PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, June 2011

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The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey explored public attitudes about personal misconduct among elected officials and the degree to which these offenses constitute significant moral problems. Questions evaluated respondents’ feelings toward several different types of misconduct including financial misconduct, such as cheating on income taxes or taking bribes, and sexual misconduct, such as cheating on a spouse.

Data File
Cases: 1,006
Variables: 54
Weight Variable: WEIGHT
Data Collection
Date Collected: June 16-19, 2011
Original Survey (Instrument)
Public Religion Research Institute June 2011 Questionnaire
Funded By
Public Religion Research Institute
Collection Procedures
Telephone interviews were conducted in English only under the direction of Opinion Research Corporation among a national sample of 1,006 adults, 18 years of age or older in the continental United States. Interviews were conducted from June 16 to June 19, 2011. All interviews were conducted on landline telephones. The randomly sampled telephone numbers are subject to up to four different call attempts.
Sampling Procedures
The sample was derived from an unrestricted random-digit dial procedure, which minimizes serial bias and includes both listed and unlisted telephone numbers. Only one interview was conducted within an individual household. The sample was fully replicated and stratified by region to increase its representativeness.
Principal Investigators
Robert P. Jones and Daniel Cox
Related Publications
The following link contains a summary of the Public Religion Research Institute’s findings of this survey: here
Notes for Weighted Data
The final sample was weighted to five different parameters — age, sex, geographic region, education, and race — to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total adult population.

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