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SPIRNEED from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Random Attenders
Do you agree or disagree: My spiritual needs are being met in this congregation or parish? (SPIRNEED)
TOTAL%
1) Str agree38,67433.1
2) Agree58,82650.3
3) Neutral14,72612.6
4) Disagree3,7523.2
5) Str disagr9920.8
TOTAL116970100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Other


BELONG from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Random Attenders
Do you have a strong sense of belonging to this congregation? (BELONG)
TOTAL%
1) Strng sens53,40946.3
2) Same year28,27924.5
3) Not strong9,6938.4
4) No, new6,3945.5
5) No, wish4,2553.7
6) No, happy7,0086.1
7) Dont know6,2735.4
TOTAL115311100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Other


CA_12 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006
[FOR CA_12-CA_14, IF CA_2=1 USE PAST TENSE VERSION. ELSE USE PRESENT TENSE OF VERBS.] Please tell me how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about your current primary congregation. My congregation feels/felt like family to me. (CA_12)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know50.3
1) Strongly agree68246.0
2) Somewhat agree46831.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree18412.4
4) Somewhat disagree865.8
5) Strongly disagree563.8
Missing1,128 
TOTAL1,481100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CA_13 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006
[FOR CA_12-CA_14, IF CA_2=1 USE PAST TENSE VERSION. ELSE USE PRESENT TENSE OF VERBS.] Please tell me how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about your current primary congregation. My congregation meets/met my spiritual needs. (CA_13)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know50.3
1) Strongly agree76351.5
2) Somewhat agree47932.3
3) Neither agree nor disagree1137.6
4) Somewhat disagree815.5
5) Strongly disagree412.8
Missing1,128 
TOTAL1,482100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CA_14 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006
[FOR CA_12-CA_14, IF CA_2=1 USE PAST TENSE VERSION. ELSE USE PRESENT TENSE OF VERBS.] Please tell me how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about your current primary congregation. I feel/felt like an outsider in my congregation. (CA_14)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know120.8
1) Strongly agree594.0
2) Somewhat agree1238.3
3) Neither agree nor disagree1339.0
4) Somewhat disagree22515.2
5) Strongly disagree92962.7
Missing1,128 
TOTAL1,481100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CA_15 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006
How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? Sermons, preaching, or homilies (CA_15)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10.1
-4) Dont know130.9
1) Very satisfied86058.0
2) Somewhat satisfied44329.9
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied745.0
4) Somewhat dissatisfied583.9
5) Very dissatisfied191.3
6) Not applicable140.9
Missing1,128 
TOTAL1,482100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CA_16 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006
How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? The music at worship services (CA_16)
TOTAL%
-4) -4110.7
1) Very satisfied83556.4
2) Somewhat satisfied40027.0
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied1067.2
4) Somewhat dissatisfied634.3
5) Very dissatisfied322.2
6) Not applicable332.2
Missing1,128 
TOTAL1,480100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CA_17 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006
How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? Community outreach or service ministries (CA_17)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know332.2
1) Very satisfied69346.8
2) Somewhat satisfied44530.0
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied18512.5
4) Somewhat dissatisfied533.6
5) Very dissatisfied342.3
6) Not applicable382.6
Missing1,128 
TOTAL1,481100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CA_18 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006
How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? Religious education classes for adults, such as Sunday, Church, or Sabbath school, Bible class, Quran class, etc. (CA_18)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know362.4
1) Very satisfied72248.7
2) Somewhat satisfied37425.2
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied17711.9
4) Somewhat dissatisfied392.6
5) Very dissatisfied120.8
6) Not applicable1228.2
Missing1,128 
TOTAL1,482100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CA_19 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006
How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? The childrens programs or youth groups (CA_19)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know362.4
1) Very satisfied72949.2
2) Somewhat satisfied33622.7
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied15310.3
4) Somewhat dissatisfied604.0
5) Very dissatisfied302.0
6) Not applicable1399.4
Missing1,128 
TOTAL1,483100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CA_20 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006
How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? How money is handled or spent (CA_20)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know483.2
1) Very satisfied64843.7
2) Somewhat satisfied35023.6
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied25116.9
4) Somewhat dissatisfied674.5
5) Very dissatisfied362.4
6) Not applicable825.5
Missing1,128 
TOTAL1,482100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CA_21 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006
How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? How major decisions are made (CA_21)
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know342.5
1) Very satisfied51737.7
2) Somewhat satisfied44332.3
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied21916.0
4) Somewhat dissatisfied674.9
5) Very dissatisfied443.2
6) Not applicable463.4
Missing1,239 
TOTAL1,370100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CA_22 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006
[DEFINE LEADER FILL: IF CI_1= 1, USE pastor 2, USE imam 3, USE rabbi 4, USE priest. ELSE, USE primary religious leader, if CI_1_1=1 and CI_4=1, USE priest.] How close do/did you feel to the primary religious leader at your congregation? (CA_22)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused20.1
-4) Dont know80.6
1) Extremely close20314.8
2) Very close30021.9
3) Quite close21515.7
4) A little close34725.3
5) Not at all close29521.5
Missing1,239 
TOTAL1,370100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CA_35 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006
How often do you feel you are appreciated by the leaders or people of your congregation for the work and activities that you do at your congregation? (CA_35)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10.1
-4) Dont know40.5
1) Not at all425.6
2) Sometimes16221.7
3) Often17623.5
4) Very often13918.6
5) All the time22429.9
Missing1,860 
TOTAL748100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


INSPIRES from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by circling the appropriate response. Remember that there are no right or wrong answers. -- My congregation inspires the very best in me. (INSPIRES)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1562.5
2) Disagree68210.8
3) Neither agree nor disagree1,20019.1
4) Agree2,91146.3
5) Strongly agree1,34021.3
TOTAL6289100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


LEADSHP from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by circling the appropriate response. Remember that there are no right or wrong answers. -- Leadership in my congregation inspires my loyalty. (LEADSHP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree2934.7
2) Disagree77812.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree1,25720.2
4) Agree2,73043.8
5) Strongly agree1,17918.9
TOTAL6237100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


IMP_PART from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- I feel I am an important part of my congregation. (IMP_PART)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1482.3
2) Disagree4907.8
3) Neither agree nor disagree69711.0
4) Agree3,46854.9
5) Strongly agree1,51023.9
TOTAL6313100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


OPINION from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- My opinions are considered in decisions made about my congregation. (OPINION)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree2524.0
2) Disagree77912.4
3) Neither agree nor disagree1,21819.4
4) Agree3,33052.9
5) Strongly agree71511.4
TOTAL6294100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


INFLUEN from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- I would like to have more influence in establishing the future of my congregation. (INFLUEN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1252.0
2) Disagree1,05016.7
3) Neither agree nor disagree2,24235.7
4) Agree2,32437.0
5) Strongly agree5448.7
TOTAL6285100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


POLICY from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- My congregation has clear policies (e.g. personnel procedures) that assist me as I make choices about my work and ministry. (POLICY)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree2534.0
2) Disagree92814.8
3) Neither agree nor disagree1,06417.0
4) Agree3,17050.6
5) Strongly agree85613.7
TOTAL6271100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


ACCTABLE from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- Lines of accountability within my congregation are clear. (ACCTABLE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1923.1
2) Disagree93414.8
3) Neither agree nor disagree91614.6
4) Agree3,49855.6
5) Strongly agree75412.0
TOTAL6294100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


UNCERTN from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- When I am uncertain about something within my congregation, I know exactly with whom to speak to have it clarified. (UNCERTN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1792.8
2) Disagree71911.4
3) Neither agree nor disagree64810.3
4) Agree3,54256.2
5) Strongly agree1,21519.3
TOTAL6303100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


MEMBRS from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- I look forward to being with members of my congregation. (MEMBRS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree320.5
2) Disagree1802.9
3) Neither agree nor disagree5478.7
4) Agree3,70658.8
5) Strongly agree1,84029.2
TOTAL6305100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


INVOLV from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- I am personally involved in my congregation. (INVOLV)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree540.9
2) Disagree3756.0
3) Neither agree nor disagree66510.6
4) Agree3,80560.4
5) Strongly agree1,39822.2
TOTAL6297100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


INVOLV2 from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- The important things that happen to me directly involve my congregation. (INVOLV2)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1021.6
2) Disagree84613.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree1,49924.0
4) Agree2,97047.5
5) Strongly agree83413.3
TOTAL6251100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


GOALS from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- Members of my congregation agree on what our congregations goals are. (GOALS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree2864.5
2) Disagree1,45023.1
3) Neither agree nor disagree1,35421.5
4) Agree2,62441.7
5) Strongly agree5749.1
TOTAL6288100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


VALUE from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- I find that my values and my congregations values are similar. (VALUE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1091.7
2) Disagree5238.4
3) Neither agree nor disagree88414.1
4) Agree3,70659.2
5) Strongly agree1,03816.6
TOTAL6260100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


PROUD2 from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- I am proud to tell others that I am part of my congregation. (PROUD2)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree260.4
2) Disagree921.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree3836.1
4) Agree2,30536.6
5) Strongly agree3,49455.5
TOTAL6300100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


LEAV_CON from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- It would take little change in my present circumstances to cause me to leave my congregation. (LEAV_CON)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree3,20251.2
2) Disagree2,20635.3
3) Neither agree nor disagree3796.1
4) Agree2834.5
5) Strongly agree1853.0
TOTAL6255100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


BEST from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- For me this is the best of all possible congregations to which I could belong. (BEST)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree601.0
2) Disagree2594.1
3) Neither agree nor disagree79112.6
4) Agree2,04532.6
5) Strongly agree3,11249.7
TOTAL6267100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


FRIEND from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- My closest friends are members of my religious congregation. (FRIEND)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1963.1
2) Disagree1,04516.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree91714.6
4) Agree2,62341.7
5) Strongly agree1,51424.1
TOTAL6295100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


MISSION from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- The mission of my congregation is clear. (MISSION)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1211.9
2) Disagree6019.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree81012.9
4) Agree3,23451.4
5) Strongly agree1,52524.2
TOTAL6291100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


SRVC1_06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)
(service1_06) What services did you use, beginning with the most important? (FIRST MENTION) (SRVC1_06)
TOTAL%
-3) All other missing data14053.4
-1) Refused20.8
1) Congregational growth62.3
2) Personnel/staff/leadership training238.8
3) Financial/management issues228.4
4) Building/facilities issues62.3
5) Other3011.5
6) Education/training for congregation members103.8
7) Strategic planning197.3
8) Computing and IT41.5
TOTAL262100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Congregations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CHCHARTY from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1996
NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH: Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. - Because it is active in charitable works in your community (CHCHARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important8612.1
2) Very important31243.9
3) Somewhat important19427.3
4) Not Very important8812.4
5) Dont Know304.2
TOTAL710100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


CHSOCIAL from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1996
NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH: Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. - Because it has a lot of social activities (CHSOCIAL)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important334.6
2) Very important13819.4
3) Somewhat important21330.0
4) Not Very important29842.0
5) Dont Know283.9
TOTAL710100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


CHTEACH from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1996
NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH: Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. - Because its religious teachings are close to your beliefs (CHTEACH)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important20228.5
2) Very important34648.7
3) Somewhat important9613.5
4) Not Very important324.5
5) Dont Know344.8
TOTAL710100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


CHSERMON from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1996
NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH: Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. - Because you like the sermons of the pastor, priest, or rabbi (CHSERMON)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important12117.0
2) Very important31744.6
3) Somewhat important16122.7
4) Not Very important7811.0
5) Dont Know334.6
TOTAL710100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


CHCOMMTY from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1996
NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH: Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. - Because it can get things done in the community (CHCOMMTY)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important8211.5
2) Very important26136.8
3) Somewhat important21330.0
4) Not Very important11816.6
5) Dont Know365.1
TOTAL710100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


Q3OE_3 from Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.
ASK ALL QUALIFIED CONVERTS (CON11=1 AND Q2 NE 2): And just in your own words, what is the main reason that you are no longer (FRMREL)? IF FRMREL=UNAFFILIATED WITH ANY PARTICULAR RELGION, USE ALTERNATE WORDING: And just in your own words, what is the main reason that you started identifying with a religion? THIRD MENTION (Q3OE_3)
TOTAL%
10) Do not believe in former religion/share the beliefs of former religion/any religion20.1
19) Previous religion or religion in general not logical/not believable/not rational/not scientific/does not make sense10.1
28) Disagree with former religion on priestly celibacy (religion enforces but shouldnt)10.1
50) Liked current religions beliefs about God/because of belief in God or Jesus or higher being/because of faith/found the truth/like teachings of current religion/became closer to God/current religion made sense20.1
88) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent believes in Bible/former religion did not adhere closely enough/current religion adheres more closely)10.1
149) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (general)10.1
155) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (religion too conservative / too unwelcoming)10.1
158) Disagree with former religions views of women (general)30.2
170) Disagree with former religion on birth control (religion should allow but didnt)10.1
253) Dislike way former religion is run / leadership/hierarchy/structure10.1
257) Former religion out of touch10.1
345) Former religion and/or adherents hypocritical, judgmental, intolerant, narrow, exclusive40.2
371) Just dont like religion or form religion/disappointed with religion/do not trust religion/have conflict with religion/didnt like going to church/disillusioned/disenchanted with religion or church/wasnt right for me20.1
393) Like particular pastor/joined because of influence of particular pastor10.1
482) Spiritual awakening/personal spiritual growth/self-realization/spiritual change10.1
488) Looking for something/looking for answers/wanted to learn about God or religion/looking for something bigger than oneself/became interested in God or religion/felt a need/missing something/on a quest/wanted more/looking for something deeper10.1
503) Tangible benefits of religion/good things happen to believers/found more joy, peace, happiness, fulfillment etc.10.1
555) Just drifted away, stopped going, got away from it, fell away, dont go to church10.1
999) Dont know/refused1,73098.5
TOTAL1756100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


Q16OE_1 from Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.
And just in your own words, what would you say is the main reason that you became (CURREL)? FIRST MENTION (Q16OE_1)
TOTAL%
10) Do not believe in former religion/share the beliefs of former religion/any religion1357.4
13) Atheist/do not believe in God/do not believe in Jesus351.9
16) Agnostic/Answers to religious questions are unknowable100.5
19) Previous religion or religion in general not logical/not believable/not rational/not scientific/does not make sense362.0
34) Disagree with virgin Birth/praying to Mary10.1
37) Other disagreement with former religions specific teachings/beliefs/rituals/policies130.7
40) Did not understand former religion10.1
43) Other/generic stopped believing, lost faith, stopped being religious, began questioning, became skeptical231.3
50) Liked current religions beliefs about God/because of belief in God or Jesus or higher being/because of faith/found the truth/like teachings of current religion/became closer to God/current religion made sense1679.1
80) Biblical or scriptural reason (general130.7
83) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent does not believe Bible/former religion adheres to closely to Bible/current religion takes a more relaxed view)80.4
88) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent believes in Bible/former religion did not adhere closely enough/current religion adheres more closely)814.4
110) Many religions or paths to God, no one religion is true, all religions have truth120.7
113) Do not believe idea that non-adherents of particular religion will be condemned20.1
119) Unable to reconcile religious beliefs with existence of evil in world40.2
122) Have own personal religion/spiritual but not religious/have faith but not affiliation/believe but dont go to church321.7
152) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (religion too liberal/too open)20.1
158) Disagree with former religions views of women (general)10.1
161) Disagree with former religions views of women (treated poorly)30.2
167) Disagree with former religion on birth control (general)10.1
176) Other political disagreement/objection to former religion60.3
190) Like current religions view on homosexuality10.1
202) Liked something else about current religions approach to social or political matters30.2
210) Former religion too political30.2
213) Former religion too conservative/too traditional20.1
220) Current religion is liberal20.1
223) Current religion is traditional/conservative20.1
226) Current religion is moderate, middle-of-the-road10.1
250) Dislike organized religion/Do not believe in organized religion372.0
253) Dislike way former religion is run/leadership/hierarchy/structure70.4
254) Religion causes problems/is bad/is evil/is not good90.5
255) Former religion too much about money, business, a scam150.8
256) Pedophilia scandal/molestation80.4
257) Former religion out of touch40.2
330) Former religion had too many rules/too rigid/too strict/too much guilt involved/too negative/critical160.9
333) Former religions ideals too hard to live up to10.1
342) Current religion had fewer rules, less rigid, more freedom60.3
345) Former religion and/or adherents hypocritical, judgmental, intolerant, narrow, exclusive331.8
348) Current religion open, loving, not judgmental, inclusive90.5
361) Dislike style of former religions worship services (general)20.1
367) Dislike style of former religions worship services (too boring, formal, stuffy)40.2
370) Liked current religions worship services/practices/prayers/meditations, etc.201.1
371) Just dont like religion or former religion/disappointed with religion/do not trust religion/have conflict religion/didnt like going to church/disillusioned/disenchanted with religion or church/wasnt right for me362.0
373) Just liked current religion/just wanted to go to church/just wanted to join religion/just started going/liked a particular church532.9
376) Like leadership, structure of current religion20.1
382) Dislike of/negative experience with preacher/priest/nun or other religious leader120.7
385) People at a particular parish/congregation/church were mean, unkind, not generous, etc.70.4
393) Liked particular pastor/joined because of influence of particular pastor170.9
396) Liked people in religion/in a particular church/people in religion or church were nice or helpful150.8
401) Felt disconnected/uncomfortable/unwelcome60.3
404) Felt spiritually disconnected/uninspired/poor spiritual fit50.3
407) Felt connected, comfortable, welcome/good fit/felt right/liked atmosphere432.4
410) Felt spiritually connected, spiritually at-home, god spiritual fit, etc.20.1
416) Liked Sunday school/other religious education program/youth groups/other programs offered at church/former religion didnt offer programs/dissatisfaction with programs offered10.1
422) Convenience/location/availability/local church/only church in town/no churches available of a particular denomination432.4
430) Invitation/influence/example/outreach of church member, friend, neighbor, or other person452.5
440) Negative childhood experience/shoved down throat as child/negative experience at religious school40.2
443) Positive childhood experience/experience at religious school20.1
450) Wanted social interaction/social reasons50.3
453) Went to revivial20.1
473) Grew up/started thinking for oneself80.4
479) Became educated, studious observant, curious and thus stopped believing/lost faith/changed faith462.5
482) Spiritual awakening/personal spiritual growth/self-realization/spiritual change110.6
485) Wanted to be a better person, mother, father, spouse, etc.10.1
488) Looking for something/looking for answers/wanted to learn about God or religion/looking for something bigger than oneself/became interested in God or religion/felt a need/missing something/on a quest/wanted more/looking for something deeper331.8
497) Do not get anything out of religion/have no need for it/got no answers/did not meet needs362.0
500) Not interested in religion/religion unimportant to respondent, irrelevant to respondent241.3
503) Tangible benefits of religion/good things happen to believers/found more joy peace241.3
506) Found current religion to be relevant, important, interesting, etc.30.2
508) Calling from God/led by prayer or revelation/gift of faith from God/spoke to my heart/miracle/spirit moved me211.1
509) Saved/accepted Jesus/born-again/grace/became convicted301.6
510) Need for Jesus/need to be saved/dont want to go to hell/want eternal life50.3
511) Current religion in touch with god/the Lord/Jesus/the Holy Spirit/provided closer relationship with God130.7
520) Marriage/because of spouse18410.1
523) Because of a divorce80.4
526) Because of death of a loved one80.4
529) Issues with raising children/influence of children211.1
532) Parents decision/influence of parents40.2
535) Other family reason/cultural reason/heritage301.6
536) Moved/relocated221.2
538) Went to college10.1
541) Joined military20.1
546) Other lifecycle reason/life event/tragedy/trauma/life changing experience/turning point/timing/ready for change150.8
548) Too busy/too lazy/didnt want to waste any more time170.9
551) Got tired of it40.2
555) Just drifted away, stopped going, got away from it, fell away, dont go to church321.7
569) Just changed mind/change of faith/just chose to change religions30.2
583) Just not religious10.1
696) Many reasons40.2
699) Other reason874.8
999) Dont know/refused603.3
TOTAL1829100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


Q16OE_2 from Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.
And just in your own words, what would you say is the main reason that you became (CURREL)? SECOND MENTION (Q16OE_2)
TOTAL%
10) Do not believe in former religion/share the beliefs of former religion/any religion70.4
13) Atheist/do not believe in God/do not believe in Jesus10.1
16) Agnostic/answers to religious questions are unknowable20.1
19) Previous religion or religion in general not logical/not believable/not rational/not scientific/does not make sense60.3
37) Other disagreement with former religions specific teachings/beliefs/rituals/policies60.3
40) Did not understand former religion10.1
43) Other/generic stopped believing, lost faith, stopped being religious, began questioning, became skeptical30.2
50) Liked current religions beliefs about God / because of belief in God or Jesus or higher being/because of faith/found the truth/like teachings of current religion/became closer to God/current religion made sense241.3
80) Biblical or scriptural reason (general)30.2
83) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent does not believe Bible/former religion adheres too closely to Bible/current religion takes a more relaxed view)50.3
88) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent believes in Bible/former religion did not adhere closely enough/current religion adheres more closely)140.8
119) Unable to reconcile religious beliefs with existence of evil in world20.1
122) Have own personal religion/spiritual but not religious/have faith but not affiliation/believe but dont go to church70.4
140) Disagree with former religion on abortion (general)10.1
158) Disagree with former religions views of women (general)20.1
161) Disagree with former religions views of women (treated poorly)10.1
170) Disagree with former religion on birth control (religion should allow but didnt)10.1
176) Other political disagreement/objection to former religion50.3
190) Like current religions view on homosexuality10.1
193) Liked way current religion viewed women20.1
196) Liked way current religion dealt with abortion10.1
202) Liked something else about current religions approach to social or political matters10.1
210) Former religion too political10.1
213) Former religion too conservative/too traditional10.1
250) Dislike organized religion/Do not believe in organized religion70.4
253) Dislike way former religion is run/leadership/hierarchy/structure50.3
254) Religion causes problems/is bad/is evil/is not good70.4
255) Former religion too much about money, business, a scam50.3
256) Pedophilia scandal/molestation10.1
330) Former religion had too many rules/too rigid/too strict/too much guilt involved/too negative/critical70.4
342) Current religion had fewer rules, less rigid, more freedom40.2
345) Former religion and/or adherents hypocritical, judgmental, intolerant, narrow, exclusive110.6
348) Current religion open, loving, not judgmental, inclusive20.1
370) Liked current religions worship services/practices/prayers/meditations, etc.50.3
371) Just dont like religion or former religion/disappointed with religion/do not trust religion/have conflict with religion/didnt like going to church/disillusioned/disenchanted with religion or church/wasnt right for me20.1
373) Just liked current religion /just wanted to go to church/just wanted to join religion/just started going/liked a particular church30.2
376) Like leadership, structure of current religion20.1
379) Dislike of/dissatisfaction with particular congregation/parish/churches in an area20.1
382) Dislike of/negative experience with preacher/priest/nun or other religious leader60.3
393) Liked particular pastor/joined because of influence of particular pastor181.0
396) Liked people in religion /in a particular church/people in religion or church were nice or helpful50.3
404) Felt spiritually disconnected/uninspired/poor spiritual fit40.2
407) Felt connected, comfortable, welcome/good fit/felt right/liked atmosphere120.7
410) Felt spiritually connected, spiritually at-home, good spiritual fit, etc.20.1
413) Wanted to be around others who shared beliefs10.1
416) Liked Sunday school/other religious education program/youth groups/other programs offered at church/former religion didnt offer programs/dissatisfaction with programs offered60.3
422) Convenience/location/availability/local church/only church in town/no churches available of a particular denomination60.3
430) Invitation/influence/example/outreach of church member, friend, neighbor, or other person90.5
440) Negative childhood experience/shoved down throat as child/negative experience at religious school10.1
479) Became educated, studious, observant, curious and thus stopped believing/lost faith/changed faith60.3
488) Looking for something/looking for answers/wanted to learn about God or religion/looking for something bigger than oneself/became interested in God or religion/felt a need /missing something/on a quest/wanted more/looking for something deeper10.1
497) Do not get anything out of religion/have no need for it/got no answers/did not meet needs90.5
500) Not interested in religion/religion unimportant to respondent, irrelevant to respondent40.2
503) Tangible benefits of religion/good things happen to believers/found more joy, peace, happiness, fulfillment etc.60.3
508) Calling from God/led by prayer or revelation/gift of faith from God/spoke to my heart/miracle/spirit moved me30.2
509) Saved/accepted Jesus /born-again/grace /became convicted50.3
511) Current religion in touch with God/the Lord/Jesus/the Holy Spirit/provided closer relationship with God30.2
520) Marriage/because of spouse120.7
523) Because of a divorce30.2
529) Issues with raising children/influence of children100.5
532) Parents decision/influence of parents20.1
535) Other family reason/cultural reason/heritage30.2
538) Went to college10.1
541) Joined military10.1
551) Got tired of it10.1
555) Just drifted away, stopped going, got away from it, fell away, dont go to church60.3
999) Dont know/refused1,52283.2
TOTAL1829100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


CHCHARTY from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1996
[NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH] Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. Because it is active in charitable works in your community. (CHCHARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important287.9
2) Very important13738.5
3) Somewhat important12735.7
4) Not important5014.0
5) Dont know143.9
TOTAL356100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


CHSOCIAL from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1996
[NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH] Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. Because it has a lot of social activities. (CHSOCIAL)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important72.0
2) Very important6418.0
3) Somewhat important11432.0
4) Not important15844.4
5) Dont know133.7
TOTAL356100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


CHTEACH from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1996
[NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH] Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. Because its religious teachings are close to your beliefs. (CHTEACH)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important6819.1
2) Very important18351.4
3) Somewhat important6618.5
4) Not important226.2
5) Dont know174.8
TOTAL356100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


CHSERMON from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1996
[NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH] Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. Because you like the sermons of the pastor, priest, or rabbi. (CHSERMON)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important4512.6
2) Very important14340.2
3) Somewhat important10228.7
4) Not important5114.3
5) Dont know154.2
TOTAL356100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


CHCOMMTY from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1996
[NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH] Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. Because it can get things done in the community. (CHCOMMTY)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important246.7
2) Very important13136.8
3) Somewhat important11231.5
4) Not important7220.2
5) Dont know174.8
TOTAL356100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


Q3OE_1 from Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.
ASK ALL QUALIFIED CONVERTS (CON11=1 AND Q2 NE 2): And just in your own words, what is the main reason that you are no longer (FRMREL)? IF FRMREL=UNAFFILIATED WITH ANY PARTICULAR RELGION, USE ALTERNATE WORDING: And just in your own words, what is the main reason that you started identifying with a religion? FIRST MENTION (Q3OE_1)
TOTAL%
10) Do not believe in former religion/share the beliefs of former religion/any religion22412.8
13) Atheist/do not believe in God/do not believe in Jesus341.9
16) Agnostic/answers to religious question are unknowable90.5
19) Previous religion or religion in general not logical/not believable/not rational/not scientific/does not make sense301.7
22) Disagree with former religion on priestly celibacy (general)10.1
31) Disagree with papal infallibility/Pope in general40.2
34) Disagree with virgin Birth/praying to Mary10.1
37) Other disagreement with former religions specific teachings beliefs/rituals/policies271.5
40) Did not understand former religion40.2
43) Other/generic stopped believing, lost faith, stopped being religious, began questioning, became skeptical321.8
50) Like current religions beliefs about God/because of belief in God or Jesus or higher being/because of faith/found the truth/like teachings current religion/became closer to God/current religion/became closer to God/current religion made sense442.5
80) Biblical or scriptural reason (general)150.9
83) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent does not believe Bible/former religion adheres too closely to Bible/current religion takes a more relaxed view)100.6
88) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent believes in Bible/former religion did not adhere closely enough/current religion adheres more closely)543.1
110) Many religions or paths to God, no one religion is true, all religions have truth120.7
113) Do not believe idea that non-adherents of particular religion will be condemned20.1
119) Unable to reconcile religious beliefs with existence of evil in world20.1
122) Have own personal religion/spiritual but not religious/have faith but not affiliation/believe but dont go to church140.8
140) Disagree with former religion on abortion (general)10.1
146) Disagree with former religion on abortion (religion too conservative)10.1
149) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (general)20.1
152) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (religion too liberal/too open).20.1
158) Disagree with former religions views of women (general)50.3
161) Disagree with former religions views of women (treated poorly)90.5
167) Disagree with former religion on birth control (general)40.2
170) Disagree with former religion on birth control (religion should allow but didnt)10.1
176) Other political disagreement/objection to former religion100.6
210) Former religion too political10.1
213) Former religion too conservative/too traditional60.3
216) Former religion too liberal30.2
250) Dislike organized religion/Do not believe in organized religion482.7
253) Dislike way former religion is run/leadership/hierarchy/structure110.6
254) Religion causes problems/is bad/is evil/is not good80.5
255) Former religion too much about money, business, a scam120.7
256) Pedophilia scandal/molestation130.7
257) Former religion out of touch10.1
330) Former religion had too many rules/too rigid/too strict/too much guilt involved/too negative/critical311.8
331) Didnt like/agree with former religions practices or rituals90.5
333) Former religions ideals too hard to live up to40.2
342) Current religion had fewer rules, less rigid, more freedom20.1
345) Former religion and/or adherents hypocritical, judgmental, intolerant, narrow, exclusive442.5
361) Dislike style of former religions worship services (general)50.3
364) Dislike style of former religions worship services (too energetic)10.1
367) Dislike style of former religions worship services (too boring, formal, stuffy)90.5
370) Like current religions worship services/practices/prayers/meditations, etc.70.4
371) Just dont like religion or former religion/disappointed with religion/do not trust religion/have conflict with religion/didnt like going to church/ disillusioned / disenchanted with religion or church/wasnt right for me432.4
373) Just liked current religion / just wanted to go to church/just wanted to join religion/just started going / liked a particular church392.2
376) Like leadership, structure of current religion10.1
379) Dislike of/dissatisfaction with particular congregation/parish/churches in an area120.7
382) Dislike of/negative experience with preacher/priest/nun or other religious leader281.6
385) People at a particular parish/congregation/church were mean, unkind, not generous, etc.50.3
393) Liked particular pastor/joined because of influence of particular pastor50.3
396) Liked people in religion/in a particular church/people in religion or church were nice or helpful60.3
401) Felt disconnected/uncomfortable/unwelcome40.2
404) Felt spiritually disconnected/uninspired/poor spiritual fit60.3
407) Felt connected, comfortable, welcome/good fit/felt right/liked atmosphere100.6
416) Liked Sunday school/other religious education program/youth groups/other programs offered at church/former religion didnt offer programs/dissatisfaction with programs offered50.3
422) Convenience/location/availability/local church/only church in town/no churches available of a particular denomination291.7
430) Invitation/influence/example/outreach of church member, friend, neighbor, or other person402.3
440) Negative childhood experience/shoved down throat as child / negative experience at religious school130.7
443) Positive childhood experience/experience at religious school20.1
450) Wanted social interaction/social reasons10.1
453) Went to revival20.1
473) Grew up/started thinking for oneself70.4
479) Became educated, studious, observant, curious and thus stopped believing/lost faith/changed faith311.8
482) Spiritual awakening/personal spiritual growth/self-realization/spiritual change70.4
488) Looking for something/looking for answers/wanted to learn about God or religion/looking for something bigger than oneself/became interested in God or religion/felt a need/missing something/on a quest/wanted more/looking for something deeper412.3
497) Do not get anything out of religion/have no need for it/got no answers/did not meet needs251.4
500) Not interested in religion/religion unimportant to respondent, irrelevant to respondent181.0
503) Tangible benefits of religion/good things happen to believers/found more joy, peace, happiness, fulfillment etc.70.4
508) Calling from God/led by prayer or revelation/gift of faith from God/spoke to my heart/miracle/spirit moved me90.5
509) Saved/accepted Jesus/born-again/grace/became convicted442.5
510) Need for Jesus/need to be saved/dont want to go to hell/want eternal life50.3
520) Marriage/because of spouse1458.3
523) Because of a divorce120.7
526) Because of death of a loved one90.5
529) Issues with raising children/influence of children231.3
532) Parents decision/influence of parents50.3
535) Other family reason/cultural reason/heritage191.1
536) Moved/relocated291.7
538) Went to college30.2
541) Joined military70.4
546) Other lifecycle reason/life event/tragedy/trauma/life changing experience/turning point/timing/ready for change110.6
548) Too busy/too lazy/didnt want to waste any more time80.5
551) Got tired of it30.2
555) Just drifted away, stopped going, got away from it, fell away, dont go to church633.6
569) Just changed mind/change of faith/just chose to change religions70.4
583) Just not religious110.6
696) Many reasons20.1
697) No reason110.6
698) Because I became261.5
699) Other reason553.1
999) Dont know/refused935.3
TOTAL1756100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


Q3OE_2 from Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.
ASK ALL QUALIFIED CONVERTS (CON11=1 AND Q2 NE 2): And just in your own words, what is the main reason that you are no longer (FRMREL)? IF FRMREL=UNAFFILIATED WITH ANY PARTICULAR RELGION, USE ALTERNATE WORDING: And just in your own words, what is the main reason that you started identifying with a religion? SECOND MENTION (Q3OE_2)
TOTAL%
10) Do not believe in former religion/share the beliefs of former religion/any religion150.9
13) Atheist/do not believe in God/do not believe in Jesus70.4
16) Agnostic/answers to religious questions are unknowable10.1
19) Previous religion or religion in general not logical/not believable/not rational/not scientific/does not make sense40.2
22) Disagree with former religion on priestly celibacy (general)10.1
28) Disagree with former religion on priestly celibacy (religion enforces but shouldnt)30.2
31) Disagree with papal infallibility/Pope in general10.1
34) Disagree with virgin Birth/praying to Mary40.2
37) Other disagreement with former religions specific teachings/beliefs/rituals/policies100.6
40) Did not understand religion30.2
43) Other/generic stopped believing, lost faith, stopped being religious, began questioning, became skeptical30.2
50) Liked current religions beliefs about God/because of belief in God or Jesus or higher being/because of faith/found the truth/like teachings of current religion/became closer to God/current religion made sense10.1
83) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent does not believe Bible/former religion adheres too closely to Bible/current religion takes a more relaxed view)20.1
88) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent believes in Bible/former religion did not adhere closely enough/current religion adheres more closely)110.6
110) Many religions or paths to God, no one religion is true, all religions have truth40.2
119) Unable to reconcile religious beliefs with existence of evil in world10.1
122) Have own personal religion/spiritual but not religious/have faith but not affiliation/believe but dont go to church20.1
140) Disagree with former religion on abortion (general)10.1
146) Disagree with former religion on abortion (religion too conservative)20.1
149) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (general)10.1
152) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (religion too liberal / too open)10.1
158) Disagree with former religions views of women (general)10.1
161) Disagree with former religions views of women (treated poorly)20.1
167) Disagree with former religion on birth control (general)10.1
176) Other political disagreement/objection to former religion50.3
210) Former religion too political10.1
213) Former religion too conservative/too traditional10.1
216) Former religion too liberal10.1
250) Dislike organized religion/Do not believe in organized religion60.3
253) Dislike way former religion is run/leadership/hierarchy/structure30.2
254) Religion causes problems/is bad/is evil/is not good60.3
255) Former religion too much about money, business, a scam110.6
256) Pedophilia scandal/molestation40.2
330) Former religion had too many rules/too rigid/too strict/too much guilt involved/too negative/critical100.6
331) Didnt like/agree with former religions practices or rituals10.1
345) Former religion and/or adherents hypocritical, judgmental, intolerant, narrow, exclusive100.6
348) Current religion open, loving, not judgmental, inclusive10.1
361) Dislike style of former religions worship services (general)10.1
367) Dislike style of former religions worship services (too boring, formal, stuffy)20.1
370) Liked current religions worship services / practices/prayers/meditations, etc.30.2
371) Just dont like religion or former religion/disappointed with religion/do not trust religion/have conflict with religion/didnt like going to church/ disillusioned/disenchanted with religion or church/wasnt right for me10.1
379) Dislike of/dissatisfaction with particular congregation/parish/churches in an area30.2
382) Dislike of/negative experience with preacher/priest/nun or other religious leader50.3
385) People at a particular parish/congregation/church were mean, unkind, not generous, etc.20.1
393) Liked particular pastor/joined because of influence of particular pastor40.2
396) Liked people in religion/in a particular church/people in religion or church were nice or helpful20.1
404) Felt spiritually disconnected/uninspired/poor spiritual fit10.1
407) Felt connected, comfortable, welcome/good fit/felt right/liked atmosphere30.2
413) Wanted to be around others who shared beliefs10.1
416) Liked Sunday school/other religious education program/youth groups/other programs offered at church/former religion didnt offer programs/dissatisfaction with programs offered10.1
422) Convenience/location/availability/local church/only church in town/no churches available of a particular denomination70.4
430) Invitation/influence/example/outreach of church member, friend, neighbor, or other person90.5
440) Negative childhood experience/shoved down throat as child/negative experience at religious school20.1
485) Wanted to be a better person, mother, father, spouse, etc.10.1
488) Looking for something/looking for answers/wanted to learn about God or religion/looking for something bigger than oneself/became interested in God or religion/felt a need /missing something/on a quest/wanted more/looking for something deeper10.1
494) Prayers were not answered10.1
497) Do not get anything out of religion/have no need for it/got no answers/did not meet needs20.1
500) Not interested in religion/religion unimportant to respondent, irrelevant to respondent10.1
508) Calling from God/led by prayer or revelation/gift of faith from God/spoke to my heart/miracle/spirit moved me10.1
509) Saved/accepted Jesus/born-again/grace/became convicted60.3
520) Marriage/because of spouse60.3
523) Because of a divorce40.2
529) Issues with raising children/influence of children70.4
532) Parents decision/influence of parents10.1
535) Other family reason/cultural reason/heritage50.3
536) Moved/relocated20.1
546) Other lifecycle reason/life event/tragedy/trauma/life changing experience/turning point/timing/ready for change10.1
548) Too busy/too lazy/didnt want to waste any more time10.1
555) Just drifted away, stopped going, got away from it, fell away, dont go to church30.2
696) Many reasons10.1
999) Dont know/refused1,52386.7
TOTAL1756100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


Q4N from Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.
IF CONVERT RAISED IN A RELIGION: You werent comfortable, with the feeling of community at [IF RAISED CATHOLIC, FRMREL2=10000, INSERT: your parish; FOR ALL OTHERS, INSERT: your local congregation]. Is this an important reason you are no longer (FRMREL), or not? (Q4N)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, important reason27018.7
2) No, not an important reason1,14679.4
9) Dont know/refused (Vol.)271.9
TOTAL1443100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


REASON1 from Lilly Survey of Attitudes and Social Networks
[If ONEORMOR=1] What was the most important reason for leaving? (REASON1)
TOTAL%
0) Refused11.1
1) Moved5357.6
2) Not being spiritually fed66.5
3) Got married33.3
5) Not providing programs seeking11.1
6) Problems with clergy/persons in congregation22.2
8) Did not like the worship11.1
9) Too much talk/focus on race/integration44.3
10) Other2021.7
99) Dont know11.1
Missing2,468 
TOTAL92100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


REASON2 from Lilly Survey of Attitudes and Social Networks
[If ONEORMOR=2] What was the most important reason for leaving the last mixed-race congregation you attended? (REASON2)
TOTAL%
0) Refused22.2
1) Moved5155.4
2) Not being spiritually fed55.4
3) Got married44.3
5) Not providing programs seeking11.1
8) Did not like the worship11.1
9) Too much talk/focus on race/integration11.1
10) Other2021.7
99) Dont know77.6
Missing2,468 
TOTAL92100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


LEAVE1 from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990
A list of possible reasons for leaving your congregation follows. Please read the list and consider the following question. In your response, you may choose up to three reasons. Place a 1 next to the most likely reason. Should you have additional reasons, write 2 and 3 next to the second and third most likely reasons. If I should ever decide to leave my congregation, it probably would be for the following reason -- My congregation is moving in a direction that conflicts with my calling/values/vision. (LEAVE1)
TOTAL%
1) Most likely1,19956.1
2) Second most likely62229.1
3) Third most likely31714.8
TOTAL2138100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


 

Subcategories
Level of SatisfactionThis question type asks the respondent statements about certain aspects of their congregation with the purpose of judging level of satisfaction.
Reason for ChoosingThese questions directly ask the respondent if certain factors impact their choice of a congregation.
Reasons for LeavingThis question type focuses upon reasons why the responent is no longer with a particular denomination/congregation.

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