U.S. Congregational Life Survey, Wave 2, 2008/2009, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Attender Survey

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All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) How often do you go to worship services at this congregation? (ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) This is my first time5641.9
2) Hardly ever or special occasions only5391.8
3) Less than once a month6592.2
4) Once a month10373.5
5) Two or three times a month604220.3
6) Usually every week1977666.3
7) More than once a week12144.1
Missing145 
TOTAL29831100.0
2) How long have you been going to worship services or activities at this congregation? (LNGATTND)
TOTAL%
1) Less than one year14704.9
2) One-two years18776.3
3) Three-five years335611.3
4) Six-10 years384812.9
5) 11-20 years534517.9
6) More than 20 years1314044.1
7) I am visiting from another congregation5561.9
8) I am visiting and do not regularly go anywhere else2130.7
Missing171 
TOTAL29805100.0
3) Are you currently a member of this congregation? (CURRMEMB)
TOTAL%
1) Yes2596287.5
2) No, but I'm in the process of becoming a member5561.9
3) No, but I regularly participate here17796.0
4) No13824.7
Missing297 
TOTAL29679100.0
4) Are you regularly involved in any group activities here? (Mark all that apply.) Yes, in Sunday school, church school or Sabbath school (SUNSCHL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2302376.8
1) Checked695323.2
TOTAL29976100.0
5) Are you regularly involved in any group activities here? (Mark all that apply.) Yes, in prayer, discussion or Bible study groups (PRAYGRP)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2285976.3
1) Checked711723.7
TOTAL29976100.0
6) Are you regularly involved in any group activities here? (Mark all that apply.) Yes, in fellowships, clubs or other social groups (SOCLGRP)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked1855761.9
1) Checked1141938.1
TOTAL29976100.0
7) Are you regularly involved in any group activities here? (Mark all that apply.) No, we have no group activities (NOGRP)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2868695.7
1) Checked12904.3
TOTAL29976100.0
8) Are you regularly involved in any group activities here? (Mark all that apply.) No, I am not regularly involved in group activities (NOREGGRP)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked1905263.6
1) Checked1092436.4
TOTAL29976100.0
9) Do you regularly take part in any activities of this congregation that reach out to the wider community (visitation, evangelism, outreach, community service, social justice)? (Mark all that apply.) Yes, in evangelism or outreach activities (EVANACT)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2479982.7
1) Checked517717.3
TOTAL29976100.0
10) Do you regularly take part in any activities of this congregation that reach out to the wider community (visitation, evangelism, outreach, community service, social justice)? (Mark all that apply.) Yes, in community service, social justice or advocacy activities of this congregation (COMMSERV)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2138471.3
1) Checked859228.7
TOTAL29976100.0
11) Do you regularly take part in any activities of this congregation that reach out to the wider community (visitation, evangelism, outreach, community service, social justice)? (Mark all that apply.) No, we don't have such activities (NOACTV)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2882096.1
1) Checked11563.9
TOTAL29976100.0
12) Do you regularly take part in any activities of this congregation that reach out to the wider community (visitation, evangelism, outreach, community service, social justice)? (Mark all that apply.) No, I am not regularly involved (NOREGACT)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked1353245.1
1) Checked1644454.9
TOTAL29976100.0
13) Do you currently have any of the following roles here? (Mark all that apply.) Member of the governing board (BOARDMEM)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2732691.2
1) Checked26508.8
TOTAL29976100.0
14) Do you currently have any of the following roles here? (Mark all that apply.) Member of a congregational committee or task force (COMMTTEE)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2483082.8
1) Checked514617.2
TOTAL29976100.0
15) Do you currently have any of the following roles here? (Mark all that apply.) Leading or assisting in worship (LEDWRSHP)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2515683.9
1) Checked482016.1
TOTAL29976100.0
16) Do you currently have any of the following roles here? (Mark all that apply.) Officer or leader of men's, women's, youth or other group (LEADGRP)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2771792.5
1) Checked22597.5
TOTAL29976100.0
17) Do you currently have any of the following roles here? (Mark all that apply.) Choir member, musician or choir director (CHOIRMEM)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2549185.0
1) Checked448515.0
TOTAL29976100.0
18) Do you currently have any of the following roles here? (Mark all that apply.) Sunday school, church school or Sabbath school teacher (RELEDTCH)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2679989.4
1) Checked317710.6
TOTAL29976100.0
19) Do you currently have any of the following roles here? (Mark all that apply.) Other role not listed here (OTHRROLE)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2558085.3
1) Checked439614.7
TOTAL29976100.0
20) Do you currently have any of the following roles here? (Mark all that apply.) None (NOROLE)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked1704156.8
1) Checked1293543.2
TOTAL29976100.0
21) To what extent do the worship services or activities of this congregation help you with everyday living? (CONGHELP)
TOTAL%
1) A great extent1658156.2
2) Some extent1022334.6
3) A small extent20767.0
4) Not at all6312.1
Missing465 
TOTAL29511100.0
22) How often do you spend time in private devotional activities (such as prayer, meditation, reading the Bible alone)? (DEVOTNL)
TOTAL%
1) Every day or most days1302443.8
2) A few times a week573419.3
3) Once a week13384.5
4) Occasionally634621.3
5) Hardly ever26318.8
6) Never6692.2
Missing234 
TOTAL29742100.0
23) Over the last year, how much have you grown in your faith? (Mark only one.) (GRWFAITH)
TOTAL%
1) No real growth24098.2
2) Some growth1394047.5
3) Much growth, mainly through this congregation909831.0
4) Much growth, mainly through other groups or congregations13934.7
5) Much growth, mainly through my own private activities24978.5
Missing639 
TOTAL29337100.0
24) Which statement comes closest to your view of the Bible? (Mark only one.) (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the word of God, to be taken literally word for word626821.2
2) The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical context and the Church's teachings1516851.4
3) The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical context and cultural context571919.4
4) The Bible is not the word of God, but contains God's word to us13304.5
5) The Bible is not the word of God, but is a valuable book2100.7
6) The Bible is an ancient book with little value today680.2
7) Don't know7602.6
Missing453 
TOTAL29523100.0
25) Do you agree or disagree with this statement: 'All the different religions are equally good ways of helping a person find ultimate truth'? (ALLGOOD)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree358212.1
2) Agree1185840.1
3) Neutral or unsure700623.7
4) Disagree518017.5
5) Strongly agree19576.6
Missing393 
TOTAL29583100.0
26) Do you agree or disagree: 'My spiritual needs are being met in this congregation or parish'? (NEEDSMET)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree911730.9
2) Agree1582853.6
3) Neutral or unsure364012.3
4) Disagree7782.6
5) Strongly agree1700.6
Missing443 
TOTAL29533100.0
27) Which one of the following best describes your readiness to talk to others about your faith? (Mark only one.) (TALKFTH)
TOTAL%
1) I do not have faith, so the question is not applicable2520.9
2) I do not talk about my faith; my life and actions are sufficient365912.4
3) I find it hard to talk about my faith in ordinary language506017.2
4) I mostly feel at ease talking about my faith and do so if it comes up1699657.7
5) I feel at ease talking about my faith and seek opportunities to do so350711.9
Missing502 
TOTAL29474100.0
28) Have you ever had a conversion experience or a moment of decisive faith commitment? (CONVEXP)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1075338.0
2) No988335.0
3) Not sure763427.0
Missing1706 
TOTAL28270100.0
29) Are you involved in any community service, social service or advocacy groups not connected to this congregation? (Mark all that apply.) Yes, social service or charity groups (OTHSERV)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked1948565.0
1) Checked1049135.0
TOTAL29976100.0
30) Are you involved in any community service, social service or advocacy groups not connected to this congregation? (Mark all that apply.) Yes, advocacy, justice or lobbying groups (OTHADVO)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2833594.5
1) Checked16415.5
TOTAL29976100.0
31) Are you involved in any community service, social service or advocacy groups not connected to this congregation? (Mark all that apply.) No, I'm not involved with such groups (NOINVOTH)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked1201040.1
1) Checked1796659.9
TOTAL29976100.0
32) Would you be prepared to invite to a worship service here any of your friends and relatives who do not now attend a congregation? (INVITE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, and I have done so in the past 12 months1112638.0
2) Yes, but I have not done so in the past 12 months1385547.3
3) No, probably not24248.3
4) No, definitely not1860.6
5) Don't know16715.7
Missing714 
TOTAL29262100.0
33) In the past 12 months, have you done any of the following? (Mark all that apply.) Loaned money to someone outside your family (LOANED)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2369179.0
1) Checked628521.0
TOTAL29976100.0
34) In the past 12 months, have you done any of the following? (Mark all that apply.) Cared for someone outside your family who was very sick (CARED)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2427081.0
1) Checked570619.0
TOTAL29976100.0
35) In the past 12 months, have you done any of the following? (Mark all that apply.) Helped someone outside your family find a job (FINDJOB)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2505283.6
1) Checked492416.4
TOTAL29976100.0
36) In the past 12 months, have you done any of the following? (Mark all that apply.) Donated or prepared food for someone outside your family or congregation (PREPFOOD)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked1427147.6
1) Checked1570552.4
TOTAL29976100.0
37) In the past 12 months, have you done any of the following? (Mark all that apply.) Will vote or did vote in the 2008 presidential election (VOTED08)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked496116.5
1) Checked2501583.5
TOTAL29976100.0
38) In the past 12 months, have you done any of the following? (Mark all that apply.) Donated money to a charitable organization (other than this congregation) (DONATED)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked771525.7
1) Checked2226174.3
TOTAL29976100.0
39) In the past 12 months, have you done any of the following? (Mark all that apply.) Worked with others to try to solve a community problem (WORKSOLV)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2392879.8
1) Checked604820.2
TOTAL29976100.0
40) In the past 12 months, have you done any of the following? (Mark all that apply.) Contacted an elected official about a public issue (CONTACT)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2505183.6
1) Checked492516.4
TOTAL29976100.0
41) In the past 12 months, have you done any of the following? (Mark all that apply.) Contributed money to a political party or candidate (CONTRIB)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2546284.9
1) Checked451415.1
TOTAL29976100.0
42) In the past 12 months, have you done any of the following? (Mark all that apply.) Spoke at a decision-making meeting of this congregation (SPOKEMTG)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2564385.5
1) Checked433314.5
TOTAL29976100.0
43) In the past 12 months, have you done any of the following? (Mark all that apply.) Went on a mission or service trip (MISSION)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2842694.8
1) Checked15505.2
TOTAL29976100.0
44) How satisfied are you with what is offered here for children and youth (less than 19 years of age)? (OFFRYTH)
TOTAL%
1) Very satisfied727724.9
2) Satisfied1091437.3
3) Mixed feelings548918.8
4) Dissatisfied13854.7
5) Very dissatisfied3881.3
6) Not sure or not applicable377512.9
Missing748 
TOTAL29228100.0
45) Do you have any close friends in this congregation? (CONGFRND)
TOTAL%
1) No, I have little contact with others from this congregation outside of activities24778.4
2) No, I have some friends in this congregation, but my closest friends are not involved here522117.8
3) Yes, I have some close friends here as well as other close friends who are not part of this congregation1838462.5
4) Yes, most of my closest friends are part of this congregation331411.3
Missing580 
TOTAL29396100.0
46) Does this congregation have a clear vision, goals or direction for its ministry and mission? (VISION)
TOTAL%
1) I am not aware of such a vision, goals or direction287610.1
2) There are ideas but no clear vision, goals or direction477216.8
3) Yes, and I am strongly committed to them972134.1
4) Yes, and I am partly committed to them897331.5
5) Yes, but I am not committed to them21267.5
Missing1508 
TOTAL28468100.0
47) Which one statement best describes your involvement in the making of important decisions in this congregation? (INVDECID)
TOTAL%
1) I have been given the opportunity and often participate in decision-making578620.5
2) I have been given the opportunity and occasionally get involved in decision-making767227.2
3) I have been given the opportunity but don't usually get involved in decision-making987535.0
4) I have not been given an opportunity to be involved and this is fine with me420414.9
5) I have not been given an opportunity to be involved and I am not happy about this7072.5
Missing1732 
TOTAL28244100.0
48) Do you have a strong sense of belonging to this congregation? (BELONGNG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, a strong sense of belonging that is growing1230542.1
2) Yes, a strong sense -- about the same as last year1021034.9
3) Yes, but perhaps not as strong as in the past306510.5
4) No, but I am new here9633.3
5) No, and I wish I did by now6242.1
6) No, but I am happy as I am10993.8
7) Not applicable9573.3
Missing753 
TOTAL29223100.0
49) While you may value many different styles of music, which two of the following do you prefer in congregational worship? (Mark up to two.) Traditional hymns (TRADHYMN)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked845928.2
1) Checked2151771.8
TOTAL29976100.0
50) While you may value many different styles of music, which two of the following do you prefer in congregational worship? (Mark up to two.) Praise music or choruses (PRAISMUS)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2242274.8
1) Checked755425.2
TOTAL29976100.0
51) While you may value many different styles of music, which two of the following do you prefer in congregational worship? (Mark up to two.) Contemporary hymns (CONTHYMN)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2133171.2
1) Checked864528.8
TOTAL29976100.0
52) While you may value many different styles of music, which two of the following do you prefer in congregational worship? (Mark up to two.) Other contemporary music or songs (not hymns) (OTHCNTMP)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2636788.0
1) Checked360912.0
TOTAL29976100.0
53) While you may value many different styles of music, which two of the following do you prefer in congregational worship? (Mark up to two.) Sung responsorial psalms (PSALMS)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2887496.3
1) Checked11023.7
TOTAL29976100.0
54) While you may value many different styles of music, which two of the following do you prefer in congregational worship? (Mark up to two.) Classical music or chorales (CLASSMUS)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2747891.7
1) Checked24988.3
TOTAL29976100.0
55) While you may value many different styles of music, which two of the following do you prefer in congregational worship? (Mark up to two.) Contemplative chants (Taize, Iona) (CHANTS)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2967399.0
1) Checked3031.0
TOTAL29976100.0
56) While you may value many different styles of music, which two of the following do you prefer in congregational worship? (Mark up to two.) Music or songs from a variety of cultures (MULTICUL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2784092.9
1) Checked21367.1
TOTAL29976100.0
57) While you may value many different styles of music, which two of the following do you prefer in congregational worship? (Mark up to two.) Gospel music (GOSPEL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2515683.9
1) Checked482016.1
TOTAL29976100.0
58) While you may value many different styles of music, which two of the following do you prefer in congregational worship? (Mark up to two.) No music or hymns (NOMUSIC)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2981199.4
1) Checked1650.6
TOTAL29976100.0
59) While you may value many different styles of music, which two of the following do you prefer in congregational worship? (Mark up to two.) Don't know (DKMUSIC)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2916497.3
1) Checked8122.7
TOTAL29976100.0
60) Do you agree or disagree: 'In general, there is a good match between our congregation and our minister, pastor, priest or rabbi'? (GOODMTCH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree1429549.0
2) Agree1030135.3
3) Neutral or unsure329111.3
4) Disagree6862.3
5) Strongly disagree2100.7
6) There is currently no leader here4121.4
Missing781 
TOTAL29195100.0
61) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) Wider community care or social justice emphasis (SOCJUST)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2551085.1
1) Checked446614.9
TOTAL29976100.0
62) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) Reaching those who do not attend church (REACH)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2618487.3
1) Checked379212.7
TOTAL29976100.0
63) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) Traditional style of worship or music (TRADSTYL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked1751558.4
1) Checked1246141.6
TOTAL29976100.0
64) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) Contemporary style of worship or music (CONTSTYL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2515283.9
1) Checked482416.1
TOTAL29976100.0
65) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) Sharing in Holy Communion, Eucharist or the Lord's Supper (SHARCOMM)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked1339244.7
1) Checked1658455.3
TOTAL29976100.0
66) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) Social activities or meeting new people (SOCLACT)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2625887.6
1) Checked371812.4
TOTAL29976100.0
67) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) Sermons, preaching or homilies (SERMONS)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked1913763.8
1) Checked1083936.2
TOTAL29976100.0
68) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) Bible study or prayer groups, other discussion groups (BIBLSTDY)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2625887.6
1) Checked371812.4
TOTAL29976100.0
69) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) Ministry for children or youth (KIDMNSTR)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2384379.5
1) Checked613320.5
TOTAL29976100.0
70) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) Prayer ministry for one another (PRAYMNST)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2746491.6
1) Checked25128.4
TOTAL29976100.0
71) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) Practical care for one another in times of need (CAREOTHR)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2548885.0
1) Checked448815.0
TOTAL29976100.0
72) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) The congregation's school or preschool (CONGSCHL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2890396.4
1) Checked10733.6
TOTAL29976100.0
73) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) Openness to social diversity (DIVERSTY)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2763392.2
1) Checked23437.8
TOTAL29976100.0
74) Which of the following aspects of this congregation do you personally most value? (Mark up to three.) Adult church-school or Sabbath-school classes (ADLTSCHL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2915997.3
1) Checked8172.7
TOTAL29976100.0
75) Before you started coming to this congregation, were you participating in another congregation? (PARTOTHR)
TOTAL%
1) No, I've come here for most or all of my life612621.3
2) No, before coming here I had not been attending any congregation for several years396013.8
3) No, before coming here I had never regularly attended14705.1
4) Yes, immediately prior to coming here, I was participating in another congregation1720659.8
Missing1214 
TOTAL28762100.0
76) Before you started coming here, what type of congregation did you attend? (Mark only one.) (OTHRTYPE)
TOTAL%
1) Assembly of God1360.5
2) Baptist7122.5
3) Catholic23868.5
4) Episcopal4011.4
5) Lutheran1587056.6
6) Methodist16225.8
7) Nazarene460.2
8) Non-denominational4661.7
9) Pentecostal660.2
10) Presbyterian7822.8
11) Seventh-day Adventist130.0
12) United Church of Christ4851.7
13) Other8843.2
14) I did not attend another congregation before coming here416614.9
Missing1941 
TOTAL28035100.0
77) In what year were you born? 19__ (YEARBRN)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2997652.57420
78) Are you: (GENDER)
TOTAL%
1) Female1743361.7
2) Male1083038.3
Missing1713 
TOTAL28263100.0
79) What is your employment status? (Mark all that apply.) Employed or self-employed full-time (FULLTIME)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked1810860.4
1) Checked1186839.6
TOTAL29976100.0
80) What is your employment status? (Mark all that apply.) Employed or self-employed part-time (PARTTIME)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2640688.1
1) Checked357011.9
TOTAL29976100.0
81) What is your employment status? (Mark all that apply.) Unemployed (UNEMPLYD)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2929497.7
1) Checked6822.3
TOTAL29976100.0
82) What is your employment status? (Mark all that apply.) Retired (RETIRED)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked1925564.2
1) Checked1072135.8
TOTAL29976100.0
83) What is your employment status? (Mark all that apply.) Full-time homemaker (HOMEMAKR)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2817394.0
1) Checked18036.0
TOTAL29976100.0
84) What is your employment status? (Mark all that apply.) Student (STUDENT)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2827694.3
1) Checked17005.7
TOTAL29976100.0
85) What is your employment status? (Mark all that apply.) Other (OTHEREMP)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2932597.8
1) Checked6512.2
TOTAL29976100.0
86) What is the highest educational level you have completed? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) No formal schooling550.2
2) Primary school through eighth grade (K-8)6382.2
3) Some high school17536.0
4) Completed high school1023234.9
5) Trade certificate22557.7
6) Associate degree315010.8
7) Bachelor's degree from a university or college684223.4
8) Master's, doctorate or other graduate degree435514.9
Missing696 
TOTAL29280100.0
87) What is your present marital status? (Mark only one.) (MARITAL)
TOTAL%
1) Never married295610.1
2) In first marriage1673957.2
3) Remarried after divorce332811.4
4) Remarried after death of spouse5541.9
5) Living in a committed relationship5842.0
6) Separated1930.7
7) Divorced16365.6
8) Widowed326011.1
Missing726 
TOTAL29250100.0
88) Do you have a spouse or partner who is also completing a survey here? (SPOUSSUR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1558154.7
2) No1292845.3
Missing1467 
TOTAL28509100.0
89) What is your race or origin? (Mark all that apply.) Asian or Pacific Islander (ASIAN)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2973699.2
1) Checked2400.8
TOTAL29976100.0
90) What is your race or origin? (Mark all that apply.) Black or African American (BLACK)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2972399.2
1) Checked2530.8
TOTAL29976100.0
91) What is your race or origin? (Mark all that apply.) Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin (HISPANIC)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2960798.8
1) Checked3691.2
TOTAL29976100.0
92) What is your race or origin? (Mark all that apply.) Indian (American) or Alaska Native (NATAMER)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2973999.2
1) Checked2370.8
TOTAL29976100.0
93) What is your race or origin? (Mark all that apply.) White or Caucasian (WHITE)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked17966.0
1) Checked2818094.0
TOTAL29976100.0
94) What is your race or origin? (Mark all that apply.) Some other race (OTHRRACE)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked2966098.9
1) Checked3161.1
TOTAL29976100.0
95) Where were you born? (WHEREBRN)
TOTAL%
1) In the United States2847897.3
2) In another English-speaking country2290.8
3) In a non-English-speaking country5661.9
Missing703 
TOTAL29273100.0
96) Where were your parents born? (PARBORN)
TOTAL%
1) Both born in the United States2641590.1
2) Only father born in the United States5381.8
3) Only mother born in the United States9653.3
4) Both father and mother born in another country14014.8
Missing657 
TOTAL29319100.0
97) Where did you live when you were five years old? (WHERE5)
TOTAL%
1) In the United States2801097.4
2) In another country7372.6
Missing1229 
TOTAL28747100.0
98) When you were five years old, was English your primary language? (ENGLISH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes2754896.7
2) No9273.3
Missing1501 
TOTAL28475100.0
99) Which statement best describes the people who currently live in your household? (HHOLD)
TOTAL%
1) I live alone458515.8
2) A couple without children1097537.9
3) One adult with child/children11273.9
4) Two or more adults with child/children998434.5
5) Some adults living in the same household22957.9
Missing1010 
TOTAL28966100.0
100) About how much do you give financially to this congregation? (GIVECONG)
TOTAL%
1) I give 10 percent or more of net income regularly440115.6
2) I give about 5 percent to 9 percent of net income regularly1041037.0
3) I give less than 5 percent of net income regularly787228.0
4) I give a small amount whenever I am here391813.9
5) I do not contribute financially here15475.5
Missing1828 
TOTAL28148100.0
101) Which of the following describes your total annual household income before taxes? (HHINC)
TOTAL%
1) Less than $10,00015705.9
2) $10,000 to $24,999384414.5
3) $25,000 to $49,999662125.0
4) $50,000 to $74,999560621.2
5) $75,000 to $99,999378114.3
6) $100,000 to $124,99922488.5
7) $125,000 to $149,99911034.2
8) $150,000 or more17166.5
Missing3487 
TOTAL26489100.0
102) How many people in your household (including you) are: less than 6 year old (HHLESS6)
TOTAL%
0) 2709590.4
1) 18716.2
2) 8883.0
3) 1030.3
4) 130.0
5) 20.0
6) 20.0
8) 10.0
9) 10.0
TOTAL29976100.0
103) How many people in your household (including you) are: 6 to 12 years old (HH6TO12)
TOTAL%
0) 2521984.1
1) 300810.0
2) 14554.9
3) 2440.8
4) 330.1
5) 70.0
6) 30.0
7) 20.0
8) 40.0
9) 10.0
TOTAL29976100.0
104) How many people in your household (including you) are: 13 to 18 years old (HH13TO18)
TOTAL%
0) 2444781.6
1) 348811.6
2) 17896.0
3) 2220.7
4) 240.1
5) 40.0
6) 10.0
9) 10.0
TOTAL29976100.0
105) How many people in your household (including you) are: 19 to 24 years old (HH19TO24)
TOTAL%
0) 2684589.6
1) 22637.5
2) 7402.5
3) 880.3
4) 240.1
5) 70.0
6) 30.0
7) 20.0
8) 20.0
9) 20.0
TOTAL29976100.0
106) How many people in your household (including you) are: 25 years old or older (HH25OLDR)
TOTAL%
0) 25828.6
1) 699923.3
2) 1884162.9
3) 12694.2
4) 2200.7
5) 430.1
6) 80.0
7) 60.0
8) 20.0
9) 60.0
TOTAL29976100.0
107) How many people in your household (including you) participate here: less than 6 years old (PRTLESS6)
TOTAL%
0) 2722690.8
1) 18306.1
2) 7992.7
3) 930.3
4) 180.1
5) 50.0
6) 20.0
9) 30.0
TOTAL29976100.0
108) How many people in your household (including you) participate here: 6 to 12 years old (PRT6TO12)
TOTAL%
0) 2542384.8
1) 28739.6
2) 13984.7
3) 2400.8
4) 300.1
5) 70.0
6) 20.0
7) 20.0
9) 10.0
TOTAL29976100.0
109) How many people in your household (including you) participate here: 13 to 18 years old (PR13TO18)
TOTAL%
0) 2495683.3
1) 328811.0
2) 15335.1
3) 1730.6
4) 210.1
5) 30.0
7) 10.0
9) 10.0
TOTAL29976100.0
110) How many people in your household (including you) participate here: 19 to 24 years old (PR19TO24)
TOTAL%
0) 2796193.3
1) 15705.2
2) 3911.3
3) 370.1
4) 60.0
5) 30.0
6) 20.0
9) 60.0
TOTAL29976100.0
111) How many people in your household (including you) participate here: 25 years old or older (PR25OLDR)
TOTAL%
0) 361212.0
1) 894129.8
2) 1668055.6
3) 6002.0
4) 1060.4
5) 230.1
6) 70.0
7) 30.0
8) 20.0
9) 20.0
TOTAL29976100.0
112) How many children of any age do you have, whether they live at home or elsewhere? Please write the number: (NUMBCHLD)
TOTAL%
0) 0429914.4
1) 1305710.2
2) 21008433.8
3) 3617920.7
4) 426168.8
5) 511193.7
6) 64341.5
7) 72040.7
8) 8930.3
9) 9450.2
10) 10320.1
11) 1180.0
12) 1250.0
98) Checked670.2
99) Left blank16365.5
Missing98 
TOTAL29878100.0
113) How many of your children of any age live at home with you? Please write the number: (CHLDHOME)
TOTAL%
0) 01750058.5
1) 1408113.6
2) 2416113.9
3) 313854.6
4) 43541.2
5) 5950.3
6) 6500.2
7) 7130.0
8) 8150.1
9) 980.0
10) 1080.0
11) 1130.0
12) 1210.0
98) Checked600.2
99) Left blank21687.3
Missing74 
TOTAL29902100.0
114) How long does it usually take you to get there? (HOWLONG)
TOTAL%
1) 1-5 minutes776031.3
2) 6-10 minutes756330.5
3) 11-15 minutes471819.0
4) 16-20 minutes264410.7
5) 21-30 minutes14625.9
6) More than 30 minutes6742.7
Missing5155 
TOTAL24821100.0
115) Compared to two years ago, do you think you participate in activities of the congregation more, less or about the same amount as you did then? (MORELESS)
TOTAL%
1) Participate more607224.7
2) About the same participation1368055.8
3) Participate less345714.1
4) Not applicable (been coming less than two years)13265.4
Missing5441 
TOTAL24535100.0
116) Have this congregation's leaders encouraged you to find and use your gifts and skills here? (USEGIFTS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, to a great extent636326.3
2) Yes, to some extent996841.1
3) Yes, to a small extent440718.2
4) Not at all16927.0
5) Don't know17987.4
Missing5748 
TOTAL24228100.0
117) How often do you experience the following during worship services at this congregation? (Mark one response in every row.) A sense of God's presence (SENSEGOD)
TOTAL%
1) Always1021543.5
2) Usually879137.4
3) Sometimes371015.8
4) Rarely7793.3
Missing6481 
TOTAL23495100.0
118) How often do you experience the following during worship services at this congregation? (Mark one response in every row.) Inspiration (INSPIRTN)
TOTAL%
1) Always648028.3
2) Usually1079247.2
3) Sometimes501221.9
4) Rarely5782.5
Missing7114 
TOTAL22862100.0
119) How often do you experience the following during worship services at this congregation? (Mark one response in every row.) Boredom (BOREDOM)
TOTAL%
1) Always2281.0
2) Usually7493.4
3) Sometimes660830.4
4) Rarely1415165.1
Missing8240 
TOTAL21736100.0
120) How often do you experience the following during worship services at this congregation? (Mark one response in every row.) Awe or mystery (AWE)
TOTAL%
1) Always9404.4
2) Usually341416.0
3) Sometimes1077550.6
4) Rarely618129.0
Missing8666 
TOTAL21310100.0
121) How often do you experience the following during worship services at this congregation? (Mark one response in every row.) Joy (JOY)
TOTAL%
1) Always616527.3
2) Usually1093148.4
3) Sometimes479221.2
4) Rarely7163.2
Missing7372 
TOTAL22604100.0
122) How often do you experience the following during worship services at this congregation? (Mark one response in every row.) Frustration (FRUSTRAT)
TOTAL%
1) Always1810.8
2) Usually7623.5
3) Sometimes594227.4
4) Rarely1481068.3
Missing8281 
TOTAL21695100.0
123) How often do you experience the following during worship services at this congregation? (Mark one response in every row.) Spontaneity (SPONTNTY)
TOTAL%
1) Always10865.1
2) Usually403519.1
3) Sometimes1063650.2
4) Rarely542425.6
Missing8795 
TOTAL21181100.0
124) How often do you experience the following during worship services at this congregation? (Mark one response in every row.) A sense of fulfilling my obligation (FULFILL)
TOTAL%
1) Always386117.5
2) Usually1072148.5
3) Sometimes577026.1
4) Rarely17648.0
Missing7860 
TOTAL22116100.0
125) Do you agree or disagree: 'Only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved'? (ONLYJC)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree489520.0
2) Agree653326.7
3) Neutral or unsure541622.1
4) Disagree556222.7
5) Strongly disagree21018.6
Missing5469 
TOTAL24507100.0
126) Do you agree or disagree: 'I have a sense of excitement about our congregation's future'? (EXCITE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree482319.8
2) Agree1145747.1
3) Neutral or unsure680128.0
4) Disagree10424.3
5) Strongly disagree2030.8
Missing5650 
TOTAL24326100.0
127) Over the last two years, has there been any conflict in this congregation? (Mark only one.) (CONFLICT)
TOTAL%
1) No conflict that I am aware of921237.7
2) Some minor conflict876335.9
3) Major conflict13005.3
4) Major conflict, with leaders or people leaving15216.2
5) Don't know362814.9
Missing5552 
TOTAL24424100.0
128) Of the following, which one best describes your opinion of the future directions of this congregation? (FUTURE)
TOTAL%
1) We need to get back to the way we did things in the past8493.5
2) We are faithfully maintaining past directions279211.6
3) We are currently deciding on new directions611025.3
4) We are currently moving in new directions678528.1
5) We need to rethink where we are heading21548.9
6) Our future is very unclear or doubtful9063.8
7) Don't know451418.7
Missing5866 
TOTAL24110100.0
129) Do you agree or disagree: 'This congregation is always ready to try something new'? (TRYNEW)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree23629.7
2) Agree1119746.2
3) Neutral or unsure769731.7
4) Disagree269211.1
5) Strongly disagree3071.3
Missing5721 
TOTAL24255100.0
130) To what extent does the minister, pastor or priest here take into account the ideas of those who worship here? (IDEAS)
TOTAL%
1) A great extent1121346.2
2) Some extent787732.5
3) A small extent12595.2
4) Not at all2110.9
5) Don't know342214.1
6) There is currently no leader here2661.1
Missing5728 
TOTAL24248100.0
131) Which of the following is the best description of the style of leadership of your pastor, minister, or priest? (LEADSTYL)
TOTAL%
1) Leadership that tends to take charge357914.9
2) Leadership that inspires people to take action1177748.9
3) Leadership that acts on goals that people here have been involved in setting464719.3
4) Leadership where the people start most things10784.5
5) There is currently no leader here5422.3
6) Don't know245710.2
Missing5896 
TOTAL24080100.0
132) Do you agree or disagree: 'God is directly involved in worldly affairs'? (GODINVLV)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree796232.7
2) Agree1009541.5
3) Neutral or unsure475019.5
4) Disagree12625.2
5) Strongly disagree2160.9
6) Don't believe in God460.2
Missing5645 
TOTAL24331100.0
133) Do you agree or disagree: 'God is angered by human sin'? (GODANGER)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree574123.7
2) Agree1012141.7
3) Neutral or unsure494220.4
4) Disagree284111.7
5) Strongly disagree5802.4
6) Don't believe in God470.2
Missing5704 
TOTAL24272100.0
134) Which of the following terms best describes your current stand on theological issues? (THEOLOGY)
TOTAL%
1) Very conservative15776.6
2) Conservative988941.2
3) Right in the middle875836.5
4) Liberal314113.1
5) Very liberal6382.7
Missing5973 
TOTAL24003100.0
135) Survey form ID (FORM_ID)
TOTAL%
1643) 9293.1
5441) 9193.1
8451) 20.0
8501) 10.0
9636) 80.0
15205) 8422.8
17504) 8572.9
18830) 2540684.8
20177) 20.0
29639) 8632.9
38142) 20.0
58275) 1430.5
61606) 20.0
TOTAL29976100.0
136) Gender for HH calcs (HHGENDR)
TOTAL%
0) Missing17135.7
1) Female1743358.2
2) Male1083036.1
TOTAL29976100.0
137) Spouse survey for HH calcs (HHSPOUS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1558152.0
2) No1439548.0
TOTAL29976100.0
138) Year born (YEAR)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL291631951.27919
139) Age (AGE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2889257.04518
140) Age group (AGEGRP)
TOTAL%
1) 15-2416955.9
2) 25-44547318.9
3) 45-641066936.9
4) 65 and older1105538.3
Missing1084 
TOTAL28892100.0
141) I-AGE: Age (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
1) Under 30 years old24338.4
2) 30 to 39 years old25648.9
3) 40 to 49 years old470916.3
4) 50 to 59 years old546018.9
5) 60 to 69 years old544318.8
6) 70 years and older828328.7
Missing1084 
TOTAL28892100.0
142) I-ATTEND: How often do you go to worship services at this congregation? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) This is my first time5641.9
2) Hardly ever or special occasions only5391.8
3) Less than once a month6592.2
4) Once a month10373.5
5) Two or three times a month604220.3
6) Once a week or more2099070.4
Missing145 
TOTAL29831100.0
143) I-EDUC: What is the highest educational level you have completed? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Some high school or less24468.4
2) Completed high school1023234.9
3) Trade certificate22557.7
4) Associate degree315010.8
5) Bachelor's degree from a university or college684223.4
6) Master's, doctorate or other graduate degree435514.9
Missing696 
TOTAL29280100.0
144) I-GENDER: Are you: (for use with online analysis) (I-GENDER)
TOTAL%
1) Female1743361.7
2) Male1083038.3
Missing1713 
TOTAL28263100.0
145) I-THEOLOGY: Which of the following terms best describes your current stand on theological issues? (for use with online analysis) (I-THEOLOGY)
TOTAL%
1) Very conservative15776.6
2) Conservative988941.2
3) Right in the middle875836.5
4) Liberal314113.1
5) Very liberal6382.7
Missing5973 
TOTAL24003100.0