PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, March 2012

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The Religion and 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 examined public attitudes toward religious liberty and the separation of church and state. Questions explored Americans’ opinions regarding whether they feel religious liberty is being threatened and the contraception coverage mandate.

Data File
Cases: 1,007
Variables: 74
Weight Variable: WEIGHT
Data Collection
Date Collected: March 7-11, 2012
Original Survey (Instrument)
PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey March 7-11, 2012
Funded By
Public Religion Research Institute
Collection Procedures
The survey was designed and conducted by Public Religion Research Institute. Results of the survey were based on bilingual (Spanish and English) RDD telephone interviews conducted between March 7-11, 2012 by professional interviewers under the direction of Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS).
Sampling Procedures
Interviews were conducted among a random sample of 1,007 adults, 18 years of age or older in the continental United States (300 respondents were interviewed on a cell phone).
Principal Investigators
Robert P. Jones and Daniel Cox
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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