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The general religious tradition with which a person identifies. Examples include Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist, etc. 

Below are 117 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 2 types:

[ Recode | Self-Identification ]

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Category 1:Recode
 

This variable type recodes earlier responses of a respondent regarding their religious affiliation into larger religious traditions.

Some questions fit within the "Recode" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 7 such variants.

[ Christian Traditions | Expanded Categories | Miscellaneous | No Evangelical Protestant | RELTRAD | RELTRAD, Expanded | Simplified ]

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Variant:Christian Traditions (Recode variant)
 

This variable type recodes respondent religious affiliations into Christian groupings. In some cases the survey includes only Christians. In other cases, non-Christian respondents are missing on the variable.

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DENOMTRA from Pulpit and Pew National Survey of Pastoral Leaders, 2001

DENOMFAM from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, Wave 2, 2008/2009, Random Sample Attender Survey

DENOMFAM from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, Wave 2, 2008/2009, Random Sample Congregational Profile Survey

DENFAM from Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000, Combined File

DENMSUMM from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963


Variant:Expanded Categories (Recode variant)
 

This variant includes an expanded number of categories for Protestants and breaks Catholics into categories.

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PRELID1 from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

PRELID2 from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)


Variant:Miscellaneous (Recode variant)
 

These variants recode religious affiliation into an uncommon set of categories.

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TRAD3_06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

TRAD3_98 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

TRAD3 from National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

RELTRAD2 from U.S. Religious Knowledge Study, 2010

RELTRAD3 from U.S. Religious Knowledge Study, 2010

RELTRAD from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

RELTRAD1 from Lilly Survey of Attitudes and Social Networks

RELTRAD2 from Lilly Survey of Attitudes and Social Networks


Variant:No Evangelical Protestant (Recode variant)
 

This variant does not include Evangelical Protestants in the coding scheme.

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FAITH from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1994

FAITH from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1994

FAITH from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1994

FAITH from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1999

FAITH from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 2000

FAITH from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 2001

FAITH from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 2000

FAITH from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 1994

FAITH from Southern Focus Poll, Combined Sample, Spring 1999

FAITH from Southern Focus Poll, Southern Sample, Spring 1999

FAITH from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1999


Variant:RELTRAD (Recode variant)
 

This variant uses the RELTRAD coding outlined by Steensland et. al (2000).

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RELTRAD2 from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

RELTRAD from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

RELTRAD from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000

RELTRAD from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

RELIGN from Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes, 1987-2009

RELTRAD from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 7 (2006-2008) Male Respondent File

RETRAD from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 7 (2006-2008) Female Respondent File

RELTRAD from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003


Variant:RELTRAD, Expanded (Recode variant)
 

This variant uses an expanded version of the RELTRAD coding scheme.

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RELTRAD from Faith Matters Survey, 2006

RELTRAD from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

PRELTRAD from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

RELCATS from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

RELATT from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)

RELATT2 from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)

TRADREL from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)


Variant:Simplified (Recode variant)
 

This variant breaks respondents into categories for Protestant, Catholic, other religions and no religion. Jewish is sometimes included.

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RELIGION from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 6 (2002) Female Respondent File

RELIGION from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 6 (2002) Pregnancy File

RELIGION from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 7 (2006-2008) Pregnancy File

RELIGION from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 7 (2006-2008) Male Respondent File

RELIGION from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 7 (2006-2008) Female Respondent File

RELIGION from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 5 (1995) Respondent File

RELIGION from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 6 (2002) Male Respondent File


Category 2:Self-Identification
 

This question type asks the respondent to select a religious tradition that best describes their religion.

Some questions fit within the "Self-Identification" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 5 such variants.

[ Conservatism | Protestant, 3 Categories | Protestant, 4 Categories | Protestant, 5 Categories | Protestant, Undifferentiated ]

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VCF0128A from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

RELAFF from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 2 (2005)

RELPREF from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005

RELIGION from God and Society in North America, 1996

AFFIL from Evolving Visions of the Orthodox Priesthood in America: A National Study of the Orthodox Parish Clergy in the USA

FAITH from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, 1999

YRBRELAF from New Evangelical Movement Congregations, Anaheim, California, 1992

YRBRELAF from New Evangelical Movement Congregations, Hermosa Beach, California, 1992

YRBRELAF from New Evangelical Movement Congregations, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 1992


Variant:Conservatism (Self-Identification variant)
 

This variant asks Protestants and Catholics to indicate their level of conservatism.

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RELAFFIL from Religion and Deviance at Four American Universities


Variant:Protestant, 3 Categories (Self-Identification variant)
 

This variant differentiates Protestants into the categories of Fundamentalist, Evangelical and Liberal.

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AFFYBVIN from New Evangelical Movement Congregations, Pastors Survey, 1992

CHRELAFF from New Evangelical Movement Congregations, Pastors Survey, 1992

RELIGION from Winthrop University Student Religion Survey, 1996

CH_RELAF from New Evangelical Movement Congregations, Anaheim, California, 1992

CH_RELAF from New Evangelical Movement Congregations, Downey, California, 1993

CH_RELAF from New Evangelical Movement Congregations, Hermosa Beach, California, 1992

CH_RELAF from New Evangelical Movement Congregations, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 1992


Variant:Protestant, 4 Categories (Self-Identification variant)
 

This variant allows respondents to choose from four types of Protestants, including Fundamentalist, Evangelical, Mainline and Liberal.

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PRPROT1 from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)

RELID from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1996

RELID from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1996

RELIGID from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1996

REL_FAM from Religious Influence and Identity Survey, 1996

RELIGID from Southern Focus Poll, Oversample Survey, Spring 1996


Variant:Protestant, 5 Categories (Self-Identification variant)
 

This variant allows respondents to choose from five types of Protestants, including Pentecostal, Fundamentalist, Evangelical, Mainline and Liberal.

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CONPROT from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Seventh-Day Adventist, Leaders

RI_3 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

CONPROT from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Presbyterian Leaders

CONPROT from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, United Church of Christ, Leaders

CONPROT from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Church of the Nazarene Leaders

CONPROT from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Lutheran Leaders

RELID97S from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1999

RELID97S from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 2000

RELID97S from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 2001

RELID97S from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 2000

RELID97S from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, 1999

RELID97 from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1998

CONPROT from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, United Methodist Leaders

RELID97 from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 1997

RELID97 from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 1998

RELID97S from Southern Focus Poll, Combined Sample, Spring 1999

RELID97 from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1997

RELID97S from Southern Focus Poll, Southern Sample, Spring 1999

RELID97S from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1999

CONPROT from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Fast-Growing Presbyterian Leaders

CONPROT from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Racial Ethnic Presbyterian Leaders

RELID97 from Southern Focus Poll, Combined Sample, Spring 1998


Variant:Protestant, Undifferentiated (Self-Identification variant)
 

This variant does not distinguish between types of Protestants.

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PRELIGN1 from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1996

RELIG from State of the First Amendment Survey, 2005

Q16 from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Alaska and Hawaii Dataset

RELIG from State of the First Amendment Survey, 2004

RELPREF from News Interest Index, March 2004

RELIG from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 5 (1995) Pregnancy File

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1996

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1999

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 2000

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 2001

AFFIL from Survey of Attenders: International UFO Congress Convention and Film Festival, 2010

AFFLATON from Survey of Attenders: Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy Annual Meeting, 2009

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 2000

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, 1999

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1998

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 1997

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 1998

RLGSTRAD from SGI-USA Membership Survey, 1997

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, Combined Sample, Spring 1999

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1997

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, Southern Sample, Spring 1999

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1999

RELAFFL from Southern Focus Poll, Combined Sample, Spring 1998



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