PRRI-RNS Religion News Survey, August 2012

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The PRRI/ Religion & Politics Tracking Poll 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 public views of the gun control laws. Questions not only assessed attitudes toward gun control but also the degree to which gun control was a reflection of a respondent's rights. Questions also included open-ended responses about what could be done to prevent mass shootings from occurring in the United States.

Data File
Cases: 1,006
Variables: 65
Weight Variable: WEIGHT
The final sample was weighted to five different parameters -- age, sex, geographic region, education and telephone usage -- to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total adult population.
Data Collection
Date Collected: August 8-12, 2012
Original Survey (Instrument)
PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, August 2012
Funded By
Public Religion Research Institute
Collection Procedures
The survey was designed and conducted by Public Religion Research Institute. Results of the survey were based on bilingual (Spanish and English) RDD telephone interviews conducted between Aug. 8-12, 2012 by professional interviewers under the direction of Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS). Interviews were conducted among a random sample of 1,006 adults 18 years of age or older in the continental United States (304 respondents were interviewed on a cell phone).

The margin of error for the survey is +/-3.5 percentage points at the 95% level of confidence. In addition to sampling error, surveys may also be subject to error or bias due to question wording, context and order effects.
Principal Investigators
Robert P. Jones and Daniel Cox
Related Publications
A summary of the Public Religion Research Institute's findings is available here.

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