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Was there a time during the service for silent prayer or meditation? (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.


Prayer? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Prayer? (Demographic Patterns)


Prayer? by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes75.8%
272
74.8%
291
71.5%
408
76.5%
75
5973.8%
1046
No24.2%
87
25.2%
98
28.5%
163
23.5%
23
3026.2%
371
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
389
100.0%
571
100.0%
98
891417

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Prayer? by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes57.2%
115
73.0%
273
74.1%
278
74.5%
216
83.1%
217
573.2%
1099
No42.8%
86
27.0%
101
25.9%
97
25.5%
74
16.9%
44
026.8%
402
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
374
100.0%
375
100.0%
290
100.0%
261
51501

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Prayer? by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes73.7%
606
70.3%
344
91.0%
101
5473.9%
1051
No26.3%
216
29.7%
145
9.0%
10
3026.1%
371
TOTAL100.0%
822
100.0%
489
100.0%
111
841422

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Prayer? 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
Yes88.9%
176
69.2%
267
70.0%
501
77.7%
160
73.3%
1104
No11.1%
22
30.8%
119
30.0%
215
22.3%
46
26.7%
402
TOTAL100.0%
198
100.0%
386
100.0%
716
100.0%
206
1506

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Prayer? by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes98.7%
78
70.8%
522
61.1%
217
84.2%
240
96.1%
49
73.4%
1106
No1.3%
1
29.2%
215
38.9%
138
15.8%
45
3.9%
2
26.6%
401
TOTAL100.0%
79
100.0%
737
100.0%
355
100.0%
285
100.0%
51
1507

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Prayer? by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes74.0%
676
68.2%
290
90.0%
108
3073.7%
1074
No26.0%
237
31.8%
135
10.0%
12
1726.3%
384
TOTAL100.0%
913
100.0%
425
100.0%
120
471458

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Prayer? by Year


19982006TOTAL
Yes73.6%
906
73.4%
1105
73.5%
2011
No26.4%
325
26.6%
401
26.5%
726
TOTAL100.0%
1231
100.0%
1506
2737

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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.