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Religious Tradition - collapsed; Remarks: TRAD3 uses all available information to place congregations into very broad religious traditions [ARDA Note: Please see TRAD3 in the survey instrument for full remarks.] (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset (1998, 2006-2007, 2012, and 2018-2019))

Each question was asked of a key informant from the congregation, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, or other staff person or leader.


Religious Tradition (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]

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Religious Tradition (Demographic Patterns)

 

Religious Tradition by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Roman Catholic
4.0%
22
9.0%
42
5.6%
10

4
6.2%
74
White conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalist
71.3%
390
23.6%
110
7.2%
13

26
43.0%
513
Black Protestant
10.4%
57
32.0%
149
18.9%
34

29
20.1%
240
White liberal or moderate
11.7%
64
26.6%
124
38.9%
70

6
21.6%
258
Non-Christian
2.6%
14
8.8%
41
29.4%
53

6
9.1%
108
TOTAL
100.0%
547
100.0%
466
100.0%
180

71

1193


 


Religious Tradition by Region (2018-2019)


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
Roman Catholic
8.5%
14
5.6%
17
5.8%
34
6.2%
13
6.2%
78
White conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalist
18.3%
30
46.8%
141
46.7%
273
45.0%
95
42.7%
539
Black Protestant
14.6%
24
16.9%
51
28.4%
166
12.8%
27
21.3%
268
White liberal or moderate
43.3%
71
25.9%
78
12.0%
70
20.9%
44
20.9%
263
Non-Christian
15.2%
25
4.7%
14
7.2%
42
15.2%
32
9.0%
113
TOTAL
100.0%
164
100.0%
301
100.0%
585
100.0%
211

1261


 


Religious Tradition by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Roman Catholic
100.0%
77
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
6.1%
77
White conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalist
0.0%
0
100.0%
539
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
42.7%
539
Black Protestant
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
268
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
21.3%
268
White liberal or moderate
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
264
0.0%
0
20.9%
264
Non-Christian
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
113
9.0%
113
TOTAL
100.0%
77
100.0%
539
100.0%
268
100.0%
264
100.0%
113

1261


 


Religious Tradition by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Roman Catholic
3.7%
24
10.4%
42
6.3%
9

2
6.3%
75
White conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalist
65.8%
426
21.2%
86
0.7%
1

26
42.9%
513
Black Protestant
16.1%
104
31.1%
126
4.9%
7

31
19.8%
237
White liberal or moderate
12.7%
82
23.5%
95
56.6%
81

6
21.6%
258
Non-Christian
1.7%
11
13.8%
56
31.5%
45

2
9.4%
112
TOTAL
100.0%
647
100.0%
405
100.0%
143

67

1195


 


Religious Tradition by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
Roman Catholic
7.3%
90
6.0%
90
5.5%
73
6.1%
77
6.2%
330
White conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalist
45.7%
564
47.8%
720
46.1%
613
42.7%
539
45.7%
2436
Black Protestant
15.8%
195
23.4%
353
21.4%
284
21.3%
268
20.6%
1100
White liberal or moderate
26.3%
325
19.7%
296
20.4%
271
20.9%
264
21.7%
1156
Non-Christian
4.9%
60
3.1%
47
6.7%
89
9.0%
113
5.8%
309
TOTAL
100.0%
1234
100.0%
1506
100.0%
1330
100.0%
1261

5331



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations. Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the 1998 NCS data was the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. Subsequent NCS waves were conducted in 2006-07, 2012, and 2018-19. The 2006-07 NCS sample includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations. The 2018-19 NCS includes a subset of congregations that also were interviewed in 2012.



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