Faith Matters Survey, 2011
CitationPutnam, R. D., Sander, T., & Campbell, D. E. (2019, November 19). Faith Matters Survey, 2011.
SummaryThe 2011 Faith Matters Survey was conducted on behalf of Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame by Social Science Research Solutions/SSRS. The survey was generously funded by the John Templeton Foundation. This collection reinterviewed the respondents from 2006 Faith Matters Survey and also surveyed a new sample of respondents, asking questions about their religion (beliefs, belonging and behavior) and their social and political engagement. The data provide precise measurements of religious belief and behavior to help scholars determine their relative stability among different sub-populations and as compared to nonreligious beliefs and behaviors. Some variable names have been modified by the ARDA. Original variable names are in parentheses.
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Data FileCases: 4069
Weight Variable: WEIGHT07
Data CollectionRecontacts: March 3 - June 13, 2011 and August 26 - September 12, 2011New General Population sample: April 1 - June 12, 2011New Youth sample: April 14 - June 12, 2011
Original Survey (Instrument)Original survey website
Funded ByJohn Templeton Foundation
Collection ProceduresFor participants from the 2006 Faith Matters Survey who were recontacted to participate in the 2011 survey, data were collected over two stages. In the first stage, respondents were surveyed by phone. In the second stage, respondents were surveyed both over the phone and online. For newly sampled respondents, data were collected via phone.
Sampling ProceduresParticipants from the 2006 Faith Matters Survey were recontacted to participate in this survey, and investigators were able to reach over half of them. Of those who were recontacted, 93% participated in the 2011 survey. The overall reinterview rate is 54%.
In addition to the respondents who were recontacted, two new samples were drawn for the 2011 data. The first new sample is generalizable to the general American adult population, and the second one consists of youth (ages 18-29). The two new samples were selected using a dual-frame landline and cell phone RDD design.
Principal InvestigatorsRobert D. Putnam, Harvard University
Thomas Sander, Harvard University
David E. Campbell, University of Notre Dame