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Of the [NUMBER OF ADULT PARTICIPANTS] regular adult participants, what percent would you say live in households with income under $25,000 a year? (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.


Percent Poor (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Percent Poor (Demographic Patterns)


Percent Poor by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
0-25%70.1%
204
59.5%
178
63.0%
290
65.7%
44
1364.1%
716
26-50%14.8%
43
25.4%
76
14.3%
66
14.9%
10
317.5%
195
51-75%7.6%
22
8.0%
24
13.7%
63
10.4%
7
1410.4%
116
76-100%7.6%
22
7.0%
21
8.9%
41
9.0%
6
58.1%
90
MISSING6891111320302
TOTAL100.0%
291
100.0%
299
100.0%
460
100.0%
67
351117

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Percent Poor by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
0-25%35.2%
45
53.6%
143
64.1%
189
72.0%
172
80.4%
180
163.2%
729
26-50%2.3%
3
25.1%
67
17.6%
52
18.4%
44
13.8%
31
017.1%
197
51-75%39.1%
50
10.1%
27
8.5%
25
7.9%
19
4.0%
9
011.3%
130
76-100%23.4%
30
11.2%
30
9.8%
29
1.7%
4
1.8%
4
08.4%
97
MISSING731087952370349
TOTAL100.0%
128
100.0%
267
100.0%
295
100.0%
239
100.0%
224
11153

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Percent Poor by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%65.7%
420
55.9%
214
78.3%
72
2363.4%
706
26-50%15.6%
100
19.6%
75
12.0%
11
1116.7%
186
51-75%8.9%
57
16.7%
64
9.8%
9
011.7%
130
76-100%9.7%
62
7.8%
30
0.0%
0
48.3%
92
MISSING183105190307
TOTAL100.0%
639
100.0%
383
100.0%
92
381114

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Percent Poor 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
0-25%79.0%
124
58.9%
179
57.7%
299
73.4%
127
63.3%
729
26-50%14.0%
22
14.8%
45
19.1%
99
17.9%
31
17.1%
197
51-75%1.9%
3
15.1%
46
13.9%
72
5.2%
9
11.3%
130
76-100%5.1%
8
11.2%
34
9.3%
48
3.5%
6
8.3%
96
MISSING408319833354
TOTAL100.0%
157
100.0%
304
100.0%
518
100.0%
173
1152

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Percent Poor by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
0-25%63.6%
42
70.2%
374
32.6%
87
77.7%
195
85.7%
30
63.2%
728
26-50%19.7%
13
15.9%
85
18.4%
49
18.7%
47
11.4%
4
17.2%
198
51-75%9.1%
6
9.6%
51
23.6%
63
3.6%
9
2.9%
1
11.3%
130
76-100%7.6%
5
4.3%
23
25.5%
68
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
8.3%
96
MISSING14204873315353
TOTAL100.0%
66
100.0%
533
100.0%
267
100.0%
251
100.0%
35
1152

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Percent Poor by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
0-25%65.9%
461
54.6%
183
77.1%
81
463.6%
725
26-50%15.6%
109
20.3%
68
14.3%
15
616.8%
192
51-75%9.3%
65
16.4%
55
8.6%
9
111.3%
129
76-100%9.3%
65
8.7%
29
0.0%
0
28.2%
94
MISSING21490160320
TOTAL100.0%
700
100.0%
335
100.0%
105
131140

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Percent Poor by Year


19982006TOTAL
0-25%49.4%
465
63.3%
729
57.0%
1194
26-50%23.2%
218
17.1%
197
19.8%
415
51-75%11.9%
112
11.3%
130
11.6%
242
76-100%15.5%
146
8.3%
96
11.6%
242
MISSING294354648
TOTAL100.0%
941
100.0%
1152
2093

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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.