Survey of Former Jehovah's Witnesses

by Randall Watters

On July 21, 1991 we held a semi-annual Ex-Jehovah's Witness Potluck, with 90 in attendance. About 60 of these were former JWs, and I decided to capitalize on the opportunity and took a written survey of those in attendance. These are the results!

Do you have any relatives in the Watchtower?

[43] yes [5] no

Did any of your relatives get out of the WT before you did? [13] yes [32] no

Did any of your relatives get out AFTER you did?

[19] yes [23] no

Were you cut off by your close friends in the WT when you left the Witnesses?

[32] all of them [9] some of them [6] n/a

Would you characterize your circumstances in leaving the WT as:

[5] easy [29] mixed blessings and pain [9] painful [4] horrible

How would you characterize your first year after leaving the WT?

[8] easy [23] mixed blessings and pain [4] painful [4] horrible [7] n/a

You may choose more than one answer on the following question.

After leaving did you:

[24] attend a church within three months?

[ 7] struggle with unbelief in God?

[11] want to drop religion altogether?

[15] soon see Evangelical Christianity as the answer?

What percentage of churchgoing Christians do you feel are able to EFFECTIVELY offer help to the Witness who is leaving the organization?

[34] less than 5% [9] about 25% [2] about 50%

What percentage of churchgoing Christians do you feel can effectively dialogue with active Jehovah's Witnesses?

[36] less than 5% [9] about 25% [0] 50%


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