   8%   11

Restaurant Worker:   6%     9

Healthcare:   5%     7

Security/Police:   4%     5


SS-2    Professional: 12%   31

Business/Manager:   9%   24

Technical/Skilled: 10%   26

Teacher/Researcher:   5%   13

Artist:   9%   23

Clerical/Manual:   3%     8

Homemaker/Student: 27%   69

Other or NR: 26%   66



Religious Heritage: SS-1    Protestant: 55%   77

Catholic: 20%   28

Jewish:   1%     2

Neopagan:   1%     2

Satanist:   1%     2

None or NR: 16%   23


SS-2    Protestant: 31%   80

Catholic: 21%   54

Jewish:   2%     4

Buddhist:   1%     3

Muslim:   1%     2

Hindu: 0.4%     1

Sikh: 0.4%     1

Other: 19%   50

None or NR: 25%   65


Political Orientation: SS-1    Democrat: 10% 14

Republican:   6%   9

Libertarian: 11% 15

Green:   6%   8

Socialist:   1%   2

Communist:   1%   1

Anarchist:   4%   5

Independent: 14% 20

None: 45% 63


SS-2    Libertarian: 14% 34

Socialist: 9% 23

Left-Liberal: 8% 20

Independent: 14% 36

Right-Conservative: 6% 15

Far Right: 4% 10

Other: 17% 42

Non-Political or NR: 31% 80


Military Service: SS-2 – 15%  38  [There was no military service item in SS-1]



Political Activities [Bold & Underlined = most common; Underlined only = 2nd most common response]:


Never Occasionally Sometimes Frequently Very Frequently


Vote 33.9% (86) 13.4% (34) 11.0% (28) 16.1% (41) 25.6% (65)


Sign Petitions 29.5% (74) 30.7% (77) 23.9% (60) 11.6% (29) 4.4% (11)


Participate in Marches

and/or Rallies 65.2% (163) 19.2% (48) 10.4% (26) 3.2% (8) 2.0% (5)


Active Organizer

and/or Campaigner 71.6% (179) 14.4% (36) 7.6% (19) 2.8% (7) 3.6% (9)


Run for Public Office 94.4% (235) 2.8% (7) 2.0% (5) 0.4% (1) 0.4% (1)


Call, Write, and/or

Email Public Officials 53.0% (132) 21.7% (54) 14.1% (35) 8.0% (20) 3.2% (8)



How were you introduced to Satanism? SS-1    Friend: 17%  24

Satanic Bible: 21%  30

Other Reading: 24%  34

Website: 12%  17

Music:   1%    2

Other: 20%  28

NR:   4%    5


SS-2    Friend: 18%  45

Co-Worker:   2%    4

Relative:   2%    5

Website: 34%  86

Book: 45% 113

TV or Movie: 0.4%    1

Music: 12%  31

Other: 22%  56

NR:   4%    9

Explored which other religions

before settling into Satanism? SS-1    Neopagan/Wicca: 34% 48

LHP: 16% 22

Eastern: 15% 21

Christianity: 10% 14

None: 32% 45


SS-2    Neopagan/Wicca: 22% 56

LHP:   9% 23

Eastern: 12% 32

Christianity: 14% 36

NR: 23% 58

Have been a member of how many

different Satanic Groups? SS-1  One: 25% 35

Two-Three: 15% 21

Four-Five:   8% 11

More than Five:   4%   6

None: 48% 67


SS-2  One: 27% 68

Two:   8% 20

Three:   2%   4

Four:   1%   2

Five:   1%   3

Six:   1%   3

None: 38% 98

NR: 24% 62

Your conception of Satan? SS-1    Atheist: 60%   84

Impersonal Force: 18%   25

Theistic: 14%   19

NR:   9%   12


SS-2    Symbol or Archetype;

     Myself; Nature: 63% 160

Impersonal Force: 18%   46

Self-Conscious Force: 18%   45

A God: 20%   51

Fallen Angel:   9%   23

Demon:   6%   14

Other: 13%   33

NR:   2%     6

Do you practice Magic? SS-1    Yes: 80% 111

No: 10%   14

NR: 10%   15


Your view of Magic? SS-2    Human Psychology: 40% 102

Taps Impersonal Force: 22%   55

Non-material Force: 39% 100

Other: 13%   34

Meet for Religion/Ritual SS-1    Never: 61%   85

Rarely: 21%   30

Periodically: 18%   25


SS-2    Never: 78% 200

Yearly:   9%   22

Monthly:   6%   15

Weekly:   4%   10

Daily/Almost Daily:   4%     9


E-Communications: SS-1    Daily/Almost Daily: 42% 58

Frequently: 21% 30


How often do you communicate with other Satanists? (In SS-2, the e-communications item was expanded considerably):


Daily Weekly Monthly Yearly Never


In Person: 12.8% (31) 13.6% (33) 13.2% (32) 14.9% (36) 45.5% (110)


By Telephone: 9.2% (22) 11.3% (27) 13.0% (31) 10.9% (26) 55.5% (132)


Public Internet - Blogs,

Message Boards, Etc.: 39.6% (99) 4.4% (61) 5.6% (39) 6.8% (17) 13.6% (34)


Private Internet - E-mails,

Private Messages, Etc.: 31.6% (79) 26.0% (65) 14.8% (37) 6.4% (16) 21.2% (53)



What types of violence can be justified? (SS-2):


Never Rarely Sometimes Frequently Always


Physically Punish a Child 37.5% (95) 31.2% (79) 26.5% (67)   1.6% (4)   3.2% (8)


Strike Someone Who

Attacks You   2.4% (6)   3.5% (9) 14.1% (36) 20.8% (53) 59.2% (151)


Strike Someone Who

Attacks a Loved One   2.3% (6)   2.3% (6) 16.0% (41) 18.8% (48) 60.5% (155)


Kill Other Soldiers During War 11.4% (29)   5.1% (13) 23.5% (60) 17.3% (44) 42.7% (109)


Kill Someone Who

Breaks Into Your Home 12.1% (31) 18.3% (47) 21.0% (54) 18.3% (47) 30.4% (78)


Execute Murderers 21.5% (55) 10.2% (26) 26.6% (68) 14.5% (37) 27.3% (70)


Specific thinkers other than Anton LaVey are often mentioned as influencing modern Satanism in one way or another. To what extent are you familiar with the following? Use: (1) Never Heard of Him/Her; (2) Have Heard the Name; (3) Know Who S/he was; (4) Have Read Something by Him/Her; (5) Have Read More than One of Her/His Compositions. (SS-2)


    1     2     3     4     5


Aleister Crowley 9.4% (24) 5.5% (14) 20.9% (53) 25.2% (64) 39.0% (99)


Charles Baudelaire 29.8% (75) 22.6% (57) 20.2% (51) 15.9% (40) 11.5% (29)


Frederick Nietzsche 6.7% (17) 6.7% (17) 13.8% (35) 30.3% (77) 42.5% (108)


Ayn Rand 29.0% (73) 11.5% (29) 19.8% (50) 19.8% (50) 19.8% (50)


H.P. Lovecraft 7.9% (20) 10.7% (27) 20.6% (52) 27.3% (69) 33.6% (85)



Your general attitude toward each of the following (SS-2)


Extremely Extremely

Negative Negative Neutral Positive Positive


Christianity 45.5% (117) 30.0% (77) 20.6% (53) 3.1% (8) 0.8% (2)


Neopaganism/Wicca 10.5% (27) 23.4% (60) 39.8% (102) 20.3% (52) 5.9% (15)


Anton LaVey 7.5% (19) 7.5% (19) 22.0% (56) 42.4% (108) 20.8% (53)


Peter Gilmore 12.5% (31) 16.1% (40) 49.6% (123) 14.1% (35) 7.7% (19)


Michael Aquino 7.3% (18) 14.2% (35) 59.5% (147) 14.6% (36) 4.5% (11)


The Satanic Bible 6.3% (16) 6.3% (16) 17.6% (45) 42.0% (107) 27.8% (71)


Original Church of Satan 7.1% (18) 7.5% (19) 34.1% (87) 32.2% (82) 19.2% (49)


Current Church of Satan 15.7% (40) 20.4% (52) 40.0% (102) 13.7% (35) 10.2% (26)


Temple of Set 9.9% (25) 17.5% (44) 50.0% (126) 16.7% (42) 6.0% (15)


Nazism/Neo-Nazis 48.2% (122) 19.0% (48) 22.5% (57) 4.7% (12) 5.5% (14)


Order of Nine Angles 21.1% (52) 17.0% (42) 45.7% (113) 8.9% (22) 7.3% (18)


Satanists who burn 40.5% (102) 23.4% (59) 18.3% (46) 10.7% (27) 7.1% (18)

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(Do you practice rituals such as those described in the Satanic Bible?)


SS-2    Yes 36%   95

No 47% 122

NR 17%   43




Credit

Thanks very much to James R. Lewis for allowing the hosting of this data here about the Satanist survey.

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