Congregational QuickStats > U.S. Congregations > Religious Identity

Politically speaking, would your congregation be considered more on the conservative side, more on the liberal side, or right in the middle? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (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.


Politics (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Politics (Demographic Patterns)


Politics by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
More on the conservative side52.8%
186
62.2%
229
59.1%
317
52.7%
48
4157.9%
780
Right in the middle40.3%
142
26.9%
99
34.3%
184
40.7%
37
2734.3%
462
More on the liberal side6.8%
24
10.9%
40
6.5%
35
6.6%
6
67.8%
105
MISSING720368071
TOTAL100.0%
352
100.0%
368
100.0%
536
100.0%
91
741347

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Politics by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
More on the conservative side34.2%
66
64.1%
229
66.5%
232
61.2%
167
51.0%
127
057.8%
821
Right in the middle60.1%
116
28.3%
101
25.5%
89
31.1%
85
39.4%
98
134.4%
489
More on the liberal side5.7%
11
7.6%
27
8.0%
28
7.7%
21
9.6%
24
07.8%
111
MISSING718261812081
TOTAL100.0%
193
100.0%
357
100.0%
349
100.0%
273
100.0%
249
11421

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Politics 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
More on the conservative side48.9%
93
60.5%
225
58.4%
388
59.3%
115
57.8%
821
Right in the middle38.4%
73
32.3%
120
35.8%
238
29.9%
58
34.4%
489
More on the liberal side12.6%
24
7.3%
27
5.7%
38
10.8%
21
7.7%
110
MISSING813511284
TOTAL100.0%
190
100.0%
372
100.0%
664
100.0%
194
1420

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Politics by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
More on the conservative side39.2%
29
75.9%
524
41.8%
140
44.1%
123
13.6%
6
57.8%
822
Right in the middle54.1%
40
21.3%
147
50.4%
169
41.6%
116
38.6%
17
34.4%
489
More on the liberal side6.8%
5
2.8%
19
7.8%
26
14.3%
40
47.7%
21
7.8%
111
MISSING547206684
TOTAL100.0%
74
100.0%
690
100.0%
335
100.0%
279
100.0%
44
1422

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Politics by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
More on the conservative side79.4%
705
25.9%
106
8.3%
10
057.9%
821
Right in the middle19.7%
175
69.4%
284
24.2%
29
134.4%
488
More on the liberal side0.9%
8
4.6%
19
67.5%
81
37.6%
108
MISSING26150041
TOTAL100.0%
888
100.0%
409
100.0%
120
41417

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Politics by Year


19982006TOTAL
More on the conservative side61.3%
718
57.8%
822
59.4%
1540
Right in the middle30.8%
361
34.4%
489
32.8%
850
More on the liberal side7.9%
93
7.8%
111
7.9%
204
MISSING6284146
TOTAL100.0%
1172
100.0%
1422
2594

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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.