Congregational QuickStats > Greeting at Service?

Was there a time during the service in which people in the congregation greeted each other by shaking hands or some other way? (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.


Greeting at Service? (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Greeting at Service? (Demographic Patterns)

 

Greeting at Service? by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
80.5%
566
83.8%
362
73.5%
108

48
80.8%
1036
No
19.5%
137
16.2%
70
26.5%
39

2
19.2%
246
TOTAL
100.0%
703
100.0%
432
100.0%
147

50

1282


 


Greeting at Service? by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Yes
75.8%
122
82.2%
250
80.8%
546
87.3%
165
81.4%
1083
No
24.2%
39
17.8%
54
19.2%
130
12.7%
24
18.6%
247
TOTAL
100.0%
161
100.0%
304
100.0%
676
100.0%
189

1330


 


Greeting at Service? by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes
97.3%
72
77.9%
478
83.5%
237
85.2%
230
74.2%
66
81.4%
1083
No
2.7%
2
22.1%
136
16.5%
47
14.8%
40
25.8%
23
18.6%
248
TOTAL
100.0%
74
100.0%
614
100.0%
284
100.0%
270
100.0%
89

1331


 


Greeting at Service? by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Yes
75.5%
429
86.6%
278
83.9%
229
87.5%
119
87.5%
28
81.4%
1083
No
24.5%
139
13.4%
43
16.1%
44
12.5%
17
12.5%
4
18.6%
247
TOTAL
100.0%
568
100.0%
321
100.0%
273
100.0%
136
100.0%
32

1330


 


Greeting at Service? by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
77.7%
637
88.0%
287
83.8%
134

24
81.0%
1058
No
22.3%
183
12.0%
39
16.3%
26

0
19.0%
248
TOTAL
100.0%
820
100.0%
326
100.0%
160

24

1306


 


Greeting at Service? by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Yes
78.4%
967
80.7%
1213
81.4%
1083
80.2%
3263
No
21.6%
267
19.3%
291
18.6%
248
19.8%
806
Missing
0
1
0
1
TOTAL
100.0%
1234
100.0%
1504
100.0%
1331

4069



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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