PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, May 2011

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The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, in partnership with Religion News Service, to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey was conducted just days after Osama bin Laden’s death and investigated attitudes about the morality of celebrating the death of another human being. Questions also assessed respondents’ feelings toward the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, the role America plays in human history, and the use of torture on suspected terrorists to gain important information.

Data File
Cases: 1,007
Variables: 46
Weight Variable: WEIGHT
Data Collection
Date Collected: May 5 - 8, 2011
Original Survey (Instrument)
Public Religion Research Institute May 2011 Questionnaire
Funded By
Public Religion Research Institute
Collection Procedures
Telephone interviews were conducted in English only, under the direction of Opinion Research Corporation among a nationwide sample of 1,007 adults, 18 years of age or older, in the continental United States. Interviews were conducted from May 5-8, 2011. All interviews were conducted on landline telephones. The randomly sampled telephone numbers were subject to up to four different call attempts.
Sampling Procedures
The sample was derived by an unrestricted random-digit dial procedure, which minimizes serial bias and includes both listed and unlisted telephone numbers. Only one interview was conducted within an individual household. The sample was fully replicated and stratified by region to increase its representativeness.
Principal Investigators
Robert P. Jones and Daniel Cox
Related Publications
A summary of the Public Religion Research Institute’s findings is available here.
Notes on Weighted Data
The final sample was weighted to five different parameters—age, sex, geographic region, education and race—to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total adult population.

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