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

Religious Attendance

  All frequencies weighted by LOWEIGHT


Do you only attend worship services at your congregation, or do you sometimes attend other congregations? (ART2W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused81.1
-4) Dont know71
1) I attend my congregation36750.6
2) I sometimes attend other congregations34347.3
Missing589 
TOTAL725100.0
How often do you attend worship services at your congregation? (ART3W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.1
1) Never162.3
2) Once or twice8712.3
3) Several times (but less than once a month)7110
4) Once a month628.8
5) Two to three times a month11416.1
6) Once a week22131.2
7) Twice a week679.5
8) Three times a week or more699.7
Missing605 
TOTAL708100.0
How often do you attend worship services at other congregations? (ART4W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
1) Never2.6
2) Once or twice17350.7
3) Several times (but less than once a month)8825.8
4) Once a month329.4
5) Two-three times a month298.5
6) Once a week82.3
7) Twice a week72.1
8) Three times a week or more2.6
Missing973 
TOTAL341100.0
If you personally had your choice, would you like to attend worship services much less often, somewhat less often, about the same as you do now, somewhat more often or much more often? (ART5W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused171.3
-4) Dont know11.8
1) Much less often634.8
2) Somewhat less often312.4
3) Attend about the same as I do now56643.1
4) Somewhat more often41831.9
5) Much more often20615.7
TOTAL1312100.0
If you personally had your choice, would you like to attend worship services much less often, somewhat less often, about the same as you do now, somewhat more often, or much more often? (ART5) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Much less often554.3
2) Somewhat less often322.5
3) Attend about the same as do now58645.7
4) Somewhat more often39530.8
5) Much more often21316.6
Missing34 
TOTAL1281100.0
How often does your job interfere with attending religious services? (ART6W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused3.4
-4) Dont know00
1) Once a week9311.3
2) A few times a week738.8
3) Once a month323.9
4) A few times a year9711.8
5) Never52763.9
Missing488 
TOTAL825100.0
Of the amount you just reported shown below, what percentage went to religious organizations or groups outside of your congregation? (ART10W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused454.6
-4) Dont know252.6
1) Zero %38539.6
2) One-10%14915.3
3) 11-20%464.7
4) 21-30%262.7
5) 31-40%272.8
6) 41-50%444.5
7) 51-60%181.9
8) 61-70%121.2
9) 71-80%161.6
10) 81-90%272.8
11) 91-100%15115.6
Missing343 
TOTAL971100.0
Of the amount you just reported, what percentage went to religious organizations or groups [outside of your congregation]? (ART10) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Zero32337.4
2) One-10 percent13916.1
3) 11-20 percent566.5
4) 21-30 percent485.6
5) 31-40 percent212.4
6) 41-50 percent728.3
7) 51-60 percent263
8) 61-70 percent8.9
9) 71-80 percent202.3
10) 81-90 percent273.1
11) 91-100 percent12414.4
Missing450 
TOTAL864100.0
During the year 2005, what was the total dollar value of all donations, if any, that you and your spouse/partner made to your local congregation? Donations include any gifts of money, assets, or property. Just a guess is fine. Which of the following categories would be closest to your total donations in 2005? (ART8AW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused546.6
-4) Dont know242.9
1) $0-$2418823
2) $25-$10012615.4
3) $101-$30010512.8
4) $301-$1,00013416.4
5) $1,001-$5,00013816.8
6) $5,001-$10,000364.4
7) More than $10,000141.7
Missing494 
TOTAL819100.0
Just a guess is fine. Which one of the following categories would be closest to your total donations in 2011? (ART8A) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) $0 -- $241015.4
2) $25 -- $100710.8
3) $101 -- $3001827.7
4) $301 -- $1,0001624.6
5) $1,001 -- $5,0001421.5
Missing1250 
TOTAL65100.0
During the year 2005, what was the total dollar value of all donations you and your spouse/partner made to other charitable organizations not including your congregation? Charitable organizations include religious or non-profit organizations that help those in need or that serve public interests. Please do not include political contributions. Just a guess is fine. Which of the following categories would be closest to your total donations in 2005? (ART9AW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused775.9
-4) Dont know171.3
1) $0-$2446235.2
2) $25-$10023317.7
3) $101-$30018213.9
4) $301-$1,00021716.5
5) $1,001-$5,000927
6) $5,001-$10,000171.3
7) More than $10,000171.3
TOTAL1314100.0
Just a guess is fine. Which one of the following categories would be closest to your total donations in 2011? (ART9A) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) $0 -- $241123.4
2) $25 -- $100919.1
3) $101 -- $300919.1
4) $301 -- $1,0001225.5
5) $1,001 -- $5,000612.8
Missing1267 
TOTAL47100.0
If you personally had your choice, would you like to attend worship services much less often, somewhat less often, about the same as you do now, somewhat more often, or much more often? (ART5) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Much less often554.3
2) Somewhat less often322.5
3) Attend about the same as do now58645.7
4) Somewhat more often39530.8
5) Much more often21316.6
Missing34 
TOTAL1281100.0
In the past 12 months, how often have you attended religious education or religious training classes or groups? (ART7) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never83665.4
2) Once or twice a year1118.7
3) Several times a year806.3
4) Once a month383
5) Two or three times a month473.7
6) Once a week12810
7) Twice a week241.9
8) Three times a week or more151.2
Missing35 
TOTAL1279100.0
During the year 2011, what was the total dollar value of all donations, if any, that you and [spouse/partner] made to your local [congregation]? Donations include any gifts of money, assets, or property. Dollar value (ART8) -- Wave 2 (2012)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL13141521.063305.12


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