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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, 2012)

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? (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Is there a religious leader? (Demographic Patterns)

 

Is there a religious leader? by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
93.0%
653
95.1%
411
98.6%
145

45
94.4%
1209
No
7.0%
49
4.9%
21
1.4%
2

5
5.6%
72
TOTAL
100.0%
702
100.0%
432
100.0%
147

50

1281


 


Is there a religious leader? by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Yes
83.2%
134
97.4%
296
95.7%
648
93.1%
175
94.2%
1253
No
16.8%
27
2.6%
8
4.3%
29
6.9%
13
5.8%
77
TOTAL
100.0%
161
100.0%
304
100.0%
677
100.0%
188

1330


 


Is there a religious leader? by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes
95.9%
71
90.7%
557
98.2%
280
97.8%
264
92.1%
82
94.1%
1254
No
4.1%
3
9.3%
57
1.8%
5
2.2%
6
7.9%
7
5.9%
78
TOTAL
100.0%
74
100.0%
614
100.0%
285
100.0%
270
100.0%
89

1332


 


Is there a religious leader? by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Yes
92.6%
527
96.3%
308
94.2%
258
96.3%
131
90.6%
29
94.1%
1253
No
7.4%
42
3.8%
12
5.8%
16
3.7%
5
9.4%
3
5.9%
78
TOTAL
100.0%
569
100.0%
320
100.0%
274
100.0%
136
100.0%
32

1331


 


Is there a religious leader? by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
93.0%
763
95.1%
310
98.1%
156

23
94.2%
1229
No
7.0%
57
4.9%
16
1.9%
3

1
5.8%
76
TOTAL
100.0%
820
100.0%
326
100.0%
159

24

1305


 


Is there a religious leader? by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Yes
92.3%
1136
95.0%
1431
94.1%
1253
93.9%
3820
No
7.7%
95
5.0%
75
5.9%
78
6.1%
248
Missing
3
0
0
3
TOTAL
100.0%
1231
100.0%
1506
100.0%
1331

4068



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset "fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing, for the first time, data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations" (Chaves et al. 1999, p.460). Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the NCS data is the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. In 2006-07, a panel component was added to the NCS. In addition to the new cross-section of congregations generated in conjunction with the 2006 General Social Survey (GSS), a stratified random sample was drawn from congregations who participated in the 1998 NCS. The 2006-07 NCS sample, then, includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations.



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