Congregational QuickStats > Politics

Politically speaking, would your congregation be considered more on the conservative side, more on the liberal side, or right in the middle? (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.


Politics (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]


Demographic Patterns


Politics (Demographic Patterns)

 

Politics by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideTOTAL
More on the conservative side
100.0%
703
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
54.8%
703
Right in the middle
0.0%
0
100.0%
432
0.0%
0
33.7%
432
More on the liberal side
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
147
11.5%
147
TOTAL
100.0%
703
100.0%
432
100.0%
147

1282


 


Politics by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
More on the conservative side
53.8%
85
56.0%
168
56.6%
372
47.3%
78
54.9%
703
Right in the middle
34.8%
55
33.7%
101
32.6%
214
37.0%
61
33.7%
431
More on the liberal side
11.4%
18
10.3%
31
10.8%
71
15.8%
26
11.4%
146
Missing
4
3
19
23
49
TOTAL
100.0%
158
100.0%
300
100.0%
657
100.0%
165

1280


 


Politics by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
More on the conservative side
50.0%
35
78.5%
467
30.2%
84
42.5%
113
5.4%
4
54.8%
703
Right in the middle
41.4%
29
20.8%
124
49.3%
137
39.5%
105
51.4%
38
33.7%
433
More on the liberal side
8.6%
6
0.7%
4
20.5%
57
18.0%
48
43.2%
32
11.5%
147
Missing
4
19
7
5
15
50
TOTAL
100.0%
70
100.0%
595
100.0%
278
100.0%
266
100.0%
74

1283


 


Politics by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
More on the conservative side
59.6%
324
51.1%
161
51.9%
135
52.3%
68
46.9%
15
54.9%
703
Right in the middle
32.4%
176
31.1%
98
36.5%
95
36.2%
47
46.9%
15
33.6%
431
More on the liberal side
8.1%
44
17.8%
56
11.5%
30
11.5%
15
6.3%
2
11.5%
147
Missing
24
5
13
7
1
50
TOTAL
100.0%
544
100.0%
315
100.0%
260
100.0%
130
100.0%
32

1281


 


Politics by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
More on the conservative side
76.8%
604
28.3%
92
3.1%
5

2
55.2%
701
Right in the middle
20.1%
158
61.2%
199
40.9%
65

10
33.2%
422
More on the liberal side
3.1%
24
10.5%
34
56.0%
89

0
11.6%
147
Missing
35
1
1
0
37
TOTAL
100.0%
786
100.0%
325
100.0%
159

12

1270


 


Politics by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
More on the conservative side
62.0%
726
58.1%
829
54.8%
703
58.2%
2258
Right in the middle
30.7%
359
34.6%
494
33.7%
432
33.1%
1285
More on the liberal side
7.3%
86
7.4%
105
11.5%
147
8.7%
338
Missing
63
78
50
191
TOTAL
100.0%
1171
100.0%
1428
100.0%
1282

3881



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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