Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Gallop Survey Says Mormons Strong On Meeting Attendance

A recent Gallop survey noted that Mormons, among others, are significantly above others in church attendance. You have to subscribe to read directly from the Gallop website; but, they do share this much:

A special Gallup analysis shows that Mormons, evangelical Protestant groups, and Baptists are significantly above average in their self-reported church attendance, while Jews and Episcopalians are significantly below average. Catholics and members of mainline Protestant denominations other than Episcopalians attend church at about average rates.

Also, from World Magazine:

Members of the Church of Christ and Mormons came out on top in a Gallup analysis of worship attendance between 2002 and 2005, with Episcopalians near the bottom. Percentage of members who attended services weekly or almost weekly, by denomination or group: Church of Christ, 68; Mormon, 67; Pentecostal, 65; Southern Baptist, 60; nondenominational, 54; Catholic, 45; Methodist, 44; Presbyterian, 44; Lutheran, 43; Episcopal, 32; Jewish, 15.
Not bad at 67%. I'd be curious to read the Gallop question to know how they defined regular church attendance, and how they factored into their analysis the three hour block, etc. etc.


Anonymous Last Lemming said...

I don't see how Gallup could "factor in" the three-hour block. The question has to be the same for everybody. Typically, I think it has been something like "Have you attended religious services in the past week?" Presumably, anybody who attended at least one meeting during the block would answer "Yes."

One reason the percentage is so high (much higher than estimated activity rates for the U.S.) is because members self-identify in the survey. Many who we count as members would not identify themselves as Mormons to the pollster, thereby lowering the denominator and raising the percentage. It does give us a decent handle, however, on what percentage of inactive members still identify themselves as Mormons. If activity rates are 50%, then about half of inactives still consider themselves Mormons.

Thursday, April 27, 2006 6:44:00 AM  
Blogger Guy Murray said...

Last Lemming: Of course you are correct. That was more a rehtorical thought than real. I'm pretty sure no one outside Mormon culture is even aware what a 3 hour block means. Interesting point about the percentages of inactives who still identify as LDS.

Thursday, April 27, 2006 7:13:00 AM  

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