Orange & San Diego Catholic Priest Survey: Religion and Politics, 2001

Data Archive > U.S. Surveys > Religious Groups > Members or Leaders > Catholic > Codebook


All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) Control number (CONTROLN)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2524910.961995
2) In your view, what is the most important issue facing the United States today? (PROBLEM)
TOTAL%
1) Education3413.9
2) Crime62.5
3) Welfare reform20.8
4) Taxes20.8
5) Abortion4016.4
6) Health care3313.5
8) Economic justice5120.9
9) Death penalty31.2
10) Terrorism-related177.0
11) Lack of morality2711.1
12) Life issues124.9
13) Family values20.8
14) Spirituality31.2
15) Multiple answers104.1
16) Homosexuality10.4
17) Supervision of young people10.4
Missing8 
TOTAL244100.0
3) In your view, should the government provide social programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and AFDC (welfare), or should these be provided primarily by private institutions? (WELFARE)
TOTAL%
1) Government provide22288.4
2) Unsure114.4
3) Private institutions provide166.4
4) No opinion/Don't know20.8
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
4) Would you characterize your work environment as being autonomous or hierarchical? (WORKENV)
TOTAL%
1) Autonomous2710.8
2) Fairly autonomous9939.4
3) Fairly hierarchical6124.3
4) Hierarchical5622.3
5) Don't know72.8
6) Collaborative10.4
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
5) In general, do you feel more comfortable making decisions on your own, or are you more comfortable discussing the issue with your superior before making a decision? (DECISION)
TOTAL%
1) Making own decision13854.8
2) Discussing with superior10140.1
3) Don't know135.2
TOTAL252100.0
6) Are you familiar with Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's idea of the "Consistent Ethic of Life"? (ETHICFAM)
TOTAL%
1) Yes20882.5
2) No4417.5
TOTAL252100.0
7) Do you support Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's view of the consistent ethic of life? (ETHICSUP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly support16666.4
2) Somewhat support2610.4
3) Neutral/no opinion62.4
4) Have reservations31.2
5) Do not support83.2
6) Answered ‘no' to previous question4116.4
Missing2 
TOTAL250100.0
8) In your own view, do you feel it is important for people to be politically active, whether by voting, writing their legislator, etc.? (PARTIMPT)
TOTAL%
1) Very important21083.7
2) Somewhat important3614.3
3) No opinion/neutral31.2
4) Somewhat unimportant10.4
5) Very unimportant10.4
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
9) Do you feel social beliefs of the church can, at least in theory, be achieved by using politics as a vehicle? (CHANDPOL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes15964.4
2) No5622.7
3) Unsure/no opinion3213.0
Missing5 
TOTAL247100.0
10) In your view, do you feel that one particular political party is the natural choice for members of this church? If so, what political party would be the natural choice? (CHPARTY)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, Republican2911.7
2) Yes, Democrat2811.3
4) Yes, third party10.4
5) No18976.5
Missing5 
TOTAL247100.0
11) Do you convey political messages from the pulpit, or do you regard this as inappropriate? (POLPUL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, I convey political messages8032.1
2) No, I consider this inappropriate14759.0
3) Don't know228.8
Missing3 
TOTAL249100.0
12) Do you convey messages regarding social issues from the pulpit? (SOCPUL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes24497.2
2) No31.2
3) Don't know41.6
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
13) In your view, is there a difference between a political issue and a social issue, or are the two terms synonymous? (POLSOC)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, distinct difference between terms18071.7
2) No, two terms are synonymous6325.1
3) Don't know83.2
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
14) Have you ever encouraged people to vote? (ENCVOTE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes23192.0
2) No208.0
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
15) Have you ever hosted a voter registration drive at your church? (VOTEREG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes14359.3
2) No9840.7
Missing11 
TOTAL241100.0
16) Have you ever had a petition available at your church for parishioners to sign? (PETITION)
TOTAL%
1) Yes18877.0
2) No5623.0
Missing8 
TOTAL244100.0
17) Have you ever written a letter to a political figure (e.g., Congressman, President) (LETTER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes20079.7
2) No5120.3
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
18) Do you feel that citizens living in a democracy have a moral or ethical responsibility to vote? (MORALVOT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes24898.4
2) No31.2
3) Don't know10.4
TOTAL252100.0
19) What is your political ideology? (POLIDEOL)
TOTAL%
1) Strong conservative62.4
2) Conservative6224.9
3) Weak conservative156.0
4) Neither conservative nor liberal9538.2
5) Weak liberal145.6
6) Liberal4116.5
7) Strong liberal166.4
Missing3 
TOTAL249100.0
20) In terms of your view of the church, would you consider yourself conservative or progressive? (Note: orthodoxy is already assumed) (CONPROG)
TOTAL%
1) Conservative4618.5
2) Neither conservative nor progressive9036.1
3) Progressive11345.4
Missing3 
TOTAL249100.0
21) Would you say your congregation is mostly comprised of Republicans or mostly Democrats? (PARISH1)
TOTAL%
1) Mostly Republicans10948.2
2) Probably split evenly9240.7
3) Mostly Democrats2511.1
Missing26 
TOTAL226100.0
22) Are they mostly liberals or mostly conservatives? (PARISH2)
TOTAL%
1) Mostly liberals83.5
2) Probably split evenly12655.5
3) Mostly conservative9341.0
Missing25 
TOTAL227100.0
23) What is your age? (AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 24-2493.6
2) 35-507128.2
3) 51-647128.2
4) 65-757630.2
5) Older than 75259.9
TOTAL252100.0
24) How long have you been a priest? (LENGTH)
TOTAL%
1) 0-10 years3815.1
2) 11-20 years3614.3
3) 31-30 years4216.7
4) 31-40 years6525.9
5) More than 40 years7027.9
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
25) Besides your seminary education, how would you best describe your educational background? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) High school graduate104.0
2) AA degree/some college114.4
3) BA/BS from university/college4015.9
4) Graduate degree (MA/MS/PhD)15762.3
5) Professional degree (JD, MD)135.2
6) Nothing but seminary education218.3
TOTAL252100.0
26) Did you have a career before becoming a priest? (CAREER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes5321.1
2) No19878.9
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
27) Were you born in the United States? (BORNUS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes18975.3
2) No6224.7
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
28) How long have you lived in the United States? (LENGTHUS)
TOTAL%
1) 0-10 years104.0
2) 11-20 years104.0
3) 31-30 years114.4
4) 31-40 years187.2
5) More than 40 years20280.5
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
29) Are you a United States citizen? (CITIZEN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes23794.8
2) No135.2
Missing2 
TOTAL250100.0
30) Did you vote in the 2000 election? If you are not a U.S. citizen, did you vote in the last election in your country of citizenship? (VOTE00)
TOTAL%
1) Yes22790.1
2) No259.9
TOTAL252100.0
31) What would best describe your ethnic background? (ETHNICID)
TOTAL%
1) Hispanic/Latino/Mexican249.6
2) Caucasian20581.7
3) Asian/Pacific Islander93.6
4) Middle Eastern10.4
5) Filipino41.6
6) African American10.4
7) Other72.8
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
32) Do you share residential space with any other people? If so, how many? (LIVEOTHR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, 1 or 210240.5
2) Yes, 3-54919.4
3) Yes, 5 or more3112.3
4) No, live alone7027.8
TOTAL252100.0
33) Are you a member of any fraternal or other organization (excluding a religious order) that regularly brings you in contact with other people of similar values or interests as yourself? (MEMFRAT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes11846.8
2) No13453.2
TOTAL252100.0
34) Are you a Diocesan priest, or a Religious Order priest serving in a diocese? (TYPEPR)
TOTAL%
1) Diocesan priest18071.4
2) Religious Order priest7228.6
TOTAL252100.0
35) How often do you discuss politics or other issues of the day with friends, relatives, or colleagues? (DISCUSS)
TOTAL%
1) Every day2911.5
2) Almost every day8834.9
3) Once or twice a week8433.3
4) Very rarely5120.2
TOTAL252100.0
36) Do you identify with one political party or another? If so, please identify which party. (PARTYID)
TOTAL%
1) Democratic9638.2
2) Republican7429.5
3) Third party41.6
4) Apolitical83.2
5) Political but no party identification6927.5
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
37) How often do you read the newspaper? (NEWSPAP)
TOTAL%
1) Every day20079.4
2) Almost every day3112.3
3) Once or twice a week145.6
4) Very rarely41.6
5) Never31.2
TOTAL252100.0
38) What is your primary area of ministry? (MINISTRY)
TOTAL%
1) Parish15561.8
2) Administration176.8
3) Education/campus3714.7
4) Hospital52.0
5) Detention20.8
6) Poor20.8
7) Other3112.4
8) Retired20.8
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
39) I-AGE: What is your age? (for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
1) 24-2493.6
2) 35-507128.2
3) 51-647128.2
4) 65-757630.2
5) Older than 75259.9
TOTAL252100.0
40) I-PARTYID: Do you identify with one political party or another? If so, please identify which party. (for use with online analysis) (I-PARTYID)
TOTAL%
1) Democratic9638.2
2) Republican7429.5
3) Third party41.6
4) Apolitical83.2
5) Political but no party identification6927.5
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0
41) I-EDUC: Besides your seminary education, how would you best describe your educational background? (for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) High school graduate104.0
2) AA degree/some college114.4
3) BA/BS from university/college4015.9
4) Graduate degree (MA/MS/PhD)15762.3
5) Professional degree (JD, MD)135.2
6) Nothing but seminary education218.3
TOTAL252100.0
42) I-ETHNIC: What would best describe your ethnic background? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-ETHNIC)
TOTAL%
1) Hispanic/Latino/Mexican249.6
2) Caucasian20581.7
3) Asian/Pacific Islander93.6
4) Middle Eastern10.4
5) Filipino41.6
6) Other83.2
Missing1 
TOTAL251100.0