U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Random Attenders Backfile

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All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) Do you make financial contributions to this congregation? (Q44GIVEA)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, as an individual38736.9
2) Yes, jointly with my spouse/partner53150.6
3) Not personally474.5
4) No858.1
Missing82 
TOTAL1050100.0
2) Is it important to you to support this congregation financially? (Q45GIVEB)
TOTAL%
1) Very important46844.9
2) Important45343.4
3) Of little importance656.2
4) Not important at all111.1
5) Don't know464.4
Missing89 
TOTAL1043100.0
3) Has your giving increased or decreased over the last two years? (Q46GIVEC)
TOTAL%
1) Increased55453.2
2) Stayed the same37035.5
3) Decreased474.5
4) Don't know716.8
Missing90 
TOTAL1042100.0
4) How do you decide how much money to give to your congregation? (Q47GIVED)
TOTAL%
1) I do not contribute financially to this congregation11010.6
2) I decide what to give each time I attend18617.9
3) I decide on a weekly dollar amount39337.7
4) I decide on an annual dollar amount14213.6
5) I decide on a percentage of my annual income14614.0
6) Other50.5
7) Don't know605.8
Missing90 
TOTAL1042100.0
5) Do you agree or disagree: It is not appropriate to talk about money matters in worship. (Q48WRSHP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree11611.1
2) Agree22621.6
3) Neutral32030.6
4) Disagree29828.5
5) Strongly disagree858.1
Missing87 
TOTAL1045100.0
6) What is your opinion about money? (Q49MONEY)
TOTAL%
1) I worry about my finances a lot17016.3
2) I sometimes worry about my finances51349.0
3) I have all my finances planned to reach my goals19218.4
4) I never really think about money737.0
5) Money is unimportant to me because God will provide989.4
Missing86 
TOTAL1046100.0
7) What influences you in giving? A sense of religious duty to give (Q50AINFL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked78669.4
1) Checked34630.6
TOTAL1132100.0
8) What influences you in giving? Hearing about specific needs (Q50BINFL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked96084.8
1) Checked17215.2
TOTAL1132100.0
9) What influences you in giving? A sense of gratitude for God's love (Q50CINFL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked67459.5
1) Checked45840.5
TOTAL1132100.0
10) What influences you in giving? Wanting to contribute to God's work (Q50DINFL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked89879.3
1) Checked23420.7
TOTAL1132100.0
11) What influences you in giving? The Bible's teaching on giving (Q50EINFL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked98787.2
1) Checked14512.8
TOTAL1132100.0
12) What influences you in giving? A sense of obligation to support the work here (Q50FINFL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked92281.4
1) Checked21018.6
TOTAL1132100.0
13) What influences you in giving? Gratitude for help my family received here (Q50GINFL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked106694.2
1) Checked665.8
TOTAL1132100.0
14) What influences you in giving? Habit or custom (Q50HINFL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked106694.2
1) Checked665.8
TOTAL1132100.0
15) What influences you in giving? Congregations or leaders urging to give (Q50IINFL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked112699.5
1) Checked60.5
TOTAL1132100.0
16) What influences you in giving? Tax benefits I receive for contribution (Q50JINFL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked112299.1
1) Checked100.9
TOTAL1132100.0
17) What influences you in giving? Other factors (Q50KINFL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked109296.5
1) Checked403.5
TOTAL1132100.0
18) What influences you in giving? I don't give here (Q50LINFL)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked109897.0
1) Checked343.0
TOTAL1132100.0
19) Do you agree or disagree: Tithing is an unrealistic expectation of current attendees. (Q51TITHE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree11310.9
2) Agree24223.4
3) Neutral36335.1
4) Disagree19719.1
5) Strongly disagree11911.5
Missing98 
TOTAL1034100.0
20) Do you agree or disagree: This congregation puts too much emphasis on asking for money. (Q52ASK)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree353.4
2) Agree939.0
3) Neutral35033.9
4) Disagree43241.9
5) Strongly disagree12211.8
Missing100 
TOTAL1032100.0
21) Many congregations send less beyond the local congregation. (Q53SEND)
TOTAL%
1) Positive20320.1
2) Negative27927.7
3) Not sure52752.2
Missing123 
TOTAL1009100.0
22) Do you prefer to give money to specific causes or to the general budget? (Q54HOWGV)
TOTAL%
1) Specific causes20720.4
2) General budget41240.5
3) It makes no difference to me39839.1
Missing115 
TOTAL1017100.0
23) Do you fill out a pledge card or make some commitment for giving? (Q55PLDGE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes47446.8
2) No43242.7
3) Don't know10610.5
Missing120 
TOTAL1012100.0
24) Do you approve of asking members to fill out annual pledge cards? (Q56APPRV)
TOTAL%
1) Approve45244.3
2) Disapprove32231.6
3) Don't know24624.1
Missing112 
TOTAL1020100.0
25) What is emphasized when the congregation encourages giving? (Q57EMPHA)
TOTAL%
1) Giving a certain percentage of income14614.5
2) Supporting the programs of the congregation43042.6
3) Both equally24424.2
4) Don't know19018.8
Missing122 
TOTAL1010100.0
26) I have contributed financially to another congregation. (Q58AOTHR)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked95484.3
1) Checked17815.7
TOTAL1132100.0
27) I have contributed financially to other religious organizations. (Q58BRELO)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked76167.2
1) Checked37132.8
TOTAL1132100.0
28) I have contributed financially to non-religious charities. (Q58CCHAR)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked49643.8
1) Checked63656.2
TOTAL1132100.0
29) I did not contribute financially to other groups. (Q58DNO)
TOTAL%
0) Not checked95384.2
1) Checked17915.8
TOTAL1132100.0
30) Form ID (FORMID)
TOTAL%
64632) 1132100.0
TOTAL1132100.0
31) Unique ID put in by scanning company. Can be used to merge data for an attender to the random attenders data. (SUSPENSE)
32) Unique ID put in by scanning company. Can be used to merge data for an attender to the random attenders data. (BATCHTRA)
33) Unique id number to aggregate data by congregation. The first letter is R in the random sample. (CONGREGA)
34) Form (FORM)