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
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.