Religious Freedom Index: American Perspectives on the First Amendment

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Lyman, C., & Allsop, D. (2020, August 7). Religious Freedom Index: American Perspectives on the First Amendment.
The Religious Freedom Index survey is designed to capture how the American opinion has changed on religious liberty. Questions assess how Americans answer questions relating to religious liberty protections in light of America's shrinking religious atmosphere (based on the polls). These questions focus on covering a wide spectrum of religious liberty protections under the First Amendment, including: 1) Religious Pluralism; 2) Religion and Policy; 3) Religious Sharing; 4) Religion in Society; 5) Church and State; and 6) Religion in Action.
Data File
Cases: 1,000
Variables: 135
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: October 2, 2019 - October 10, 2019
Original Survey (Instrument)
The Religious Freedom Index: American Perspectives on the First Amendment
Funded By
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty by the Templeton Religion Trust, the Our Sunday Visitor Foundation and the Maclellan Foundation
Collection Procedures
The Religious Freedom Index are data gathered from an annual online poll of a nationally representative sample Participants of the survey consented to participate through an online panel voluntarily. All directions were shared (i.e., who to contact, where to follow up) at the beginning of the survey. Dynata is the online panel provider used for this research study. Participants were eligible if they were above 18 years of age and a resident of the United States. The sample of participants were purposefully screened to represent the U.S. population by age, gender, race/ethnicity and region.
Sampling Procedures
This questionnaire was produced through an online survey in English. Certain subsamples received different questions or question wording. No experiments or test subjects were used during any part of the research project, thus a moderate approach to obtaining informed consent was used. Participation in the survey was voluntary and survey staff did not come into contact with any participants throughout the process.
Principal Investigators
Caleb Lyman & Dr. Dee Allsop (Heart + Mind Strategies)
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