Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1987

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This 1987 survey of self-identified Catholics "probes the degree to which Catholics have changed their image of themselves and of their roles in the church. ...[The] study focuses on questions of individual freedom, personal autonomy, moral authority, and democratic versus autocratic decision-making in the Roman Catholic Church in the last years of the 20th century (D'Antonio, Davidson, Hoge, and Wallace, 1989, p. 1,3).

Data File
Cases: 803
Variables: 62
Weight Variable: 1) WT, 62) WT2
The original study was weighted from N=803 to N=1,838, using the variable WT(1). WT2(62) is the computed weight score.
Data Collection
Date Collected: 1987
Funded By
The National Catholic Reporter and Fr. Andrew M. Greeley
Collection Procedures
The Gallup Organization conducted 20-minute telephone interviews.
Sampling Procedures
Using random-digit dialing, the survey included 803 self-identified Catholics who were 18 years of age and older.
Principal Investigators
Dean R. Hoge
William D'Antonio
Related Publications
D'Antonio, William V., James D. Davidson, Dean R. Hoge, and Ruth A. Wallace. American Catholic Laity in a Changing Church. Kansas City: Sheed and Ward, 1989.

An article in the National Catholic Reporter, September 11, 1987.