American Congregational Giving Study, Gallup Poll, 1993

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All frequencies weighted by 40) WTBAP
1) Identification Number (ID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1001503.35288.96
2) Sex of respondent (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male37737.7
2) Female62462.3
TOTAL1001100.0
3) Please tell me how old you are. (AGE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL100148.1317.98
4) What is the highest level of education you have completed? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school graduate (0-11)989.8
2) High school graduate (12)34134
3) Some college24224.2
4) Trade/technical/vocational training434.3
5) College graduate17617.6
6) Postgraduate work/degree929.2
7) Don't know3.3
8) Refused7.7
TOTAL1002100.0
5) What is your race? Are you white, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, biracial, or some other race? (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White88688.5
2) African-American242.4
3) Hispanic636.3
4) Asian6.6
5) Biracial2.2
6) Some other8.8
7) Don't know2.2
8) Refused101
TOTAL1001100.0
6) What is your marital status? Are you single, single but living in a committed relationship, currently married, separated, divorced, or widowed? (MARSTAT)
TOTAL%
1) Single12212.2
2) Single, but living in a committed relationship333.3
3) Currently married63062.9
4) Separated111.1
5) Divorced656.5
6) Widowed13013
7) Refused101
TOTAL1001100.0
7) About how much income did your family or household receive last year from all sources, before taxes? I will read 12 categories, and would you tell me which is yours? Just your best estimate, please. (INCOME)
TOTAL%
1) Under $10,000757.5
2) $10,000-$14,999757.5
3) $15,000-$19,999818.1
4) $20,000-$29,99914914.9
5) $30,000-$39,99913313.3
6) $40,000-$49,99910410.4
7) $50,000-$59,999888.8
8) $60,000-$69,999353.5
9) $70,000-$79,999242.4
10) $80,000-$99,999292.9
11) $100,000-$149,999242.4
12) $150,000 or over101
13) Don't know424.2
14) Refused13313.3
TOTAL1002100.0
8) First, what is your present religious preference? Would you say Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, or some other religion? (CATHPROT)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant43443.4
2) Catholic53353.2
3) Other Christian (includes Mormon, non-Protestant sect, non-denominational church, other Christian) [NON-SPECIFIED CHRISTIANS INCLUDED]343.4
TOTAL1001100.0
9) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE PROTESTANT OR OTHER CHRISTIAN (EXCLUDING CATHOLIC): What specific denomination or faith is that? (DENOM)
TOTAL%
1) Southern Baptist16936
2) Baptist, don't know which12526.7
3) Lutheran (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the large denomination)11925.4
4) Lutheran (don't know which)5611.9
Missing533 
TOTAL469100.0
10) How long have you been attending worship services at your congregation or parish? (HOWLONG)
TOTAL%
1) Less than 1 year333.3
2) 1-2 years787.8
3) 3-5 years13013
4) 6-10 years15315.3
5) 11-20 years15415.4
6) 20 or more years45044.9
7) Don't know3.3
8) Refused1.1
TOTAL1002100.0
11) Does your congregation or parish have serious financial needs? Would you say they are very serious, somewhat serious, only routine, or that it is financially well-off? (NEEDS)
TOTAL%
1) Very serious needs373.7
2) Somewhat serious needs12112.1
3) Only routine needs46746.7
4) It is financially well-off26726.7
5) Don't know/Refused10910.9
TOTAL1001100.0
12) Do you feel you have enough information about the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of your congregation or parish? (INFOR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes75875.7
2) No18518.5
3) Don't know565.6
4) Refused2.2
TOTAL1001100.0
13) Do you feel that typical members of your congregation or parish have enough influence in decisions about the use of church money? (INFLU)
TOTAL%
1) Yes81381.1
2) No10910.9
3) Don't know777.7
4) Refused3.3
TOTAL1002100.0
14) How much do you trust the handling and allocation of funds by the leaders of your congregation? Would you say you have a high level of trust, medium level of trust, or low level of trust? (TRUST)
TOTAL%
1) High level72572.4
2) Medium level24224.2
3) Low level202
4) Don't know/no opinion141.4
5) Refused1.1
TOTAL1002100.0
15) How much enthusiasm do you feel, in general, about the work and programs of your congregation--very high enthusiasm, moderately high, moderately low, very low, or are you generally opposed to them? (ETHNC)
TOTAL%
1) Very high30130
2) Moderately high56956.8
3) Moderately low838.3
4) Very low181.8
5) Generally opposed to them6.6
6) Don't know/no opinion242.4
7) Refused1.1
TOTAL1002100.0
16) In the last year did you or another adult in your family fill out a pledge card or commitment card regarding church giving for the year? (PLEDGE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes38938.8
2) No59559.4
3) Don't know171.7
4) Refused1.1
TOTAL1002100.0
17) Do you approve or disapprove of the practice of asking lay members of the congregation to fill out annual pledge cards or commitment cards regarding church giving for the year? (APPROVE)
TOTAL%
1) Approve46946.8
2) Disapprove43042.9
3) Don't know969.6
4) Refused7.7
TOTAL1002100.0
18) Do you prefer that clergy, that is, priests or ministers, OR lay leaders handle financial matters in your congregation, or do you prefer a combination, or do you have no preference? (CLLAY)
TOTAL%
1) Prefer clergy-priests or ministers343.4
2) Prefer combination of clergy and lay leaders60560.4
3) Prefer lay leaders838.3
4) Have no preference26626.6
5) Don't know131.3
TOTAL1001100.0
19) Now, I will read you five methods by which some people decide about how much money to contribute to their congregation. Which is closest to your own approach? (METHODS)
TOTAL%
1) I give 10 percent or more of my income16216.2
2) I decide on a percent of my income annually292.9
3) I decide on an annual dollar amount545.4
4) I decide on a weekly dollar amount20720.7
5) I give what I can afford each week51351.3
6) Don't know/cannot choose212.1
7) Refused141.4
TOTAL1000100.0
20) Do you feel that lay members have sufficient influence on the decision-making in your denomination? (SUFFINF)
TOTAL%
1) Yes74574.4
2) No17017
3) Don't know858.5
4) Refused1.1
TOTAL1001100.0
21) How much enthusiasm do you feel, in general, about the work and programs of your denomination? Would you say very high enthusiasm, moderately high, moderately low, very low, or are you generally opposed to them? (ENTHUS)
TOTAL%
1) Very high23123.1
2) Moderately high61761.7
3) Moderately low10610.6
4) Very low141.4
5) Generally opposed to them7.7
6) Don't know/no opinion242.4
7) Refused1.1
TOTAL1000100.0
22) I am going to read you seven statements about churches and religion today. After I read each, would you tell me if you strongly agree, moderately agree, neither agree nor disagree, moderately disagree, or strongly disagree. -- If I had to change the congregation I attend, I would feel a great sense of loss. (CHRELA)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree44944.9
2) Moderately agree28628.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree767.6
4) Moderately disagree11411.4
5) Strongly disagree515.1
6) Don't know/refused252.5
TOTAL1001100.0
23) I am going to read you seven statements about churches and religion today. After I read each, would you tell me if you strongly agree, moderately agree, neither agree nor disagree, moderately disagree, or strongly disagree. -- Important decisions about the life of my congregation are made with open discussion by church leaders and members. (CHRELB)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree40740.6
2) Moderately agree34634.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree616.1
4) Moderately disagree919.1
5) Strongly disagree505
6) Don't know/refused484.8
TOTAL1003100.0
24) I am going to read you seven statements about churches and religion today. After I read each, would you tell me if you strongly agree, moderately agree, neither agree nor disagree, moderately disagree, or strongly disagree. -- The budget priorities of my congregation are appropriate. (CHRELC)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree42041.9
2) Moderately agree42742.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree474.7
4) Moderately disagree474.7
5) Strongly disagree181.8
6) Don't know/refused444.4
TOTAL1003100.0
25) I am going to read you seven statements about churches and religion today. After I read each, would you tell me if you strongly agree, moderately agree, neither agree nor disagree, moderately disagree, or strongly disagree. -- The leaders of my congregation are sufficiently accountable to members regarding how church contributions are used. (CHRELD)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree51451.3
2) Moderately agree35235.2
3) Neither agree nor disagree454.5
4) Moderately disagree383.8
5) Strongly disagree232.3
6) Don't know/refused292.9
TOTAL1001100.0
26) I am going to read you seven statements about churches and religion today. After I read each, would you tell me if you strongly agree, moderately agree, neither agree nor disagree, moderately disagree, or strongly disagree. -- The leaders of my denomination are sufficiently accountable to members regarding how church contributions are used. (CHRELE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree42442.4
2) Moderately agree37237.2
3) Neither agree nor disagree595.9
4) Moderately disagree505
5) Strongly disagree414.1
6) Don't know/refused555.5
TOTAL1001100.0
27) I am going to read you seven statements about churches and religion today. After I read each, would you tell me if you strongly agree, moderately agree, neither agree nor disagree, moderately disagree, or strongly disagree. -- Overall, the pastor of my congregation is doing a good job. (CHRELF)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree72872.7
2) Moderately agree20720.7
3) Neither agree nor disagree212.1
4) Moderately disagree171.7
5) Strongly disagree161.6
6) Don't know/refused131.3
TOTAL1002100.0
28) I am going to read you seven statements about churches and religion today. After I read each, would you tell me if you strongly agree, moderately agree, neither agree nor disagree, moderately disagree, or strongly disagree. -- Overall, the leadership of my denomination is doing a good job. (CHRELG)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree52152.1
2) Moderately agree36236.2
3) Neither agree nor disagree303
4) Moderately disagree373.7
5) Strongly disagree252.5
6) Don't know/refused252.5
TOTAL1000100.0
29) Here are four questions about your agreement or disagreement with your denomination's teachings. Tell me after each if you strongly agree, moderately agree, neither agree nor disagree, moderately disagree, or strongly disagree. If you don't know, tell me that. -- Do you agree or disagree with your denomination's teachings regarding abortion? (DTEACHA)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree43042.9
2) Moderately agree15715.7
3) Neither agree nor disagree10310.3
4) Moderately disagree888.8
5) Strongly disagree13513.5
6) Don't know/refused898.9
TOTAL1002100.0
30) Here are four questions about your agreement or disagreement with your denomination's teachings. Tell me after each if you strongly agree, moderately agree, neither agree nor disagree, moderately disagree, or strongly disagree. If you don't know, tell me that. -- Do you agree or disagree with your denomination's teachings regarding birth control? (DTEACHB)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree33333.3
2) Moderately agree19719.7
3) Neither agree nor disagree969.6
4) Moderately disagree10010
5) Strongly disagree17717.7
6) Don't know/refused989.8
TOTAL1001100.0
31) Here are four questions about your agreement or disagreement with your denomination's teachings. Tell me after each if you strongly agree, moderately agree, neither agree nor disagree, moderately disagree, or strongly disagree. If you don't know, tell me that. -- Do you agree or disagree that women should be eligible for ordination to the ministry or priesthood in your denomination? (DTEACHC)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree35235.2
2) Moderately agree20520.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree10010
4) Moderately disagree767.6
5) Strongly disagree24824.8
6) Don't know/refused202
TOTAL1001100.0
32) Here are four questions about your agreement or disagreement with your denomination's teachings. Tell me after each if you strongly agree, moderately agree, neither agree nor disagree, moderately disagree, or strongly disagree. If you don't know, tell me that. -- Do you agree or disagree that self-described homosexuals should be eligible for ordination to the ministry or priesthood in your denomination? (DTEACHD)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree707
2) Moderately agree12212.2
3) Neither agree nor disagree10710.7
4) Moderately disagree787.8
5) Strongly disagree55455.3
6) Don't know/refused707
TOTAL1001100.0
33) How often do you attend worship services at your church? (ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) Never8.8
2) A few times a year757.5
3) About once a month777.7
4) Two or three times a month17017
5) About once a week49749.7
6) More than once a week16916.9
7) Don't know3.3
8) Refused1.1
TOTAL1000100.0
34) During the last year, approximately how much money did your household contribute to each of the following? I will ask you about three categories of contributions. First, to your church. Second, to all other religious groups or causes. Third, to all nonreligious charities, organizations and causes. -- First, to your church, in regular giving or giving to special campaigns. Include the value of material goods as well as monetary gifts. Do not include school tuition. (GIVE1)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10011087.841677.98
35) During the last year, approximately how much money did your household contribute to each of the following? I will ask you about three categories of contributions. First, to your church. Second, to all other religious groups or causes. Third, to all nonreligious charities, organizations and causes. -- To all other religious groups or causes, in your denomination or others. Include material goods. (GIVE2)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1001172.13404.89
36) During the last year, approximately how much money did your household contribute to each of the following? I will ask you about three categories of contributions. First, to your church. Second, to all other religious groups or causes. Third, to all nonreligious charities, organizations and causes. -- To nonreligious charities, community organizations, or social causes. Include material goods. (GIVE3)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1001387.291106.35
37) If you are currently married or living in a committed relationship, does your partner attend the same congregation you do? (MARRCONN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes56956.8
2) No15815.8
3) Does not apply to me26626.6
5) Refused8.8
TOTAL1001100.0
38) Do you have any dependent children under 18 years of age in your household who attend religiously affiliated elementary or high school five days a week? If "Yes," ask: How many? (DEPCHILD)
TOTAL%
1) No/None88388.1
2) Yes/One545.4
3) Yes/Two343.4
4) Yes/Three121.2
5) Yes/Four or more8.8
6) Don't know/refused111.1
TOTAL1002100.0
39) Denomination recode: Baptist, Catholic or Lutheran (DENOM2)
TOTAL%
1) Catholic53353.2
2) Baptist29329.3
3) Lutheran17517.5
TOTAL1001100.0
40) Baptist weight variable: The Baptist sample contains a large number of blacks who belonged to other Baptist denominations. Therefore, Baptist blacks are down-weighted to match the percent in the Southern Baptist Convention (about 2.5%). The value of the weights are .115 for black members and 1.244 for white members. (WTBAP)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL0.9990.247
41) Sex of respondent (for use with on-line analysis) (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male37737.7
2) Female62462.3
TOTAL1001100.0
42) Please tell me how old you are. (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
0) Under 3016016.3
1) 30-3920220.6
2) 40-4918619
3) 50-6421922.3
4) 65 & older21321.7
Missing21 
TOTAL980100.0
43) What is the highest level of education you have completed? (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-EDUCATN)
TOTAL%
0) LT HS grad989.9
1) HS grad34134.4
2) SmColl/Voc28528.7
3) Coll grad17617.7
4) Postgrad929.3
Missing10 
TOTAL992100.0
44) What is your race? Are you white, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, biracial, or some other race? (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-RACE)
TOTAL%
0) White88689.6
1) Black242.4
2) Other798
Missing12 
TOTAL989100.0
45) What is your marital status? Are you single, single but living in a committed relationship, currently married, separated, divorced, or widowed? (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-MARITAL)
TOTAL%
0) Single15515.6
1) Married63063.6
2) Div./Sep.767.7
3) Widowed13013.1
Missing10 
TOTAL991100.0
46) About how much income did your family or household receive last year from all sources, before taxes? I will read 12 categories, and would you tell me which is yours? Just your best estimate, please. (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-INCOME)
TOTAL%
0) Under 15K15018.2
1) 15K-29,99923027.8
2) 30K-49,99923628.6
3) 50K-69,99912314.9
4) 70K & over8710.5
Missing175 
TOTAL826100.0
47) Denomination recode: Baptist, Catholic or Lutheran (for use with on-line analysis) (I-DENOM)
TOTAL%
1) Catholic53353.2
2) Baptist29329.3
3) Lutheran17517.5
TOTAL1001100.0