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Church Attendance (2), 5 categories 1970-2012

  '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Every Week : 38 26 25 25 25 25 28 24 27 25 27 27 28 25 24 25 25 23 23 21
Almost Every Week : - 11 12 12 11 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 13 11 12 12 10 11
Once or Twice a Month: 16 12 12 14 12 11 13 14 13 14 14 14 13 16 14 16 18 15 14 10
A Few Times a Year : 30 32 31 29 30 29 27 29 28 28 16 15 16 18 15 16 13 15 15 15
Never : 12 14 13 13 14 14 11 14 12 12 33 34 33 30 33 33 32 35 38 43
No relig. preference : 5 4 7 6 9 9 9 8 8 9 - - - - - - - - - -
N   1475 2677 2480 2827 2271 1589 1397 2225 2144 2024 1963 2475 1769 1703 1271 1789 1498 1204 2315 5882

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 1B.5b
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

1970-1988: (IF ANY RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE) "Would you say you/do you go
to (church/synagogue) every week, almost every week, once or twice a
month, a few times a year, or never?"
1990 and later: "Lots of things come up that keep people from attending
religious services even if they want to. Thinking about your life
these days, do you ever attend religious services, apart from
occasional weddings, baptisms or funerals?" (IF YES:) "Do you go to
religious services every week, almost every week, once or twice a
month, a few times a year, or never?"


NOTE: In the 1970 study, there was no code for 'Every Week' and 'Almost
Every Week' from 1970 has been recoded to 'Every Week.'
Beginning in 1990, question flow was changed.

2012 data are for the combined (face-to-face and internet) sample.

This question is variable VCF0130 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset.
Consult the Cumulative Data File codebook for complete question text and annotation.
Weight variable VCF0009z was used to produce this table (see weight documentation)

(Table generated: 11NOV15)


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