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

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In this April 2005 ABC News/Washington Post poll, a national sample of 1,082 Americans (including a Catholic oversample for a total of 284 Catholics) was asked to discuss their attitudes and opinions regarding the Catholic Church, and the recent selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict the 16th. Respondents were asked to give their views on questions about: Pope Benedict's priority list, maintaining traditions, modernizing policies, the priesthood, women, and overall opinions of the Catholic Church. Demographic variables include: gender, age, race, and education.

Data File
Cases: 1,082
Variables: 61
Weight Variable: WEIGHT
Data Collection
Date Collected: April 21-24, 2005
Funded By
ABC News/Washington Post .
Collection Procedures
This survey was conducted by TNS Intersearch of Horsham, Pa. for ABC News and The Washington Post. Telephone interviews were done with a national sample of 1,082 adults, including an oversample of Catholics for a total of 284 Catholic respondents. Some questions were only asked to the Catholic oversample. There is a three-point margin of error for the full population, and a six-point margin for Catholics.
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 Web page listed above (http://abcnews.go.com/US/PollVault/story?id=145373&page=1) 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/International/Pope/story?id=700062

For more information about other ABC News surveys, see the ABC News Poll Vault at http://abcnews.go.com/PollingUnit/PollingArchives/
Notes
Category labels for DMA (Designated Market Area)
500 Portland-Auburn
501 New York
502 Binghamton
503 Macon
504 Philadelphia
505 Detroit
506 Boston
507 Savannah
508 Pittsburgh
509 Fort Wayne
510 Cleveland
511 Washington, DC
512 Baltimore
513 Flint-Saginaw-Bay City
514 Buffalo
515 Cincinnati
516 Erie
517 Charlotte
518 Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem
519 Charleston, SC
520 Augusta
521 Providence-New Bedford
522 Columbus, GA
523 Burlington-Plattsburgh
524 Atlanta
526 Utica
527 Indianapolis
528 Miami-Fort Lauderdale
529 Louisville
530 Tallahassee-Thomasville
531 Tri-Cities, TN-VA
532 Albany-Schenectady-Troy
533 Hartford-New Haven
534 Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbrn
535 Columbus, OH
536 Youngstown
537 Bangor
538 Rochester
539 Tampa-Saint Pete-Sarasota
540 Traverse City-Cadillac
541 Lexington
542 Dayton
543 Springfield-Holyoke
544 Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News
545 Greenville-New Bern-Washington
546 Columbia, SC
547 Toledo
548 West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce
549 Watertown
550 Wilmington
551 Lansing
553 Marquette
554 Wheeling-Steubenville
555 Syracuse
556 Richmond-Petersburg
557 Knoxville
559 Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill
560 Raleigh-Durham
561 Jacksonville, Brunswick
563 Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek
564 Charleston-Huntington
565 Elmira
566 Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York
567 Greenville-Spartanburg-Ashville-And
571 Fort Meyers-Naples
573 Roanoke-Lynchburg
574 Johnstown-Altoona
575 Chattanooga
577 Wilkes Barre-Scranton
581 Terre Haute
583 Alpena
584 Charlottesville
588 South Bend-Elkhart
592 Gainesville
598 Clarksburg-Weston
600 Corpus Christi
602 Chicago
604 Columbia-Jefferson City
605 Topeka
609 Saint Louis
610 Rockford
611 Rochester-Mason City-Austin
612 Shreveport
613 Minneapolis-Saint Paul
616 Kansas City
617 Milwaukee
618 Houston
619 Springfield, MO
622 New Orleans
623 Dallas-Fort Worth
625 Waco-Temple-Bryan
627 Wichita Falls & Lawton
628 Monroe-El Dorado
630 Birmingham
631 Ottumwa-Kirksville
632 Paducah-C.Girardeau-Harrbg-Mt Vn
633 Odessa-Midland
634 Amarillo
635 Austin
637 Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque
640 Memphis
641 San Antonio
642 Lafayette, LA
643 Lake Charles
648 Champaign-Springfield-Decatur
649 Evansville
650 Oklahoma City
651 Lubbock
652 Omaha
656 Panama City
658 Green Bay-Appleton
659 Nashville
661 San Angelo
662 Abilene-Sweetwater
669 Madison
670 Fort Smith
671 Tulsa
673 Columbus-Tupelo-West Point
676 Duluth-Superior
678 Wichita-Hutchinson Plus
679 Des Moines-Ames
682 Davenport-R.Island-Moline
686 Mobile-Pensacola
687 Minot-Bismark-Dickinson
691 Hunstville-Decatur,Flor
692 Beaumont-Port Arthur
693 Little Rock-Pine Bluff
702 La Crosse-Eau Claire
705 Wausau-Rhinelander
709 Tyler-Longview (Lfkn & Acgd)
710 Hattiesburg-Laurel
711 Meridian
716 Baton Rouge
718 Jackson, MS
722 Lincoln-Hstngs-Krny Plus
724 Fargo-Valley City
725 Sioux Falls (Mitchell)
737 Mankato
740 North Platte
746 Biloxi-Gulfport
749 Laredo
751 Denver
752 Colorado Springs-Pueblo
753 Phoenix
755 Great Falls
756 Billings
757 Boise
758 Idaho Falls-Pocatello
765 El Paso
766 Helena
770 Salt Lake City
771 Yuma-El Centro
789 Tucson (Nogales)
790 Albuquerque-Santa Fe
800 Bakersfield
801 Eugene
802 Eureka
803 Los Angeles
807 San Francisco-Oakland San Jose
810 Yakima-Pasco-Rchlnd-Knnwck
811 Reno
819 Seattle-Tacoma
820 Portland, OR
821 Bend, OR
825 San Diego
828 Monterey-Salinas
839 Las Vegas
855 Santa Barbra-San Mar-San Lu Ob
862 Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto
866 Fresno-Visalia
868 Chico-Redding
881 Spokane
Category labels for CSA (Combined Statistical Area)
000 (Non-Counties)
102 Albany-Corvallis-Lebanon, OR
104 Albany-Schenectady-Amsterdam, NY
120 Asheville-Brevard, NC
122 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL
132 Baton Rouge-Pierre Part, LA
138 Beckley-Oak Hill, WV
140 Bend-Prineville, OR
142 Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, AL
148 Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-NH
164 Cape Girardeau-Sikeston-Jackson, MO-IL
172 Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury, NC-SC
174 Chattanooga-Cleveland-Athens, TN-GA
176 Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL-IN-WI
178 Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, OH-KY-IN
184 Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, OH
192 Columbia-Newberry, SC
194 Columbus-Auburn-Opelika, GA-AL
198 Columbus-Marion-Chillicothe, OH
204 Corpus Christi-Kingsville, TX
206 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
212 Dayton-Springfield-Greenville, OH
216 Denver-Aurora-Boulder, CO
218 Des Moines-Newton, IA
220 Detroit-Warren-Flint, MI
232 Eau Claire-Menomonee, WI
242 Fairmont-Clarksburg, WV
244 Fargo-Wahpeton, ND-MN
248 Findlay-Tiffin-Fostoria, OH
258 Fort Wayne-Huntington-Auburn, IN
260 Fresno-Madera, CA
266 Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, MI
268 Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, NC
274 Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
276 Harrisburg-Carlisle-Lebanon, PA
278 Hartford-West Hartford-Willimantic, CT
288 Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX
290 Huntsville-Decatur, AL
292 Idaho Falls-Blackfoot, ID
294 Indianapolis-Anderson-Columbus, IN
296 Ithaca-Cortland, NY
298 Jackson-Yazoo City, Ms
304 Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA
312 Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City, MO-KS
314 Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN
316 Kokomo-Peru, IN
318 Lafayette-Acadiana, LA
324 Lake Charles-Jennings, LA
330 Lansing-East Lansing-Owosso, MI
332 Las Vegas-Paradise-Pahrump, NV
336 Lexington-Fayette-Frankfort-Richmond, KY
340 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Pine Bluff, AR
346 Longview-Marshall, TX
348 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA
350 Louisville-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, KY-IN
356 Macon-Warner Robins-Fort Valley, GA
358 Madison-Baraboo, WI
360 Mansfield-Bucyrus, OH
376 Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha, WI
378 Minneapolis-St Paul-St Cloud, MN-WI
380 Mobile-Daphne-Fairhope, AL
400 Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Columbia, TN
406 New Orleans-Metairie-Bogalusa, LA
408 New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA
416 Oklahoma City-Shawnee, OK
420 Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, NE-IA
422 Orlando-The Villages, FL
428 Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD
430 Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
438 Portland-Lewiston-South Portland, ME
450 Raleigh-Durham-Cary, NC
464 Rochester-Batavia-Seneca Falls, NY
466 Rockford-Freeport-Rochelle, IL
472 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Truckee, CA-NV
474 Saginaw-Bay City-Saginaw Township North, MI
476 St Louis-St Charles-Farmington, MO-IL
482 Salt Lake City-Ogden-Clearfield, UT
488 San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA
492 Santa Fe-Espanola, NM
496 Savannah-Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA
500 Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia, WA
508 Shreveport-Bossier City-Minden, LA
526 Sunbury-Lewisburg-Selinsgrove, PA
532 Syracuse-Auburn, NY
534 Toledo-Fremont, OH
538 Tulsa-Bartlesville, OK
540 Tyler-Jacksonville, TX
548 Washington-Baltimore-No Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV
554 Wausau-Merrill, WI
556 Wichita-Winfield, KS
558 Williamsport-Lock Haven, PA
564 York-Hanover-Gettysburg, PA
566 Youngstown-Warren-East Liverpool, PA
Category labels for METRODIV (Metropolitan Division)
00000 (Counties not in Metropolitan Division)
13644 Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD
14484 Boston-Quincy, MA
15764 Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA
15804 Camden, NJ
16974 Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL
19124 Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX
19804 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI
20764 Edison, NJ
21604 Essex County, MA
22744 Ft Lauderdale-Pompano-Deerfield, FL
23104 Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
23844 Gary, IN
29404 Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI
31084 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA
33124 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL
35084 Newark-Union, NJ-PA
35644 New York-Wayne-White Plains, NY
36084 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA
37964 Philadelphia, PA
40484 Rockingham County-Strafford County, NH
41884 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA
42044 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA
42644 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA
45104 Tacoma, WA
47644 Warren-Farmington Hills-Troy, MI
47894 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
48424 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL
48864 Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ
Category labels for NIELSEN (Nielsen Scantrack Market)
001 Albany
002 Atlanta
003 Baltimore
004 Birmingham
005 Boston
006 Buffalo-Rochester
007 Charlotte
008 Chicago
009 Cincinnati
010 Cleveland
011 Columbus
012 Dallas
013 Denver
014 Des Moines
015 Detroit
016 Grand Rapids
017 Hartford-New Haven
018 Houston
019 Indianapolis
020 Jacksonville
021 Kansas City
022 Little Rock
023 Los Angeles
024 Louisville
025 Memphis
026 Miami
027 Milwaukee
028 Minneapolis
029 Nashville
030 New Orleans-Mobile
031 New York
032 Oklahoma City-Tulsa
033 Omaha
034 Orlando
035 Philadelphia
036 Phoenix
037 Pittsburgh
038 Portland
039 Raleigh-Durham
040 Richmond
041 Sacramento
042 Salt Lake City-Boise
043 San Antonio
044 San Diego
045 San Francisco
046 Seattle
047 St Louis
048 Syracuse
049 Tampa
050 Washington, DC
051 Las Vegas
052 West Texas
151 Rem Atlanta
152 Rem Boston
153 Rem Charlotte
154 Rem Denver
155 Rem Detroit
156 Greenville
157 Rem Indianapolis
158 Rem Jacksonville
159 Rem Kansas City
160 Los Angeles Collar
161 Rem Memphis
162 Rem Milwaukee
163 Rem Minneapolis
164 Rem New Orleans
165 Rem Northern California
167 Rem Omaha
168 Rem Philadelphia
169 Rem Pittsburgh
170 Rem Richmond-Norfolk
172 Rem Seattle-Portland
173 Rem St Louis
178 Rem West Texas