The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Church Attendance (2), 5 categories 1970-2016

  '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12 '16
Every Week 38
(564)
26
(698)
25
(626)
25
(719)
25
(567)
25
(399)
28
(390)
24
(539)
27
(583)
25
(512)
27
(522)
27
(662)
28
(491)
25
(419)
24
(309)
25
(453)
25
(376)
23
(276)
23
(528)
21
(1256)
18
(777)
Almost Every Week - 11
(305)
12
(304)
12
(343)
11
(247)
12
(190)
12
(167)
11
(254)
11
(243)
11
(223)
11
(217)
11
(262)
11
(193)
12
(209)
13
(162)
11
(194)
12
(179)
12
(148)
10
(238)
11
(657)
12
(516)
Once or Twice a Month 16
(231)
12
(313)
12
(300)
14
(401)
12
(271)
11
(180)
13
(184)
14
(304)
13
(273)
14
(289)
14
(268)
14
(346)
13
(229)
16
(272)
14
(181)
15
(277)
18
(269)
15
(182)
14
(323)
10
(566)
11
(473)
A Few Times a Year 30
(436)
32
(861)
31
(758)
29
(809)
30
(682)
29
(457)
27
(375)
29
(645)
28
(609)
28
(576)
16
(312)
15
(366)
16
(279)
18
(299)
15
(195)
16
(282)
13
(189)
15
(177)
15
(339)
15
(878)
17
(715)
Never 12
(174)
14
(383)
13
(320)
13
(373)
14
(307)
14
(220)
11
(158)
14
(315)
12
(255)
12
(247)
33
(644)
34
(838)
33
(577)
30
(505)
33
(423)
33
(583)
32
(485)
35
(420)
38
(887)
43
(2525)
42
(1766)
No relig. preference 5
(70)
4
(117)
7
(172)
6
(183)
9
(197)
9
(143)
9
(123)
8
(168)
8
(181)
9
(177)
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N 1475 2677 2480 2828 2271 1589 1397 2225 2144 2024 1963 2474 1769 1704 1270 1789 1498 1203 2315 5882 4247

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 1B.5b.

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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 re-coded to 'Every Week.' Beginning in 1990, question flow was changed.

2012 and 2016 data are for the combined (face-to-face and internet) sample.

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