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Did anyone besides the leader raise their hands in praise during the service? (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.


Raising Hands? (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]

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Demographic Patterns


Raising Hands? (Demographic Patterns)

 

Raising Hands? by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
58.2%
407
64.1%
277
54.1%
79

23
59.7%
763
No
41.8%
292
35.9%
155
45.9%
67

24
40.3%
514
Missing
4
0
1
0
5
TOTAL
100.0%
699
100.0%
432
100.0%
146

47

1277


 


Raising Hands? by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Yes
46.5%
74
53.5%
162
68.0%
458
48.9%
92
59.4%
786
No
53.5%
85
46.5%
141
32.0%
216
51.1%
96
40.6%
538
Missing
2
1
3
1
7
TOTAL
100.0%
159
100.0%
303
100.0%
674
100.0%
188

1324


 


Raising Hands? by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes
40.3%
29
64.9%
398
96.5%
274
29.4%
78
6.7%
6
59.3%
785
No
59.7%
43
35.1%
215
3.5%
10
70.6%
187
93.3%
83
40.7%
538
Missing
1
2
0
5
0
8
TOTAL
100.0%
72
100.0%
613
100.0%
284
100.0%
265
100.0%
89

1323


 


Raising Hands? by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Yes
56.2%
319
68.0%
217
58.8%
160
54.2%
71
56.3%
18
59.4%
785
No
43.8%
249
32.0%
102
41.2%
112
45.8%
60
43.8%
14
40.6%
537
Missing
0
1
1
5
0
7
TOTAL
100.0%
568
100.0%
319
100.0%
272
100.0%
131
100.0%
32

1322


 


Raising Hands? by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
63.2%
515
61.3%
200
32.1%
51

20
58.9%
766
No
36.8%
300
38.7%
126
67.9%
108

4
41.1%
534
Missing
7
0
1
0
8
TOTAL
100.0%
815
100.0%
326
100.0%
159

24

1300


 


Raising Hands? by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Yes
44.5%
546
56.7%
851
59.4%
786
53.9%
2183
No
55.5%
680
43.3%
650
40.6%
537
46.1%
1867
Missing
8
5
7
20
TOTAL
100.0%
1226
100.0%
1501
100.0%
1323

4050



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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