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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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
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Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
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Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
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Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


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
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


 

Subcategories
Approve of Response?Does the respondent approve or disapprove of the manner in which the Catholic Church is handling the scandal?
Coverup?Does the respondent believe that the Catholic Church has covered up the abuse of children by priests?
DamageThis 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.
FrequencyHow common is the sexual abuse of children by priests?
ImportanceThis question type asks the respondent the level of crisis the Church is facing.
KnowledgeThis question type asks the respondent about his/her level of awareness about the Catholic sex abuse scandal.
Punishment/ReactionThis 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.
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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