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Do you agree or disagree: My spiritual needs are being met in this congregation or parish? (SPIRNEED)
  TOTAL %
1) Str agree 38,674 33.1
2) Agree 58,826 50.3
3) Neutral 14,726 12.6
4) Disagree 3,752 3.2
5) Str disagr 992 0.8
TOTAL116,970100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


Do you have a strong sense of belonging to this congregation? (BELONG)
  TOTAL %
1) Strng sens 53,409 46.3
2) Same year 28,279 24.5
3) Not strong 9,693 8.4
4) No, new 6,394 5.5
5) No, wish 4,255 3.7
6) No, happy 7,008 6.1
7) Dont know 6,273 5.4
TOTAL115,311100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


[FOR CA_12-CA_14, IF CA_2=1 USE PAST TENSE VERSION. ELSE USE PRESENT TENSE OF VERBS.] Please tell me how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about your current primary congregation. My congregation feels/felt like family to me. (CA_12)
  TOTAL %
-4) Dont know 5 0.3
1) Strongly agree 682 46
2) Somewhat agree 468 31.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree 184 12.4
4) Somewhat disagree 86 5.8
5) Strongly disagree 56 3.8
TOTAL1,481100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


[FOR CA_12-CA_14, IF CA_2=1 USE PAST TENSE VERSION. ELSE USE PRESENT TENSE OF VERBS.] Please tell me how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about your current primary congregation. My congregation meets/met my spiritual needs. (CA_13)
  TOTAL %
-4) Dont know 5 0.3
1) Strongly agree 763 51.5
2) Somewhat agree 479 32.3
3) Neither agree nor disagree 113 7.6
4) Somewhat disagree 81 5.5
5) Strongly disagree 41 2.8
TOTAL1,482100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


[FOR CA_12-CA_14, IF CA_2=1 USE PAST TENSE VERSION. ELSE USE PRESENT TENSE OF VERBS.] Please tell me how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about your current primary congregation. I feel/felt like an outsider in my congregation. (CA_14)
  TOTAL %
-4) Dont know 12 0.8
1) Strongly agree 59 4
2) Somewhat agree 123 8.3
3) Neither agree nor disagree 133 9
4) Somewhat disagree 225 15.2
5) Strongly disagree 929 62.7
TOTAL1,481100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? Sermons, preaching, or homilies (CA_15)
  TOTAL %
-7) Refused 1 0.1
-4) Dont know 13 0.9
1) Very satisfied 860 58
2) Somewhat satisfied 443 29.9
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 74 5
4) Somewhat dissatisfied 58 3.9
5) Very dissatisfied 19 1.3
6) Not applicable 14 0.9
TOTAL1,482100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? The music at worship services (CA_16)
  TOTAL %
-4) -4 11 0.7
1) Very satisfied 835 56.4
2) Somewhat satisfied 400 27
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 106 7.2
4) Somewhat dissatisfied 63 4.3
5) Very dissatisfied 32 2.2
6) Not applicable 33 2.2
TOTAL1,480100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? Community outreach or service ministries (CA_17)
  TOTAL %
-4) Dont know 33 2.2
1) Very satisfied 693 46.8
2) Somewhat satisfied 445 30
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 185 12.5
4) Somewhat dissatisfied 53 3.6
5) Very dissatisfied 34 2.3
6) Not applicable 38 2.6
TOTAL1,481100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? Religious education classes for adults, such as Sunday, Church, or Sabbath school, Bible class, Quran class, etc. (CA_18)
  TOTAL %
-4) Dont know 36 2.4
1) Very satisfied 722 48.7
2) Somewhat satisfied 374 25.2
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 177 11.9
4) Somewhat dissatisfied 39 2.6
5) Very dissatisfied 12 0.8
6) Not applicable 122 8.2
TOTAL1,482100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? The childrens programs or youth groups (CA_19)
  TOTAL %
-4) Dont know 36 2.4
1) Very satisfied 729 49.2
2) Somewhat satisfied 336 22.7
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 153 10.3
4) Somewhat dissatisfied 60 4
5) Very dissatisfied 30 2
6) Not applicable 139 9.4
TOTAL1,483100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? How money is handled or spent (CA_20)
  TOTAL %
-4) Dont know 48 3.2
1) Very satisfied 648 43.7
2) Somewhat satisfied 350 23.6
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 251 16.9
4) Somewhat dissatisfied 67 4.5
5) Very dissatisfied 36 2.4
6) Not applicable 82 5.5
TOTAL1,482100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following activities at your congregation? How major decisions are made (CA_21)
  TOTAL %
-4) Dont know 34 2.5
1) Very satisfied 517 37.7
2) Somewhat satisfied 443 32.3
3) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 219 16
4) Somewhat dissatisfied 67 4.9
5) Very dissatisfied 44 3.2
6) Not applicable 46 3.4
TOTAL1,370100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


[DEFINE LEADER FILL: IF CI_1= 1, USE pastor 2, USE imam 3, USE rabbi 4, USE priest. ELSE, USE primary religious leader, if CI_1_1=1 and CI_4=1, USE priest.] How close do/did you feel to the primary religious leader at your congregation? (CA_22)
  TOTAL %
-7) Refused 2 0.1
-4) Dont know 8 0.6
1) Extremely close 203 14.8
2) Very close 300 21.9
3) Quite close 215 15.7
4) A little close 347 25.3
5) Not at all close 295 21.5
TOTAL1,370100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


How often do you feel you are appreciated by the leaders or people of your congregation for the work and activities that you do at your congregation? (CA_35)
  TOTAL %
-7) Refused 1 0.1
-4) Dont know 4 0.5
1) Not at all 42 5.6
2) Sometimes 162 21.7
3) Often 176 23.5
4) Very often 139 18.6
5) All the time 224 29.9
TOTAL748100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by circling the appropriate response. Remember that there are no right or wrong answers. -- My congregation inspires the very best in me. (INSPIRES)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 156 2.5
2) Disagree 682 10.8
3) Neither agree nor disagree 1,200 19.1
4) Agree 2,911 46.3
5) Strongly agree 1,340 21.3
TOTAL6,289100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by circling the appropriate response. Remember that there are no right or wrong answers. -- Leadership in my congregation inspires my loyalty. (LEADSHP)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 293 4.7
2) Disagree 778 12.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree 1,257 20.2
4) Agree 2,730 43.8
5) Strongly agree 1,179 18.9
TOTAL6,237100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- I feel I am an important part of my congregation. (IMP_PART)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 148 2.3
2) Disagree 490 7.8
3) Neither agree nor disagree 697 11
4) Agree 3,468 54.9
5) Strongly agree 1,510 23.9
TOTAL6,313100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- My opinions are considered in decisions made about my congregation. (OPINION)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 252 4
2) Disagree 779 12.4
3) Neither agree nor disagree 1,218 19.4
4) Agree 3,330 52.9
5) Strongly agree 715 11.4
TOTAL6,294100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- I would like to have more influence in establishing the future of my congregation. (INFLUEN)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 125 2
2) Disagree 1,050 16.7
3) Neither agree nor disagree 2,242 35.7
4) Agree 2,324 37
5) Strongly agree 544 8.7
TOTAL6,285100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- My congregation has clear policies (e.g. personnel procedures) that assist me as I make choices about my work and ministry. (POLICY)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 253 4
2) Disagree 928 14.8
3) Neither agree nor disagree 1,064 17
4) Agree 3,170 50.6
5) Strongly agree 856 13.7
TOTAL6,271100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- Lines of accountability within my congregation are clear. (ACCTABLE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 192 3.1
2) Disagree 934 14.8
3) Neither agree nor disagree 916 14.6
4) Agree 3,498 55.6
5) Strongly agree 754 12
TOTAL6,294100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- When I am uncertain about something within my congregation, I know exactly with whom to speak to have it clarified. (UNCERTN)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 179 2.8
2) Disagree 719 11.4
3) Neither agree nor disagree 648 10.3
4) Agree 3,542 56.2
5) Strongly agree 1,215 19.3
TOTAL6,303100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- I look forward to being with members of my congregation. (MEMBRS)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 32 0.5
2) Disagree 180 2.9
3) Neither agree nor disagree 547 8.7
4) Agree 3,706 58.8
5) Strongly agree 1,840 29.2
TOTAL6,305100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- I am personally involved in my congregation. (INVOLV)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 54 0.9
2) Disagree 375 6
3) Neither agree nor disagree 665 10.6
4) Agree 3,805 60.4
5) Strongly agree 1,398 22.2
TOTAL6,297100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- The important things that happen to me directly involve my congregation. (INVOLV2)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 102 1.6
2) Disagree 846 13.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree 1,499 24
4) Agree 2,970 47.5
5) Strongly agree 834 13.3
TOTAL6,251100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- Members of my congregation agree on what our congregations goals are. (GOALS)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 286 4.5
2) Disagree 1,450 23.1
3) Neither agree nor disagree 1,354 21.5
4) Agree 2,624 41.7
5) Strongly agree 574 9.1
TOTAL6,288100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- I find that my values and my congregations values are similar. (VALUE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 109 1.7
2) Disagree 523 8.4
3) Neither agree nor disagree 884 14.1
4) Agree 3,706 59.2
5) Strongly agree 1,038 16.6
TOTAL6,260100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- I am proud to tell others that I am part of my congregation. (PROUD2)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 26 0.4
2) Disagree 92 1.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree 383 6.1
4) Agree 2,305 36.6
5) Strongly agree 3,494 55.5
TOTAL6,300100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- It would take little change in my present circumstances to cause me to leave my congregation. (LEAV_CON)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 3,202 51.2
2) Disagree 2,206 35.3
3) Neither agree nor disagree 379 6.1
4) Agree 283 4.5
5) Strongly agree 185 3
TOTAL6,255100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- For me this is the best of all possible congregations to which I could belong. (BEST)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 60 1
2) Disagree 259 4.1
3) Neither agree nor disagree 791 12.6
4) Agree 2,045 32.6
5) Strongly agree 3,112 49.7
TOTAL6,267100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- My closest friends are members of my religious congregation. (FRIEND)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 196 3.1
2) Disagree 1,045 16.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree 917 14.6
4) Agree 2,623 41.7
5) Strongly agree 1,514 24.1
TOTAL6,295100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- The mission of my congregation is clear. (MISSION)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 121 1.9
2) Disagree 601 9.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree 810 12.9
4) Agree 3,234 51.4
5) Strongly agree 1,525 24.2
TOTAL6,291100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


(service1_06) What services did you use, beginning with the most important? (FIRST MENTION) (SRVC1_06)
  TOTAL %
-3) All other missing data 140 53.4
-1) Refused 2 0.8
1) Congregational growth 6 2.3
2) Personnel/staff/leadership training 23 8.8
3) Financial/management issues 22 8.4
4) Building/facilities issues 6 2.3
5) Other 30 11.5
6) Education/training for congregation members 10 3.8
7) Strategic planning 19 7.3
8) Computing and IT 4 1.5
TOTAL262100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH: Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. - Because it is active in charitable works in your community (CHCHARTY)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 86 12.1
2) Very important 312 43.9
3) Somewhat important 194 27.3
4) Not Very important 88 12.4
5) Dont Know 30 4.2
TOTAL710100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH: Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. - Because it has a lot of social activities (CHSOCIAL)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 33 4.6
2) Very important 138 19.4
3) Somewhat important 213 30
4) Not Very important 298 42
5) Dont Know 28 3.9
TOTAL710100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH: Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. - Because its religious teachings are close to your beliefs (CHTEACH)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 202 28.5
2) Very important 346 48.7
3) Somewhat important 96 13.5
4) Not Very important 32 4.5
5) Dont Know 34 4.8
TOTAL710100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH: Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. - Because you like the sermons of the pastor, priest, or rabbi (CHSERMON)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 121 17
2) Very important 317 44.6
3) Somewhat important 161 22.7
4) Not Very important 78 11
5) Dont Know 33 4.6
TOTAL710100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH: Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. - Because it can get things done in the community (CHCOMMTY)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 82 11.5
2) Very important 261 36.8
3) Somewhat important 213 30
4) Not Very important 118 16.6
5) Dont Know 36 5.1
TOTAL710100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


ASK ALL QUALIFIED CONVERTS (CON11=1 AND Q2 NE 2): And just in your own words, what is the main reason that you are no longer (FRMREL)? IF FRMREL=UNAFFILIATED WITH ANY PARTICULAR RELGION, USE ALTERNATE WORDING: And just in your own words, what is the main reason that you started identifying with a religion? THIRD MENTION (Q3OE_3)
  TOTAL %
10) Do not believe in former religion/share the beliefs of former religion/any religion 2 0.1
19) Previous religion or religion in general not logical/not believable/not rational/not scientific/does not make sense 1 0.1
28) Disagree with former religion on priestly celibacy (religion enforces but shouldnt) 1 0.1
50) Liked current religions beliefs about God/because of belief in God or Jesus or higher being/because of faith/found the truth/like teachings of current religion/became closer to God/current religion made sense 2 0.1
88) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent believes in Bible/former religion did not adhere closely enough/current religion adheres more closely) 1 0.1
149) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (general) 1 0.1
155) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (religion too conservative / too unwelcoming) 1 0.1
158) Disagree with former religions views of women (general) 3 0.2
170) Disagree with former religion on birth control (religion should allow but didnt) 1 0.1
253) Dislike way former religion is run / leadership/hierarchy/structure 1 0.1
257) Former religion out of touch 1 0.1
345) Former religion and/or adherents hypocritical, judgmental, intolerant, narrow, exclusive 4 0.2
371) Just dont like religion or form religion/disappointed with religion/do not trust religion/have conflict with religion/didnt like going to church/disillusioned/disenchanted with religion or church/wasnt right for me 2 0.1
393) Like particular pastor/joined because of influence of particular pastor 1 0.1
482) Spiritual awakening/personal spiritual growth/self-realization/spiritual change 1 0.1
488) Looking for something/looking for answers/wanted to learn about God or religion/looking for something bigger than oneself/became interested in God or religion/felt a need/missing something/on a quest/wanted more/looking for something deeper 1 0.1
503) Tangible benefits of religion/good things happen to believers/found more joy, peace, happiness, fulfillment etc. 1 0.1
555) Just drifted away, stopped going, got away from it, fell away, dont go to church 1 0.1
999) Dont know/refused 1,730 98.5
TOTAL1,756100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


And just in your own words, what would you say is the main reason that you became (CURREL)? FIRST MENTION (Q16OE_1)
  TOTAL %
10) Do not believe in former religion/share the beliefs of former religion/any religion 135 7.4
13) Atheist/do not believe in God/do not believe in Jesus 35 1.9
16) Agnostic/Answers to religious questions are unknowable 10 0.5
19) Previous religion or religion in general not logical/not believable/not rational/not scientific/does not make sense 36 2
34) Disagree with virgin Birth/praying to Mary 1 0.1
37) Other disagreement with former religions specific teachings/beliefs/rituals/policies 13 0.7
40) Did not understand former religion 1 0.1
43) Other/generic stopped believing, lost faith, stopped being religious, began questioning, became skeptical 23 1.3
50) Liked current religions beliefs about God/because of belief in God or Jesus or higher being/because of faith/found the truth/like teachings of current religion/became closer to God/current religion made sense 167 9.1
80) Biblical or scriptural reason (general 13 0.7
83) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent does not believe Bible/former religion adheres to closely to Bible/current religion takes a more relaxed view) 8 0.4
88) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent believes in Bible/former religion did not adhere closely enough/current religion adheres more closely) 81 4.4
110) Many religions or paths to God, no one religion is true, all religions have truth 12 0.7
113) Do not believe idea that non-adherents of particular religion will be condemned 2 0.1
119) Unable to reconcile religious beliefs with existence of evil in world 4 0.2
122) Have own personal religion/spiritual but not religious/have faith but not affiliation/believe but dont go to church 32 1.7
152) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (religion too liberal/too open) 2 0.1
158) Disagree with former religions views of women (general) 1 0.1
161) Disagree with former religions views of women (treated poorly) 3 0.2
167) Disagree with former religion on birth control (general) 1 0.1
176) Other political disagreement/objection to former religion 6 0.3
190) Like current religions view on homosexuality 1 0.1
202) Liked something else about current religions approach to social or political matters 3 0.2
210) Former religion too political 3 0.2
213) Former religion too conservative/too traditional 2 0.1
220) Current religion is liberal 2 0.1
223) Current religion is traditional/conservative 2 0.1
226) Current religion is moderate, middle-of-the-road 1 0.1
250) Dislike organized religion/Do not believe in organized religion 37 2
253) Dislike way former religion is run/leadership/hierarchy/structure 7 0.4
254) Religion causes problems/is bad/is evil/is not good 9 0.5
255) Former religion too much about money, business, a scam 15 0.8
256) Pedophilia scandal/molestation 8 0.4
257) Former religion out of touch 4 0.2
330) Former religion had too many rules/too rigid/too strict/too much guilt involved/too negative/critical 16 0.9
333) Former religions ideals too hard to live up to 1 0.1
342) Current religion had fewer rules, less rigid, more freedom 6 0.3
345) Former religion and/or adherents hypocritical, judgmental, intolerant, narrow, exclusive 33 1.8
348) Current religion open, loving, not judgmental, inclusive 9 0.5
361) Dislike style of former religions worship services (general) 2 0.1
367) Dislike style of former religions worship services (too boring, formal, stuffy) 4 0.2
370) Liked current religions worship services/practices/prayers/meditations, etc. 20 1.1
371) Just dont like religion or former religion/disappointed with religion/do not trust religion/have conflict religion/didnt like going to church/disillusioned/disenchanted with religion or church/wasnt right for me 36 2
373) Just liked current religion/just wanted to go to church/just wanted to join religion/just started going/liked a particular church 53 2.9
376) Like leadership, structure of current religion 2 0.1
382) Dislike of/negative experience with preacher/priest/nun or other religious leader 12 0.7
385) People at a particular parish/congregation/church were mean, unkind, not generous, etc. 7 0.4
393) Liked particular pastor/joined because of influence of particular pastor 17 0.9
396) Liked people in religion/in a particular church/people in religion or church were nice or helpful 15 0.8
401) Felt disconnected/uncomfortable/unwelcome 6 0.3
404) Felt spiritually disconnected/uninspired/poor spiritual fit 5 0.3
407) Felt connected, comfortable, welcome/good fit/felt right/liked atmosphere 43 2.4
410) Felt spiritually connected, spiritually at-home, god spiritual fit, etc. 2 0.1
416) Liked Sunday school/other religious education program/youth groups/other programs offered at church/former religion didnt offer programs/dissatisfaction with programs offered 1 0.1
422) Convenience/location/availability/local church/only church in town/no churches available of a particular denomination 43 2.4
430) Invitation/influence/example/outreach of church member, friend, neighbor, or other person 45 2.5
440) Negative childhood experience/shoved down throat as child/negative experience at religious school 4 0.2
443) Positive childhood experience/experience at religious school 2 0.1
450) Wanted social interaction/social reasons 5 0.3
453) Went to revivial 2 0.1
473) Grew up/started thinking for oneself 8 0.4
479) Became educated, studious observant, curious and thus stopped believing/lost faith/changed faith 46 2.5
482) Spiritual awakening/personal spiritual growth/self-realization/spiritual change 11 0.6
485) Wanted to be a better person, mother, father, spouse, etc. 1 0.1
488) Looking for something/looking for answers/wanted to learn about God or religion/looking for something bigger than oneself/became interested in God or religion/felt a need/missing something/on a quest/wanted more/looking for something deeper 33 1.8
497) Do not get anything out of religion/have no need for it/got no answers/did not meet needs 36 2
500) Not interested in religion/religion unimportant to respondent, irrelevant to respondent 24 1.3
503) Tangible benefits of religion/good things happen to believers/found more joy peace 24 1.3
506) Found current religion to be relevant, important, interesting, etc. 3 0.2
508) Calling from God/led by prayer or revelation/gift of faith from God/spoke to my heart/miracle/spirit moved me 21 1.1
509) Saved/accepted Jesus/born-again/grace/became convicted 30 1.6
510) Need for Jesus/need to be saved/dont want to go to hell/want eternal life 5 0.3
511) Current religion in touch with god/the Lord/Jesus/the Holy Spirit/provided closer relationship with God 13 0.7
520) Marriage/because of spouse 184 10.1
523) Because of a divorce 8 0.4
526) Because of death of a loved one 8 0.4
529) Issues with raising children/influence of children 21 1.1
532) Parents decision/influence of parents 4 0.2
535) Other family reason/cultural reason/heritage 30 1.6
536) Moved/relocated 22 1.2
538) Went to college 1 0.1
541) Joined military 2 0.1
546) Other lifecycle reason/life event/tragedy/trauma/life changing experience/turning point/timing/ready for change 15 0.8
548) Too busy/too lazy/didnt want to waste any more time 17 0.9
551) Got tired of it 4 0.2
555) Just drifted away, stopped going, got away from it, fell away, dont go to church 32 1.7
569) Just changed mind/change of faith/just chose to change religions 3 0.2
583) Just not religious 1 0.1
696) Many reasons 4 0.2
699) Other reason 87 4.8
999) Dont know/refused 60 3.3
TOTAL1,829100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


And just in your own words, what would you say is the main reason that you became (CURREL)? SECOND MENTION (Q16OE_2)
  TOTAL %
10) Do not believe in former religion/share the beliefs of former religion/any religion 7 0.4
13) Atheist/do not believe in God/do not believe in Jesus 1 0.1
16) Agnostic/answers to religious questions are unknowable 2 0.1
19) Previous religion or religion in general not logical/not believable/not rational/not scientific/does not make sense 6 0.3
37) Other disagreement with former religions specific teachings/beliefs/rituals/policies 6 0.3
40) Did not understand former religion 1 0.1
43) Other/generic stopped believing, lost faith, stopped being religious, began questioning, became skeptical 3 0.2
50) Liked current religions beliefs about God / because of belief in God or Jesus or higher being/because of faith/found the truth/like teachings of current religion/became closer to God/current religion made sense 24 1.3
80) Biblical or scriptural reason (general) 3 0.2
83) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent does not believe Bible/former religion adheres too closely to Bible/current religion takes a more relaxed view) 5 0.3
88) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent believes in Bible/former religion did not adhere closely enough/current religion adheres more closely) 14 0.8
119) Unable to reconcile religious beliefs with existence of evil in world 2 0.1
122) Have own personal religion/spiritual but not religious/have faith but not affiliation/believe but dont go to church 7 0.4
140) Disagree with former religion on abortion (general) 1 0.1
158) Disagree with former religions views of women (general) 2 0.1
161) Disagree with former religions views of women (treated poorly) 1 0.1
170) Disagree with former religion on birth control (religion should allow but didnt) 1 0.1
176) Other political disagreement/objection to former religion 5 0.3
190) Like current religions view on homosexuality 1 0.1
193) Liked way current religion viewed women 2 0.1
196) Liked way current religion dealt with abortion 1 0.1
202) Liked something else about current religions approach to social or political matters 1 0.1
210) Former religion too political 1 0.1
213) Former religion too conservative/too traditional 1 0.1
250) Dislike organized religion/Do not believe in organized religion 7 0.4
253) Dislike way former religion is run/leadership/hierarchy/structure 5 0.3
254) Religion causes problems/is bad/is evil/is not good 7 0.4
255) Former religion too much about money, business, a scam 5 0.3
256) Pedophilia scandal/molestation 1 0.1
330) Former religion had too many rules/too rigid/too strict/too much guilt involved/too negative/critical 7 0.4
342) Current religion had fewer rules, less rigid, more freedom 4 0.2
345) Former religion and/or adherents hypocritical, judgmental, intolerant, narrow, exclusive 11 0.6
348) Current religion open, loving, not judgmental, inclusive 2 0.1
370) Liked current religions worship services/practices/prayers/meditations, etc. 5 0.3
371) Just dont like religion or former religion/disappointed with religion/do not trust religion/have conflict with religion/didnt like going to church/disillusioned/disenchanted with religion or church/wasnt right for me 2 0.1
373) Just liked current religion /just wanted to go to church/just wanted to join religion/just started going/liked a particular church 3 0.2
376) Like leadership, structure of current religion 2 0.1
379) Dislike of/dissatisfaction with particular congregation/parish/churches in an area 2 0.1
382) Dislike of/negative experience with preacher/priest/nun or other religious leader 6 0.3
393) Liked particular pastor/joined because of influence of particular pastor 18 1
396) Liked people in religion /in a particular church/people in religion or church were nice or helpful 5 0.3
404) Felt spiritually disconnected/uninspired/poor spiritual fit 4 0.2
407) Felt connected, comfortable, welcome/good fit/felt right/liked atmosphere 12 0.7
410) Felt spiritually connected, spiritually at-home, good spiritual fit, etc. 2 0.1
413) Wanted to be around others who shared beliefs 1 0.1
416) Liked Sunday school/other religious education program/youth groups/other programs offered at church/former religion didnt offer programs/dissatisfaction with programs offered 6 0.3
422) Convenience/location/availability/local church/only church in town/no churches available of a particular denomination 6 0.3
430) Invitation/influence/example/outreach of church member, friend, neighbor, or other person 9 0.5
440) Negative childhood experience/shoved down throat as child/negative experience at religious school 1 0.1
479) Became educated, studious, observant, curious and thus stopped believing/lost faith/changed faith 6 0.3
488) Looking for something/looking for answers/wanted to learn about God or religion/looking for something bigger than oneself/became interested in God or religion/felt a need /missing something/on a quest/wanted more/looking for something deeper 1 0.1
497) Do not get anything out of religion/have no need for it/got no answers/did not meet needs 9 0.5
500) Not interested in religion/religion unimportant to respondent, irrelevant to respondent 4 0.2
503) Tangible benefits of religion/good things happen to believers/found more joy, peace, happiness, fulfillment etc. 6 0.3
508) Calling from God/led by prayer or revelation/gift of faith from God/spoke to my heart/miracle/spirit moved me 3 0.2
509) Saved/accepted Jesus /born-again/grace /became convicted 5 0.3
511) Current religion in touch with God/the Lord/Jesus/the Holy Spirit/provided closer relationship with God 3 0.2
520) Marriage/because of spouse 12 0.7
523) Because of a divorce 3 0.2
529) Issues with raising children/influence of children 10 0.5
532) Parents decision/influence of parents 2 0.1
535) Other family reason/cultural reason/heritage 3 0.2
538) Went to college 1 0.1
541) Joined military 1 0.1
551) Got tired of it 1 0.1
555) Just drifted away, stopped going, got away from it, fell away, dont go to church 6 0.3
999) Dont know/refused 1,522 83.2
TOTAL1,829100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH] Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. Because it is active in charitable works in your community. (CHCHARTY)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 28 7.9
2) Very important 137 38.5
3) Somewhat important 127 35.7
4) Not important 50 14
5) Dont know 14 3.9
TOTAL356100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH] Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. Because it has a lot of social activities. (CHSOCIAL)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 7 2
2) Very important 64 18
3) Somewhat important 114 32
4) Not important 158 44.4
5) Dont know 13 3.7
TOTAL356100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH] Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. Because its religious teachings are close to your beliefs. (CHTEACH)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 68 19.1
2) Very important 183 51.4
3) Somewhat important 66 18.5
4) Not important 22 6.2
5) Dont know 17 4.8
TOTAL356100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH] Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. Because you like the sermons of the pastor, priest, or rabbi. (CHSERMON)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 45 12.6
2) Very important 143 40.2
3) Somewhat important 102 28.7
4) Not important 51 14.3
5) Dont know 15 4.2
TOTAL356100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAID THEY NEVER ATTEND CHURCH] Tell me if the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not very important to you in your own choice of a religious congregation. Because it can get things done in the community. (CHCOMMTY)
  TOTAL %
1) Extremely important 24 6.7
2) Very important 131 36.8
3) Somewhat important 112 31.5
4) Not important 72 20.2
5) Dont know 17 4.8
TOTAL356100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


ASK ALL QUALIFIED CONVERTS (CON11=1 AND Q2 NE 2): And just in your own words, what is the main reason that you are no longer (FRMREL)? IF FRMREL=UNAFFILIATED WITH ANY PARTICULAR RELGION, USE ALTERNATE WORDING: And just in your own words, what is the main reason that you started identifying with a religion? FIRST MENTION (Q3OE_1)
  TOTAL %
10) Do not believe in former religion/share the beliefs of former religion/any religion 224 12.8
13) Atheist/do not believe in God/do not believe in Jesus 34 1.9
16) Agnostic/answers to religious question are unknowable 9 0.5
19) Previous religion or religion in general not logical/not believable/not rational/not scientific/does not make sense 30 1.7
22) Disagree with former religion on priestly celibacy (general) 1 0.1
31) Disagree with papal infallibility/Pope in general 4 0.2
34) Disagree with virgin Birth/praying to Mary 1 0.1
37) Other disagreement with former religions specific teachings beliefs/rituals/policies 27 1.5
40) Did not understand former religion 4 0.2
43) Other/generic stopped believing, lost faith, stopped being religious, began questioning, became skeptical 32 1.8
50) Like current religions beliefs about God/because of belief in God or Jesus or higher being/because of faith/found the truth/like teachings current religion/became closer to God/current religion/became closer to God/current religion made sense 44 2.5
80) Biblical or scriptural reason (general) 15 0.9
83) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent does not believe Bible/former religion adheres too closely to Bible/current religion takes a more relaxed view) 10 0.6
88) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent believes in Bible/former religion did not adhere closely enough/current religion adheres more closely) 54 3.1
110) Many religions or paths to God, no one religion is true, all religions have truth 12 0.7
113) Do not believe idea that non-adherents of particular religion will be condemned 2 0.1
119) Unable to reconcile religious beliefs with existence of evil in world 2 0.1
122) Have own personal religion/spiritual but not religious/have faith but not affiliation/believe but dont go to church 14 0.8
140) Disagree with former religion on abortion (general) 1 0.1
146) Disagree with former religion on abortion (religion too conservative) 1 0.1
149) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (general) 2 0.1
152) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (religion too liberal/too open). 2 0.1
158) Disagree with former religions views of women (general) 5 0.3
161) Disagree with former religions views of women (treated poorly) 9 0.5
167) Disagree with former religion on birth control (general) 4 0.2
170) Disagree with former religion on birth control (religion should allow but didnt) 1 0.1
176) Other political disagreement/objection to former religion 10 0.6
210) Former religion too political 1 0.1
213) Former religion too conservative/too traditional 6 0.3
216) Former religion too liberal 3 0.2
250) Dislike organized religion/Do not believe in organized religion 48 2.7
253) Dislike way former religion is run/leadership/hierarchy/structure 11 0.6
254) Religion causes problems/is bad/is evil/is not good 8 0.5
255) Former religion too much about money, business, a scam 12 0.7
256) Pedophilia scandal/molestation 13 0.7
257) Former religion out of touch 1 0.1
330) Former religion had too many rules/too rigid/too strict/too much guilt involved/too negative/critical 31 1.8
331) Didnt like/agree with former religions practices or rituals 9 0.5
333) Former religions ideals too hard to live up to 4 0.2
342) Current religion had fewer rules, less rigid, more freedom 2 0.1
345) Former religion and/or adherents hypocritical, judgmental, intolerant, narrow, exclusive 44 2.5
361) Dislike style of former religions worship services (general) 5 0.3
364) Dislike style of former religions worship services (too energetic) 1 0.1
367) Dislike style of former religions worship services (too boring, formal, stuffy) 9 0.5
370) Like current religions worship services/practices/prayers/meditations, etc. 7 0.4
371) Just dont like religion or former religion/disappointed with religion/do not trust religion/have conflict with religion/didnt like going to church/ disillusioned / disenchanted with religion or church/wasnt right for me 43 2.4
373) Just liked current religion / just wanted to go to church/just wanted to join religion/just started going / liked a particular church 39 2.2
376) Like leadership, structure of current religion 1 0.1
379) Dislike of/dissatisfaction with particular congregation/parish/churches in an area 12 0.7
382) Dislike of/negative experience with preacher/priest/nun or other religious leader 28 1.6
385) People at a particular parish/congregation/church were mean, unkind, not generous, etc. 5 0.3
393) Liked particular pastor/joined because of influence of particular pastor 5 0.3
396) Liked people in religion/in a particular church/people in religion or church were nice or helpful 6 0.3
401) Felt disconnected/uncomfortable/unwelcome 4 0.2
404) Felt spiritually disconnected/uninspired/poor spiritual fit 6 0.3
407) Felt connected, comfortable, welcome/good fit/felt right/liked atmosphere 10 0.6
416) Liked Sunday school/other religious education program/youth groups/other programs offered at church/former religion didnt offer programs/dissatisfaction with programs offered 5 0.3
422) Convenience/location/availability/local church/only church in town/no churches available of a particular denomination 29 1.7
430) Invitation/influence/example/outreach of church member, friend, neighbor, or other person 40 2.3
440) Negative childhood experience/shoved down throat as child / negative experience at religious school 13 0.7
443) Positive childhood experience/experience at religious school 2 0.1
450) Wanted social interaction/social reasons 1 0.1
453) Went to revival 2 0.1
473) Grew up/started thinking for oneself 7 0.4
479) Became educated, studious, observant, curious and thus stopped believing/lost faith/changed faith 31 1.8
482) Spiritual awakening/personal spiritual growth/self-realization/spiritual change 7 0.4
488) Looking for something/looking for answers/wanted to learn about God or religion/looking for something bigger than oneself/became interested in God or religion/felt a need/missing something/on a quest/wanted more/looking for something deeper 41 2.3
497) Do not get anything out of religion/have no need for it/got no answers/did not meet needs 25 1.4
500) Not interested in religion/religion unimportant to respondent, irrelevant to respondent 18 1
503) Tangible benefits of religion/good things happen to believers/found more joy, peace, happiness, fulfillment etc. 7 0.4
508) Calling from God/led by prayer or revelation/gift of faith from God/spoke to my heart/miracle/spirit moved me 9 0.5
509) Saved/accepted Jesus/born-again/grace/became convicted 44 2.5
510) Need for Jesus/need to be saved/dont want to go to hell/want eternal life 5 0.3
520) Marriage/because of spouse 145 8.3
523) Because of a divorce 12 0.7
526) Because of death of a loved one 9 0.5
529) Issues with raising children/influence of children 23 1.3
532) Parents decision/influence of parents 5 0.3
535) Other family reason/cultural reason/heritage 19 1.1
536) Moved/relocated 29 1.7
538) Went to college 3 0.2
541) Joined military 7 0.4
546) Other lifecycle reason/life event/tragedy/trauma/life changing experience/turning point/timing/ready for change 11 0.6
548) Too busy/too lazy/didnt want to waste any more time 8 0.5
551) Got tired of it 3 0.2
555) Just drifted away, stopped going, got away from it, fell away, dont go to church 63 3.6
569) Just changed mind/change of faith/just chose to change religions 7 0.4
583) Just not religious 11 0.6
696) Many reasons 2 0.1
697) No reason 11 0.6
698) Because I became 26 1.5
699) Other reason 55 3.1
999) Dont know/refused 93 5.3
TOTAL1,756100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


ASK ALL QUALIFIED CONVERTS (CON11=1 AND Q2 NE 2): And just in your own words, what is the main reason that you are no longer (FRMREL)? IF FRMREL=UNAFFILIATED WITH ANY PARTICULAR RELGION, USE ALTERNATE WORDING: And just in your own words, what is the main reason that you started identifying with a religion? SECOND MENTION (Q3OE_2)
  TOTAL %
10) Do not believe in former religion/share the beliefs of former religion/any religion 15 0.9
13) Atheist/do not believe in God/do not believe in Jesus 7 0.4
16) Agnostic/answers to religious questions are unknowable 1 0.1
19) Previous religion or religion in general not logical/not believable/not rational/not scientific/does not make sense 4 0.2
22) Disagree with former religion on priestly celibacy (general) 1 0.1
28) Disagree with former religion on priestly celibacy (religion enforces but shouldnt) 3 0.2
31) Disagree with papal infallibility/Pope in general 1 0.1
34) Disagree with virgin Birth/praying to Mary 4 0.2
37) Other disagreement with former religions specific teachings/beliefs/rituals/policies 10 0.6
40) Did not understand religion 3 0.2
43) Other/generic stopped believing, lost faith, stopped being religious, began questioning, became skeptical 3 0.2
50) Liked current religions beliefs about God/because of belief in God or Jesus or higher being/because of faith/found the truth/like teachings of current religion/became closer to God/current religion made sense 1 0.1
83) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent does not believe Bible/former religion adheres too closely to Bible/current religion takes a more relaxed view) 2 0.1
88) Biblical or scriptural reason (respondent believes in Bible/former religion did not adhere closely enough/current religion adheres more closely) 11 0.6
110) Many religions or paths to God, no one religion is true, all religions have truth 4 0.2
119) Unable to reconcile religious beliefs with existence of evil in world 1 0.1
122) Have own personal religion/spiritual but not religious/have faith but not affiliation/believe but dont go to church 2 0.1
140) Disagree with former religion on abortion (general) 1 0.1
146) Disagree with former religion on abortion (religion too conservative) 2 0.1
149) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (general) 1 0.1
152) Disagree with former religion on homosexuality (religion too liberal / too open) 1 0.1
158) Disagree with former religions views of women (general) 1 0.1
161) Disagree with former religions views of women (treated poorly) 2 0.1
167) Disagree with former religion on birth control (general) 1 0.1
176) Other political disagreement/objection to former religion 5 0.3
210) Former religion too political 1 0.1
213) Former religion too conservative/too traditional 1 0.1
216) Former religion too liberal 1 0.1
250) Dislike organized religion/Do not believe in organized religion 6 0.3
253) Dislike way former religion is run/leadership/hierarchy/structure 3 0.2
254) Religion causes problems/is bad/is evil/is not good 6 0.3
255) Former religion too much about money, business, a scam 11 0.6
256) Pedophilia scandal/molestation 4 0.2
330) Former religion had too many rules/too rigid/too strict/too much guilt involved/too negative/critical 10 0.6
331) Didnt like/agree with former religions practices or rituals 1 0.1
345) Former religion and/or adherents hypocritical, judgmental, intolerant, narrow, exclusive 10 0.6
348) Current religion open, loving, not judgmental, inclusive 1 0.1
361) Dislike style of former religions worship services (general) 1 0.1
367) Dislike style of former religions worship services (too boring, formal, stuffy) 2 0.1
370) Liked current religions worship services / practices/prayers/meditations, etc. 3 0.2
371) Just dont like religion or former religion/disappointed with religion/do not trust religion/have conflict with religion/didnt like going to church/ disillusioned/disenchanted with religion or church/wasnt right for me 1 0.1
379) Dislike of/dissatisfaction with particular congregation/parish/churches in an area 3 0.2
382) Dislike of/negative experience with preacher/priest/nun or other religious leader 5 0.3
385) People at a particular parish/congregation/church were mean, unkind, not generous, etc. 2 0.1
393) Liked particular pastor/joined because of influence of particular pastor 4 0.2
396) Liked people in religion/in a particular church/people in religion or church were nice or helpful 2 0.1
404) Felt spiritually disconnected/uninspired/poor spiritual fit 1 0.1
407) Felt connected, comfortable, welcome/good fit/felt right/liked atmosphere 3 0.2
413) Wanted to be around others who shared beliefs 1 0.1
416) Liked Sunday school/other religious education program/youth groups/other programs offered at church/former religion didnt offer programs/dissatisfaction with programs offered 1 0.1
422) Convenience/location/availability/local church/only church in town/no churches available of a particular denomination 7 0.4
430) Invitation/influence/example/outreach of church member, friend, neighbor, or other person 9 0.5
440) Negative childhood experience/shoved down throat as child/negative experience at religious school 2 0.1
485) Wanted to be a better person, mother, father, spouse, etc. 1 0.1
488) Looking for something/looking for answers/wanted to learn about God or religion/looking for something bigger than oneself/became interested in God or religion/felt a need /missing something/on a quest/wanted more/looking for something deeper 1 0.1
494) Prayers were not answered 1 0.1
497) Do not get anything out of religion/have no need for it/got no answers/did not meet needs 2 0.1
500) Not interested in religion/religion unimportant to respondent, irrelevant to respondent 1 0.1
508) Calling from God/led by prayer or revelation/gift of faith from God/spoke to my heart/miracle/spirit moved me 1 0.1
509) Saved/accepted Jesus/born-again/grace/became convicted 6 0.3
520) Marriage/because of spouse 6 0.3
523) Because of a divorce 4 0.2
529) Issues with raising children/influence of children 7 0.4
532) Parents decision/influence of parents 1 0.1
535) Other family reason/cultural reason/heritage 5 0.3
536) Moved/relocated 2 0.1
546) Other lifecycle reason/life event/tragedy/trauma/life changing experience/turning point/timing/ready for change 1 0.1
548) Too busy/too lazy/didnt want to waste any more time 1 0.1
555) Just drifted away, stopped going, got away from it, fell away, dont go to church 3 0.2
696) Many reasons 1 0.1
999) Dont know/refused 1,523 86.7
TOTAL1,756100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


IF CONVERT RAISED IN A RELIGION: You werent comfortable, with the feeling of community at [IF RAISED CATHOLIC, FRMREL2=10000, INSERT: your parish; FOR ALL OTHERS, INSERT: your local congregation]. Is this an important reason you are no longer (FRMREL), or not? (Q4N)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, important reason 270 18.7
2) No, not an important reason 1,146 79.4
9) Dont know/refused (Vol.) 27 1.9
TOTAL1,443100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[If ONEORMOR=1] What was the most important reason for leaving? (REASON1)
  TOTAL %
0) Refused 2,468 96.4
1) Moved 53 2.1
2) Not being spiritually fed 6 0.2
3) Got married 3 0.1
5) Not providing programs seeking 1 0
6) Problems with clergy/persons in congregation 2 0.1
8) Did not like the worship 1 0
9) Too much talk/focus on race/integration 4 0.2
10) Other 20 0.8
99) Dont know 1 0
TOTAL2,559100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[If ONEORMOR=2] What was the most important reason for leaving the last mixed-race congregation you attended? (REASON2)
  TOTAL %
0) Refused 2,468 96.5
1) Moved 51 2
2) Not being spiritually fed 5 0.2
3) Got married 4 0.2
5) Not providing programs seeking 1 0
8) Did not like the worship 1 0
9) Too much talk/focus on race/integration 1 0
10) Other 20 0.8
99) Dont know 7 0.3
TOTAL2,558100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


A list of possible reasons for leaving your congregation follows. Please read the list and consider the following question. In your response, you may choose up to three reasons. Place a 1 next to the most likely reason. Should you have additional reasons, write 2 and 3 next to the second and third most likely reasons. If I should ever decide to leave my congregation, it probably would be for the following reason -- My congregation is moving in a direction that conflicts with my calling/values/vision. (LEAVE1)
  TOTAL %
1) Most likely 1,199 56.1
2) Second most likely 622 29.1
3) Third most likely 317 14.8
TOTAL2,138100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
Level of Satisfaction: This question type asks the respondent statements about certain aspects of their congregation with the purpose of judging level of satisfaction.
Reason for Choosing: These questions directly ask the respondent if certain factors impact their choice of a congregation.
Reasons for Leaving: This question type focuses upon reasons why the responent is no longer with a particular denomination/congregation.

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