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If they are otherwise qualified, are women in your congregation permitted to: Preach at a main worship service? (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.


Can Women Preach? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]




Can Women Preach? (Demographic Patterns)


Can Women Preach? by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes66.9%
241
62.6%
243
63.6%
362
89.2%
83
6465.9%
929
No30.8%
111
36.1%
140
35.5%
202
10.8%
10
2532.8%
463
Don't know2.2%
8
1.3%
5
0.9%
5
0.0%
0
01.3%
18
MISSING013509
TOTAL100.0%
360
100.0%
388
100.0%
569
100.0%
93
891410

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Can Women Preach? by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes71.1%
143
68.6%
254
63.6%
238
64.0%
185
66.2%
172
066.4%
992
No28.4%
57
29.5%
109
34.5%
129
35.6%
103
33.8%
88
132.5%
486
Don't know0.5%
1
1.9%
7
1.9%
7
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
01.1%
16
MISSING0401005
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
370
100.0%
374
100.0%
289
100.0%
260
11494

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Can Women Preach? by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes55.0%
452
77.3%
378
94.6%
105
5765.8%
935
No43.3%
356
22.1%
108
5.4%
6
1733.1%
470
Don't know1.7%
14
0.6%
3
0.0%
0
01.2%
17
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
822
100.0%
489
100.0%
111
741422

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Can Women Preach? 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
Yes70.1%
138
68.3%
261
60.0%
428
80.4%
164
66.2%
991
No26.4%
52
30.9%
118
39.0%
278
19.6%
40
32.6%
488
Don't know3.6%
7
0.8%
3
1.0%
7
0.0%
0
1.1%
17
MISSING04329
TOTAL100.0%
197
100.0%
382
100.0%
713
100.0%
204
1496

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Can Women Preach? by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes21.5%
17
56.3%
410
71.5%
254
95.4%
272
78.4%
40
66.3%
993
No78.5%
62
43.0%
313
27.3%
97
1.8%
5
21.6%
11
32.6%
488
Don't know0.0%
0
0.7%
5
1.1%
4
2.8%
8
0.0%
0
1.1%
17
MISSING090009
TOTAL100.0%
79
100.0%
728
100.0%
355
100.0%
285
100.0%
51
1498

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Can Women Preach? by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes53.9%
493
83.5%
355
97.5%
118
2666.2%
966
No45.0%
411
14.8%
63
2.5%
3
1132.7%
477
Don't know1.1%
10
1.6%
7
0.0%
0
01.2%
17
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
914
100.0%
425
100.0%
121
371460

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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.