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What is respondent's view of the Catholic sexual abuse scandals?

Below are 58 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey.

SEXHANDL from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

(ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THAT THEY HAD HEARD A LOT OR A LITTLE ABOUT RECENT TRIALS INVOLVING CATHOLIC PRIESTS WHO HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE) Based on what you have heard, how would you evaluate the Catholic Churchs handling of these cases of alleged sexual abuse by priests? (SEXHANDL)
TOTAL%
1) Church leaders have mostly tried to cover up the problem.1,91362.4
2) Church leaders have mostly tried to deal with the problem.80026.1
3) Both792.6
4) Neither80.3
9) Dont know/Refused2688.7
Missing559 
TOTAL3,068100.0


SEXABUSE from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

How much, if anything, have you heard about recent criminal trials involving Catholic priests who have been accused of child sexual abuse - a lot, a little, or nothing at all? (SEXABUSE)
TOTAL%
1) A lot1,41038.9
2) A little1,65845.7
3) Nothing at all51914.3
9) Dont know/Refused401.1
TOTAL3,627100.0


COVERUP from ABC News Church Abuse, 2004

Do you think church officials are mainly trying to prevent sexual abuse of children by priests, or mainly trying to cover up the problem? (COVERUP)
TOTAL%
1) Trying to prevent abuse33333.9
2) Trying to cover up problem57158.1
8) DK/No Opinion787.9
Missing20 
TOTAL982100.0


PRIESTS from ABC News Church Abuse, 2004

Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Catholic Church is handling the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests? [INTERVIEWER: Get answer and then ask: Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?] (PRIESTS)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY788.0
2) Approve SOMEWHAT14815.1
3) Disapprove SOMEWHAT19019.4
4) Disapprove STRONGLY46147.0
8) DK/No Opinion10410.6
Missing20 
TOTAL981100.0


Q4H from Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.

IF CONVERT RAISED CATHOLIC: The clergy sexual-abuse scandal. Is this an important reason you are no longer (FRMREL), or not? (Q4H)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, important reason17823.6
2) No, not an important reason57476.0
9) Dont know/refused (Vol.)30.4
TOTAL755100.0


C_PBSEXA from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: the New Pope, 2005

For each item I name, please tell me how high a priority it should be for Pope Benedict the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority than that. How about addressing the issue of sexual abuse?--How high a priority should addressing the issue of sexual abuse by priests be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBSEXA)
TOTAL%
1) Highest priority16471.3
2) High but not the highest5624.3
3) Lower priority83.5
4) No priority10.4
8) DK/No opinion10.4
Missing852 
TOTAL230100.0


HNDLSA from ABC News Church Scandal Poll, 2002

Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Catholic Church is handling the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests? [INTERVIEWER NOTE: Get answer and then ask: Do you approve/disapprove STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT?] (HNDLSA)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY877.3
2) Approve SOMEWHAT14912.4
3) Disapprove STRONGLY69157.7
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT21718.1
8) DK/No opinion534.4
Missing11 
TOTAL1,197100.0


INFABUS2 from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007

If you should leave the Catholic Church whatever might the reasons be—which of the following might influence such a decision—a lot, some, not much, or none? The sex abuse scandal (INFABUS2)
TOTAL%
1) A lot8760.8
2) Some3323.1
3) Not much85.6
4) None1510.5
Missing381 
TOTAL143100.0


INFABUS1 from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007

How much of an influence were the following factors in your decision to leave the Catholic Church? The sex abuse scandal (INFABUS1)
TOTAL%
1) A lot5140.2
2) Some1915.0
3) Not much2116.5
4) None3628.3
Missing397 
TOTAL127100.0


PRABUS3 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003

Do you think the pope has done enough to address the problem of sexual abuse of children and teenagers by priests, or should he have done more? (PRABUS3)
TOTAL%
1) Has done enough14511.5
2) Should have done more1,03681.9
8) DK/No opinion846.6
Missing17 
TOTAL1,265100.0


PRABUS from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003

Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Catholic Church is handling the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests? [INTERVIEWER NOTE: Get answer and then ask: Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?] (PRABUS)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY554.4
2) Approve SOMEWHAT16212.8
3) Disapprove SOMEWHAT18414.6
4) Disapprove STRONGLY78462.0
8) DK/No opinion796.3
Missing17 
TOTAL1,264100.0


PRNOPOL from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

Please tell me if you think the practice of not calling the police when a priest is accused of sexual abuse contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRNOPOL)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem90884.0
2) MINOR PART of the problem10910.1
3) Not part of the problem302.8
8) DK/No opinion343.1
Missing4 
TOTAL1,081100.0


PRNOWOM from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

Please tell me if you think the churchs policy of not allowing women to be priests contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRNOWOM)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem19718.3
2) MINOR PART of the problem40037.1
3) Not part of the problem44841.5
8) DK/No opinion343.2
Missing7 
TOTAL1,079100.0


PRNOMAR from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

Please tell me if you think the churchs policy of not allowing priests to marry contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRNOMAR)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem44441.1
2) MINOR PART of the problem37434.6
3) Not part of the problem22620.9
8) DK/No opinion363.3
Missing7 
TOTAL1,080100.0


ABUSEPR from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

In your opinion, how much of a problem is the issue of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests - would you say its a major problem that demands immediate attention, a less immediate problem or not much of a problem at all? (ABUSEPR)
TOTAL%
1) Major problem82275.9
2) Less immediate problem17015.7
3) Not much of a problem at all645.9
8) DK/No opinion272.5
Missing3 
TOTAL1,083100.0


ABUSECR from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

Would you call this issue [of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests] a crisis for the church, or not a crisis? (ABUSECR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes86079.7
2) No20418.9
8) DK/No opinion151.4
Missing7 
TOTAL1,079100.0


PRIESTSA from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

Do you think Catholic priests are more likely than other men to sexually abuse children, less likely, or about the same? (PRIESTSA)
TOTAL%
1) More likely15914.7
2) Less likely14913.8
3) About the same74669.2
8) DK/No opinion242.2
Missing8 
TOTAL1,078100.0


HANDLECH from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Catholic Church has handled the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests? (HANDLECH)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY565.2
2) Approve SOMEWHAT15114.1
3) Disapprove STRONGLY52949.4
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT19017.7
8) DK/No opinion14513.5
Missing15 
TOTAL1,071100.0


PRTRANS from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

Please tell me if you think the practice of transferring priests accused of sexual abuse to another parish contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRTRANS)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem86379.7
2) MINOR PART of the problem13812.7
3) Not part of the problem635.8
8) DK/No opinion191.8
Missing2 
TOTAL1,083100.0


HELPABUS from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

Do you feel that the Catholic Church is or is not doing enough to deal with this issue [of sexual abuse of children by priests]? (HELPABUS)
TOTAL%
1) Is doing enough27725.8
2) Is NOT doing enough68363.7
8) DK/No opinion11310.5
Missing13 
TOTAL1,073100.0


PRSHORT from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

Please tell me if you think a reluctance in the Church to dismiss priests because of a shortage of priests contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRSHORT)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem61756.9
2) MINOR PART of the problem26824.7
3) Not part of the problem12911.9
8) DK/No opinion716.5
Missing2 
TOTAL1,085100.0


FREQABUS from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

[Asked of Catholics only], Do you think that sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests is something that happens very often, somewhat often, infrequently, or very rarely? (FREQABUS)
TOTAL%
1) Very often18517.1
2) Somewhat often35432.8
3) Infrequently22721.0
4) Very rarely23721.9
5) Never20.2
8) DK/No opinion756.9
Missing5 
TOTAL1,080100.0


PERFAITH from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

[Asked of Catholics only], Has this issue of sexual abuse by priests caused you to rethink or re-examine your own personal faith, or not? (PERFAITH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes3614.5
2) No21285.5
Missing838 
TOTAL248100.0


FEELINGS from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

Overall, when you think of the way the church has handled the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests, how would you say you feel about it - angry; dissatisfied but not angry; satisfied, but not pleased; or are you pleased with the way the church has handled it? (FEELINGS)
TOTAL%
1) Angry40837.9
2) Dissatisfied but not angry45442.2
3) Satisfied, but not pleased14313.3
4) Pleased353.2
8) DK/No opinion373.4
Missing8 
TOTAL1,077100.0


CONFID from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

How confident are you that the Catholic Church can solve the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all? (CONFID)
TOTAL%
1) Very confident17316.1
2) Somewhat confident43240.2
3) Not too confident24522.8
4) Not confident at all20018.6
8) DK/No opinion252.3
Missing11 
TOTAL1,075100.0


COVERNOW from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

And how about now, do you think church officials now are mainly trying to prevent sexual abuse of children by priests, or mainly trying to cover up the problem? (COVERNOW)
TOTAL%
1) Trying to prevent46943.5
2) Trying to cover it up49746.1
3) Both equally494.5
8) DK/No opinion645.9
Missing7 
TOTAL1,079100.0


HURTREP from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

Has the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests hurt the overall reputation of the Catholic Church in your eyes, or not? (HURTREP)
TOTAL%
1) Has hurt reputation75069.2
2) Has NOT hurt reputation31128.7
8) DK/No opinion232.1
Missing1 
TOTAL1,084100.0


PRVATIC from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

Please tell me if you think a lack of Vatican oversight of the Catholic Church in the United States contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRVATIC)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem35533.0
2) MINOR PART of the problem40337.4
3) Not part of the problem21319.8
8) DK/No opinion1069.8
Missing9 
TOTAL1,077100.0


COVERUP from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

In the past, do you think church officials have mainly tried to prevent sexual abuse of children by priests, or mainly tried to cover up the problem? (COVERUP)
TOTAL%
1) Tried to prevent17516.3
2) Tried to cover it up79273.6
3) Both equally343.2
8) DK/No opinion757.0
Missing10 
TOTAL1,076100.0


ABUSPRST from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002

In your opinion, how much of a problem is the issue of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests - would you say its a major problem that demands immediate attention, a less -immediate problem or not much of a problem at all? (ABUSPRST)
TOTAL%
1) Major problem58958.6
2) Less-immediate problem26526.4
3) Not much of a problem at all12011.9
8) DK/No opinion313.1
TOTAL1005100.0


ABUSFREQ from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002

Do you think that sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests is something that happens very often, somewhat often, infrequently, or very rarely? (ABUSFREQ)
TOTAL%
1) Very often10610.5
2) Somewhat often28127.9
3) Infrequently30230.0
4) Very rarely25325.1
5) Never40.4
8) DK/No opinion606.0
TOTAL1006100.0


HURTREP from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002

Has the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests hurt the overall reputation of the Catholic Church in your eyes, or not? (HURTREP)
TOTAL%
1) Has hurt reputation59058.5
2) Has NOT hurt reputation39739.4
8) DK/No opinion212.1
TOTAL1008100.0


PRSTMORE from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002

Do you think Catholic priests are more likely than other men to sexually abuse children, less likely, or about the same? (PRSTMORE)
TOTAL%
1) More likely11411.3
2) Less likely19819.7
3) About the same66566.2
8) DK/No opinion282.8
TOTAL1005100.0


PRTMARRY from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002

As you may know, the Catholic Church does not allow priests to marry. Do you think this policy contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not? (PRTMARRY)
TOTAL%
1) Contributes to problem53553.1
2) Does NOT contribute to problem43443.1
8) DK/No opinion393.9
TOTAL1008100.0


OR2PRNOP from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. The second is ... . [Note: Interviewers were asked to scramble these items. For this question each item was asked second.] (OR2PRNOP)
TOTAL%
1) The Churchs policy of not allowing priests to marry22322.2
2) The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse24224.1
3) The number of priests who are homosexuals28328.2
4) Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries25625.5
TOTAL1,004100.0


PRSTABUS from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1993

I will read five items and, after each, please tell me if it has strengthened your commitment to the Catholic Church, weakened your commitment to the Catholic Church, or had no effect one way or the other. If you dont know, tell me that. -- Reports indicating that a number of priests have abused children sexually. (PRSTABUS)
TOTAL%
1) Strengthened693.8
2) Weakened92050.1
3) No Effect76241.5
4) Dont know/Refused874.7
TOTAL1,838100.0


HNDLSA from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Catholic Church is handling the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests? INTERVIEWER NOTE: Get answer and then ask: Do you approve/disapprove STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT? (HNDLSA)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY747.5
2) Approve SOMEWHAT14414.6
3) Disapprove STRONGLY52753.5
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT19519.8
8) DK/No opinion454.6
Missing18 
TOTAL985100.0


BISHMEET from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

American bishops will be meeting in the next week to set new policies on how the Church handles the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests. Do you think this meeting will or will not produce meaningful improvements in the way the Church handles the issue? (BISHMEET)
TOTAL%
1) Will produce improvements58558.9
2) Will NOT produce improvements36236.4
8) DK/No opinion474.7
Missing10 
TOTAL994100.0


OR1PRNOM from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. The first is ... . [Note: Interviewers were asked to scramble these items. For this question each item was asked first.] (OR1PRNOM)
TOTAL%
1) The Churchs policy of not allowing priests to marry23823.7
2) The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse26025.9
3) The number of priests who are homosexuals23823.7
4) Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries26826.7
TOTAL1,004100.0


OR3PRPRH from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. The third is ... . [Note: Interviewers were asked to scramble these items. For this question each item was asked third.] (OR3PRPRH)
TOTAL%
1) The Churchs policy of not allowing priests to marry27727.6
2) The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse24023.9
3) The number of priests who are homosexuals24524.4
4) Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries24224.1
TOTAL1,004100.0


OR4PRSCR from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. The fourth is ... . [Note: Interviewers were asked to scramble these items. For this question each item was asked fourth]. (OR4PRSCR)
TOTAL%
1) The Churchs policy of not allowing priests to marry26626.5
2) The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse26226.1
3) The number of priests who are homosexuals23823.7
4) Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries23823.7
TOTAL1,004100.0


PRNOMAR from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. - The Churchs policy of not allowing priests to marry. Do you think its been a major part of the problem, or a minor part? (PRNOMAR)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem50650.8
2) MINOR PART of the problem24024.1
3) Not part of the problem22622.7
8) DK/No opinion252.5
Missing6 
TOTAL997100.0


PRNOPOL from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. - The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse. Do you think its been a major part of the problem, or a minor part? (PRNOPOL)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem87788.1
2) MINOR PART of the problem737.3
3) Not part of the problem272.7
8) DK/No opinion191.9
Missing8 
TOTAL996100.0


PRPRHOMO from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. - The number of priests who are homosexuals. Do you think its been a major part of the problem, or a minor part? (PRPRHOMO)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem46546.6
2) MINOR PART of the problem22422.5
3) Not part of the problem24925.0
8) DK/No opinion595.9
Missing6 
TOTAL997100.0


PRSCREEN from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. - Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries. Do you think its been a major part of the problem, or a minor part? (PRSCREEN)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem52953.4
2) MINOR PART of the problem25525.7
3) Not part of the problem12812.9
8) DK/No opinion798.0
Missing14 
TOTAL991100.0


ABUSEONE from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

What do you think should be done in the case of a priest who has sexually abused one adolescent child once in the past, with no further accusations? Should all such priests be automatically removed from the priesthood, or should some be allowed to remain as priests after receiving psychological treatment, review and monitoring? (ABUSEONE)
TOTAL%
1) Automatically removed from priesthood81582.4
2) Allowed to remain as priest after receiving treatment15515.7
8) DK/No opinion191.9
Missing15 
TOTAL989100.0


CARDLAW from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

As you may know, Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston has been accused of mishandling this issue by transferring priests accused of sexual abuse of children from parish to parish. Do you think Law should or should not resign as cardinal? (CARDLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Should resign96180.3
2) Should NOT resign17814.9
8) DK/No opinion584.8
Missing10 
TOTAL1,197100.0


HNDLSA from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

On another subject, do you approve or disapprove of the way the Catholic Church has handled the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests? Do you approve/disapprove STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT? (HNDLSA)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY947.9
2) Approve SOMEWHAT1189.9
3) Disapprove STRONGLY68557.4
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT19316.2
8) DK/No opinion1048.7
Missing13 
TOTAL1,194100.0


CHSTPROC from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

Do you think the church should or should not establish a single, standard procedure on handling sex-abuse charges at every diocese in the country. (CHSTPROC)
TOTAL%
1) Should do1,06288.6
2) Should NOT do867.2
8) DK/No opinion514.3
Missing8 
TOTAL1,199100.0


CHREPPOL from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

Do you think the church should or should not report to the police any accusation of sexual abuse of children by a priest? (CHREPPOL)
TOTAL%
1) Should do1,14595.5
2) Should NOT do443.7
8) DK/No opinion100.8
Missing8 
TOTAL1,199100.0


CHTLLPA from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

Do you think the church should or should not tell parishioners of any accusation of sexual abuse of children by a priest in their parish? (CHTLLPA)
TOTAL%
1) Should do94278.7
2) Should NOT do21017.5
8) DK/No opinion453.8
Missing10 
TOTAL1,197100.0


CHSSPPR from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

Do you think the church should or should not suspend any priest accused of sexual abuse of children while the charge is investigated? (CHSSPPR)
TOTAL%
1) Should do1,05187.5
2) Should NOT do12810.7
8) DK/No opinion221.8
Missing6 
TOTAL1,201100.0


CHRMPRST from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

Do you think the church should or should not remove from the priesthood any priest found to have sexually abused a child? (CHRMPRST)
TOTAL%
1) Should do1,14795.7
2) Should NOT do373.1
8) DK/No opinion151.3
Missing8 
TOTAL1,199100.0


LAWCHREP from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

[If CHREPPOL is ‘should do], Should the church be required by law to [report to the police any accusation of sexual abuse of children by a priest], or should it be up to the church to decide? (LAWCHREP)
TOTAL%
1) Required by law96984.7
2) Up to church to decide16414.3
8) DK/No opinion111.0
Missing63 
TOTAL1,144100.0


LAWCHTLL from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

[If CHTLLPA is ‘should do], Should the church be required by law to [tell parishioners of any accusation of sexual abuse of children by a priest in their parish], or should it be up to the church to decide? (LAWCHTLL)
TOTAL%
1) Required by law68372.6
2) Up to church to decide25527.1
8) DK/No opinion30.3
Missing266 
TOTAL941100.0


LAWCHRMP from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

[If CHRMPRST is ‘should do], Should the church be required by law to [remove from the priesthood any priest found to have sexually abused a child], or should it be up to the church to decide? (LAWCHRMP)
TOTAL%
1) Required by law81971.5
2) Up to church to decide31427.4
8) DK/No opinion131.1
Missing61 
TOTAL1,146100.0


VATICAN from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

American cardinals will be meeting with church officials at the Vatican to discuss how the church handles the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests. Do you think this meeting will or will not produce meaningful improvements in the way the church handles the issue? (VATICAN)
TOTAL%
1) Will produce improvements77164.1
2) Will NOT produce improvements36130.0
8) DK/No opinion705.8
Missing6 
TOTAL1,202100.0


LAWCHSSP from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

[If CHSSPPR is ‘should do], Should the church be required by law to [suspend any priest accused of sexual abuse of children while the charge is investigated], or should it be up to the church to decide? (LAWCHSSP)
TOTAL%
1) Required by law69666.4
2) Up to church to decide34633.0
8) DK/No opinion60.6
Missing158 
TOTAL1,048100.0




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