Survey of Religion and Community Life in Indianapolis, 1999

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Purpose of the study was twofold. First, the study was designed to collect descriptive data regarding the characteristics, attitudes, and religious beliefs and practices of Marion County residents to use as baseline measure, based on a random sample of Indianapolis residents for comparing quantitative data collected from 17 city neighborhoods as a part of the Religion and Urban Culture Project at the Polis Center. Second, the study was designed to become part of the Project's quantitative database that would provide another database for exploring Indianapolis residents' feelings about the role that religious groups and leaders play in shaping the community dynamics of Indianapolis.

Data File
Cases: 806
Variables: 136
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: July - September 1999
Funded By
The Lilly Endowment, Inc., under the auspices of the Religion and Urban Culture Project at the Polis Center at Indiana University and Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Collection Procedures
Telephone interviews using the University of California Computer-Assisted Survey Methods software (CASES). Calls were placed to the selected phone numbers between 9:00 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturdays; and 1 p.m and 10 p.m., on Sundays.
Sampling Procedures
The population that was sampled consisted of all residents, ages 18 years or older, who lived in households in Marion County, Indiana that could be contacted using the Genesys Random Digit Dialing (RDD) methodology (i.e., all households with one or more telephones, including those with unpublished numbers or new listings).


At each residential telephone number, a respondent was randomly selected to be interviewed. The target sample was 800 completed interviews. A total of 4,375 phone numbers were called. Of the 2,355 eligible individuals who were successfully selected and invited to participate in the study, 806 completed an interview, yielding an overall response rate of 34.2%.


Sampling Frame
Two criteria were used to shape the sampling frame. First, every effort was made to ensure a balanced representation between the north side of the county and its south side. Washington Street was used as the dividing line. Furthermore, telephone numbers from census tracts identified to have high percentages of African-American residents were also oversampled.
Principal Investigators
William A. Mirola