Who Goes to Church?

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    Who Goes to Church?
    Older Southern Women Do; Many Catholic Men Don't

    Analysis
    by Dalia Sussman



    N E W Y O R K, March 1 — Been to church this week? If you're an older woman in the South, chances are you have.

    Not counting weddings and funerals, 38 percent of Americans say they go to religious services at least once a week. But there are big differences across demographic groups, with self-reported attendance peaking among older people, women, Southerners and Baptists, among others.
    The biggest gap is between the oldest and youngest age groups. Sixty percent of people age 65 and older report attending religious services at least once a week; among 18 to 30-year-olds, just 28 percent go that often. Previous ABCNEWS polls, similarly, have found that religious belief and practice increase with age.

    There are other factors. Nearly half of Southerners attend services weekly, substantially more than elsewhere. Forty-four percent of women go weekly, compared to 32 percent of men. It follows that, among Southern women age 45 and up, weekly church attendance soars to 68 percent.

    Forty-seven percent of Republicans attend church regularly, compared to 38 percent of Democrats and 29 percent of independents. And there's a big difference between Catholic women (49 percent go to church weekly) and Catholic men (26 percent attend every week.)

    For most Americans, going to religious services means going to church, since 83 percent of adults in this country are Christians. Forty-six percent of Protestants attend church at least weekly, peaking at 52 percent of Baptists. Just over two-thirds of Baptists are in the South, far more than elsewhere (the Midwest is next, at just 17 percent). That's one reason church attendance in the South is higher than elsewhere.


    Gender Gap

    Fewer Catholics, 38 percent, report attending church on at least a weekly basis. Men are the reason: As noted, 26 percent of Catholic men say they attend church that regularly, compared to 42 percent of Protestant men. There's no such difference between Protestant and Catholic women — about half in each group say they go to church at least once a week.


    Weekly Church Attendance
    All Men 32 percent
    All Women 44

    Catholic Men 26
    Catholic Women 49

    Protestant Men 42
    Protestant Women 50

    Half the respondents in this survey identify themselves as Protestants, 23 percent as Catholics and 10 percent as members of other Christian denominations. Eleven percent say they have no religion. Adherents to all other religions combined comprise just 5 percent of the adult population — not enough for separate analysis in a poll of 1,000 people.


    Methodology

    This ABCNEWS/Beliefnet poll was conducted by telephone Feb. 19-20, among a random national sample of 1,008 adults. The results have a three-point error margin. Fieldwork was conducted by TNS Intersearch of Horsham, Pa.


    Could explain Dean's renewed embrace of religion lately. If he wants to capture in states in the south.
     
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    Interesting. I live in the most unchurched state in the US, and am in a band that attempts to reach out to young singles - the most unchurched demographic. Quite a challenge.

    BTW, it's a cool band!
     
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    Dean's bio says he is a congregationalist
     
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    I think he started going to a Congregationalist church a while ago, but I don't think, listening to Dean's speeches, that he is a devout believer.
     
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    What in the world is a congregationalist?
     
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    That is the first thing I asked myself, but after looking into it, it seems like a bunch of crap(no offense to any congregationalists on this board) and an excuse to say they are religous.

    Here's a link if you want to bother looking into it:

    http://www.arosnet.com/~fcc/web_page/whoarewe/
     
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    Devout believers do not quit their churches in protest over the location of a bike path.

    :p:


    Dean's recent return to Jesus is a political tactic to appeal to the Southern vote.
     
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    Exactly :thup:
     
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    What are the requirements for someone to be called "religious"? I'm a practicing Buddhist, am I not religious because I don't believe in Jesus Christ's divinity or attend church? Abraham Lincoln rarely attended church, does that make him non religious? Howard Dean may or may not be religious, but that's his own business. George Bush spoke at Bob Jones University to try and win Southern Votes, even though he's from a wealthy, Northern family, and was a carpetbagger in Texas. I have no problem with Dean talking about God in certain parts of the country if that will help voters hear his message, so long as he isn't a hypocrite, and I don't believe he is.

    Congregationalists are religious people, as are Buddhists, Jews, Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians,etc Just because they don't happen to subsribe your particular belief system hardly makes what they believe as Palestinian Jew said "a bunch of crap...and an excuse to say they are religious"
     
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    I believe they qualified it by how fequently a person attended church services.
     

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