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Within the past twelve months, have there been any groups or meetings or classes or events specifically focused on the following purposes or activities? To discuss politics? (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.


Discuss Politics? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Discuss Politics? (Demographic Patterns)


Discuss Politics? by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes12.3%
44
4.9%
19
5.8%
33
0.0%
0
06.8%
96
No87.7%
315
95.1%
370
94.2%
538
100.0%
98
8893.2%
1321
MISSING000000
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
389
100.0%
571
100.0%
98
881417

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Discuss Politics? by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes5.0%
10
5.1%
19
1.9%
7
7.2%
21
15.4%
40
16.5%
97
No95.0%
191
94.9%
356
98.1%
368
92.8%
269
84.6%
220
493.5%
1404
MISSING0000000
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
375
100.0%
375
100.0%
290
100.0%
260
51501

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Discuss Politics? by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes2.2%
18
8.0%
39
34.2%
38
36.7%
95
No97.8%
804
92.0%
451
65.8%
73
8293.3%
1328
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
822
100.0%
490
100.0%
111
851423

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Discuss 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
Yes10.7%
21
6.2%
24
4.2%
30
10.2%
21
6.4%
96
No89.3%
176
93.8%
362
95.8%
686
89.8%
185
93.6%
1409
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
197
100.0%
386
100.0%
716
100.0%
206
1505

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Discuss Politics? by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes17.7%
14
3.5%
26
4.8%
17
12.3%
35
7.8%
4
6.4%
96
No82.3%
65
96.5%
710
95.2%
337
87.7%
249
92.2%
47
93.6%
1408
MISSING000000
TOTAL100.0%
79
100.0%
736
100.0%
354
100.0%
284
100.0%
51
1504

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Discuss Politics? by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes3.0%
27
8.0%
34
29.8%
36
06.6%
97
No97.0%
887
92.0%
391
70.2%
85
4693.4%
1363
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
914
100.0%
425
100.0%
121
461460

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Discuss Politics? by Year


19982006TOTAL
Yes6.6%
81
6.4%
97
6.5%
178
No93.4%
1146
93.6%
1409
93.5%
2555
MISSING707
TOTAL100.0%
1227
100.0%
1506
2733

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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.