ABC News Church Scandal Poll, 2002

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Langer, G. E. (2020, August 13). ABC News Church Scandal Poll, 2002.
In this December 2002 ABC News/Washington Post poll, a random national sample of 1,209 Americans were asked to give their opinions on a variety of topics. These topics ranged from questions about President Bush's handling of domestic and international issues, to opinions about potential military action in Iraq, and finally to the Catholic Church priest sexual abuse scandal. The Catholic Church questions were designed to be follow-up questions to previous surveys on the Catholic Church. Questions related to the Catholic Church include: whether or not respondents had a favorable or unfavorable view of the Catholic Church, respondents views on sexual abuse reporting by the church, and opinions on trust in the Church to handle the sexual abuse issue. Questions on religion and church attendance were also asked. Demographic variables include gender, age, race, income, and education.
Data File
Cases: 1,209
Variables: 129
Weight Variable: WEIGHT
Data Collection
Date Collected: December 12-15, 2002
Funded By
ABC News, Gary E. Langer, Director of Polling
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 1,209 adults.
Sampling Procedures
As described on the Methodology page of the ABC News Web site, "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. ..."

Please see the Methodology webpage for a full description of the sampling procedures used in this survey.
Principal Investigators
Gary E. Langer, Director of Polling, ABC News
Related Publications
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According to the Methodology page of the ABC News Web site, "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."
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