Congregational QuickStats > Percent Poor

Of the regular adult participants, what percent would you say live in households with incomes under $25,000 a year [under $35,000 in 2012]? (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.


Percent Poor (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Percent Poor (Demographic Patterns)

 

Percent Poor by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than 5%
9.9%
63
6.5%
24
6.5%
9

3
8.4%
96
5% to less than 10%
6.8%
43
10.6%
39
23.2%
32

0
10.0%
114
10% to less than 20%
16.2%
103
20.1%
74
13.0%
18

0
17.1%
195
20% to less than 50%
31.2%
198
29.5%
109
16.7%
23

6
28.9%
330
50% or more
35.8%
227
33.3%
123
40.6%
56

13
35.6%
406
Missing
68
61
8
0
137
TOTAL
100.0%
634
100.0%
369
100.0%
138

22

1141


 


Percent Poor by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Less than 5%
14.4%
19
4.0%
11
7.0%
42
16.3%
26
8.4%
98
5% to less than 10%
17.4%
23
6.6%
18
9.8%
59
9.4%
15
9.9%
115
10% to less than 20%
10.6%
14
23.5%
64
16.3%
98
12.5%
20
16.8%
196
20% to less than 50%
26.5%
35
36.0%
98
27.6%
166
23.8%
38
28.9%
337
50% or more
31.1%
41
29.8%
81
39.4%
237
38.1%
61
36.0%
420
Missing
30
32
75
29
166
TOTAL
100.0%
132
100.0%
272
100.0%
602
100.0%
160

1166


 


Percent Poor by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Less than 5%
11.1%
7
8.5%
48
1.3%
3
12.8%
32
13.8%
9
8.5%
99
5% to less than 10%
4.8%
3
8.5%
48
3.6%
8
15.2%
38
27.7%
18
9.9%
115
10% to less than 20%
14.3%
9
15.9%
90
12.1%
27
25.2%
63
10.8%
7
16.8%
196
20% to less than 50%
34.9%
22
30.6%
173
36.3%
81
23.2%
58
6.2%
4
29.0%
338
50% or more
34.9%
22
36.6%
207
46.6%
104
23.6%
59
41.5%
27
35.9%
419
Missing
11
49
61
21
24
166
TOTAL
100.0%
63
100.0%
566
100.0%
223
100.0%
250
100.0%
65

1167


 


Percent Poor by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Less than 5%
10.0%
47
7.2%
22
5.3%
13
13.6%
16
3.8%
1
8.5%
99
5% to less than 10%
13.4%
63
5.6%
17
7.3%
18
11.0%
13
7.7%
2
9.7%
113
10% to less than 20%
11.7%
55
18.7%
57
20.8%
51
20.3%
24
30.8%
8
16.8%
195
20% to less than 50%
21.7%
102
25.9%
79
40.0%
98
40.7%
48
34.6%
9
28.9%
336
50% or more
43.1%
202
42.6%
130
26.5%
65
14.4%
17
23.1%
6
36.1%
420
Missing
100
16
28
18
5
167
TOTAL
100.0%
469
100.0%
305
100.0%
245
100.0%
118
100.0%
26

1163


 


Percent Poor by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Less than 5%
9.3%
66
3.7%
11
14.8%
22

0
8.6%
99
5% to less than 10%
8.2%
58
7.0%
21
23.5%
35

0
9.9%
114
10% to less than 20%
14.2%
101
21.8%
65
19.5%
29

0
16.9%
195
20% to less than 50%
31.3%
222
29.2%
87
18.1%
27

1
29.0%
336
50% or more
37.0%
263
38.3%
114
24.2%
36

7
35.7%
413
Missing
110
29
10
0
149
TOTAL
100.0%
710
100.0%
298
100.0%
149

8

1157


 


Percent Poor by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Less than 5%
8.2%
86
14.4%
177
8.5%
99
10.5%
362
5% to less than 10%
8.9%
94
12.8%
158
9.8%
114
10.6%
366
10% to less than 20%
20.2%
212
22.0%
271
16.8%
196
19.7%
679
20% to less than 50%
27.0%
284
24.0%
296
28.9%
337
26.6%
917
50% or more
35.7%
376
26.8%
331
36.0%
420
32.7%
1127
Missing
182
273
166
621
TOTAL
100.0%
1052
100.0%
1233
100.0%
1166

3451



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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