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If they are otherwise qualified, are women in your congregation permitted to: Be the head clergyperson or primary religious leader of your congregation? (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.


Can Women be Religious Leaders? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]




Can Women be Religious Leaders? (Demographic Patterns)


Can Women be Religious Leaders? by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes51.0%
183
47.8%
185
42.7%
243
54.3%
51
4547.0%
662
No47.6%
171
49.6%
192
56.2%
320
42.6%
40
4151.3%
723
Don't know1.4%
5
2.6%
10
1.1%
6
3.2%
3
21.7%
24
MISSING013509
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
387
100.0%
569
100.0%
94
881409

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Can Women be Religious Leaders? by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes58.7%
118
49.1%
182
43.0%
161
41.5%
120
47.7%
124
147.2%
705
No41.3%
83
49.3%
183
54.3%
203
56.1%
162
51.2%
133
151.1%
764
Don't know0.0%
0
1.6%
6
2.7%
10
2.4%
7
1.2%
3
01.7%
26
MISSING0401005
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
371
100.0%
374
100.0%
289
100.0%
260
21495

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Can Women be Religious Leaders? by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes36.7%
302
55.7%
273
86.5%
96
3747.2%
671
No61.4%
505
42.9%
210
13.5%
15
3551.3%
730
Don't know1.8%
15
1.4%
7
0.0%
0
31.5%
22
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
822
100.0%
490
100.0%
111
751423

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Can Women be Religious Leaders? 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
Yes55.6%
110
52.6%
201
38.8%
277
58.3%
119
47.2%
707
No42.9%
85
47.1%
180
58.3%
416
41.2%
84
51.1%
765
Don't know1.5%
3
0.3%
1
2.8%
20
0.5%
1
1.7%
25
MISSING04329
TOTAL100.0%
198
100.0%
382
100.0%
713
100.0%
204
1497

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Can Women be Religious Leaders? by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes10.1%
8
34.2%
249
41.4%
147
94.7%
269
68.0%
34
47.2%
707
No89.9%
71
64.7%
472
53.8%
191
4.9%
14
32.0%
16
51.0%
764
Don't know0.0%
0
1.1%
8
4.8%
17
0.4%
1
0.0%
0
1.7%
26
MISSING090009
TOTAL100.0%
79
100.0%
729
100.0%
355
100.0%
284
100.0%
50
1497

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Can Women be Religious Leaders? by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes34.6%
316
60.8%
259
90.8%
109
2346.9%
684
No64.3%
587
35.9%
153
9.2%
11
1351.5%
751
Don't know1.1%
10
3.3%
14
0.0%
0
11.6%
24
MISSING00000
TOTAL100.0%
913
100.0%
426
100.0%
120
371459

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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.