Portraits of American Life Study
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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 (ACASI)

  All frequencies weighted by PAWT2


[ASK ART_2, IF CA_1=1. ELSE SKIP TO ART_6. (FILL CONGREGATION NAME FROM CA_4)] Do you only attend worship services at your congregation, or do you sometimes attend other congregations? (ART_2)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused131
-4) Don't know9.7
1) I attend my congregation64649.8
2) I sometimes attend other congregations62948.5
Missing1312 
TOTAL1297100.0
[ASK ART_3 IF ART_2=2. ELSE SKIP TO ART_5.] How often do you attend worship services at your congregation? (ART_3)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.1
-4) Don't know2.2
1) Never262
2) Once or twice13510.6
3) Several times (but less than once a month)17313.6
4) Once a month1169.1
5) 2-3 times a month20015.7
6) Once a week41232.3
7) Twice a week1169.1
8) Three times a week or more947.4
Missing1335 
TOTAL1275100.0
How often do you attend worship services at other congregations? (ART_4)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.2
1) Never81.3
2) Once or twice31049.4
3) Several times (but less than once a month)18128.9
4) Once a month508
5) 2-3 times a month528.3
6) Once a week132.1
7) Twice a week81.3
8) Three times a week or more4.6
Missing1983 
TOTAL627100.0
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? (ART_5)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused421.6
-4) Don't know23.9
1) Much less often1284.9
2) Somewhat less often732.8
3) Attend about the same as I do now115144.2
4) Somewhat more often80530.9
5) Much more often38314.7
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
[IF ART_5=1,2 OR DK/RF OR WJ_1=3-7 OR DK/RF SKIP TO ART_7] How often does your job interfere with attending religious services? (ART_6)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused7.4
-4) Don't know1.1
1) Once a week1599.9
2) A few times a week1277.9
3) Once a month583.6
4) A few times a year17811.1
5) Never107667
Missing1004 
TOTAL1606100.0
In the past twelve months, how often have you attended religious education or religious training classes or groups? (Some examples are Sunday, Sabbath, or Church school, Bible studies, Torah, or Quran class.) (ART_7)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused341.3
-4) Don't know7.3
1) Never161962.2
2) Once or twice33512.9
3) Several times (but less than once a month)1445.5
4) Once a month783
5) 2-3 times a month1114.3
6) Once a week1776.8
7) Twice a week682.6
8) Three times a week or more301.2
Missing5 
TOTAL2603100.0
[Ask this question only if CA_1=1 or CA_2=1. If CA_3=2, fill: congregations; else fill: congregation] 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? (ART_8A)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1167.9
-4) Don't know422.8
1) $0-$2428619.4
2) $25-$10021414.5
3) $101-$30017011.5
4) $301-$1,00030020.3
5) $1,001-$5,00024816.8
6) $5,001-$10,000654.4
7) More than $10,000352.4
Missing1133 
TOTAL1476100.0
[IF CA_1=1 or CA_2=1 Fill: other charitable organizations not including your local religious congregation[s]. Else fill: charitable organizations] 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? (ART_9A)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1586.1
-4) Don't know351.3
1) $0-$2491235
2) $25-$10047218.1
3) $101-$30037614.4
4) $301-$1,00040015.4
5) $1,001-%$5,0001937.4
6) $5,001-$10,000271
7) More than $10,000321.2
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
[If CA_1=1 or CA_2=1 Fill: outside of your congregation, fill amount from ART_9 or ART_9a] Of the amount you just reported shown below, what percentage went to religious organizations or groups outside of your congregation? (ART_10)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1186
-4) Don't know532.7
1) 0%76939.3
2) 1-10%28014.3
3) 11-20%1015.2
4) 21-30%794
5) 31-40%572.9
6) 41-50%1025.2
7) 51-60%351.8
8) 61-70%221.1
9) 71-80%371.9
10) 81-90%512.6
11) 91-100%25112.8
Missing655 
TOTAL1955100.0


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