ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003

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In this October 2003 ABC News/Washington Post poll a random national sample of 1,281 American adults, including an oversample of Catholics, were asked to give their views towards Pope John Paul II. In addition, this poll asked the respondents about their opinions on a wide range of other issues, including premarital sex, birth control, and the death penalty. Demographic variables include: Gender, age, race, income, religion and education.

Data File
Cases: 1,281
Variables: 134
Weight Variable: FINALWGT
Data Collection
Date Collected: October 9-13, 2003
Funded By
ABC News/Washington Post
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 1,281 adults.
Sampling Procedures
As described on the methodology page of the ABC News website (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. ..."

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 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."

Please see the methodology webpage 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, see http://abcnews.go.com/images/pdf/935a2Pope.pdf

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