Congregational QuickStats > Politics
Search QuickStats:

Politically speaking, would your congregation be considered more on the conservative side, more on the liberal side, or right in the middle? (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.


Politics (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]


Demographic Patterns


Politics (Demographic Patterns)

 

Politics by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalTOTAL
More on the conservative side
100.0%
546
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
45.8%
546
Right in the middle
0.0%
0
100.0%
466
0.0%
0
39.1%
466
More on the liberal side
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
180
15.1%
180
TOTAL
100.0%
546
100.0%
466
100.0%
180

1192


 


Politics 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
More on the conservative side
31.0%
49
51.8%
143
46.8%
267
46.2%
86
45.8%
545
Right in the middle
36.1%
57
30.4%
84
44.9%
256
37.1%
69
39.2%
466
More on the liberal side
32.9%
52
17.8%
49
8.2%
47
16.7%
31
15.0%
179
Missing
7
24
15
25
71
TOTAL
100.0%
158
100.0%
276
100.0%
570
100.0%
186

1190


 


Politics by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
More on the conservative side
29.7%
22
76.0%
390
23.8%
57
24.8%
64
13.0%
14
45.9%
547
Right in the middle
56.8%
42
21.4%
110
62.1%
149
48.1%
124
38.0%
41
39.1%
466
More on the liberal side
13.5%
10
2.5%
13
14.2%
34
27.1%
70
49.1%
53
15.1%
180
Missing
4
26
29
6
6
71
TOTAL
100.0%
74
100.0%
513
100.0%
240
100.0%
258
100.0%
108

1193


 


Politics by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
More on the conservative side
68.6%
434
21.1%
84
11.9%
17

10
45.6%
535
Right in the middle
29.2%
185
65.1%
259
11.9%
17

6
39.3%
461
More on the liberal side
2.2%
14
13.8%
55
76.2%
109

2
15.2%
178
Missing
15
8
0
0
23
TOTAL
100.0%
633
100.0%
398
100.0%
143

18

1174


 


Politics by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
More on the conservative side
62.1%
726
58.1%
829
54.8%
703
45.8%
546
55.3%
2804
Right in the middle
30.6%
358
34.6%
494
33.7%
432
39.1%
466
34.5%
1750
More on the liberal side
7.4%
86
7.4%
105
11.5%
147
15.1%
180
10.2%
518
Missing
63
78
50
71
262
TOTAL
100.0%
1170
100.0%
1428
100.0%
1282
100.0%
1192

5072



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.



Bookmark and Share