In this February 2004 ABC News/Washington Post poll, a random national sample of 1,028 Americans were asked to give their opinions on the child sex-abuse issues within the Catholic Church. In addition, this poll asks the respondents about their views on homosexual marriage. Demographic variables include: gender, age, race, income, religion and education.
- Data File
- Cases: 1,028
Weight Variable: WEIGHT
- Data Collection
- Date Collected: February 18- 22, 2004
- Funded By
- ABC News/Washington Post
- Collection Procedures
- This survey was conducted by TNS Intersearch of Horsham, Pa., for ABC News. Telephone interviews were done with a random national sample of 1,028 adults.
- Sampling Procedures
- As described on the methodology page of the ABC News website (http://abcnews.go.com/US/PollVault/story?id=145373&page=1), "A sample of households in the continental United States is selected via random digit dialing (RDD) procedures, to ensure that all possible listed and unlisted phone numbers are included with equal probability of selection.
"Sampling then occurs in three stages. First, a systematic random sample of telephone exchanges is selected within each stratum, by taking every nth exchange. ... Next, telephone banks (the first two digits of the four-digit suffix) with more than one residential listing assigned in white-pages directories are classified as working banks... The third stage of sampling is respondent selection within the household, accomplished by last-birthday selection. Interviewers ask to speak to the household member age 18 or over at home who's had the last birthday. ..."
According to the methodology page of the ABC News Web site (http://abcnews.go.com/US/PollVault/story?id=145373&page=1), "Final data are weighted using demographic information from the Census to adjust for sampling and nonsampling deviations from population values. Respondents customarily are classified into one of 48 cells based on age, race, sex and education. Weights are assigned so the proportion in each of these 48 cells matches the actual population proportion according to the Census Bureau's most recent Current Population Survey."
Please see the methodology webpage listed above for a full description of the sampling procedures used in this survey.
- Principal Investigators
- Gary E. Langer, Director of Polling, ABC News
- Related Publications
- For more information about this survey, see http://abcnews.go.com/images/pdf/950a2ChurchScandal.pdf