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Australian Community Survey (1998)

The 1998 Australian Community Survey of 8,500 Australians from diverse regions across Australia. This was a survey of the wider community values, religiosity and image of the church in the 1990's. Conducted in co-operation with Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. This survey was funded by an ARC SPIRT grant over three years.

Purpose of the survey

The Community Survey explored: mics and church consultants both in Australia and overseas.

About 80% of congregations receiving forms participated in the survey. Results have been weighted to take into account variations in rates of response and to account for any non-participating regions within denominations.

Twelve different versions of the attender survey form were designed to make the most of this opportunity. The first set of 35 questions were identical across most survey forms. Most attenders (85–90%) in participating congregations were given one of three ‘primary’ surveys. The remaining 10–15% of attenders were randomly selected and given one of the ‘individual’ survey forms. In this way, random samples of between 2000 and 5000 attenders completed each of these smaller surveys.

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