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Strength of affiliation (Demographic Patterns)

Would you call yourself a strong [RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE] or a not very strong [RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE]? Results weighted by WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Strength of affiliation by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Strong25.3%
238
31.1%
410
38.4%
509
40.2%
351
53.8%
170

10
35.1%
1678
Not very strong37.0%
348
38.0%
502
36.1%
478
37.4%
327
29.7%
94

11
36.6%
1749
Somewhat strong5.5%
52
6.5%
86
9.9%
131
8.5%
74
7.9%
25

5
7.7%
368
No religion31.8%
299
23.8%
314
14.9%
198
13.2%
115
7.3%
23

10
19.9%
949
Don't know0.2%
2
0.2%
2
0.4%
5
0.2%
2
0.3%
1

0
0.3%
12
No answer0.1%
1
0.5%
6
0.3%
4
0.6%
5
0.9%
3

7
0.4%
19
Missing1310005
TOTAL 100.0%
940
100.0%
1320
100.0%
1325
100.0%
874
100.0%
316

43

4775



Strength of affiliation by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Strong8.5%
128
12.8%
82
24.2%
119
41.4%
301
61.6%
114
75.9%
943

1
35.2%
1687
Not very strong37.9%
573
58.7%
375
55.6%
273
42.6%
310
25.4%
47
14.4%
179

1
36.6%
1757
Somewhat strong4.4%
67
9.1%
58
12.6%
62
11.3%
82
10.8%
20
6.4%
80

1
7.7%
369
No religion48.7%
736
18.8%
120
6.5%
32
4.4%
32
2.2%
4
2.8%
35

1
20.0%
959
Don't know0.2%
3
0.3%
2
0.2%
1
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.2%
3

0
0.2%
10
No answer0.3%
4
0.3%
2
0.8%
4
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.2%
2

13
0.3%
13
Missing41000005
TOTAL 100.0%
1511
100.0%
639
100.0%
491
100.0%
727
100.0%
185
100.0%
1242

17

4795



Strength of affiliation by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Strong24.6%
184
29.0%
157
28.8%
503
39.5%
275
56.1%
504

66
35.1%
1623
Not very strong30.9%
231
38.6%
209
41.8%
730
42.1%
293
27.3%
245

50
36.9%
1708
Somewhat strong5.1%
38
4.8%
26
9.1%
159
7.6%
53
8.2%
74

23
7.6%
350
No religion39.0%
291
27.5%
149
19.7%
344
10.2%
71
7.5%
67

37
19.9%
922
Don't know0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
6
0.3%
2
0.2%
2

1
0.2%
10
No answer0.4%
3
0.0%
0
0.3%
6
0.3%
2
0.7%
6

9
0.4%
17
Missing0020103
TOTAL 100.0%
747
100.0%
541
100.0%
1748
100.0%
696
100.0%
898

186

4630



Strength of affiliation by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Strong32.7%
1188
50.4%
354
30.4%
146
35.1%
1688
Not very strong37.8%
1373
24.8%
174
44.1%
212
36.5%
1759
Somewhat strong8.4%
306
6.6%
46
4.2%
20
7.7%
372
No religion20.4%
740
17.1%
120
20.6%
99
19.9%
959
Don't know0.2%
9
0.1%
1
0.2%
1
0.2%
11
No answer0.4%
15
1.0%
7
0.6%
3
0.5%
25
Missing2226
TOTAL 100.0%
3631
100.0%
702
100.0%
481

4814



Strength of affiliation by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Strong50.1%
1115
27.2%
308
43.3%
39
0.0%
0
56.5%
226

0
35.1%
1688
Not very strong39.4%
877
63.7%
721
48.9%
44
0.0%
0
29.3%
117

0
36.6%
1759
Somewhat strong9.9%
221
8.9%
101
7.8%
7
0.0%
0
10.8%
43

0
7.7%
372
No religion0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
959
0.0%
0

0
20.0%
959
Don't know0.4%
9
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.5%
2

0
0.2%
11
No answer0.1%
3
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
3.0%
12

9
0.3%
16
TOTAL 100.0%
2225
100.0%
1131
100.0%
90
100.0%
959
100.0%
400

9

4805



Strength of affiliation by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Strong29.2%
651
40.1%
1038
35.1%
1689
Not very strong38.3%
854
35.0%
905
36.5%
1759
Somewhat strong6.8%
152
8.5%
220
7.7%
372
No religion24.7%
551
15.8%
409
19.9%
960
Don't know0.2%
5
0.2%
6
0.2%
11
No answer0.6%
14
0.4%
11
0.5%
25
Missing426
TOTAL 100.0%
2227
100.0%
2589

4816



Notes

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972, except for the years 1979, 1981, and 1992 (a supplement was added in 1992), and biennially beginning in 1994. The GSS are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2012 GSS. There are a total of 4,820 cases in the data set but their initial sampling years vary because the GSS now contains panel cases. Sampling years can be identified with the variable SAMPTYPE.




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