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Is there one person who is the head or senior clergy person or religious leader in 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.


Is there a religious leader? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]


Demographic Patterns


Is there a religious leader? (Demographic Patterns)


Is there a religious leader? by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes96.7%
347
94.3%
367
93.7%
535
100.0%
98
8795.1%
1347
No3.3%
12
5.7%
22
6.3%
36
0.0%
0
24.9%
70
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
389
100.0%
571
100.0%
98
891417

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Is there a religious leader? by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes90.5%
182
97.1%
363
94.7%
355
95.9%
278
97.7%
255
295.5%
1433
No9.5%
19
2.9%
11
5.3%
20
4.1%
12
2.3%
6
34.5%
68
TOTAL100.0%
201
100.0%
374
100.0%
375
100.0%
290
100.0%
261
51501

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Is there a religious leader? by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes94.8%
779
97.1%
475
94.6%
105
7595.6%
1359
No5.2%
43
2.9%
14
5.4%
6
94.4%
63
TOTAL100.0%
822
100.0%
489
100.0%
111
841422

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Is there a 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
Yes94.4%
187
94.3%
365
96.2%
689
94.2%
194
95.2%
1435
No5.6%
11
5.7%
22
3.8%
27
5.8%
12
4.8%
72
TOTAL100.0%
198
100.0%
387
100.0%
716
100.0%
206
1507

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Is there a religious leader? by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes100.0%
80
94.4%
696
96.6%
342
95.8%
273
86.3%
44
95.2%
1435
No0.0%
0
5.6%
41
3.4%
12
4.2%
12
13.7%
7
4.8%
72
TOTAL100.0%
80
100.0%
737
100.0%
354
100.0%
285
100.0%
51
1507

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Is there a religious leader? by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes94.5%
864
98.4%
418
93.3%
112
4195.5%
1394
No5.5%
50
1.6%
7
6.7%
8
64.5%
65
TOTAL100.0%
914
100.0%
425
100.0%
120
471459

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Is there a religious leader? by Year


19982006TOTAL
Yes92.5%
1139
95.2%
1434
94.0%
2573
No7.5%
93
4.8%
72
6.0%
165
TOTAL100.0%
1232
100.0%
1506
2738

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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.