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Religious tradition (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.


Religious Tradition (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]

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Religious Tradition (Demographic Patterns)

 

Religious Tradition by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Roman Catholic
5.0%
35
6.7%
29
4.1%
6

4
5.5%
70
White conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalist
66.4%
467
28.6%
124
2.7%
4

19
46.4%
595
Black Protestant
11.9%
84
31.6%
137
38.8%
57

7
21.7%
278
White liberal or moderate
16.1%
113
24.2%
105
32.7%
48

5
20.7%
266
Non-Christian
0.6%
4
8.8%
38
21.8%
32

15
5.8%
74
TOTAL
100.0%
703
100.0%
433
100.0%
147

50

1283


 


Religious Tradition by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Roman Catholic
7.5%
12
8.6%
26
2.8%
19
8.6%
16
5.5%
73
White conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalist
38.5%
62
44.4%
135
48.5%
328
47.6%
89
46.2%
614
Black Protestant
15.5%
25
11.5%
35
31.1%
210
7.0%
13
21.3%
283
White liberal or moderate
28.0%
45
33.2%
101
13.3%
90
18.2%
34
20.3%
270
Non-Christian
10.6%
17
2.3%
7
4.3%
29
18.7%
35
6.6%
88
TOTAL
100.0%
161
100.0%
304
100.0%
676
100.0%
187

1328


 


Religious Tradition by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Roman Catholic
100.0%
73
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
5.5%
73
White conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalist
0.0%
0
100.0%
614
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
46.2%
614
Black Protestant
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
284
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
21.4%
284
White liberal or moderate
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
270
0.0%
0
20.3%
270
Non-Christian
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
89
6.7%
89
TOTAL
100.0%
73
100.0%
614
100.0%
284
100.0%
270
100.0%
89

1330


 


Religious Tradition by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Roman Catholic
0.5%
3
2.8%
9
6.2%
17
19.1%
26
56.3%
18
5.5%
73
White conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalist
48.9%
278
43.0%
138
49.3%
135
41.9%
57
21.9%
7
46.2%
615
Black Protestant
23.8%
135
25.2%
81
19.0%
52
11.0%
15
6.3%
2
21.4%
285
White liberal or moderate
18.7%
106
23.1%
74
21.2%
58
22.1%
30
6.3%
2
20.3%
270
Non-Christian
8.1%
46
5.9%
19
4.4%
12
5.9%
8
9.4%
3
6.6%
88
TOTAL
100.0%
568
100.0%
321
100.0%
274
100.0%
136
100.0%
32

1331


 


Religious Tradition by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Roman Catholic
4.9%
40
8.0%
26
3.8%
6

1
5.5%
72
White conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalist
64.9%
532
19.0%
62
6.3%
10

10
46.3%
604
Black Protestant
15.5%
127
35.0%
114
19.5%
31

12
20.8%
272
White liberal or moderate
12.1%
99
31.3%
102
42.8%
68

1
20.6%
269
Non-Christian
2.7%
22
6.7%
22
27.7%
44

0
6.7%
88
TOTAL
100.0%
820
100.0%
326
100.0%
159

24

1305


 


Religious Tradition by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Roman Catholic
7.3%
90
6.0%
90
5.5%
73
6.2%
253
White conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalist
45.7%
564
47.8%
719
46.2%
614
46.6%
1897
Black Protestant
15.8%
195
23.5%
353
21.4%
284
20.4%
832
White liberal or moderate
26.3%
325
19.7%
296
20.3%
270
21.9%
891
Non-Christian
4.9%
60
3.1%
47
6.7%
89
4.8%
196
TOTAL
100.0%
1234
100.0%
1505
100.0%
1330

4069



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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