Portraits of American Life Study
Hosted by The ARDA
The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.
Results & Summaries
About how many times in the past 12 months have you attended a small group that meets regularly and provides support or caring for those who participate in it? (SA_SMW1) -- Wave 1 (2006)



Variable Comparisons

[Education | Political Party | Gender | Race | Religious Tradition ]

Education

Less than high schoolGED or high school diplomaVocational/technical diploma or associate degreeBachelorsGraduate degreeOtherTOTAL
Never72.7%
88
62.7%
294
58.7%
162
47.2%
117
52.7%
88
72.4%
21
58.8%
770
Once0.0%
0
1.7%
8
0.7%
2
1.6%
4
1.2%
2
3.4%
1
1.3%
17
Two-four times0.0%
0
7.0%
33
6.5%
18
5.2%
13
4.8%
8
0.0%
0
5.5%
72
Five-nine times5.8%
7
4.5%
21
8.0%
22
12.5%
31
7.8%
13
0.0%
0
7.2%
94
Once a month11.6%
14
8.7%
41
10.1%
28
6.9%
17
7.8%
13
17.2%
5
9.0%
118
Twice a month5.0%
6
5.1%
24
4.3%
12
12.1%
30
15.6%
26
6.9%
2
7.6%
100
Once a week0.0%
0
7.2%
34
4.7%
13
8.1%
20
6.6%
11
0.0%
0
6.0%
78
More than once a week5.0%
6
3.0%
14
6.9%
19
6.5%
16
3.6%
6
0.0%
0
4.7%
61
TOTAL 100.0%
121
100.0%
469
100.0%
276
100.0%
248
100.0%
167
100.0%
29

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Political party

DemocratNeitherRepublicanMissingTOTAL
Never61.7%
385
59.7%
141
52.4%
225

19
58.3%
751
Once1.8%
11
0.4%
1
0.9%
4

0
1.2%
16
Two-four times6.3%
39
3.0%
7
6.3%
27

0
5.7%
73
Five-nine times6.1%
38
5.9%
14
9.3%
40

2
7.1%
92
Once a month8.8%
55
9.3%
22
9.6%
41

0
9.2%
118
Twice a month7.2%
45
9.7%
23
7.0%
30

2
7.6%
98
Once a week4.3%
27
3.8%
9
10.3%
44

0
6.2%
80
More than once a week3.8%
24
8.1%
19
4.2%
18

1
4.7%
61
TOTAL 100.0%
624
100.0%
236
100.0%
429

24

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Gender

FemaleMaleTOTAL
Never58.1%
395
59.2%
375
58.6%
770
Once1.5%
10
1.1%
7
1.3%
17
Two-four times5.6%
38
5.5%
35
5.6%
73
Five-nine times7.4%
50
7.0%
44
7.2%
94
Once a month8.7%
59
9.2%
58
8.9%
117
Twice a month7.6%
52
7.6%
48
7.6%
100
Once a week6.3%
43
5.7%
36
6.0%
79
More than once a week4.9%
33
4.7%
30
4.8%
63
TOTAL 100.0%
680
100.0%
633

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Race

White/Caucasian/AngloBlack/African AmericanHispanic/Latino(a)Asian/Asian AmericanNative AmericanTOTAL
Never59.2%
543
57.8%
89
60.7%
108
44.3%
27
50.0%
2
58.5%
769
Once0.8%
7
3.2%
5
1.7%
3
3.3%
2
50.0%
2
1.4%
19
Two-four times4.9%
45
5.8%
9
7.3%
13
9.8%
6
0.0%
0
5.6%
73
Five-nine times7.9%
72
7.1%
11
6.2%
11
1.6%
1
0.0%
0
7.2%
95
Once a month8.8%
81
8.4%
13
11.2%
20
6.6%
4
0.0%
0
9.0%
118
Twice a month8.4%
77
6.5%
10
3.9%
7
9.8%
6
0.0%
0
7.6%
100
Once a week6.1%
56
8.4%
13
4.5%
8
1.6%
1
0.0%
0
5.9%
78
More than once a week3.9%
36
2.6%
4
4.5%
8
23.0%
14
0.0%
0
4.7%
62
TOTAL 100.0%
917
100.0%
154
100.0%
178
100.0%
61
100.0%
4

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Religion

Black ProtestantEvangelical ProtestantMainline ProtestantCatholicOther faithNonaffiliatedTOTAL
Never57.4%
39
55.9%
189
50.7%
70
64.3%
205
54.2%
115
63.6%
152
58.6%
770
Once2.9%
2
0.9%
3
0.0%
0
1.9%
6
0.9%
2
1.7%
4
1.3%
17
Two-four times8.8%
6
5.3%
18
7.2%
10
6.3%
20
3.8%
8
4.6%
11
5.6%
73
Five-nine times5.9%
4
9.2%
31
5.8%
8
7.2%
23
8.5%
18
4.2%
10
7.2%
94
Once a month5.9%
4
8.3%
28
13.0%
18
9.4%
30
6.6%
14
10.0%
24
9.0%
118
Twice a month4.4%
3
6.8%
23
13.0%
18
6.3%
20
8.5%
18
7.5%
18
7.6%
100
Once a week13.2%
9
9.8%
33
5.8%
8
1.6%
5
5.2%
11
5.4%
13
6.0%
79
More than once a week1.5%
1
3.8%
13
4.3%
6
3.1%
10
12.3%
26
2.9%
7
4.8%
63
TOTAL 100.0%
68
100.0%
338
100.0%
138
100.0%
319
100.0%
212
100.0%
239

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