PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, July 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 investigated respondents’ knowledge about the religious beliefs and religious identity of the 2012 presidential candidates. Questions also gauged the extent to which respondents felt the political and religious beliefs of current and past elected officials were similar to or different from their own. The elected officials included Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, and Michelle Bachmann.

Data File
Cases: 1,012
Variables: 50
Weight Variable: WEIGHT
Data Collection
Date Collected: July 14-17, 2011
Original Survey (Instrument)
Public Religion Research Institute July 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 1,000 adults, 18 years of age or older in the continental United States. Interviews were conducted from July 14 to July 17, 2011. All interviews were conducted on landline telephones. The randomly sampled telephone numbers were 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 on 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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