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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. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 8 types:

[ Approve of Response? | Coverup? | Damage | Frequency | Importance | Knowledge | Punishment/Reaction | What Caused? ]

Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey. Click on "More" to see the response frequencies for a question, or click here to view all frequency tables.



Category 1:Approve of Response?
 

Does the respondent approve or disapprove of the manner in which the Catholic Church is handling the scandal?

Some questions fit within the "Approve of Response?" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 1 such variant.

[ Positive Changes? ]

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PRIESTS from ABC News Church Abuse, 2004

HNDLSA from ABC News Church Scandal Poll, 2002

PRABUS from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003

PRABUS3 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003

HANDLECH from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

HELPABUS from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

FEELINGS from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

HNDLSA from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

HNDLSA from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002


Variant:Positive Changes? (Approve of Response? variant)
 

Does the respondent believe/trust that the church will respond to the crisis in the correct way?

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CONFID from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

BISHMEET from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

VATICAN from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002


Category 2:Coverup?
 

Does the respondent believe that the Catholic Church has covered up the abuse of children by priests?

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SEXHANDL from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

COVERUP from ABC News Church Abuse, 2004

COVERUP from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

COVERNOW from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002


Category 3:Damage
 

This question type asks the respondent if the reputation of the church has been harmed by the crisis, or if it played a factor in him/her leaving the church.

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

INFABUS1 from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007

INFABUS2 from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007

HURTREP from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

PERFAITH from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

HURTREP from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002

PRSTABUS from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1993


Category 4:Frequency
 

How common is the sexual abuse of children by priests?

Some questions fit within the "Frequency" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 1 such variant.

[ Priests Abuse? ]

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FREQABUS from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

ABUSFREQ from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002


Variant:Priests Abuse? (Frequency variant)
 

This variant asks if the respondent believes that Catholic priests are more likely to abuse children than other men.

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PRIESTSA from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

PRSTMORE from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002


Category 5:Importance
 

This question type asks the respondent the level of crisis the Church is facing.

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

ABUSEPR from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

ABUSECR from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

ABUSPRST from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002


Category 6:Knowledge
 

This question type asks the respondent about his/her level of awareness about the Catholic sex abuse scandal.

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SEXABUSE from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002


Category 7:Punishment/Reaction
 

This question type asks the respondent what should happen to priests found to have abused children, or to church leaders who did not manage accused priests properly.

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ABUSEONE from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

CHSTPROC from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

CHREPPOL from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

CHTLLPA from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

CHSSPPR from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

CHRMPRST from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

LAWCHREP from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

LAWCHTLL from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

LAWCHSSP from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

LAWCHRMP from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002

CARDLAW from ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002


Category 8:What Caused?
 

This question type asks the respondent if a particular factor contributed to the sex abuse problem in the Catholic Church.

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PRNOMAR from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

PRNOWOM from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

PRTRANS from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

PRNOPOL from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

PRSHORT from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

PRVATIC from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

PRTMARRY from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002

OR1PRNOM from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

OR2PRNOP from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

OR3PRPRH from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

OR4PRSCR from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

PRNOMAR from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

PRNOPOL from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

PRPRHOMO from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

PRSCREEN from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002



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