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Is this person male or female? [ARDA Note: Please see DENOM in the survey instrument for full remarks.] (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset (1998, 2006-2007, 2012, and 2018-2019))

Each question was asked of a key informant from the congregation, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, or other staff person or leader.


Gender of Religious Leader (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]


Demographic Patterns


Gender of Religious Leader (Demographic Patterns)

 

Gender of Religious Leader by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Male
91.2%
474
87.1%
397
63.8%
95

64
85.9%
966
Female
8.8%
46
12.9%
59
36.2%
54

2
14.1%
159
Missing
26
10
31
0
67
TOTAL
100.0%
520
100.0%
456
100.0%
149

66

1125


 


Gender of Religious Leader by Region (2018-2019)


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
Male
83.7%
118
88.4%
251
84.9%
483
89.9%
179
86.4%
1031
Female
16.3%
23
11.6%
33
15.1%
86
10.1%
20
13.6%
162
Missing
25
17
16
13
71
TOTAL
100.0%
141
100.0%
284
100.0%
569
100.0%
199

1193


 


Gender of Religious Leader by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Male
97.4%
74
97.6%
498
83.8%
222
70.2%
174
67.4%
62
86.5%
1030
Female
2.6%
2
2.4%
12
16.2%
43
29.8%
74
32.6%
30
13.5%
161
Missing
2
29
4
16
21
72
TOTAL
100.0%
76
100.0%
510
100.0%
265
100.0%
248
100.0%
92

1191


 


Gender of Religious Leader by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Male
95.2%
595
82.0%
310
52.0%
66

59
85.9%
971
Female
4.8%
30
18.0%
68
48.0%
61

3
14.1%
159
Missing
23
28
16
0
67
TOTAL
100.0%
625
100.0%
378
100.0%
127

62

1130


 


Gender of Religious Leader by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
Male
89.4%
1016
92.1%
1314
88.6%
1110
86.5%
1030
89.3%
4470
Female
10.6%
120
7.9%
113
11.4%
143
13.5%
161
10.7%
537
Missing
98
80
78
71
327
TOTAL
100.0%
1136
100.0%
1427
100.0%
1253
100.0%
1191

5007



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations. Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the 1998 NCS data was the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. Subsequent NCS waves were conducted in 2006-07, 2012, and 2018-19. The 2006-07 NCS sample includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations. The 2018-19 NCS includes a subset of congregations that also were interviewed in 2012.



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