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Is this person male or female? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

Each question was asked of a key informant from the congregation, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, or other staff person or leader.


Gender of Religious Leader (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Gender of Religious Leader (Demographic Patterns)


Gender of Religious Leader by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Male89.8%
308
94.8%
347
90.1%
482
96.0%
95
8191.7%
1232
Female10.2%
35
5.2%
19
9.9%
53
4.0%
4
68.3%
111
MISSING1623360075
TOTAL100.0%
343
100.0%
366
100.0%
535
100.0%
99
871343

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Gender of Religious Leader by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Male84.8%
151
90.1%
327
92.4%
328
95.3%
264
94.5%
241
291.8%
1311
Female15.2%
27
9.9%
36
7.6%
27
4.7%
13
5.5%
14
08.2%
117
MISSING231120136073
TOTAL100.0%
178
100.0%
363
100.0%
355
100.0%
277
100.0%
255
21428

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Gender of Religious Leader by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Male95.1%
741
92.8%
436
63.8%
67
6891.9%
1244
Female4.9%
38
7.2%
34
36.2%
38
78.1%
110
MISSING43196068
TOTAL100.0%
779
100.0%
470
100.0%
105
751354

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Gender of Religious Leader by Region of the Country


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central, or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
Male86.9%
159
90.1%
328
96.1%
662
84.5%
164
91.8%
1313
Female13.1%
24
9.9%
36
3.9%
27
15.5%
30
8.2%
117
MISSING1522281277
TOTAL100.0%
183
100.0%
364
100.0%
689
100.0%
194
1430

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Gender of Religious Leader by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Male93.7%
74
95.4%
664
90.9%
310
85.0%
232
82.5%
33
91.9%
1313
Female6.3%
5
4.6%
32
9.1%
31
15.0%
41
17.5%
7
8.1%
116
MISSING04113121177
TOTAL100.0%
79
100.0%
696
100.0%
341
100.0%
273
100.0%
40
1429

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Gender of Religious Leader by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Male95.3%
820
92.3%
385
61.6%
69
3891.7%
1274
Female4.7%
40
7.7%
32
38.4%
43
28.3%
115
MISSING5488070
TOTAL100.0%
860
100.0%
417
100.0%
112
401389

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Gender of Religious Leader by Year


19982006TOTAL
Male90.0%
1024
91.8%
1313
91.0%
2337
Female10.0%
114
8.2%
117
9.0%
231
MISSING9677173
TOTAL100.0%
1138
100.0%
1430
2568

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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. A full codebook, prepared by the primary investigator, is available for download here. The codebook contains the original questionnaire, as well as detailed information on survey methodology, weights, coding, and more.