ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

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In this June 2002 ABC News poll, a random national sample of 1,004 Americans was asked to discuss their views on the current crisis in the Catholic Church concerning priests and child sexual abuse. This poll was conducted prior to the June bishops' meeting in Dallas. Questions included in the poll were: expectations for bishops' meeting, contributions to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, personal knowledge of sexual abuse by a priest, and overall opinions of the Catholic Church. In addition, the poll also contains questions on the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. intelligence agencies, and the 30th anniversary of the Watergate break-in. Demographic variables include: gender, age, race, and education.

Data File
Cases: 1,004
Variables: 59
Weight Variable: WGHT48, WGHT32
Data Collection
Date Collected: June 7-9, 2002
Funded By
ABC News, Gary E. Langer, Director of Polling
Collection Procedures
This survey was conducted by TNS Intersearch of Horsham, Pa., for ABC News. Telephone interviews were done with a random national sample of 1,004 adults.
Sampling Procedures
As described on the methodology page of the ABC News Web site (http://abcnews.go.com/US/PollVault/story?id=145373&page=1), "A sample of households in the continental United States is selected via random digit dialing (RDD) procedures, to ensure that all possible listed and unlisted phone numbers are included with equal probability of selection.

"Sampling then occurs in three stages. First, a systematic random sample of telephone exchanges is selected within each stratum, by taking every nth exchange. ... Next, telephone banks (the first two digits of the four-digit suffix) with more than one residential listing assigned in white pages directories are classified as working banks ... The third stage of sampling is respondent selection within the household, accomplished by last-birthday selection. Interviewers ask to speak to the household member age 18 or over at home who's had the last birthday. ..." Please see the methodology Web page listed above for a full description of the sampling procedures used in this survey.
Principal Investigators
Gary E. Langer, Director of Polling, ABC News
Related Publications
For more information about this survey
http://abcnews.go.com/images/PollingUnit/887a2ChurchinCrisis.pdf

For more information about other ABC News surveys, see the ABC News Poll Vault at
http://abcnews.go.com/PollingUnit/PollingArchives/


According to the methodology page of the ABC News Web site http://abcnews.go.com/US/PollVault/story?id=145373&page=1, "Final data are weighted using demographic information from the Census to adjust for sampling and nonsampling deviations from population values. Respondents customarily are classified into one of 48 cells based on age, race, sex and education. Weights [WGHT48] are assigned so the proportion in each of these 48 cells matches the actual population proportion according to the Census Bureau's most recent Current Population Survey." ABC News polls with fewer than 1,000 respondents typically use a weight variable based on a 32-cell matrix to avoid zero cells. This poll includes a weight variable based on a 32-cell matrix (WGHT32), although the publications from the poll used the 48-cell weight variable (WGHT48).