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At least 30 percent of people in the congregation's census tract are below the official poverty level. [ARDA Note: Please see POOR30_ALL4 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.


At least 30% of congregation below povery level? (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]


Demographic Patterns


At least 30% of congregation below povery level? (Demographic Patterns)

 

At least 30% of congregation below povery level? by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
No
83.5%
456
84.3%
393
87.2%
156

64
84.4%
1005
Yes
16.5%
90
15.7%
73
12.8%
23

7
15.6%
186
TOTAL
100.0%
546
100.0%
466
100.0%
179

71

1191


 


At least 30% of congregation below povery level? 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
No
93.3%
154
74.0%
222
87.2%
510
86.3%
183
84.7%
1069
Yes
6.7%
11
26.0%
78
12.8%
75
13.7%
29
15.3%
193
TOTAL
100.0%
165
100.0%
300
100.0%
585
100.0%
212

1262


 


At least 30% of congregation below povery level? by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
No
85.7%
66
86.5%
466
71.7%
193
89.4%
236
95.6%
108
84.7%
1069
Yes
14.3%
11
13.5%
73
28.3%
76
10.6%
28
4.4%
5
15.3%
193
TOTAL
100.0%
77
100.0%
539
100.0%
269
100.0%
264
100.0%
113

1262


 


At least 30% of congregation below povery level? by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
No
84.1%
544
82.5%
335
89.6%
129

63
84.2%
1008
Yes
15.9%
103
17.5%
71
10.4%
15

4
15.8%
189
TOTAL
100.0%
647
100.0%
406
100.0%
144

67

1197


 


At least 30% of congregation below povery level? by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
No
88.2%
1078
85.9%
1294
82.9%
1087
84.7%
1069
85.4%
4528
Yes
11.8%
144
14.1%
213
17.1%
224
15.3%
193
14.6%
774
Missing
12
0
21
0
33
TOTAL
100.0%
1222
100.0%
1507
100.0%
1311
100.0%
1262

5302



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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