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Northern California Church Member Study, 1963 (ICPSR 7590)

Principal Investigator(s): Glock, Charles Y.; Stark, Rodney


This data collection contains survey data on 2,871 church members residing in the San Francisco Bay area in 1963. The main research objective of the study was to assess the degree to which certain interpretations of Christian faith may continue to be a source of contemporary anti-Semitism. The primary focus of the questionnaire was the examination of respondents' religious knowledge, activities, beliefs, experiences, and intergroup relations, as well as their attitudes toward other religious and cultural groups, specifically Jews. In addition, they were asked their opinion on the appropriateness of denominations taking stands on current social and political issues and were questioned on their religious background and the role that religion played in their lives. Personal data were also solicited, including other organizational memberships, television viewing, book reading habits, political affiliation, occupation, education, marital status, number of children, sex, and race. The file also includes 48 derived measures.

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Study Description


Glock, Charles Y., and Rodney Stark. Northern California Church Member Study, 1963. ICPSR07590-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1978. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07590.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07590.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    anti-Semitism, Catholicism, Christianity, church membership, counties, Jews, media influence, memberships, political attitudes, Protestantism, religion, religious attitudes, religious behavior, religious beliefs, religious congregations, religious knowledge, social attitudes, stereotypes

Geographic Coverage:    California, San Francisco, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1963

Date of Collection:   

  • 1963

Universe:    Church members residing in predominantly white Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations in four northern California counties: Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A full description of the sampling plan and of the procedures followed in collecting the data is included in the appendix to Glock, Charles Y., and Rodney Stark. CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND ANTI-SEMITISM. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1966.


Sample:    Stratified random sampling. All Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations in the four counties were listed, and a random sample was then drawn according to the size of their membership. The membership lists from the selected congregations were gathered and then a random sample was drawn from them. Mail questionnaires were sent to the 4,420 Protestant church members and 1,900 Roman Catholic church members who were selected. The completed return rate was 72 percent of the Protestant respondents and 53 percent of the Roman Catholic respondents, or a total of 2,871.

Data Source:

mailback questionnaires

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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