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American Catholic Laity Poll, 1987 - Analysis

DVRCECTH (Weighted by WT)

Next, I would like your opinion on several issues that involve moral authority in the Catholic Church. In each case I would like to know who you think should have the final say about what is right or wrong. The choices are: the church leaders, that is, the pope and bishops; individuals taking church teachings into account and deciding for themselves; or both individuals and leaders working together. -- A divorced Catholic remarrying without getting an annulment.
 FrequencyPercentCumulative Percent
1) Church leaders32622.5%22.5%
2) Individuals44430.7%53.2%
3) Both62443.1%96.2%
4) Don't know /Refused543.7%100.0%





Marital status (I-MARITAL)

 MarriedDivorced/SeparatedWidowedNever marriedMissingTotal
Church leaders24.8%
224
14.6%
19
28.0%
26
18.2%
57
122.6%
326
Individuals28.7%
259
38.5%
50
32.3%
30
32.8%
103
130.7%
442
Both43.4%
392
35.4%
46
34.4%
32
47.1%
148
342.9%
618
Don't know /Refused3.2%
29
11.5%
15
5.4%
5
1.9%
6
03.8%
55
Missing000050
Total 100%
904
100%
130
100%
93
100%
314
   
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Education (I-EDUC)

 Some high school or lessHigh school graduateSome college or vocational schoolCollege graduateGraduate or professional school (including 'some graduate or professional school' and 'graduate or professional degree')MissingTotal
Church leaders28.3%
87
21.7%
126
20.9%
60
18.7%
32
21.2%
22
022.6%
327
Individuals24.1%
74
32.6%
189
31.7%
91
35.7%
61
28.8%
30
030.7%
445
Both39.4%
121
42.4%
246
46.7%
134
41.5%
71
50.0%
52
043.1%
624
Don't know /Refused8.1%
25
3.3%
19
0.7%
2
4.1%
7
0.0%
0
23.7%
53
Missing0000020
Total 100%
307
100%
580
100%
287
100%
171
100%
104
   
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Race (I-RACE)

 WhiteBlackHispanicOther (including Asian)MissingTotal
Church leaders22.6%
280
26.3%
10
22.8%
33
15.8%
3
022.6%
326
Individuals30.6%
379
50.0%
19
26.2%
38
21.1%
4
130.5%
440
Both43.4%
538
18.4%
7
45.5%
66
57.9%
11
143.1%
622
Don't know /Refused3.5%
43
5.3%
2
5.5%
8
5.3%
1
03.7%
54
Missing000020
Total 100%
1240
100%
38
100%
145
100%
19
   
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Age (I-AGE)

 18-2930-3940-4950 & overMissingTotal
Church leaders17.0%
71
16.5%
56
17.6%
41
34.5%
158
122.5%
326
Individuals31.7%
132
35.9%
122
28.8%
67
27.1%
124
030.7%
445
Both47.2%
197
44.7%
152
52.4%
122
33.4%
153
043.1%
624
Don't know /Refused4.1%
17
2.9%
10
1.3%
3
5.0%
23
13.7%
53
Missing000020
Total 100%
417
100%
340
100%
233
100%
458
   
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Sex (I-SEX)

 MaleFemaleMissingTotal
Church leaders24.2%
167
20.9%
159
022.5%
326
Individuals34.1%
235
27.6%
210
030.7%
445
Both39.0%
269
46.7%
355
043.1%
624
Don't know /Refused2.6%
18
4.7%
36
03.7%
54
Missing0000
Total 100%
689
100%
760
   
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Region (I-REGION)

 EastMidwestSouthWestMissingTotal
Church leaders21.7%
41
23.1%
92
22.1%
105
22.7%
88
022.5%
326
Individuals34.9%
66
34.4%
137
29.5%
140
26.1%
101
030.6%
444
Both38.6%
73
38.7%
154
45.7%
217
46.8%
181
043.1%
625
Don't know /Refused4.8%
9
3.8%
15
2.7%
13
4.4%
17
03.7%
54
Missing000000
Total 100%
189
100%
398
100%
475
100%
387
   
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