Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1999

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All frequencies weighted by 1) WTNEW
1) WEIGHT (WTNEW)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL5.2573.289
2) Gender (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male227549.3
2) Female233650.7
TOTAL4611100.0
3) Region (REGION)
TOTAL%
1) New England3267.1
2) Middle Atlantic129328
3) East Central69015
4) West Central49710.8
5) Southeast4469.7
6) Southwest4399.5
7) Rocky Mountain3547.7
8) Pacific56612.3
TOTAL4611100.0
4) Are you, yourself, of Hispanic origin or descent, such as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or other Spanish background? (HISPANIC)
TOTAL%
1) Yes74416.1
2) No385583.6
4) Refused11.2
TOTAL4610100.0
5) What is your present religion? (RELIGION)
TOTAL%
6) Catholic/Roman Catholic4610100
TOTAL4610100.0
6) Are you currently registered as a member of a Catholic parish? (REGPARSH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes309067
2) No150632.7
3) Don't know14.3
TOTAL4610100.0
7) As a Catholic, how important is each of the following to you? Would you say the sacraments, such as the Eucharist and marriage are very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? (SACRMENT)
TOTAL%
1) Not important at all1864.1
2) Somewhat important72315.8
3) Very important367080.1
Missing32 
TOTAL4579100.0
8) As a Catholic, how important is each of the following to you? Would you say the Catholic Church's teachings about Mary as the mother of God are very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? (MARY)
TOTAL%
1) Not important at all1914.1
2) Somewhat important117925.6
3) Very important319469.3
4) Don't know43.9
Missing3 
TOTAL4607100.0
9) As a Catholic, how important is each of the following to you? Would you say church involvement in activities directed towards social justice and helping the poor are very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? (INVOLVE)
TOTAL%
1) Not important at all1623.5
2) Somewhat important116625.3
3) Very important327271.1
Missing11 
TOTAL4600100.0
10) As a Catholic, how important is each of the following to you? Would you say spirituality and personal growth are very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? (SPIRITL)
TOTAL%
1) Not important at all1122.4
2) Somewhat important97521.2
3) Very important350976.3
Missing13 
TOTAL4596100.0
11) As a Catholic, how important is each of the following to you? Would you say the spirit of community among Catholics is very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? (COMMUNTY)
TOTAL%
1) Not important at all1844
2) Somewhat important142731
3) Very important293263.8
4) Don't know561.2
Missing11 
TOTAL4599100.0
12) As a Catholic, how important is each of the following to you? Would you say the teaching authority claimed by the Vatican is very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? (VATAUTH)
TOTAL%
1) Not important at all56212.2
2) Somewhat important196542.7
3) Very important191641.6
4) Don't know1593.5
Missing8 
TOTAL4602100.0
13) I am going to read you some statements. For each, please tell me if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree. How about how a person lives is more important than whether or not he or she is a Catholic? (HOWLIVES)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree3527.6
2) Somewhat disagree3247
3) Somewhat agree109323.7
4) Strongly agree280160.8
5) Don't know40.9
TOTAL4610100.0
14) I am going to read you some statements. For each, please tell me if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree. How about Catholicism contains a greater share of truth than other religions do? (GRTRUTH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree62213.5
2) Somewhat disagree108023.4
3) Somewhat agree153933.4
4) Strongly agree107923.4
5) Don't know2615.7
6) Refused29.6
TOTAL4610100.0
15) I am going to read you some statements. For each, please tell me if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree. How about being a Catholic is a very important part of who you are? (CATHIMPR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree2876.2
2) Somewhat disagree54411.8
3) Somewhat agree127327.6
4) Strongly agree248053.8
5) Don't know27.6
TOTAL4611100.0
16) I am going to read you some statements. For each, please tell me if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree. How about people who know you know that you are a Catholic? (PEOPLKNW)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree2625.8
2) Somewhat disagree53511.8
3) Somewhat agree126227.8
4) Strongly agree247354.6
Missing77 
TOTAL4532100.0
17) I am going to read you some statements. For each, please tell me if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree. How about it is important to you that younger generations of your family grow up as Catholics? (YOUNGGEN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree3517.6
2) Somewhat disagree61413.3
3) Somewhat agree133128.9
4) Strongly agree228349.6
6) Refused21.5
Missing11 
TOTAL4600100.0
18) Next I would like your opinion on several issues that involve the 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. Is it the Church leaders such as the pope and bishops, individuals taking Church teaching into account and deciding for themselves, or both individuals and leaders working together? How about a divorced Catholic re-marrying without getting an annulment? (DIVREMAR)
TOTAL%
1) Church leaders89919.5
2) Individuals206844.9
3) Both147031.9
4) Neither962.1
5) Don't know731.6
Missing4 
TOTAL4606100.0
19) Next I would like your opinion on several issues that involve the 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. Is it the church leaders such as the pope and bishops, individuals taking church teaching into account and deciding for themselves, or both individuals and leaders working together? How about a Catholic practicing contraceptive birth control? (BIRTHCNT)
TOTAL%
1) Church leaders50511
2) Individuals282361.3
3) Both108623.6
4) Neither1022.2
5) Don't know871.9
Missing8 
TOTAL4603100.0
20) Next I would like your opinion on several issues that involve the 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. Is it the Church leaders such as the pope and bishops, individuals taking Church teaching into account and deciding for themselves, or both individuals and leaders working together? How about a Catholic advocating free choice regarding abortion? (ABORTCH)
TOTAL%
1) Church leaders89919.5
2) Individuals215146.7
3) Both134329.1
4) Neither1292.8
5) Don't know631.4
6) Refused24.5
TOTAL4609100.0
21) Next I would like your opinion on several issues that involve the 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. Is it the Church leaders such as the pope and bishops, individuals taking Church teaching into account and deciding for themselves, or both individuals and leaders working together? How about a Catholic who engages in homosexual behavior? (HOMOSBEH)
TOTAL%
1) Church leaders93020.2
2) Individuals221348
3) Both116125.2
4) Neither1683.6
5) Don't know1152.5
6) Refused23.5
TOTAL4610100.0
22) Next I would like your opinion on several issues that involve the 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. Is it the Church leaders such as the pope and bishops, individuals taking Church teaching into account and deciding for themselves, or both individuals and leaders working together? How about sexual relations outside of marriage? (OUTMARR)
TOTAL%
1) Church leaders106223.1
2) Individuals211546
3) Both120026.1
4) Neither1813.9
5) Don't know41.9
Missing12 
TOTAL4599100.0
23) Please indicate whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with the following statement. How about most priests don't expect the lay members to be leaders, just followers? (LAYFOLL)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree106923.2
2) Somewhat disagree132428.7
3) Somewhat agree140730.5
4) Strongly agree67014.5
5) Don't know1413.1
TOTAL4611100.0
24) Please indicate whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with the following statement. How about there is less racism and sexism in the Catholic Church than there is in the society as a whole? (RACESEX)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree89319.4
2) Somewhat disagree118025.6
3) Somewhat agree131028.4
4) Strongly agree99021.5
5) Don't know2174.7
6) Refused20.4
TOTAL4610100.0
25) Please indicate whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with the following statement. How about Catholic parishes are too big and impersonal? (PARSHBIG)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree112124.3
2) Somewhat disagree127927.7
3) Somewhat agree140230.4
4) Strongly agree70815.4
5) Don't know701.5
6) Refused31.7
TOTAL4611100.0
26) Please indicate whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with the following statement. How about Catholic Church leaders are out of touch with the laity? (LEADOUT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree77516.8
2) Somewhat disagree109923.8
3) Somewhat agree161335
4) Strongly agree78417
5) Don't know3066.6
6) Refused35.8
TOTAL4612100.0
27) Please indicate whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with the following statement. How about on the whole, parish priests do a good job? (GOODJOB)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree841.8
2) Somewhat disagree3176.9
3) Somewhat agree184039.9
4) Strongly agree228249.5
5) Don't know721.6
6) Refused15.3
TOTAL4610100.0
28) People belong to all kinds of groups, from bowling clubs to Knights of Columbus. We are talking about groups that have meetings which members attend, fairly regularly. Can you please tell me what groups you belong to now? Include groups that have a religious orientation, whether they are parish-based or not, as well as other groups not related to any religious denomination or orientation. (Note: Allow five responses - open-ended and code). First response. (GROUPS1)
TOTAL%
1) Other (list)4349.4
2) Don't know751.6
3) Refused32.7
4) None279360.6
6) Knights of Columbus2204.8
7) Altar Society33.7
8) Bible study groups621.3
10) Cursillo5.1
11) Small Christian communities, etc.4.1
12) Sunday school class24.5
13) Prayer group25.5
14) Lions Club14.3
15) Women's clubs721.6
19) Neighborhood organization5.1
20) PTA561.2
21) American Legion14.3
22) AA43.9
23) Bowling561.2
24) Book club/Book discussion26.6
25) Chamber of Commerce15.3
26) Elks511.1
27) Scouts, Boy/Girl/Cub/etc.461
29) Legion of Mary5.1
30) Little League8.2
31) Parish Council17.4
33) School/teaching/education25.5
34) Senior Center/group20
35) Athletic club26.6
37) Sorority36.8
38) Sports/fitness (to include golf, tennis, martial arts, walking)1302.8
39) VFW20
40) Volunteer (group/fire)29.6
41) Business group22.5
42) Women's guild11.2
43) Moose10.2
44) 4H5.1
46) Church groups39.8
47) Right to Life10.2
50) Eagles5.1
52) Choir/glee club14.3
53) Dance3.1
54) Automobile10.2
57) Singles6.1
58) Social/social work20
59) Music/symphony24.5
60) Computer clubs20
61) Youth groups/youth adults28.6
63) Catholic group6.1
67) Renew group10.2
68) Social justice3.1
69) Union11.2
70) Political20
Missing4 
TOTAL4608100.0
29) People belong to all kinds of groups, from bowling clubs to Knights of Columbus. We are talking about groups that have meetings which members attend, fairly regularly. Can you please tell me what groups you belong to now? Include groups that have a religious orientation, whether they are parish-based or not, as well as other groups not related to any religious denomination or orientation. (Note: Allow five responses - open-ended and code). Second response. (GROUPS2)
TOTAL%
1) Other (list)21312.1
4) None6.3
6) Knights of Columbus251.4
7) Altar Society13.7
8) Bible study groups5.3
12) Sunday school class6.3
13) Prayer group11.6
15) Women's club12.7
17) Rotary Club10.6
19) Neighborhood organization181
20) PTA11.6
22) AA7.4
23) Bowling382.2
24) Book club/Book discussion6.3
25) Chamber of Commerce3.2
26) Elks613.5
30) Little League5.3
33) School/teaching/education311.8
34) Senior Center/group7.4
35) Athletic club5.3
38) Sports/fitness (to include golf, tennis, martial arts, walking)774.4
39) VFW6.3
40) Volunteer (group/fire)12.7
41) Business group6.3
43) Moose6.3
44) 4H8.5
46) Church groups8.5
47) Right to Life3.2
48) Eucharistic minister/lector221.3
49) Chess groups16.9
50) Eagles2.1
51) Catholic daughters2.1
52) Choir/glee club4.2
54) Automobile4.2
55) Rosary Society6.3
58) Social/social work2.1
61) Youth groups/youth adults7.4
62) Cancer groups8.5
63) Catholic group8.5
64) Alumni6.3
66) Retired groups (not including AARP)9.5
68) Social justice4.2
69) Union4.2
70) Political1.1
96) Unknown103258.8
Missing2853 
TOTAL1756100.0
30) People belong to all kinds of groups, from bowling clubs to Knights of Columbus. We are talking about groups that have meetings which members attend, fairly regularly. Can you please tell me what groups you belong to now? Include groups that have a religious orientation, whether they are parish-based or not, as well as other groups not related to any religious denomination or orientation. (Note: Allow five responses - open-ended and code). Third response. (GROUPS3)
TOTAL%
1) Other (list)11215.2
6) Knights of Columbus121.6
8) Bible study groups4.5
11) Small Christian communities, etc.2.3
15) Women's clubs81.1
20) PTA121.6
22) AA6.8
23) Bowling2.3
27) Scouts, Boy/Girl/Cub/etc.1.1
30) Little League283.8
33) School/teaching/education212.8
34) Senior Center/group2.3
38) Sports/fitness (to include golf, tennis, martial arts, walking)152
39) VFW81.1
40) Volunteer (group/fire)91.2
41) Business group5.7
48) Eucharistic minister/lector121.6
50) Eagles223
51) Catholic daughters6.8
53) Dance4.5
58) Social/social work121.6
63) Catholic group3.4
66) Retired groups (not including AARP)3.4
69) Union111.5
70) Political1.1
96) Unknown41656.4
Missing3874 
TOTAL737100.0
31) People belong to all kinds of groups, from bowling clubs to Knights of Columbus. We are talking about groups that have meetings which members attend, fairly regularly. Can you please tell me what groups you belong to now? Include groups that have a religious orientation, whether they are parish-based or not, as well as other groups not related to any religious denomination or orientation. (Note: Allow five responses - open-ended and code). Forth response. (GROUPS4)
TOTAL%
1) Other (list)6820.5
14) Lions Club3.9
15) Women's clubs61.8
21) American Legion2.6
23) Bowling82.4
25) Chamber of Commerce1.3
27) Scouts, Boy/Girl/Cub/etc.82.4
33) School/teaching/education51.5
37) Sorority41.2
38) Sports/fitness (to include golf, tennis, martial arts, walking)144.2
52) Choir/glee club3.9
55) Rosary Society61.8
96) Unknown20361.3
Missing4280 
TOTAL331100.0
32) People belong to all kinds of groups, from bowling clubs to Knights of Columbus. We are talking about groups that have meetings which members attend, fairly regularly. Can you please tell me what groups you belong to now? Include groups that have a religious orientation, whether they are parish-based or not, as well as other groups not related to any religious denomination or orientation. (Note: Allow five responses - open-ended and code). Fifth response. (GROUPS5)
TOTAL%
1) Other (list)1313
19) Neighborhood organization11
38) Sports/fitness (to include golf, tennis, martial arts, walking)44
48) Eucharistic minister/lector11
60) Computer clubs33
64) Alumni33
96) Unknown7575
Missing4509 
TOTAL100100.0
33) Do you support or oppose women in the following roles in the church? How about lector? (WLECTOR)
TOTAL%
1) Support394485.6
2) Oppose4038.7
3) Don't know2615.7
Missing2 
TOTAL4608100.0
34) Do you support or oppose women in the following roles in the church? How about Eucharistic minister? (WEUCHMIN)
TOTAL%
1) Support383983.4
2) Oppose64914.1
3) Don't know1152.5
Missing8 
TOTAL4603100.0
35) Do you support or oppose women in the following roles in the church? How about deacon? (WDEACONS)
TOTAL%
1) Support355377.1
2) Oppose89119.3
3) Don't know1663.6
TOTAL4610100.0
36) Do you support or oppose women in the following roles in the church? How about priest? (WPRIESTS)
TOTAL%
1) Support293263.8
2) Oppose154833.7
3) Don't know1172.5
Missing13 
TOTAL4597100.0
37) Following are some questions about social and political issues. Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with more government money to provide health care for poor children? (MONEYHTH)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1924.2
2) Somewhat disagree2234.8
3) Somewhat agree80417.4
4) Strongly agree338273.4
5) Don't know9.2
TOTAL4610100.0
38) Following are some questions about social and political issues. Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with more government funds for the military? (MONEYMIL)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree69415.1
2) Somewhat disagree99221.5
3) Somewhat agree129028
4) Strongly agree153233.2
5) Don't know891.9
6) Refused13.3
TOTAL4610100.0
39) Following are some questions about social and political issues. Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with stiffer enforcement of the death penalty for people who commit gruesome murders? (DEATHPEN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree65514.2
2) Somewhat disagree59012.8
3) Somewhat agree78917.1
4) Strongly agree250054.2
5) Don't know511.1
6) Refused25.5
TOTAL4610100.0
40) Following are some questions about social and political issues. Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with further reductions in nuclear weapons? (NUCLWEAP)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree66214.4
2) Somewhat disagree4589.9
3) Somewhat agree105522.9
4) Strongly agree228849.6
5) Don't know1262.7
6) Refused22.5
TOTAL4611100.0
41) Following are some questions about social and political issues. Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with further cutbacks in welfare programs? (CUTWELF)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree118925.8
2) Somewhat disagree99521.6
3) Somewhat agree128427.9
4) Strongly agree107323.3
5) Don't know691.5
TOTAL4610100.0
42) The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic without going to church every Sunday? (GCNOCHUR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes351176.2
2) No106523.1
3) Don't know24.5
4) Refused10.2
TOTAL4610100.0
43) The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic without obeying the Church hierarchy's teaching on birth control? (GCYESBC)
TOTAL%
1) Yes327571
2) No118425.7
3) Don't know1322.9
4) Refused20.4
TOTAL4611100.0
44) The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic without obeying the Church hierarchy's teaching on divorce and remarriage? (GCDIVORC)
TOTAL%
1) Yes295764.1
2) No153633.3
3) Don't know1032.2
4) Refused14.3
TOTAL4610100.0
45) The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic without obeying the Church hierarchy's teaching regarding abortion? (GCABORT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes243452.8
2) No205244.5
3) Don't know1102.4
4) Refused14.3
TOTAL4610100.0
46) The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic without believing that in the Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus? (GCBODY)
TOTAL%
1) Yes174637.9
2) No275559.8
3) Don't know1052.3
4) Refused4.1
TOTAL4610100.0
47) The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic without their marriage being approved by the Catholic Church? (GCNOMARR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes309867.2
2) No146231.7
3) Don't know43.9
4) Refused7.2
TOTAL4610100.0
48) The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic without donating time or money to help the poor? (GCNOPOOR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes257055.7
2) No197942.9
3) Don't know551.2
4) Refused7.2
TOTAL4611100.0
49) The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic without donating time or money to help the parish? (GCNOPRSH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes275559.8
2) No179438.9
3) Don't know471
4) Refused14.3
TOTAL4610100.0
50) The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic without believing that Jesus physically rose from the dead? (GCNOROSE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes106923.2
2) No345574.9
3) Don't know871.9
TOTAL4611100.0
51) Some people think the Catholic Church should have more democratic decision-making in Church affairs that do not involve matters of faith than it has at present. Do you favor or oppose this idea at the local parish level? (DEMPARSH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes302465.6
2) No141230.6
3) Don't know1583.4
4) Refused16.3
TOTAL4610100.0
52) Some people think the Catholic Church should have more democratic decision-making in Church affairs that do not involve matters of faith than it has at present. Do you favor or oppose this idea at the diocese level? (DEMDIOC)
TOTAL%
1) Yes275459.7
2) No153033.2
3) Don't know3026.5
4) Refused25.5
TOTAL4611100.0
53) Some people think the Catholic Church should have more democratic decision-making in Church affairs that do not involve matters of faith than it has at present. Do you favor or oppose this idea at the level of the Vatican? (DEMVATIC)
TOTAL%
1) Yes247153.6
2) No180839.2
3) Don't know2715.9
4) Refused601.3
TOTAL4610100.0
54) Here is a question about the American Catholic bishops. Should the American bishops become more independent or less independent from the Vatican and the pope, in the way they run the Catholic Church in America, or should the situation remain as it is now? (AMBISHOP)
TOTAL%
1) More independent154733.7
2) Less independent3828.3
3) Remain the same254655.4
4) Don't know1212.6
Missing15 
TOTAL4596100.0
55) How important is the Catholic Church to you personally? Is it the most important part of your life, among the most important parts of your life, quite important to you, but so are many other areas of your life, or not very important to you at all? (IMPORTCH)
TOTAL%
1) The most important part of your life64113.9
2) Among the most important parts of your life139030.2
3) Quite important to you, but so are many other areas of your life210145.7
4) Not very important to you at all46410.1
Missing15 
TOTAL4596100.0
56) How often do you attend Mass? (Open-ended and code) (ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) At least once a week171437.4
2) Two or three times a week87819.2
3) About once a month66214.5
4) Seldom or never132428.9
Missing33 
TOTAL4578100.0
57) How regularly do you pray, apart from Mass? (Open-ended and code) (PRAY)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a day72215.7
2) Daily252755
3) Occasionally or sometimes104322.7
4) Seldom or never3066.7
Missing14 
TOTAL4598100.0
58) For each of the following areas of Church life, please tell me if you think the Catholic laity should have the right to participate or should not have the right to participate. How about deciding how parish income should be spent? (CLPARINC)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all acceptable377482.2
2) Somewhat acceptable65614.3
3) Very acceptable1613.5
Missing19 
TOTAL4591100.0
59) For each of the following areas of Church life, please tell me if you think the Catholic laity should have the right to participate or should not have the right to participate. How about selecting the priests for their parish? (CLPARPST)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all acceptable333672.5
2) Somewhat acceptable115025
3) Very acceptable1182.6
Missing6 
TOTAL4604100.0
60) For each of the following areas of Church life, please tell me if you think the Catholic laity should have the right to participate or should not have the right to participate. How about deciding whether women should be ordained to the priesthood? (CLWOMPST)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all acceptable288062.5
2) Somewhat acceptable157034
3) Very acceptable1613.5
TOTAL4611100.0
61) If a shortage of priests in the future required a reduction of priestly activities, some changes may occur in parish life. I am going to read a list of four changes which may occur. Would you tell me after each if you would be willing to accept it in your home parish? Would it be very acceptable, somewhat acceptable, or not at all acceptable to you? How about reduce the number of Masses to fewer than once a week? (SPLMASS)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all acceptable267758.1
2) Somewhat acceptable150432.6
3) Very acceptable3998.7
4) Don't know24.5
5) Refused7.2
TOTAL4611100.0
62) If a shortage of priests in the future required a reduction of priestly activities, some changes may occur in parish life. I am going to read a list of four changes which may occur. Would you tell me after each if you would be willing to accept it in your home parish? Would it be very acceptable, somewhat acceptable, or not at all acceptable to you? How about no priest available for visiting the sick? (SPVSSICK)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all acceptable298865
2) Somewhat acceptable122426.6
3) Very acceptable3587.8
4) Don't know30.7
Missing11 
TOTAL4600100.0
63) If a shortage of priests in the future required a reduction of priestly activities, some changes may occur in parish life. I am going to read a list of four changes which may occur. Would you tell me after each if you would be willing to accept it in your home parish? Would it be very acceptable, somewhat acceptable, or not at all acceptable to you? How about no priest available for administering last rites for the dying? (SPLASTRT)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all acceptable362178.7
2) Somewhat acceptable65914.3
3) Very acceptable2996.5
4) Don't know21.5
Missing11 
TOTAL4600100.0
64) If a shortage of priests in the future required a reduction of priestly activities, some changes may occur in parish life. I am going to read a list of four changes which may occur. Would you tell me after each if you would be willing to accept it in your home parish? Would it be very acceptable, somewhat acceptable, or not at all acceptable to you? How about no resident priest in the parish, but only a lay parish administrator and visiting priests? (SPNOPST)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all acceptable215946.8
2) Somewhat acceptable193542
3) Very acceptable4369.5
4) Don't know711.5
5) Refused9.2
TOTAL4610100.0
65) If, due to a shortage of priests, Sunday Mass could not be celebrated, would a Communion service led by a lay person using consecrated hosts be a satisfactory substitute for you? On a regular basis, on occasion, or not at all? (COMMSERV)
TOTAL%
1) On a regular basis56012.1
2) On occasion261956.8
3) Not at all138730.1
4) Don't know37.8
5) Refused7.2
TOTAL4610100.0
66) Now, I will read four statements about the priesthood. After each, would you tell me if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree. How about it would be a good thing if priests who have married were allowed to return to active ministry? (PRRETURN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree68114.8
2) Somewhat disagree2725.9
3) Somewhat agree149832.5
4) Strongly agree205344.5
5) Don't know801.7
6) Refused25.5
TOTAL4609100.0
67) Now, I will read four statements about the priesthood. After each, would you tell me if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree. How about it would be a good thing if married men were allowed to be ordained as priests? (PRMARORD)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree89219.3
2) Somewhat disagree4359.4
3) Somewhat agree134129.1
4) Strongly agree190741.4
5) Don't know32.7
6) Refused3.1
TOTAL4610100.0
68) Now, I will read four statements about the priesthood. After each, would you tell me if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree. How about it would be a good thing if celibate women were allowed to be ordained as priests? (PRCELWOM)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree117625.5
2) Somewhat disagree51511.2
3) Somewhat agree132028.6
4) Strongly agree152533.1
5) Don't know661.4
6) Refused8.2
TOTAL4610100.0
69) Now, I will read four statements about the priesthood. After each, would you tell me if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree. How about it would be a good thing if married women were allowed to be ordained as priests? (PRMARWOM)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree152433.1
2) Somewhat disagree55912.1
3) Somewhat agree109123.7
4) Strongly agree135529.4
5) Don't know741.6
6) Refused6.1
TOTAL4609100.0
70) On a scale from one to seven, with "1" being I would never leave the Catholic Church, and "7" being yes, I might leave the Catholic Church, where would you place yourself on this scale? (EVERLEAV)
TOTAL%
1) Would never leave221648.1
2) 4279.3
3) 4339.4
4) 52211.3
5) 47910.4
6) 1693.7
7) Might leave3227
8) Don't know33.7
9) Refused9.2
TOTAL4610100.0
71) Were you raised Catholic, or did you convert to Catholicism? (CATHCONV)
TOTAL%
1) Raised Catholic403787.6
2) Converted52211.3
3) Don't know37.8
4) Refused14.3
TOTAL4610100.0
72) [If CATHCONV is Converted] Did you convert when you were younger than 18 or when you were 18 or older? (AGECONV)
TOTAL%
1) When you were younger than 187213.8
2) When you were 18 or older45086.2
Missing4088 
TOTAL522100.0
73) [If CATHCONV is Converted] Did you convert when you got married, or shortly after? (MARRCONV)
TOTAL%
1) Yes26646.8
2) No23841.9
3) Don't know61.1
5) Not applicable/Never married5810.2
Missing4042 
TOTAL568100.0
74) Are you currently married, divorced, widowed, separated, or have you never been married? (MARRIED)
TOTAL%
1) Married235451.1
2) Divorced48610.5
3) Widowed4239.2
4) Separated1322.9
5) Never married118325.7
6) Don't know8.2
7) Refused24.5
TOTAL4610100.0
75) [If MARRIED is Married] Is your spouse Catholic? If [MARRIED is Divorced, Widowed, or Separated] Was your spouse Catholic? (SPOUSCTH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes235769.4
2) No103730.6
Missing1216 
TOTAL3394100.0
76) [If SPOUSCTH is Yes, spouse is Catholic], Was (he/she) raised in the Catholic Church, converted when you married, or later on? (SPCONVER)
TOTAL%
1) Raised Catholic211089.5
2) Converted when you got married1084.6
3) Converted later on833.5
4) Converted before we were married361.5
5) Don't know11.5
6) Refused10.4
Missing2253 
TOTAL2358100.0
77) Was your marriage approved by the Catholic Church as a valid marriage? (MRVALID)
TOTAL%
1) Yes235469.3
2) No101730
3) Don't know24.7
Missing1216 
TOTAL3395100.0
78) What is the highest level of education you have completed? (Open-ended and code) (EDUCATE)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school graduate (0-11)60513.1
2) High school graduate (12)150532.6
3) Some college114524.8
4) Trade/technical/vocational training2625.7
5) College graduate75116.3
6) Postgraduate work/Degree3166.9
7) Don't know13.3
8) Refused15.3
TOTAL4612100.0
79) How many years of Catholic schooling did you have, if any? (Open-ended and code) (EDUCCATH)
TOTAL%
1) 1 to 6113224.5
2) 7 to 12141330.6
3) 13 or more2254.9
4) None178938.8
5) Don't know25.5
6) Refused27.6
TOTAL4611100.0
80) What is your race? Are you white, African-American, or some other race? (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) Some other race (list)1152.5
3) Refused42.9
6) White376781.7
7) African-American/black551.2
8) Hispanic55212
9) Native American26.6
10) Asian38.8
11) Pacific Islander5.1
12) Filipino11.2
TOTAL4611100.0
81) [IF RACE is 'Hispanic'], Do you consider yourself to be white-Hispanic or black-Hispanic? (HISPTYPE)
TOTAL%
1) Other (list)71.3
2) Don't know6211.2
3) Refused2.4
6) White-Hispanic34462.3
7) Black-Hispanic498.9
8) Hispanic (Respondent refused to discriminate)8815.9
Missing4059 
TOTAL552100.0
82) Please tell me your age (Open-ended and code actual age) (AGE)
TOTAL%
0) Refused41.9
18) 1613.5
19) 571.2
20) 942
21) 871.9
22) 631.4
23) 39.8
24) 801.7
25) 1042.3
26) 571.2
27) 751.6
28) 1182.6
29) 801.7
30) 551.2
31) 1723.7
32) 1603.5
33) 841.8
34) 1332.9
35) 1222.6
36) 1322.9
37) 1132.5
38) 1102.4
39) 801.7
40) 1453.1
41) 741.6
42) 581.3
43) 1062.3
44) 861.9
45) 861.9
46) 481
47) 1042.3
48) 831.8
49) 571.2
50) 902
51) 581.3
52) 461
53) 841.8
54) 761.6
55) 761.6
56) 531.2
57) 531.2
58) 711.5
59) 39.8
60) 28.6
61) 471
62) 441
63) 20.4
64) 561.2
65) 481
66) 531.2
67) 16.3
68) 29.6
69) 39.8
70) 39.8
71) 541.2
72) 461
73) 501.1
74) 9.2
75) 42.9
76) 20.4
77) 19.4
78) 11.2
79) 18.4
80) 30.7
81) 36.8
82) 31.7
83) 29.6
84) 9.2
85) 4.1
86) 9.2
87) 40.9
88) 13.3
91) 5.1
93) 20
99) 99+20
TOTAL4608100.0
83) Is your total annual household income, before taxes, over or under $20,000? (If "Under," ask:) Is it over or under $10,000? (If "Over," ask:) Is it over or under $30,000? (If "Over," ask:) Is it over or under $40,000? (If "Over," ask:) Is it over or under $50,000? (If "Over," ask:) Is it over or under $75,000? (If "Over," ask:) Is it over or under $100,000? (INCOME)
TOTAL%
0) Refused3377.3
1) Under $10,0002525.5
2) $10,000 to $19,99963113.7
3) $20,000 to $29,99956612.3
4) $30,000 to $39,99966114.3
5) $40,000 to $49,99949910.8
6) $50,000 to $74,99977016.7
7) $75,000 to $99,99947210.2
8) $100,000 or over3036.6
9) Don't know1182.6
TOTAL4609100.0
84) Weight (WTNEW2)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL46101.370.65
85) Gender (for use with online analysis) (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male227549.3
2) Female233650.7
TOTAL4611100.0
86) Region (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-REGION)
TOTAL%
0) East161935.1
1) Midwest118725.7
2) South88519.2
3) West92020
TOTAL4611100.0
87) What is your race? Are you white, African-American, or some other race? (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RACE)
TOTAL%
0) White376782.4
1) Black551.2
2) Hispanic55212.1
3) Nat Americ26.6
4) Asian541.2
5) Other race1152.5
Missing42 
TOTAL4569100.0
88) Is your total annual household income, before taxes, over or under $20,000? (If "Under," ask:) Is it over or under $10,000? (If "Over," ask:) Is it over or under $30,000? (If "Over," ask:) Is it over or under $40,000? (If "Over," ask:) Is it over or under $50,000? (If "Over," ask:) Is it over or under $75,000? (If "Over," ask:) Is it over or under $100,000? (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-INCOME)
TOTAL%
0) Less 19K88319.2
1) 20-39K122726.6
2) 40-74K127027.5
3) 75K+77516.8
4) Refuse/DK4559.9
TOTAL4610100.0
89) What is the highest level of education you have completed? (Open-ended and code) (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUCATE)
TOTAL%
0) Less HS60513.2
1) HS grad150532.8
2) Some coll140730.7
3) Coll grad75116.4
4) Postgrad3166.9
Missing27 
TOTAL4584100.0
90) Are you currently married, divorced, widowed, separated, or have you never been married? (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-MARRIED)
TOTAL%
0) Married235451.4
1) Divorced48610.6
2) Widowed4239.2
3) Separated1322.9
4) Never mar118325.8
Missing33 
TOTAL4578100.0
91) Please tell me your age (Open-ended and code actual age) (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
0) 18-30107223.5
1) 31-44157534.5
2) 45-64121826.7
3) 65+70415.4
Missing41 
TOTAL4569100.0