Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

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SEXHANDL

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

(ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THAT THEY HAD HEARD 'A LOT' OR 'A LITTLE' ABOUT RECENT TRIALS INVOLVING CATHOLIC PRIESTS WHO HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE) Based on what you have heard, how would you evaluate the Catholic Church's handling of these cases of alleged sexual abuse by priests?
  1) Church leaders have mostly tried to cover up the problem.
  2) Church leaders have mostly tried to deal with the problem.
  3) Both
  4) Neither
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Church leaders have mostly tried to cover up the problem. 62.4% 62.4%
Church leaders have mostly tried to deal with the problem. 26.1% 88.5%
Both 2.6% 91.1%
Neither .3% 91.4%
Don't know/Refused 8.7% 100.1%
Total N = 1730

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 + TOTAL
Church leaders have mostly tried to cover up the problem. 58.4% 54.8% 67.7% 65.2% 59.5% 65.3% 62.6%
Church leaders have mostly tried to deal with the problem. 31.5% 32.9% 22.1% 23.8% 28.5% 21.7% 25.9%
Both 1.9% 1.8% 1.5% 2.7% 2.5% 4.5% 2.5%
Neither 0.0% 0.4% 0.3% 0.3% 0.2% 0.4% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 8.1% 10.1% 8.3% 8.0% 9.3% 8.1% 8.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1710


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Church leaders have mostly tried to cover up the problem. 62.9% 61.8% 62.3%
Church leaders have mostly tried to deal with the problem. 26.2% 26.0% 26.1%
Both 2.9% 2.3% 2.6%
Neither 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 7.7% 9.7% 8.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1730


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference TOTAL
Church leaders have mostly tried to cover up the problem. 61.4% 63.5% 63.6% 62.1% 62.8%
Church leaders have mostly tried to deal with the problem. 24.6% 28.1% 25.6% 20.5% 25.8%
Both 1.6% 2.2% 3.3% 6.2% 2.6%
Neither 0.1% 0.4% 0.2% 1.0% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 12.2% 5.9% 7.2% 10.3% 8.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1693


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $40,000 $40,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Church leaders have mostly tried to cover up the problem. 59.5% 61.9% 61.2% 69.4% 76.1% 55.0% 62.4%
Church leaders have mostly tried to deal with the problem. 30.2% 28.0% 26.0% 22.3% 13.0% 29.3% 26.1%
Both 1.4% 3.0% 2.1% 2.7% 2.5% 3.7% 2.5%
Neither 0.6% 0.3% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 8.3% 6.9% 10.3% 5.6% 8.3% 12.0% 8.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1730


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + TOTAL
Church leaders have mostly tried to cover up the problem. 57.1% 58.4% 65.9% 66.7% 62.4%
Church leaders have mostly tried to deal with the problem. 32.3% 29.0% 22.9% 22.1% 26.0%
Both 2.5% 2.6% 2.6% 2.7% 2.6%
Neither 0.0% 0.2% 0.6% 0.3% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 8.1% 9.8% 8.0% 8.2% 8.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1724


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Church leaders have mostly tried to cover up the problem. 63.3% 63.5% 66.3% 58.1% 62.5%
Church leaders have mostly tried to deal with the problem. 25.7% 24.1% 20.8% 30.4% 26.0%
Both 1.8% 3.0% 3.8% 3.4% 2.5%
Neither 0.1% 0.0% 0.8% 1.0% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 9.1% 9.4% 8.3% 7.1% 8.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1721


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
Church leaders have mostly tried to cover up the problem. 57.0% 61.0% 63.9% 60.8% 63.3% 75.4% 62.4%
Church leaders have mostly tried to deal with the problem. 30.4% 27.8% 27.3% 25.0% 25.8% 14.2% 26.1%
Both 3.3% 3.1% 0.8% 4.3% 1.9% 0.8% 2.6%
Neither 0.0% 0.1% 0.4% 0.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Don't know/Refused 9.4% 7.9% 7.6% 9.0% 9.1% 9.6% 8.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1720



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