ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002

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All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) Response Number (RESPNO)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10081677.3351010
2) Date of Survey (DATE)
TOTAL%
19) February 19, 200259559.0
20) February 20, 200241341.0
TOTAL1008100.0
3) Full Fips Code (FIPS)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL100829615.4815928
4) Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10083512.1752984
5) Census Division (CENSDIV)
TOTAL%
1) New England505.0
2) Middle Atlantic14314.2
3) East North Central15715.6
4) West North Central757.4
5) South Atlantic18718.6
6) East South Central626.2
7) West South Central11311.2
8) Mountain706.9
9) Pacific15115.0
TOTAL1008100.0
6) Region (REG4)
TOTAL%
1) East (Census Division 1,2)19319.1
2) Midwest (Census Division 3,4)23223.0
3) South (Census Division 5,6,7)36235.9
4) West (Census Division 8,9)22121.9
TOTAL1008100.0
7) Designated Market Area - 3-digit code (DMA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1008621.794112
8) ABC State (ABCNUM)
TOTAL%
1) Alabama90.9
3) Arizona151.5
4) Arkansas141.4
5) California10110.0
6) Colorado212.1
7) Connecticut70.7
9) District of Columbia10.1
10) Florida535.3
11) Georgia272.7
13) Idaho101.0
14) Illinois323.2
15) Indiana151.5
16) Iowa111.1
17) Kansas101.0
18) Kentucky191.9
19) Louisiana202.0
20) Maine101.0
21) Maryland171.7
22) Massachusetts202.0
23) Michigan383.8
24) Minnesota212.1
25) Mississippi70.7
26) Missouri202.0
27) Montana20.2
28) Nebraska80.8
29) Nevada40.4
30) New Hampshire30.3
31) New Jersey303.0
32) New Mexico60.6
33) New York626.2
34) North Carolina323.2
35) North Dakota40.4
36) Ohio454.5
37) Oklahoma121.2
38) Oregon161.6
39) Pennsylvania515.1
40) Rhode Island60.6
41) South Carolina151.5
42) South Dakota10.1
43) Tennessee272.7
44) Texas676.6
45) Utah101.0
46) Vermont40.4
47) Virginia313.1
48) Washington343.4
49) West Virginia111.1
50) Wisconsin272.7
51) Wyoming20.2
TOTAL1008100.0
9) Time zone (TZONE)
TOTAL%
1) Eastern49348.9
2) Central28828.6
3) Mountain706.9
4) Pacific15715.6
TOTAL1008100.0
10) Metro Status Code - related to MSA, Metropolitan Statistical Area, used by the Census (METSTAT)
TOTAL%
1) In the center city of an MSA31631.3
2) Outside the center city of an MSA, but inside the county containing the center city19719.5
3) Inside a suburban county of the MSA21321.1
4) In an MSA that has no center city464.6
5) Not in an MSA23623.4
TOTAL1008100.0
11) Number of times Interviewer tried to call (TIMES)
TOTAL%
1) One time61861.3
2) Two times23823.6
3) Three times929.1
4) Four times424.2
5) Five times161.6
6) Six times20.2
TOTAL1008100.0
12) Overall, would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (OPINCATH)
TOTAL%
1) Favorable63263.7
2) Unfavorable25926.1
8) DK/No opinion10110.2
Missing16 
TOTAL992100.0
13) There have been news reports lately about a Catholic priest in Boston who's been accused of sexually abusing children. Do you happen to have heard or read about that, or not? (BOSTPRST)
TOTAL%
1) Have heard or read about case68768.4
2) Have NOT heard or read about case31831.6
Missing3 
TOTAL1005100.0
14) [If BOSTPRST is 'Have heard or read about Boston Priest case'], then has that case made you more concerned about the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not? (BOSTCONC)
TOTAL%
1) More concerned43563.3
2) NOT More concerned24034.9
8) DK/No opinion121.7
Missing321 
TOTAL687100.0
15) In your opinion, how much of a problem is the issue of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests - would you say it's a major problem that demands immediate attention, a less -immediate problem or not much of a problem at all? (ABUSPRST)
TOTAL%
1) Major problem58958.6
2) Less-immediate problem26526.4
3) Not much of a problem at all12011.9
8) DK/No opinion313.1
Missing3 
TOTAL1005100.0
16) Do you think that sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests is something that happens very often, somewhat often, infrequently, or very rarely? (ABUSFREQ)
TOTAL%
1) Very often10610.5
2) Somewhat often28127.9
3) Infrequently30230.0
4) Very rarely25325.1
5) Never40.4
8) DK/No opinion606.0
Missing2 
TOTAL1006100.0
17) Do you feel that the Catholic Church is or is not doing enough to deal with this issue? (CATHDEAL)
TOTAL%
1) Is doing enough22922.9
2) Is NOT doing enough63363.3
8) DK/No opinion13813.8
Missing8 
TOTAL1000100.0
18) Has the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests hurt the overall reputation of the Catholic Church in your eyes, or not? (HURTREP)
TOTAL%
1) Has hurt reputation59058.5
2) Has NOT hurt reputation39739.4
8) DK/No opinion212.1
TOTAL1008100.0
19) [If HURTREP is 'has hurt reputation'], then has it hurt the Church's reputation in your eyes a great deal, or only somewhat? (HURTHOW)
TOTAL%
1) Great deal26244.5
2) Only somewhat31653.7
8) DK/No opinion111.9
Missing419 
TOTAL589100.0
20) Do you think Catholic priests are more likely than other men to sexually abuse children, less likely, or about the same? (PRSTMORE)
TOTAL%
1) More likely11411.3
2) Less likely19819.7
3) About the same66566.2
8) DK/No opinion282.8
Missing3 
TOTAL1005100.0
21) As you may know, the Catholic Church does not allow priests to marry. Do you think this policy contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not? (PRTMARRY)
TOTAL%
1) Contributes to problem53553.1
2) Does NOT contribute to problem43443.1
8) DK/No opinion393.9
TOTAL1008100.0
22) [If PRTMARRY is 'Contributes to the problem'], Do you think it's a major part of the problem or a minor part? (PRTMAPRT)
TOTAL%
1) Major part of problem34965.4
2) Minor part of problem17532.8
8) DK/No opinion101.9
Missing474 
TOTAL534100.0
23) Sometimes when a priest has been accused of sexually abusing a child, the Church has responded by transferring that priest to another parish, without telling parishioners about the accusation. Do you approve or disapprove of that practice? INTERVIEWER, GET ANSWER THEN ASK: Do you approve/disapprove strongly, or somewhat? (CHTRANSF)
TOTAL%
1) Approve strongly212.1
2) Approve somewhat262.6
3) Disapprove strongly85285.0
4) Disapprove somewhat858.5
8) DK/No opinion181.8
Missing6 
TOTAL1002100.0
24) If a parish priest is accused of sexually abusing a child, do you think Church officials should or should not inform his parishioners of the charge? (INFORM)
TOTAL%
1) Should inform parishioners87887.5
2) Should NOT inform parishioners969.6
8) DK/No opinion303.0
Missing4 
TOTAL1004100.0
25) [If INFORM is 'Should inform parishioners'], should the Church be required by law to do that, or should it be up to the Church to decide? (INFORMLW)
TOTAL%
1) Should be required by law60669.2
2) Should be up to the Church25929.6
8) DK/No opinion111.3
Missing132 
TOTAL876100.0
26) If a priest is accused of sexually abusing a child, do you think Church officials should or should not report that information to the police? (POLICE)
TOTAL%
1) Should report to police96195.7
2) Should NOT report to police323.2
8) DK/No opinion111.1
Missing4 
TOTAL1004100.0
27) [If INFORMPL is 'Should report to police'], should the Church be required by law to do that, or should it be up to the Church to decide? (POLICELW)
TOTAL%
1) Should be required by law79182.4
2) Should be up to the Church14815.4
8) DK/No opinion212.2
Missing48 
TOTAL960100.0
28) Weight (WEIGHT)
TOTAL%
.5149) 121.2
.5267) 50.5
.6008) 585.8
.6509) 10110.0
.6747) 10310.2
.7766) 454.5
.78) 101.0
.7991) 90.9
.8014) 908.9
.8662) 696.8
.898) 373.7
.9032) 121.2
.9117) 30.3
.9413) 828.1
.9641) 292.9
.9792) 30.3
1.0179) 414.1
1.0727) 393.9
1.0861) 363.6
1.1798) 171.7
1.2069) 353.5
1.2156) 60.6
1.2179) 434.3
1.2662) 20.2
1.2885) 252.5
1.4181) 40.4
1.5026) 60.6
1.542) 90.9
1.5476) 181.8
1.6207) 10.1
1.8233) 30.3
1.8812) 70.7
1.9584) 30.3
1.9636) 131.3
1.9753) 20.2
2.0597) 30.3
2.5324) 20.2
2.654) 50.5
2.8869) 20.2
3.1402) 50.5
3.6467) 60.6
4.1025) 20.2
4.1532) 10.1
4.9635) 10.1
5.2674) 30.3
TOTAL1008100.0
29) Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, or what? (PARTYID)
TOTAL%
1) A Democrat32132.2
2) A Republican33533.6
3) An Independent28728.8
4) Or what?444.4
8) DK/No opinion90.9
Missing12 
TOTAL996100.0
30) What was the last grade of school you completed? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Eighth grade or less151.5
2) Some high school686.8
3) Graduated high school or technical school28328.2
4) Some college28628.5
5) Graduated college24424.3
6) Postgraduate10810.8
Missing4 
TOTAL1004100.0
31) What is your age? (AGE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL99345.33416
32) Are you of Hispanic origin or background? (IF "YES," ASK:) Are you white Hispanic or black Hispanic? (IF "NO," ASK:) Are you white, black, or some other race? (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White78578.7
2) Black898.9
3) White Hispanic404.0
4) Black Hispanic10.1
5) Hispanic (no race given)101.0
6) Other race727.2
Missing11 
TOTAL997100.0
33) May a reporter from ABC News call you to talk about some of the things we've been discussing? (CALLBACK)
TOTAL%
1) Yes28268.4
2) No13031.6
Missing596 
TOTAL412100.0
34) Gender (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male45645.2
2) Female55254.8
TOTAL1008100.0
35) [If EDUC is 'Graduated College'], was that a bachelor's degree, or what? (DEGREE)
TOTAL%
2) Bachelor's degree19077.9
3) Other5422.1
Missing764 
TOTAL244100.0
36) Net Religion (RELNET)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant49450.1
2) Catholic23523.8
3) Christian (non-Protestant)878.8
4) Other non-Christian525.3
5) None11912.1
Missing21 
TOTAL987100.0
37) What, if anything, is your religion? (RELIGION)
TOTAL%
1) Agnostic151.5
2) Atheist40.4
3) Baptist12512.7
4) Catholic/Roman Catholic23523.8
6) Episcopalian191.9
7) Jewish272.7
8) Lutheran525.3
9) Methodist686.9
10) Pentecostal121.2
11) Presbyterian262.6
13) Southern Baptist50.5
14) NONE10010.1
22) Christian (non-Protestant)878.8
23) Other non-Christian191.9
24) Islam/Muslim60.6
25) Protestant non-denominational18718.9
Missing21 
TOTAL987100.0
38) [IF RELIGION is 'Christian'], is that a Protestant denomination, or not? (PROTDEM)
TOTAL%
1) Yes5649.6
2) No5346.9
8) DK/No opinion43.5
Missing895 
TOTAL113100.0
39) Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services - at least once a week, a few times a month, or less often than that? (ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) At least once a week37337.2
2) A few times a month16416.4
3) Less often than that42542.4
4) Never404.0
Missing6 
TOTAL1002100.0
40) [If RELIGION is 'Catholic/Roman Catholic'], how much do you trust your own parish priest around children - do you trust him completely, a good amount, somewhat, or not much? (TRSTPRST)
TOTAL%
1) Completely14361.4
2) Good amount3414.6
3) Somewhat219.0
4) Not much83.4
5) Don't know priest/Don't go to church/Don't have parish187.7
8) DK/No opinion93.9
Missing775 
TOTAL233100.0
41) Region by Census Division (REGION)
TOTAL%
1) East (Census Division = 1,2)19319.1
2) Midwest (Census Division = 3,4)23223.0
3) South (Census Division = 5,6,7)36235.9
4) West (Census Division = 8,9)22121.9
TOTAL1008100.0
42) Age Breaks (AGEBREAK)
TOTAL%
1) 18-30 years21021.1
2) 31-44 years28728.9
3) 45-60 years30931.1
4) 61+ years18718.8
Missing15 
TOTAL993100.0
43) Education Breaks (EDUBREAK)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school838.3
2) Graduated high school28328.2
3) Some college+63863.5
Missing4 
TOTAL1004100.0
44) I-REGION: Region by Census Division (for use with online analysis) (I-REGION)
TOTAL%
1) East (Census Division = 1,2)19319.1
2) Midwest (Census Division = 3,4)23223.0
3) South (Census Division = 5,6,7)36235.9
4) West (Census Division = 8,9)22121.9
TOTAL1008100.0
45) I-RELIGION: Net Religion (for use with online analysis) (I-RELIGION)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant49450.1
2) Catholic23523.8
3) Christian (non-Protestant)878.8
4) Other non-Christian525.3
5) None11912.1
Missing21 
TOTAL987100.0
46) I-EDUC: What was the last grade of school you completed? (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
0) Less HS838.3
1) Grad HS28328.2
2) Some Coll28628.5
3) Grad Coll24424.3
4) Postgrad10810.8
Missing4 
TOTAL1004100.0
47) I-PARTYID: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, or what? (for use with online analysis) (I-PARTYID)
TOTAL%
1) A Democrat32132.2
2) A Republican33533.6
3) An Independent28728.8
4) Or what?444.4
8) DK/No opinion90.9
Missing12 
TOTAL996100.0
48) I-RACE: Are you of Hispanic origin or background? (IF "YES," ASK:) Are you white Hispanic or black Hispanic? (IF "NO," ASK:) Are you white, black, or some other race? (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RACE)
TOTAL%
0) White78578.7
1) Black898.9
2) Hispanic515.1
3) Other race727.2
Missing11 
TOTAL997100.0
49) I-SEX: Gender (for use with online analysis) (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male45645.2
2) Female55254.8
TOTAL1008100.0
50) I-AGE: What is your age? (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
0) 18-3021021.1
1) 31-4531531.7
2) 46-6432232.4
3) 65+14614.7
Missing15 
TOTAL993100.0