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 twelve months have you attended a small group that meets regularly and provides support or caring for those who participate in it? (SA_SMGRP)



Variable Comparisons

[Age | Gender | Political Ideology | Race | Religious Tradition | Region | Education ]

Age

18 to 29 years old 30 to 44 years old 45 to 59 years old 60 to 74 years old 75 years and older TOTAL
Don't know 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
1
Never 61.0%
340
61.0%
456
59.5%
449
63.7%
263
66.0%
93
61.3%
1601
Once 2.2%
12
2.1%
16
1.5%
11
0.7%
3
0.7%
1
1.6%
43
2-4 times 6.3%
35
6.6%
49
7.3%
55
3.4%
14
4.3%
6
6.1%
159
5-9 times 7.5%
42
5.6%
42
6.4%
48
5.6%
23
5.0%
7
6.2%
162
Once a month 5.7%
32
9.0%
67
8.1%
61
11.6%
48
7.8%
11
8.4%
219
Twice a month 6.1%
34
7.0%
52
6.4%
48
5.1%
21
7.8%
11
6.4%
166
Once a week 6.1%
34
5.3%
40
6.2%
47
5.1%
21
7.1%
10
5.8%
152
More than once a week 5.0%
28
3.5%
26
4.5%
34
4.8%
20
1.4%
2
4.2%
110
TOTAL 100.0%
557
100.0%
748
100.0%
754
100.0%
413
100.0%
141

2613


Gender

Female Male TOTAL
Don't know 0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
1
Never 60.0%
812
62.7%
789
61.3%
1601
Once 1.6%
22
1.6%
20
1.6%
42
2-4 times 5.6%
76
6.6%
83
6.1%
159
5-9 times 6.3%
85
6.1%
77
6.2%
162
Once a month 9.2%
124
7.5%
95
8.4%
219
Twice a month 6.8%
92
5.9%
74
6.4%
166
Once a week 6.1%
82
5.6%
70
5.8%
152
More than once a week 4.4%
60
4.0%
50
4.2%
110
TOTAL 100.0%
1353
100.0%
1259

2612


Political ideology

Very liberal Somewhat liberal Middle of the road Somewhat conservative Very conservative Haven't thought much about it Missing TOTAL
Don't know 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1

0
0.0%
1
Never 64.5%
109
62.3%
236
63.2%
400
51.8%
261
48.0%
107
69.2%
468

20
61.2%
1581
Once 1.8%
3
1.8%
7
1.6%
10
1.4%
7
2.2%
5
1.2%
8

2
1.5%
40
2-4 times 6.5%
11
7.7%
29
4.6%
29
6.2%
31
4.0%
9
7.2%
49

0
6.1%
158
5-9 times 6.5%
11
4.7%
18
5.7%
36
7.7%
39
12.1%
27
4.4%
30

1
6.2%
161
Once a month 8.3%
14
9.2%
35
10.9%
69
9.7%
49
7.6%
17
5.2%
35

0
8.5%
219
Twice a month 3.0%
5
6.9%
26
5.2%
33
9.9%
50
8.5%
19
4.9%
33

0
6.4%
166
Once a week 4.1%
7
5.3%
20
5.7%
36
7.7%
39
10.3%
23
3.8%
26

1
5.8%
151
More than once a week 5.3%
9
2.1%
8
3.2%
20
5.6%
28
7.2%
16
3.8%
26

3
4.1%
107
TOTAL 100.0%
169
100.0%
379
100.0%
633
100.0%
504
100.0%
223
100.0%
676

27

2584


Race

White Black Hispanic Asian Pacific Islander Other TOTAL
Don't know 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.9%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
1
Never 62.3%
1128
59.2%
164
64.6%
208
51.9%
56
11.1%
1
51.8%
43
61.3%
1600
Once 1.0%
18
2.9%
8
3.4%
11
1.9%
2
0.0%
0
3.6%
3
1.6%
42
2-4 times 4.6%
84
9.0%
25
9.0%
29
11.1%
12
22.2%
2
7.2%
6
6.1%
158
5-9 times 6.6%
120
6.1%
17
5.3%
17
2.8%
3
0.0%
0
6.0%
5
6.2%
162
Once a month 9.1%
164
7.2%
20
7.5%
24
2.8%
3
0.0%
0
8.4%
7
8.4%
218
Twice a month 7.1%
128
5.1%
14
3.1%
10
8.3%
9
22.2%
2
4.8%
4
6.4%
167
Once a week 5.6%
102
6.9%
19
4.7%
15
5.6%
6
0.0%
0
12.0%
10
5.8%
152
More than once a week 3.7%
67
3.6%
10
2.5%
8
14.8%
16
44.4%
4
6.0%
5
4.2%
110
TOTAL 100.0%
1811
100.0%
277
100.0%
322
100.0%
108
100.0%
9
100.0%
83

2610


Religion

Black Protestant Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Unaffiliated Other TOTAL
Don't know 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.0%
1
Never 59.6%
87
58.0%
402
55.8%
202
63.0%
437
71.6%
293
58.9%
179
61.3%
1600
Once 4.1%
6
0.4%
3
1.1%
4
2.4%
17
2.0%
8
1.3%
4
1.6%
42
2-4 times 8.9%
13
5.1%
35
4.1%
15
7.6%
53
4.9%
20
7.2%
22
6.1%
158
5-9 times 6.2%
9
7.1%
49
8.8%
32
6.1%
42
4.2%
17
4.3%
13
6.2%
162
Once a month 7.5%
11
7.9%
55
11.9%
43
7.9%
55
7.6%
31
7.6%
23
8.4%
218
Twice a month 4.1%
6
7.4%
51
7.5%
27
6.5%
45
4.9%
20
5.9%
18
6.4%
167
Once a week 7.5%
11
8.9%
62
6.6%
24
4.2%
29
2.2%
9
4.9%
15
5.8%
150
More than once a week 2.1%
3
5.2%
36
4.1%
15
2.3%
16
2.7%
11
9.5%
29
4.2%
110
TOTAL 100.0%
146
100.0%
693
100.0%
362
100.0%
694
100.0%
409
100.0%
304

2608


Region

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Don't know 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
1
Never 62.7%
276
64.8%
402
58.9%
519
60.3%
403
61.3%
1600
Once 0.7%
3
1.1%
7
1.9%
17
2.4%
16
1.6%
43
2-4 times 6.1%
27
6.5%
40
5.7%
50
6.1%
41
6.1%
158
5-9 times 6.1%
27
6.5%
40
5.4%
48
6.9%
46
6.2%
161
Once a month 8.4%
37
8.4%
52
8.9%
78
7.6%
51
8.4%
218
Twice a month 6.4%
28
5.2%
32
7.0%
62
6.6%
44
6.4%
166
Once a week 5.7%
25
4.4%
27
7.3%
64
5.4%
36
5.8%
152
More than once a week 3.9%
17
3.2%
20
4.8%
42
4.6%
31
4.2%
110
TOTAL 100.0%
440
100.0%
620
100.0%
881
100.0%
668

2609


Education

No high school diploma GED or high school diploma Vocational/technical diploma or Associate's degree Bachelor's degree Graduate degree Other Missing TOTAL
Don't know 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.4%
1
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
1
Never 80.1%
245
62.6%
660
57.0%
274
51.7%
217
56.3%
151
66.7%
48

5
61.3%
1595
Once 1.3%
4
2.0%
21
1.2%
6
1.7%
7
0.7%
2
0.0%
0

2
1.5%
40
2-4 times 5.2%
16
6.3%
66
7.1%
34
4.8%
20
5.6%
15
9.7%
7

1
6.1%
158
5-9 times 2.3%
7
5.0%
53
7.9%
38
10.0%
42
6.7%
18
6.9%
5

0
6.3%
163
Once a month 3.9%
12
9.9%
104
10.6%
51
7.1%
30
6.0%
16
6.9%
5

0
8.4%
218
Twice a month 3.9%
12
5.3%
56
5.4%
26
9.0%
38
11.2%
30
2.8%
2

2
6.3%
164
Once a week 1.0%
3
5.1%
54
6.0%
29
9.3%
39
9.0%
24
5.6%
4

0
5.9%
153
More than once a week 2.3%
7
3.9%
41
4.8%
23
6.4%
27
4.1%
11
1.4%
1

0
4.2%
110
TOTAL 100.0%
306
100.0%
1055
100.0%
481
100.0%
420
100.0%
268
100.0%
72

10

2602