Congregational QuickStats > Can Women be Religious Leaders?

If they are otherwise qualified, are women in your congregation permitted to: Be the head clergyperson or primary religious leader of your congregation? (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset, 2012)

Each question was asked of a key informant from the congregation, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, or other staff person or leader.


Can Women be Religious Leaders? (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Can Women be Religious Leaders? (Demographic Patterns)

 

Can Women be Religious Leaders? by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
46.7%
326
65.0%
279
86.4%
127

32
57.5%
732
No
52.4%
366
34.3%
147
13.6%
20

18
41.8%
533
Dont know
0.9%
6
0.7%
3
0.0%
0

0
0.7%
9
Missing
5
2
0
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
698
100.0%
429
100.0%
147

50

1274


 


Can Women be Religious Leaders? by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Yes
65.8%
106
56.1%
171
56.3%
378
57.7%
109
57.6%
764
No
33.5%
54
42.6%
130
43.1%
289
41.8%
79
41.6%
552
Dont know
0.6%
1
1.3%
4
0.6%
4
0.5%
1
0.8%
10
Missing
0
0
7
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
161
100.0%
305
100.0%
671
100.0%
189

1326


 


Can Women be Religious Leaders? by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes
5.5%
4
41.0%
252
70.5%
196
89.6%
242
78.7%
70
57.7%
764
No
94.5%
69
58.3%
358
27.7%
77
10.4%
28
21.3%
19
41.6%
551
Dont know
0.0%
0
0.7%
4
1.8%
5
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.7%
9
Missing
0
0
7
0
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
73
100.0%
614
100.0%
278
100.0%
270
100.0%
89

1324


 


Can Women be Religious Leaders? by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Yes
68.0%
382
55.5%
178
49.3%
135
45.3%
62
21.9%
7
57.6%
764
No
32.0%
180
43.6%
140
48.9%
134
53.3%
73
78.1%
25
41.6%
552
Dont know
0.0%
0
0.9%
3
1.8%
5
1.5%
2
0.0%
0
0.8%
10
Missing
7
0
0
0
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
562
100.0%
321
100.0%
274
100.0%
137
100.0%
32

1326


 


Can Women be Religious Leaders? by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
47.4%
386
67.5%
220
90.0%
144

14
57.7%
750
No
51.7%
421
32.2%
105
8.8%
14

10
41.5%
540
Dont know
0.9%
7
0.3%
1
1.3%
2

0
0.8%
10
Missing
7
0
0
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
814
100.0%
326
100.0%
160

24

1300


 


Can Women be Religious Leaders? by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Yes
0.0%
0
46.8%
702
57.7%
764
51.9%
1466
No
0.0%
0
51.3%
770
41.6%
551
46.8%
1321
Dont know
0.0%
0
1.9%
29
0.7%
9
1.3%
38
Missing
1234
5
7
1246
TOTAL
100.0%
0
100.0%
1501
100.0%
1324

2825



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset "fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing, for the first time, data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations" (Chaves et al. 1999, p.460). Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the NCS data is the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. In 2006-07, a panel component was added to the NCS. In addition to the new cross-section of congregations generated in conjunction with the 2006 General Social Survey (GSS), a stratified random sample was drawn from congregations who participated in the 1998 NCS. The 2006-07 NCS sample, then, includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations.



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