This is taken from a post on infidels.org:
From the study, people tend to believe in very different kinds of gods:
Type A: Authoritarian God: Individuals who believe in the Authoritarian God tend to
think that God is highly involved in their daily lives and world affairs. They tend to
believe that God helps them in their decision-making and is also responsible for global
events such as economic upturns or tsunamis. They also tend to feel that God is quite
angry and is capable of meting out punishment to those who are unfaithful or ungodly.
Type B: Benevolent God: Like believers in the Authoritarian God, believers in a
Benevolent God tend to think that God is very active in our daily lives. But these
individuals are less likely to believe that God is angry and acts in wrathful ways.
Instead, the Benevolent God is mainly a force of positive influence in the world and is
less willing to condemn or punish individuals.
Type C: Critical God: Believers in a Critical God feel that God really does not interact
with the world. Nevertheless, God still observes the world and views the current state of
the world unfavorably. These individuals feel that GodÌs displeasure will be felt in
another life and that divine justice may not be of this world.
Type D: Distant God: Believers in a Distant God think that God is not active in the world
and not especially angry either. These individuals tend towards thinking about God as a
cosmic force which set the laws of nature in motion. As such, God does not ÏdoÓ things
in the world and does not hold clear opinions about our activities or world events.
Atheists: Atheists are certain that God does not exist. Nevertheless, atheists may still hold
very strong perspectives concerning the morality of human behavior and ideals of social
order but have no place for the supernatural in their larger worldview.
But as the LA Times article pointed out, atheists could be called faithless or Type F. And the Distant God seems like a Deist sort of God.
The kinds of gods differ in their amount of activity and anger:
A: Active, Angry
B: Active, Not Angry
C: Not Active, Angry
D: Not Active, Not Angry
F: (Not Applicable)
The number of believers in each kind of god are:
There are lots of interesting demographic differences in preferences:
Men: D, F
Women: A, B
Blacks: 53% A, no F’s found
Lower educations and incomes: A, B
Higher educations and incomes: D, F
Believers in A and B tend to attend church and pray more; believers in C do not
Catholics, Mainline Protestants: D
Evangelical, Black Protestants: A
Jews: D, with 8% F
Unaffiliated: over 40% F
Believers in God’s maleness: A
Abortion attitudes differ by god type; here is how many think that abortion is always wrong:
There were similar trends for several other issues, like abortion under various circumstances, gay marriage, nonmarital sex, divorce, porn, and school prayer.
Though with the death penalty, the order was A, C, B, D and not A, B, C, D, and likewise for funding "faith-based" organizations.
As to what makes people good, there was not much difference in "actively seek social and economic justice" and "take care of the sick and needy", though there was a strong A B C D slope in "convert others to your religious faith" (21.5%, 11.7%, 3.7%, 0.3%).
There was also an A B C D slope in belief that the Iraq War is justified, belief that Saddam was involved in the 9/11 kamikaze hijackings, support of greater governmental authority in the "War on Terror", and trust of President Bush. In all of these, A had was much more supportive than D
And there is a similar such slope in belief that God favors the US in international affairs, .and belief that God favors one political party. It was mostly Republicans who did that (8.6%) as opposed to Independents (0.9%) and Democrats (0.4%).
The study also went into detail about paranormal beliefs, finding that large fractions of Americans believed in them.
Atlantis-like civilizations: 41.2%
Alternative medicine: 74.5%
Talking to the dead: 19.9%
Haunted houses: 37.2%
Dreams being prophetic: 52.0%
UFO’s as alien spaceships: 24.6%
Monsters like Bigfoot and Nessie: 17.9%
Easterners tend to be the most willing to believe in paranormal phenomena, Southerners the least. Women are more likely to be paranormal believers than men.
There were similar numbers for those who reported experiencing or using paranormal phenomena.
This was, however; inversely correlated with church attendance; evangelicals were the least likely to believe in paranormal phenomena, and believers in "other" religions, religions other than Xianity or Judaism, the most.