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Religious tradition (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

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 (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]

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Demographic Patterns


Religious Tradition (Demographic Patterns)


Religious Tradition by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Roman Catholic8.4%
30
7.9%
31
3.2%
18
0.0%
0
15.6%
79
White conservative,
evangelical, or fundamentalist
30.4%
109
46.2%
180
61.1%
349
58.2%
57
4249.0%
695
Black Protestant21.7%
78
24.1%
94
20.0%
114
34.7%
34
3422.6%
320
White liberal or moderate37.0%
133
19.0%
74
11.6%
66
2.0%
2
1019.4%
275
Non-Christian2.5%
9
2.8%
11
4.2%
24
5.1%
5
23.5%
49
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
390
100.0%
571
100.0%
98
891418

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Religious Tradition by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Roman Catholic5.5%
11
1.9%
7
0.0%
0
4.1%
12
18.8%
49
15.3%
79
White conservative,
evangelical, or fundamentalist
40.3%
81
47.5%
178
55.1%
206
55.2%
160
41.4%
108
448.8%
733
Black Protestant45.3%
91
30.9%
116
20.9%
78
14.5%
42
10.3%
27
023.6%
354
White liberal or moderate7.0%
14
16.8%
63
21.4%
80
22.1%
64
24.5%
64
019.0%
285
Non-Christian2.0%
4
2.9%
11
2.7%
10
4.1%
12
5.0%
13
03.3%
50
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
375
100.0%
374
100.0%
290
100.0%
261
51501

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Religious Tradition by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Roman Catholic3.5%
29
8.2%
40
4.5%
5
55.2%
74
White conservative,
evangelical, or fundamentalist
63.7%
524
30.1%
147
17.1%
19
4748.5%
690
Black Protestant17.0%
140
34.6%
169
23.4%
26
2023.6%
335
White liberal or moderate15.0%
123
23.7%
116
36.0%
40
619.6%
279
Non-Christian0.7%
6
3.5%
17
18.9%
21
63.1%
44
TOTAL100.0%
822
100.0%
489
100.0%
111
841422

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Religious Tradition by Region of the Country


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central, or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
Roman Catholic14.1%
28
4.7%
18
2.4%
17
7.8%
16
5.2%
79
White conservative,
evangelical, or fundamentalist
30.8%
61
58.0%
224
47.3%
339
54.9%
113
48.9%
737
Black Protestant12.6%
25
16.1%
62
36.7%
263
1.9%
4
23.5%
354
White liberal or moderate33.3%
66
17.1%
66
12.8%
92
29.6%
61
18.9%
285
Non-Christian9.1%
18
4.1%
16
0.7%
5
5.8%
12
3.4%
51
TOTAL100.0%
198
100.0%
386
100.0%
716
100.0%
206
1506

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Religious Tradition by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Roman Catholic4.3%
39
7.5%
32
4.2%
5
35.2%
76
White conservative,
evangelical, or fundamentalist
62.9%
575
25.8%
110
21.7%
26
2648.7%
711
Black Protestant17.5%
160
37.6%
160
18.3%
22
1223.4%
342
White liberal or moderate13.7%
125
24.4%
104
44.2%
53
319.3%
282
Non-Christian1.6%
15
4.7%
20
11.7%
14
23.4%
49
TOTAL100.0%
914
100.0%
426
100.0%
120
461460

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Religious Tradition by Year


19982006TOTAL
Roman Catholic6.2%
76
5.3%
80
5.7%
156
White conservative,
evangelical, or fundamentalist
46.7%
577
48.9%
737
47.9%
1314
Black Protestant16.4%
203
23.5%
354
20.3%
557
White liberal or moderate25.3%
313
18.9%
285
21.8%
598
Non-Christian5.3%
66
3.4%
51
4.3%
117
TOTAL100.0%
1235
100.0%
1507
2742

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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. A full codebook, prepared by the primary investigator, is available for download here. The codebook contains the original questionnaire, as well as detailed information on survey methodology, weights, coding, and more.