ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

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All frequencies weighted by 72) FNLWGT
1) Response number (RESPNO)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10861477.73999.64
2) Date of Survey (DATE)
TOTAL%
25) March 25, 200249945.9
26) March 26, 200228926.6
27) March 27, 200215113.9
28) March 28, 200214813.6
TOTAL1087100.0
3) Full Fips Code (FIPS)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL108629454.2415990.37
4) Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10863376.052954.07
5) Census Division (CENSDIV)
TOTAL%
1) New England575.2
2) Middle Atlantic15714.5
3) East North Central16214.9
4) West North Central787.2
5) South Atlantic21319.6
6) East South Central605.5
7) West South Central13512.4
8) Mountain696.4
9) Pacific15514.3
TOTAL1086100.0
6) Region (REG4)
TOTAL%
1) East (Census Division 1,2)21419.7
2) Midwest (Census Division 3,4)24022.1
3) South (Census Division 5,6,7)40837.6
4) West (Census Division 8,9)22420.6
TOTAL1086100.0
7) Designated Market Area - 3 digit code (DMA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1086622.13111.25
8) ABC State (ABCNUM)
TOTAL%
1) Alabama171.6
3) Arizona131.2
4) Arkansas111
5) California10810
6) Colorado131.2
7) Connecticut131.2
8) Delaware3.3
9) District of Columbia2.2
10) Florida504.6
11) Georgia413.8
13) Idaho8.7
14) Illinois454.2
15) Indiana131.2
16) Iowa151.4
17) Kansas141.3
18) Kentucky222
19) Louisiana252.3
20) Maine00
21) Maryland151.4
22) Massachusetts272.5
23) Michigan312.9
24) Minnesota191.8
25) Mississippi2.2
26) Missouri191.8
27) Montana9.8
28) Nebraska5.5
29) Nevada4.4
30) New Hampshire9.8
31) New Jersey292.7
32) New Mexico10.9
33) New York746.8
34) North Carolina434
35) North Dakota3.3
36) Ohio423.9
37) Oklahoma191.8
38) Oregon111
39) Pennsylvania534.9
40) Rhode Island4.4
41) South Carolina111
42) South Dakota3.3
43) Tennessee191.8
44) Texas807.4
45) Utah9.8
46) Vermont4.4
47) Virginia353.2
48) Washington363.3
49) West Virginia131.2
50) Wisconsin312.9
51) Wyoming2.2
TOTAL1084100.0
9) Time zone (TZONE)
TOTAL%
1) Eastern52848.6
2) Central33330.6
3) Mountain635.8
4) Pacific16315
TOTAL1087100.0
10) Number of times Interviewer tried to call (TIMES)
TOTAL%
1) One time48744.9
2) Two times27425.3
3) Three times14313.2
4) Four times878
5) Five times565.2
6) Six times181.7
7) Seven times121.1
8) Eight times5.5
9) Nine times2.2
TOTAL1084100.0
11) What type of sampling was done to get this interview? (SAMPTYPE)
TOTAL%
1) RDD (Random Digit Dialing)92485.1
2) Oversample (Catholics especially)16214.9
TOTAL1086100.0
12) Are you a Catholic or a non-Catholic? (CATH)
TOTAL%
1) Catholic25023
2) Non-Catholic83677
TOTAL1086100.0
13) Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president? (BUSH)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY52949.1
2) Approve SOMEWHAT32330
3) Disapprove STRONGLY10910.1
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT837.7
8) DK/No opinion343.2
Missing9 
TOTAL1078100.0
14) Overall, would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (CATHCHUR)
TOTAL%
1) Favorable57154.6
2) Unfavorable35534
8) DK/No opinion11911.4
Missing41 
TOTAL1045100.0
15) [Asked of Catholics only] How satisfied are you with the leadership provided by your parish priest or priests - very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? (LDPARISH)
TOTAL%
1) Very satisfied14157.1
2) Somewhat satisfied7128.7
3) Somewhat dissatisfied135.3
4) Very dissatisfied83.2
5) Don't go to church/Don't have parish114.5
8) DK/No opinion31.2
Missing839 
TOTAL247100.0
16) [Asked of Catholics only] How satisfied are you with the leadership provided by your bishop - very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? (LDBISHOP)
TOTAL%
1) Very satisfied9940.2
2) Somewhat satisfied8936.2
3) Somewhat dissatisfied2711
4) Very dissatisfied145.7
8) DK/No opinion176.9
Missing840 
TOTAL246100.0
17) [Asked of Catholics only] How satisfied are you with the leadership provided by the Pope - very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? (LDPOPE)
TOTAL%
1) Very satisfied10140.9
2) Somewhat satisfied9538.5
3) Somewhat dissatisfied3313.4
4) Very dissatisfied114.5
8) DK/No opinion72.8
Missing839 
TOTAL247100.0
18) [Asked of Catholics only], Do you think the church should do more to involve lay people in deciding church policies and practices, or is it doing enough? (LAYPEOPL)
TOTAL%
1) Church should do more13255.7
2) Church is doing enough10544.3
Missing849 
TOTAL237100.0
19) Currently, Roman Catholic priests cannot get married. Do you favor or oppose that policy? (PRMARRY)
TOTAL%
1) Favor21520.6
2) Oppose69266.3
8) DK/No opinion13713.1
Missing42 
TOTAL1044100.0
20) Currently, women cannot become priests in the Roman Catholic Church. Do you favor or oppose that policy? (PRWOMEN)
TOTAL%
1) Favor29728
2) Oppose67864
8) DK/No opinion858
Missing26 
TOTAL1060100.0
21) In your opinion, how much of a problem is the issue of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests - would you say it's a major problem that demands immediate attention, a less immediate problem or not much of a problem at all? (ABUSEPR)
TOTAL%
1) Major problem82275.9
2) Less immediate problem17015.7
3) Not much of a problem at all645.9
8) DK/No opinion272.5
Missing3 
TOTAL1083100.0
22) Would you call this issue [of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests] a crisis for the church, or not a crisis? (ABUSECR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes86079.7
2) No20418.9
8) DK/No opinion151.4
Missing7 
TOTAL1079100.0
23) Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Catholic Church has handled the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests? (HANDLECH)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY565.2
2) Approve SOMEWHAT15114.1
3) Disapprove STRONGLY52949.4
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT19017.7
8) DK/No opinion14513.5
Missing15 
TOTAL1071100.0
24) Do you approve or disapprove of the way your own parish priest or priests have handled this issue? (HANDLEPR)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY11145.3
2) Approve SOMEWHAT5422
3) Disapprove STRONGLY156.1
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT156.1
5) Don't go to church/Don't have parish156.1
8) DK/No opinion3514.3
Missing840 
TOTAL245100.0
25) [Asked of Catholics only], Do you approve or disapprove of the way your bishop has handled this issue? (HANDLEBI)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY7029.2
2) Approve SOMEWHAT6025
3) Disapprove STRONGLY3715.4
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT3414.2
8) DK/No opinion3916.3
Missing845 
TOTAL240100.0
26) [Asked of Catholics only], Do you approve or disapprove of the way national leaders of the Catholic Church have handled this issue? (HANDLENL)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY3514.2
2) Approve SOMEWHAT6526.3
3) Disapprove STRONGLY7630.8
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT5321.5
8) DK/No opinion187.3
Missing839 
TOTAL247100.0
27) [Asked of Catholics only], Do you think that sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests is something that happens very often, somewhat often, infrequently, or very rarely? (FREQABUS)
TOTAL%
1) Very often18517.1
2) Somewhat often35432.8
3) Infrequently22721
4) Very rarely23721.9
5) Never2.2
8) DK/No opinion756.9
Missing5 
TOTAL1080100.0
28) Do you feel that the Catholic Church is or is not doing enough to deal with this issue [of sexual abuse of children by priests]? (HELPABUS)
TOTAL%
1) Is doing enough27725.8
2) Is NOT doing enough68363.7
8) DK/No opinion11310.5
Missing13 
TOTAL1073100.0
29) Has the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests hurt the overall reputation of the Catholic Church in your eyes, or not? (HURTREP)
TOTAL%
1) Has hurt reputation75069.2
2) Has NOT hurt reputation31128.7
8) DK/No opinion232.1
Missing1 
TOTAL1084100.0
30) [If HURTREP is 'has hurt reputation'], Has it hurt the church's reputation in your eyes a great deal, or only somewhat? (HURTAMT)
TOTAL%
1) Great deal40955
2) Only somewhat33545
Missing342 
TOTAL744100.0
31) Do you think Catholic priests are more likely than other men to sexually abuse children, less likely, or about the same? (PRIESTSA)
TOTAL%
1) More likely15914.7
2) Less likely14913.8
3) About the same74669.2
8) DK/No opinion242.2
Missing8 
TOTAL1078100.0
32) Sometimes when a priest has been accused of sexually abusing a child, the church has responded by transferring that priest to another parish, without telling parishioners about the accusation. Do you approve or disapprove of that practice? (TRANSFPR)
TOTAL%
1) Approve strongly262.4
2) Approve somewhat222
3) Disapprove strongly92084.8
4) Disapprove somewhat938.6
8) DK/No opinion242.2
Missing1 
TOTAL1085100.0
33) Please tell me if you think the church's policy of not allowing priests to marry contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRNOMAR)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem44441.1
2) MINOR PART of the problem37434.6
3) Not part of the problem22620.9
8) DK/No opinion363.3
Missing7 
TOTAL1080100.0
34) Please tell me if you think the church's policy of not allowing women to be priests contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRNOWOM)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem19718.3
2) MINOR PART of the problem40037.1
3) Not part of the problem44841.5
8) DK/No opinion343.2
Missing7 
TOTAL1079100.0
35) Please tell me if you think the practice of transferring priests accused of sexual abuse to another parish contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRTRANS)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem86379.7
2) MINOR PART of the problem13812.7
3) Not part of the problem635.8
8) DK/No opinion191.8
Missing2 
TOTAL1083100.0
36) Please tell me if you think the practice of not calling the police when a priest is accused of sexual abuse contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRNOPOL)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem90884
2) MINOR PART of the problem10910.1
3) Not part of the problem302.8
8) DK/No opinion343.1
Missing4 
TOTAL1081100.0
37) Please tell me if you think a reluctance in the Church to dismiss priests because of a shortage of priests contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRSHORT)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem61756.9
2) MINOR PART of the problem26824.7
3) Not part of the problem12911.9
8) DK/No opinion716.5
Missing2 
TOTAL1085100.0
38) Please tell me if you think a lack of Vatican oversight of the Catholic Church in the United States contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRVATIC)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem35533
2) MINOR PART of the problem40337.4
3) Not part of the problem21319.8
8) DK/No opinion1069.8
Missing9 
TOTAL1077100.0
39) If a parish priest is accused of sexually abusing a child, do you think church officials should or should not inform his parishioners of the charge? (INFORM)
TOTAL%
1) Should inform parishioners96389.1
2) Should NOT inform parishioners948.7
8) DK/No opinion242.2
Missing5 
TOTAL1081100.0
40) [If INFORM is 'should inform parishioners'], Should the church be required by law to do that, or should it be up to the church to decide? (INFORMLA)
TOTAL%
1) Should be required by law70473.1
2) Should be up to the church24125
8) DK/No opinion181.9
Missing123 
TOTAL963100.0
41) If a priest is accused of sexually abusing a child, do you think church officials should or should not report that information to the police? (POLICE)
TOTAL%
1) Should report to police105097.1
2) Should NOT report to police191.8
8) DK/No opinion121.1
Missing5 
TOTAL1081100.0
42) [If POLICE is 'should report to police'], Should the church be required by law to do that, or should it be up to the church to decide? (POLICELA)
TOTAL%
1) Should be required by law87683.5
2) Should be up to the church16115.3
8) DK/No opinion121.1
Missing37 
TOTAL1049100.0
43) [Asked of Catholics only], Do you think your diocese should or should not publicly report the amount of money it has paid to settle lawsuits against priests accused of sexually abusing children? (REPMONEY)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, should publicly report17871.8
2) No, should not publicly report6225
3) Has already reported00
8) DK/No opinion83.2
Missing838 
TOTAL248100.0
44) [Asked of Catholics only], Do you think your diocese should or should not publicly release the names of priests who have been accused of sexually abusing children? (REPNAMES)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, should publicly release17670.7
2) No, should not publicly release6526.1
3) Has already released2.8
8) DK/No opinion62.4
Missing837 
TOTAL249100.0
45) In the past, do you think church officials have mainly tried to prevent sexual abuse of children by priests, or mainly tried to cover up the problem? (COVERUP)
TOTAL%
1) Tried to prevent17516.3
2) Tried to cover it up79273.6
3) Both equally343.2
8) DK/No opinion757
Missing10 
TOTAL1076100.0
46) And how about now, do you think church officials now are mainly trying to prevent sexual abuse of children by priests, or mainly trying to cover up the problem? (COVERNOW)
TOTAL%
1) Trying to prevent46943.5
2) Trying to cover it up49746.1
3) Both equally494.5
8) DK/No opinion645.9
Missing7 
TOTAL1079100.0
47) How confident are you that the Catholic Church can solve the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all? (CONFID)
TOTAL%
1) Very confident17316.1
2) Somewhat confident43240.2
3) Not too confident24522.8
4) Not confident at all20018.6
8) DK/No opinion252.3
Missing11 
TOTAL1075100.0
48) Overall, do you think the recent news coverage of this issue has been fair to the church, or unfair? (FAIRNEWS)
TOTAL%
1) Fair82075.9
2) Unfair18817.4
8) DK/No opinion726.7
Missing6 
TOTAL1080100.0
49) [Asked of Catholics only], Has this issue caused you personally to give less money in donations to the church, to give more money in donations to the church, or has your giving to the church remained about the same? (DONATION)
TOTAL%
1) Giving less228.8
2) Giving more2.8
3) Giving the same22188.4
8) DK/No opinion52
Missing836 
TOTAL250100.0
50) Overall, when you think of the way the church has handled the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests, how would you say you feel about it - angry; dissatisfied but not angry; satisfied, but not pleased; or are you pleased with the way the church has handled it? (FEELINGS)
TOTAL%
1) Angry40837.9
2) Dissatisfied but not angry45442.2
3) Satisfied, but not pleased14313.3
4) Pleased353.2
8) DK/No opinion373.4
Missing8 
TOTAL1077100.0
51) [Asked of Catholics only], Has this issue of sexual abuse by priests caused you to rethink or re-examine your own personal faith, or not? (PERFAITH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes3614.5
2) No21285.5
Missing838 
TOTAL248100.0
52) [Asked of Catholics only], Do you think there is any chance that you will leave the Roman Catholic Church altogether in the next few years? (LEAVECH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes2710.8
2) No21184.4
3) Have already left72.8
8) DK/No opinion52
Missing837 
TOTAL250100.0
53) [If LEAVECH is 'Yes'], Is that very likely, somewhat likely or not too likely? (LEAVEYES)
TOTAL%
1) Very likely1348.1
2) Somewhat likely1348.1
3) Not too likely13.7
Missing1059 
TOTAL27100.0
54) [If LEAVECH is 'Yes'], Is the issue of sexual abuse by priests the main reason you might leave the church, a reason but not the main one, or not a reason? (LEAVESA)
TOTAL%
1) Main reason726.9
2) A reason but not the main one1453.8
3) Not a reason519.2
Missing1059 
TOTAL26100.0
55) [Asked of Catholics only], How much do you trust your own parish priest around children - do you trust him completely, a good amount, somewhat, or not much? (TRUSTPR)
TOTAL%
1) Completely14860.4
2) A good amount4618.8
3) Somewhat229
4) Not much124.9
5) Don't know priest/Don't go to church/Don't have parish176.9
Missing842 
TOTAL245100.0
56) Are you aware of any instances in which a Catholic priest in your own community has been accused of sexually abusing children, or not? (OWNCOMM)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1069.8
2) No96889.4
8) DK/No opinion9.8
Missing3 
TOTAL1083100.0
57) [Asked of Catholics only], As far as you are aware, have any priests in your own parish been accused of sexually abusing children, or not? (OWNPARSH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes166.4
2) No22790.4
3) Don't go to church/Don't have parish41.6
8) DK/No opinion41.6
Missing836 
TOTAL251100.0
58) [Asked of non-Catholics only], As far as you are aware, have any clergy in your own religious congregation been accused of sexually abusing children, or not? (OWNCLERG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes385.7
2) No62793.7
3) Don't go to church, synagogue, etc./Don't have congregation2.3
8) DK/No opinion2.3
Missing416 
TOTAL669100.0
59) As far as you're aware, do you have any relatives or personal friends who've been sexually abused as a child by a Catholic priest, or not? (RELATSA)
TOTAL%
1) Yes363.3
2) No104296.2
8) DK/No opinion5.5
Missing3 
TOTAL1083100.0
60) What was the last grade of school you completed? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Eighth grade or less242.2
2) Some high school13912.9
3) Graduated high school/Technical School36433.7
4) Some college27125.1
5) Graduated college20218.7
6) Postgraduate797.3
Missing7 
TOTAL1079100.0
61) What is your age? (AGE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL108644.9016.91
62) Do you have any children under age 18 living at home, or not? (CHILDREN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes42138.9
2) No66161.1
Missing4 
TOTAL1082100.0
63) Are you of Hispanic origin or background? (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White84278.4
2) Black11510.7
3) White Hispanic343.2
4) Black Hispanic6.6
5) Hispanic (no race given)131.2
6) Other race646
Missing13 
TOTAL1074100.0
64) [Asked of Catholics only], May a reporter from ABC NEWS or THE WASHINGTON POST call you to talk about some of the things we've been discussing? (CALLBACK)
TOTAL%
1) Yes15963.9
2) No9036.1
Missing837 
TOTAL249100.0
65) Respondent's sex (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male51847.7
2) Female56852.3
TOTAL1086100.0
66) [If EDUC is 'Graduated college'], Was that a bachelor's degree, or what? (DEGREE)
TOTAL%
2) Bachelor's degree16481.2
3) Other3818.8
Missing884 
TOTAL202100.0
67) Religion Recodes or Religion Nets (RELNET)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant52249.5
2) Catholic25023.7
3) Christian (non-Protestant)12111.5
4) Other Non-Christian282.7
5) None13312.6
Missing30 
TOTAL1054100.0
68) What, if anything, is your religion? (RELIGION)
TOTAL%
1) Agnostic121.1
2) Atheist9.9
3) Baptist17516.6
4) Catholic/Roman Catholic25023.7
6) Episcopalian8.8
7) Jewish7.7
8) Lutheran504.7
9) Methodist524.9
10) Pentecostal222.1
11) Presbyterian212
13) Southern Baptist4.4
14) None11210.6
22) Christian (Non-Protestant)12111.5
23) Other Non-Christian171.6
24) Islam/Muslim4.4
25) Protestant Non-Denominational19018
Missing30 
TOTAL1054100.0
69) [If RELIGION is 'Christian'], Is that a Protestant denomination, or not? (PROT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes7745
2) No8952
8) DK/No opinion52.9
Missing916 
TOTAL171100.0
70) Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services - at least once a week, a few times a month, or less often than that? (RELSERV)
TOTAL%
1) At least once a week42939.7
2) A few times a month20318.8
3) Less often that than41238.1
4) Never373.4
Missing5 
TOTAL1081100.0
71) Would you describe yourself as a religious person, or not religious? (DEM15)
TOTAL%
1) Very religious36834.5
2) Somewhat religious50247
3) Not religious19818.5
Missing18 
TOTAL1068100.0
72) Weight (FNLWGT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10.696
73) Region (REGION)
TOTAL%
1) East (Census Division 1,2)21419.7
2) Midwest (Census Division 3,4)24022.1
3) South (Census Division 5,6,7)40837.6
4) West (Census Division 8,9)22420.6
TOTAL1086100.0
74) Age breakdown (AGEBREAK)
TOTAL%
1) 18-3025624
2) 31-4431629.7
3) 45-6028326.6
4) 61+21019.7
Missing21 
TOTAL1065100.0
75) Education breakdown (EDUBREAK)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school16315.1
2) Graduated high school36433.7
3) Some college+55251.2
Missing7 
TOTAL1079100.0
76) Are you of Hispanic origin or background? (recoded for use with on-line analysis). (I-RACE)
TOTAL%
0) White84278.4
1) Black11510.7
2) Hispanic534.9
3) Other646
Missing13 
TOTAL1074100.0
77) What was the last grade of school you completed? (recoded for use with on-line analysis). (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
0) Less HS16315.1
1) Grad HS36433.7
2) Some coll27125.1
3) Grad coll20218.7
4) Postgrad797.3
Missing7 
TOTAL1079100.0
78) What is your age? (recoded for use with on-line analysis). (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
0) 18-3025624
1) 31-4534232.1
2) 46-6429627.8
3) 65+17116.1
Missing21 
TOTAL1065100.0
79) Region (for use with on-line analysis). (I-REGION)
TOTAL%
1) East (Census Division 1,2)21419.7
2) Midwest (Census Division 3,4)24022.1
3) South (Census Division 5,6,7)40837.6
4) West (Census Division 8,9)22420.6
TOTAL1086100.0
80) Respondent's sex (for use with on-line analysis). (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male51847.7
2) Female56852.3
TOTAL1086100.0
81) Religion Recodes or Religion Nets (for use with on-line analysis). (I-RELNET)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant52249.5
2) Catholic25023.7
3) Christian (non-Protestant)12111.5
4) Other Non-Christian282.7
5) None13312.6
Missing30 
TOTAL1054100.0