ABC News Religion Poll, 1997

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This 1997 ABC News Religion Poll was a special topics poll of 752 randomly selected adults. The poll questioned respondents about their beliefs in God, including how religious they are and their views on Christ. Questions were also asked about Fundamentalist views, as well as level of religious and racial tolerance. Demographic variables in the poll include gender, age, education, and race.

Data File
Cases: 752
Variables: 33
Weight Variable: WT1
Data Collection
Date Collected: March 24-25, 1997
Funded By
ABC News, Gary E. Langer, Director of Polling
Collection Procedures
Chilton Research Services of Radnor, Pa., conducted this survey for ABC News. Telephone interview surveys were done with 752 adults in the continental United States.
Sampling Procedures
As described on the Methodology page of the ABC News Web site (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 insure 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. Please see the Methodology Web page 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 or other ABC News surveys, see the ABC News Poll Vault at http://abcnews.go.com/PollingUnit/PollingArchives/

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 [32] cells based on age, race, sex and education. Weights are assigned so the proportion in each of these [32] cells matches the actual population proportion according to the Census Bureau's most recent Current Population Survey.