ABC News/Washington Post Poll: The New Pope, 2005

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All frequencies weighted by 61) WEIGHT;
(The number of missing cases reported in the codebook are unweighted)
1) Respondent number (RESPNO)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10826607.6216672.68
2) Project Number (PROJECT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1082117637.000.00
3) Date of Survey (DATE)
TOTAL%
21) April 21, 200533130.6
22) April 22, 200528526.3
23) April 23, 200523421.6
24) April 24, 200523221.4
TOTAL1082100.0
4) Time zone (TZONE)
TOTAL%
1) Eastern48644.9
2) Central35232.5
3) Mountain464.3
4) Pacific19818.3
TOTAL1082100.0
5) Census Region (REG4)
TOTAL%
1) Northeast (Census Division 1,2)20318.8
2) Midwest (Census Division 3,4)24722.8
3) South (Census Division 5,6,7)38835.9
4) West (Census Division 8,9)24422.6
TOTAL1082100.0
6) Census Division (CENSDIV)
TOTAL%
1) New England524.8
2) Middle Atlantic15214
3) East North Central17015.7
4) West North Central777.1
5) South Atlantic18316.9
6) East South Central847.8
7) West South Central12111.2
8) Mountain716.6
9) Pacific17316
TOTAL1083100.0
7) ABC State (ABCSTAT)
TOTAL%
1) Alabama252.3
3) Arizona7.6
4) Arkansas111
5) California12611.6
6) Colorado222
7) Connecticut10.9
8) Delaware1.1
9) District of Columbia1.1
10) Florida423.9
11) Georgia333
13) Idaho5.5
14) Illinois403.7
15) Indiana242.2
16) Iowa141.3
17) Kansas7.6
18) Kentucky171.6
19) Louisiana242.2
20) Maine6.6
21) Maryland201.8
22) Massachusetts262.4
23) Michigan343.1
24) Minnesota222
25) Mississippi141.3
26) Missouri181.7
27) Montana6.6
28) Nebraska5.5
29) Nevada151.4
30) New Hampshire4.4
31) New Jersey262.4
32) New Mexico6.6
33) New York767
34) North Carolina272.5
35) North Dakota2.2
36) Ohio444.1
37) Oklahoma171.6
38) Oregon161.5
39) Pennsylvania504.6
40) Rhode Island4.4
41) South Carolina161.5
42) South Dakota8.7
43) Tennessee272.5
44) Texas706.5
45) Utah10.9
46) Vermont2.2
47) Virginia302.8
48) Washington312.9
49) West Virginia131.2
50) Wisconsin282.6
TOTAL1082100.0
8) FIPS State Number (FIPSSTAT)
TOTAL%
1) Alabama252.4
4) Arizona7.7
5) Arkansas111
6) California12511.8
8) Colorado212
9) Connecticut9.9
10) Delaware1.1
11) District of Columbia1.1
12) Florida413.9
13) Georgia323
16) Idaho5.5
17) Illinois403.8
18) Indiana232.2
19) Iowa141.3
20) Kansas7.7
21) Kentucky161.5
22) Louisiana232.2
23) Maine6.6
24) Maryland201.9
25) Massachusetts242.3
26) Michigan312.9
27) Minnesota222.1
28) Mississippi141.3
29) Missouri171.6
30) Montana6.6
31) Nebraska5.5
32) Nevada151.4
33) New Hampshire4.4
34) New Jersey262.5
35) New Mexico5.5
36) New York736.9
37) North Carolina272.6
38) North Dakota2.2
39) Ohio424
40) Oklahoma171.6
41) Oregon161.5
42) Pennsylvania474.5
44) Rhode Island2.2
45) South Carolina161.5
46) South Dakota8.8
47) Tennessee272.6
48) Texas686.4
49) Utah10.9
50) Vermont2.2
51) Virginia302.8
53) Washington312.9
54) West Virginia131.2
55) Wisconsin282.7
Missing37 
TOTAL1055100.0
9) Designated Market Area 3 digit code [See summary documentation for category labels] (DMA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1082627.89113.38
10) MSAFLAG (MSAFLAG)
TOTAL%
1) MSA81977.6
2) Non-MSA23622.4
Missing37 
TOTAL1055100.0
11) Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10823404.382923.49
12) CBSA Type (CBSATYPE)
TOTAL%
1) Metropolitan80785.4
2) Micropolitan13814.6
Missing141 
TOTAL945100.0
13) Combined Statistical Area [See summary documentation for category labels] (CSA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1082203.54193.24
14) Core Based Statistical Area [See summary documentation for category labels] (CBSA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL108227747.5313857.25
15) Metropolitan Division [See summary documentation for category labels] (METRODIV)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10827471.0814318.48
16) FIPS County (FIPS_CNT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL108228867.3316017.10
17) Zip Code (ZIP)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL108251083.5329416.66
18) Urban, Suburban, Rural (URBAN)
TOTAL%
1) Urban36834.9
2) Suburban45142.7
3) Rural23622.4
Missing37 
TOTAL1055100.0
19) Nielsen Scantrack Market [See summary documentation for category labels] (NIELSEN)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL108260.5560.35
20) Percent Black (PRCNT_BL)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL108210.1115.79
21) Percent Asian (PRCNT_AS)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10822.494.52
22) Percent Hispanic (PRCNT_HP)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10826.9011.26
23) Congressional District (CONGDIST)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10829.4910.13
24) RDD Block Count (BLOCKCNT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL108233.0412.45
25) Number of times Interviewer tried to call (TIMES)
TOTAL%
1) One time43139.8
2) Two times22320.6
3) Three times16114.9
4) Four times958.8
5) Five times686.3
6) Six times272.5
7) Seven times413.8
8) Eight times262.4
9) Nine times7.6
10) Ten times4.4
TOTAL1083100.0
26) Phone Type (PHONE_TP)
TOTAL%
0) Unlisted39736.7
1) Listed30828.4
2) Business373.4
3) Protected34131.5
TOTAL1083100.0
27) Gender asked for at intro (QSEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male78872.8
2) Female29427.2
TOTAL1082100.0
28) What, if anything, is your religion? (RELIGION)
TOTAL%
1) Agnostic10.9
2) Atheist9.8
3) Baptist12211.5
4) Catholic/Roman Catholic23021.7
6) Episcopalian131.2
7) Jewish151.4
8) Lutheran393.7
9) Methodist494.6
10) Pentecostal201.9
11) Presbyterian111
12) Protestant11410.8
13) Southern Baptist121.1
14) None12712
15) Other141.3
21) Christian (Protestant)11110.5
22) Christian (Non-Protestant)11811.1
23) Other Non-Christian212
24) Islam/Muslim4.4
25) Mormon/Latter Day Saints131.2
99) DK/No opinion8.8
Missing25 
TOTAL1060100.0
29) [IF RELIGION = 15] Religion Breakdown (RELBREAK)
TOTAL%
1) Bahai11.7
2) Buddhist813.3
6) Hindu23.3
7) Humanitarian/Humanity23.3
8) Jehovah's Witness11.7
9) Latter Day Saints23.3
11) Muslim11.7
13) Non-Christian23.3
14) Non-Denominational2135
15) Orthodox (Any Mention)35
18) Seventh Day Adventist11.7
19) Spiritualist/Spiritual35
20) Unitarian/Universalist11.7
22) Other1118.3
99) DK/No Opinion11.7
Missing1025 
TOTAL60100.0
30) [If RELBREAK = 14] Is that a Christian religion or not? (RELCHRIS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1890
2) No210
Missing1066 
TOTAL20100.0
31) [IF RELCHRIST = 1] Is that a Protestant denomination, or not? (RELPROT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes10449.1
2) No9846.2
8) DK/No opinion104.7
Missing890 
TOTAL212100.0
32) [IF RELIGION = 3,4,6,8-13, 21, 22, 25 OR IF RELBREAK = 22] Would you consider yourself a born-again or evangelical Christian, or not? (BRNAGAIN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes35341.5
2) No48056.4
8) DK/No opinion182.1
Missing227 
TOTAL851100.0
33) Religion Net (RELIGNET)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant49146.3
2) Catholic23021.7
3) Christian (Non-protestant)13112.4
4) Other Non-Christian545.1
5) None14613.8
8) DK8.8
Missing25 
TOTAL1060100.0
34) 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? (RELSRVS)
TOTAL%
1) At least once a week41938.9
2) A few times a month18817.5
3) Less often than that41638.6
4) Never484.5
8) DK/No Opinion6.6
Missing7 
TOTAL1077100.0
35) How important is religion in your everyday life: The most important thing in your life; extremely important, but not the most important thing, very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_RELIMP)
TOTAL%
1) The most important thing23121.3
2) Extremely important, but not the most important thing21619.9
3) Very important28526.3
4) Somewhat important24022.2
5) Not important at all1079.9
8) DK/No opinion4.4
TOTAL1083100.0
36) On another subject, overall would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_OPINCC)
TOTAL%
1) Favorable59556
2) Unfavorable38736.4
8) DK/No opinion817.6
Missing22 
TOTAL1063100.0
37) Do you approve or disapprove of the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (RAT-zinger), now known as Pope Benedict the 16th, as the next pope? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_APROVP)
TOTAL%
1) Approve63560.4
2) Disapprove19618.6
8) DK/No opinion22020.9
Missing36 
TOTAL1051100.0
38) How would you describe your feelings about the selection of Ratzinger (RAT-zinger) as pope: very enthusiastic, somewhat enthusiastic, not too enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_FEELPB)
TOTAL%
1) Very enthusiastic6227
2) Somewhat enthusiastic10646.1
3) Not too enthusiastic3414.8
4) Not enthusiastic at all219.1
8) DK/No opinion73
Missing799 
TOTAL230100.0
39) Do you think Pope Benedict should maintain the traditional policies of the Church, or should he change Church policies to reflect the attitudes and lifestyles of Catholics today? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBCHNG)
TOTAL%
1) Maintain the traditional Church policies11450.2
2) Change Church policies to reflect attitudes/lifestyles11048.5
8) DK/No opinion31.3
Missing802 
TOTAL227100.0
40) What do you think Pope Benedict WILL do: maintain the traditional policies of the Church, or change Church policies to reflect the attitudes and lifestyles of Catholics today? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBWILL)
TOTAL%
1) Maintain the traditional Church policies18480
2) Change Church policies to reflect attitudes/lifestyles3113.5
8) DK/No opinion156.5
Missing798 
TOTAL230100.0
41) For each item I name, please tell me how high a priority it should be for Pope Benedict: the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority than that. The first is preserving the church's traditions.--How high a priority should preserving the church's traditions be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBTRAD)
TOTAL%
1) Highest priority9541.5
2) High but not the highest10043.7
3) Lower priority3214
4) No priority1.4
8) DK/No opinion1.4
Missing799 
TOTAL229100.0
42) For each item I name, please tell me how high a priority it should be for Pope Benedict: the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority than that. How about responding to the concerns of women in the church? --How high a priority should responding to the concerns of women in the church be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBWOMN)
TOTAL%
1) Highest priority5222.6
2) High but not the highest12453.9
3) Lower priority4318.7
4) No priority93.9
8) DK/No opinion2.9
Missing799 
TOTAL230100.0
43) For each item I name, please tell me how high a priority it should be for Pope Benedict: the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority than that. How about responding to the concerns of young Catholics?--How high a priority should responding to the concerns of young Catholics be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBYNG)
TOTAL%
1) Highest priority9942.9
2) High but not the highest12051.9
3) Lower priority114.8
8) DK/No opinion1.4
Missing798 
TOTAL231100.0
44) For each item I name, please tell me how high a priority it should be for Pope Benedict the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority than that. How about making it attractive for people to serve as priests?--How high a priority should making it attractive for people to serve as priests be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBPRST)
TOTAL%
1) Highest priority6929.9
2) High but not the highest9541.1
3) Lower priority5423.4
4) No priority73
8) DK/No opinion62.6
Missing798 
TOTAL231100.0
45) For each item I name, please tell me how high a priority it should be for Pope Benedict: the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority than that. How about improving the Catholic Church's relations with other religions?--How high a priority should improving the Catholic Church's relations with other religions be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBRELT)
TOTAL%
1) Highest priority7231.3
2) High but not the highest12453.9
3) Lower priority2711.7
4) No priority52.2
8) DK/No opinion2.9
Missing798 
TOTAL230100.0
46) For each item I name, please tell me how high a priority it should be for Pope Benedict the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority than that. How about encouraging human rights?--How high a priority should encouraging human rights be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBHMRT)
TOTAL%
1) Highest priority14161.3
2) High but not the highest7934.3
3) Lower priority93.9
8) DK/No opinion1.4
Missing798 
TOTAL230100.0
47) For each item I name, please tell me how high a priority it should be for Pope Benedict the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority than that. How about addressing the issue of sexual abuse?--How high a priority should addressing the issue of sexual abuse by priests be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBSEXA)
TOTAL%
1) Highest priority16471.3
2) High but not the highest5624.3
3) Lower priority83.5
4) No priority1.4
8) DK/No opinion1.4
Missing798 
TOTAL230100.0
48) In general, do you think the Roman Catholic Church is in touch with the views of Catholics in America today, or is it out of touch? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_CATHVW)
TOTAL%
1) In touch10143.9
2) Out of touch12052.2
8) DK/No opinion93.9
Missing799 
TOTAL230100.0
49) Would you want your son to become a priest, or not? [(IF NO SON) If you had one.] (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_SONPRS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, would12152.8
2) No, would not9441
8) DK/No opinion146.1
Missing799 
TOTAL229100.0
50) Would you support or oppose the Catholic church denying communion to Catholic politicians who are in favor of legal abortion? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_CMMUN)
TOTAL%
1) Support6126.5
2) Oppose16069.6
8) DK/No opinion93.9
Missing798 
TOTAL230100.0
51) What was the last grade of school you completed? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) 8th grade or less9.8
2) Some high schoolSome HS686.3
3) Graduated high school or technical school43740.4
4) Some college25123.2
5) Graduated College20919.3
6) Post graduate1079.9
TOTAL1081100.0
52) [IF EDUC = 5] Was that an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree, or what? (DEGREETP)
TOTAL%
2) Bachelor's degree16378
3) Other4622
Missing806 
TOTAL209100.0
53) Education Break (EDUBREAK)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school777.1
2) Graduated high school43740.4
3) Some college56752.5
TOTAL1081100.0
54) What is your age? (AGE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL108245.4416.93
55) [IF AGE = REFUSED] Could you please tell me if you are between the ages of 18 to 30, 31 to 44, 45 to 60, 61 or older? (AGE2)
TOTAL%
2) 31 to 44550
3) 45 to 60330
4) 61 or older220
Missing1071 
TOTAL10100.0
56) Age Break (AGEBREAK)
TOTAL%
1) 18-2923221.7
2) 30-3918517.3
3) 40-4923622.1
4) 50-6424923.3
5) 65+16815.7
Missing14 
TOTAL1070100.0
57) Are you of Hispanic origin or background? (IF "YES," ASK:) Are you White Hispanic or Black Hispanic? (IF "NO," ASK:) Are you white, black, or some other race? (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White82877.2
2) Black11710.9
3) White Hispanic474.4
4) Black Hispanic5.5
5) Hispanic (no race given)161.5
6) Asian131.2
7) Other race474.4
Missing12 
TOTAL1073100.0
58) Race Net (RACENET)
TOTAL%
1) White82877.2
2) Black11710.9
3) Hispanic Net686.3
6) Asian131.2
7) Other race474.4
Missing12 
TOTAL1073100.0
59) May a reporter from ABC NEWS or THE WASHINGTON POST call you to talk about some of the things we've been discussing? (REPORTER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes42869.6
2) No18630.2
8) DK/No opinion1.2
Missing451 
TOTAL615100.0
60) Record Gender (GENDER)
TOTAL%
1) Male52348.3
2) Female55951.7
TOTAL1082100.0
61) WEIGHT (WEIGHT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10.591
62) Census Region (for use with online analysis) (I-REG4)
TOTAL%
1) Northeast (Census Division 1,2)20318.8
2) Midwest (Census Division 3,4)24722.8
3) South (Census Division 5,6,7)38835.9
4) West (Census Division 8,9)24422.6
TOTAL1082100.0
63) Age Break (for use with online analysis) (I-AGEBREAK)
TOTAL%
1) 18-2923221.7
2) 30-3918517.3
3) 40-4923622.1
4) 50-6424923.3
5) 65+16815.7
Missing14 
TOTAL1070100.0
64) Race Net (for use with online analysis) (I-RACENET)
TOTAL%
1) White82877.2
2) Black11710.9
3) Hispanic Net686.3
6) Asian131.2
7) Other race474.4
Missing12 
TOTAL1073100.0
65) Record Gender (for use with online analysis) (I-GENDER)
TOTAL%
1) Male52348.3
2) Female55951.7
TOTAL1082100.0
66) Religion Net (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RELIGNET)
TOTAL%
0) Protestant49146.3
1) Catholic23021.7
2) ChstNonPr13112.4
3) Othr NonCh545.1
4) None/DK15414.5
Missing25 
TOTAL1060100.0
67) What was the last grade of school you completed? (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
0) Less HS777.1
1) Grad HS/TS43740.4
2) Some Cllg25123.2
3) Grad Cllg20919.3
4) Post-Grad1079.9
TOTAL1081100.0