The purpose of the Exploring Religious America survey was to examine the extent of the nation's tolerance of religious diversity, familiarity with different faiths, and views on Islam, extremism and future conflict -especially in the aftermath of September 11th. The survey was part of a series of five special programs airing on the Public Broadcasting Service television program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, and it was the subject of a cover story in U.S. News & World Report. The series, which began on April 26, 2002, also examined broader questions about the role of religious beliefs and experiences in the U.S.
- Data File
- Cases: 2,002
Weight Variable: WEIGHT
- Data Collection
- Date Collected: Data collected between March 26 and April 4, 2002.
- Funded By
- Religion & Ethnics Newsweekly, which receives funding from The Lilly Endowment, Inc.
- Collection Procedures
- Data were collected through a telephone interview survey.
- Sampling Procedures
- The sampling method was an equal-probability selection of residential telephone numbers using random digit dialing. The probability of selecting a household was proportional to the number of residential telephone numbers the household had. Within each selected household one adult, age 18 and older, was chosen at random. No groups were over sampled.
- Principal Investigators
- Warren Mitofsky, Mitofsky International and Joe Lenski, Edison Media Research
- Related Publications
- Jeffery L. Sheler with Andrew Curry, Linda Kulman and Dan Gilgoff, "Faith in America," U.S. News & World Report, May 6, 2002, 40-44, 46, 48-49.
- For WEIGHT
There were two phases to the weighting process. In the first phase, each respondent was weighted by the reciprocal of his or her probability for selection. The second phase applied ratio estimates for age, sex, and race. The independent data for the second stage weighting came from the U.S. Census Bureau's current population survey.