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Is there one person who is the head or senior clergy person or religious leader in your congregation? (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.


Is there a religious leader? (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]

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Demographic Patterns


Is there a religious leader? (Demographic Patterns)

 

Is there a religious leader? by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Yes
95.4%
519
96.8%
451
82.7%
148

65
94.0%
1118
No
4.6%
25
3.2%
15
17.3%
31

6
6.0%
71
Missing
1
0
0
0
1
TOTAL
100.0%
544
100.0%
466
100.0%
179

71

1189


 


Is there a religious leader? 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
Yes
84.8%
140
93.0%
280
97.1%
567
92.9%
196
93.8%
1183
No
15.2%
25
7.0%
21
2.9%
17
7.1%
15
6.2%
78
Missing
0
0
1
0
1
TOTAL
100.0%
165
100.0%
301
100.0%
584
100.0%
211

1261


 


Is there a religious leader? by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes
98.7%
76
94.1%
507
97.8%
261
93.6%
247
80.7%
92
93.8%
1183
No
1.3%
1
5.9%
32
2.2%
6
6.4%
17
19.3%
22
6.2%
78
Missing
0
0
1
0
0
1
TOTAL
100.0%
77
100.0%
539
100.0%
267
100.0%
264
100.0%
114

1261


 


Is there a religious leader? by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Yes
96.4%
624
92.3%
373
87.5%
126

60
94.0%
1123
No
3.6%
23
7.7%
31
12.5%
18

6
6.0%
72
Missing
0
1
0
0
1
TOTAL
100.0%
647
100.0%
404
100.0%
144

66

1195


 


Is there a religious leader? by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
Yes
92.3%
1136
95.0%
1431
94.1%
1253
93.8%
1183
93.9%
5003
No
7.7%
95
5.0%
75
5.9%
78
6.2%
78
6.1%
326
Missing
3
0
0
1
4
TOTAL
100.0%
1231
100.0%
1506
100.0%
1331
100.0%
1261

5329



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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