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Religious service attendance (Demographic Patterns)

How often do you attend religious services? (Use categories as probes, if necessary.). Results weighted by WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Religious service attendance by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Never32.7%
307
26.1%
346
22.0%
292
24.4%
213
18.2%
57

13
25.4%
1215
Less than once a year5.3%
50
6.4%
85
6.3%
83
6.4%
56
3.5%
11

2
6.0%
285
About once or twice a year15.4%
145
13.9%
184
13.9%
185
11.2%
98
7.6%
24

4
13.3%
636
Several times a year10.6%
100
10.4%
138
9.3%
124
11.1%
97
9.2%
29

3
10.2%
488
About once a month10.3%
97
7.1%
94
7.2%
95
4.0%
35
2.2%
7

2
6.9%
328
2-3 times a month7.9%
74
8.5%
113
9.3%
124
7.5%
65
5.4%
17

5
8.2%
393
Nearly every week2.8%
26
3.5%
46
3.0%
40
5.7%
50
6.7%
21

3
3.8%
183
Every week11.1%
104
17.4%
231
22.1%
293
22.0%
192
32.8%
103

4
19.3%
923
Several times a week3.7%
35
6.2%
82
6.7%
89
7.3%
64
13.7%
43

2
6.6%
313
Don't know, No answer0.1%
1
0.4%
5
0.2%
2
0.2%
2
0.6%
2

5
0.3%
12
TOTAL 100.0%
939
100.0%
1324
100.0%
1327
100.0%
872
100.0%
314

43

4776



Religious service attendance by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Never81.0%
1227
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
25.6%
1227
Less than once a year19.0%
288
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
6.0%
288
About once or twice a year0.0%
0
100.0%
640
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
13.3%
640
Several times a year0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
491
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
10.2%
491
About once a month0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
45.4%
331
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
6.9%
331
2-3 times a month0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
54.6%
398
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
8.3%
398
Nearly every week0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
100.0%
185
0.0%
0

0
3.9%
185
Every week0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
74.7%
928

0
19.3%
928
Several times a week0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
25.3%
314

0
6.5%
314
Don't know, No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

18
0.0%
0
TOTAL 100.0%
1515
100.0%
640
100.0%
491
100.0%
729
100.0%
185
100.0%
1242

18

4802



Religious service attendance by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Never38.1%
284
27.6%
150
26.5%
464
19.3%
135
14.0%
126

69
25.0%
1159
Less than once a year7.4%
55
6.8%
37
6.0%
105
6.6%
46
4.0%
36

9
6.0%
279
About once or twice a year14.1%
105
14.0%
76
16.5%
289
12.0%
84
8.8%
79

8
13.7%
633
Several times a year9.0%
67
11.4%
62
10.2%
179
11.5%
80
9.9%
89

14
10.3%
477
About once a month5.9%
44
8.7%
47
6.9%
121
7.9%
55
5.7%
51

13
6.9%
318
2-3 times a month7.5%
56
7.7%
42
8.9%
155
8.2%
57
8.6%
77

11
8.3%
387
Nearly every week3.2%
24
2.9%
16
3.7%
64
4.0%
28
5.2%
47

6
3.9%
179
Every week11.1%
83
16.6%
90
17.0%
297
22.5%
157
30.4%
273

29
19.4%
900
Several times a week3.8%
28
4.1%
22
4.1%
72
7.9%
55
13.2%
119

19
6.4%
296
Don't know, No answer0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.3%
5
0.1%
1
0.2%
2

8
0.2%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
746
100.0%
543
100.0%
1751
100.0%
698
100.0%
899

186

4637



Religious service attendance by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Never27.8%
1010
14.8%
104
23.3%
113
25.5%
1227
Less than once a year6.2%
225
4.8%
34
6.0%
29
6.0%
288
About once or twice a year14.1%
513
9.0%
63
13.2%
64
13.3%
640
Several times a year10.1%
367
10.5%
74
10.3%
50
10.2%
491
About once a month6.2%
224
8.0%
56
10.3%
50
6.8%
330
2-3 times a month7.5%
271
13.8%
97
6.2%
30
8.3%
398
Nearly every week3.7%
134
5.8%
41
2.1%
10
3.8%
185
Every week18.4%
669
21.7%
152
22.1%
107
19.3%
928
Several times a week5.8%
211
10.5%
74
6.0%
29
6.5%
314
Don't know, No answer0.2%
8
1.0%
7
0.4%
2
0.4%
17
TOTAL 100.0%
3632
100.0%
702
100.0%
484

4818



Religious service attendance by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Never13.0%
289
17.2%
194
14.6%
13
68.6%
658
17.0%
68

4
25.4%
1222
Less than once a year5.9%
131
4.7%
53
5.6%
5
8.1%
78
5.0%
20

1
6.0%
287
About once or twice a year10.5%
234
19.0%
215
28.1%
25
12.5%
120
11.0%
44

2
13.3%
638
Several times a year11.1%
248
12.4%
140
23.6%
21
3.3%
32
11.8%
47

2
10.2%
488
About once a month6.4%
142
10.9%
123
7.9%
7
2.2%
21
8.8%
35

2
6.8%
328
2-3 times a month11.3%
252
8.1%
92
9.0%
8
1.0%
10
9.0%
36

0
8.3%
398
Nearly every week5.8%
129
3.6%
41
1.1%
1
0.4%
4
2.8%
11

0
3.9%
186
Every week24.9%
553
21.2%
240
7.9%
7
2.9%
28
25.1%
100

0
19.3%
928
Several times a week11.0%
245
2.7%
31
2.2%
2
0.7%
7
7.3%
29

1
6.5%
314
Don't know, No answer0.1%
2
0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
2.3%
9

3
0.3%
14
TOTAL 100.0%
2225
100.0%
1131
100.0%
89
100.0%
959
100.0%
399

15

4803



Religious service attendance by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Never28.9%
645
22.5%
582
25.5%
1227
Less than once a year6.4%
143
5.6%
145
6.0%
288
About once or twice a year14.5%
324
12.2%
316
13.3%
640
Several times a year10.4%
231
10.1%
261
10.2%
492
About once a month7.1%
158
6.7%
173
6.9%
331
2-3 times a month6.9%
154
9.5%
245
8.3%
399
Nearly every week3.4%
75
4.2%
110
3.8%
185
Every week16.9%
376
21.3%
552
19.2%
928
Several times a week5.3%
118
7.6%
196
6.5%
314
Don't know, No answer0.3%
7
0.4%
10
0.4%
17
TOTAL 100.0%
2231
100.0%
2590

4821



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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