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Pope, Belief and Attitudes

Beliefs about the Pope and attitudes about the Pope.


Below are 63 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept.

  • POPESPKS from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • We are interested in what American Catholics think about religious matters. Please select the answer from this card that comes closest to your own personal opinion about the following statement: under certain conditions, the pope is infallible when he speaks on matters of faith and morals. (POPESPKS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPESPKY from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • We are interested in what American Catholics think about religious matters. Please select the answer from this card that comes closest to your own personal opinion about the following statement: Under certain conditions, the Pope is infallible when he speaks on matters of faith and morals. (POPESPKY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPESPKS from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Asked only OF Catholics: Under certain conditions the Pope is infallible when he speaks on matters of faith and morals. (POPESPKS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPESPKS from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • We are interested in what American Catholics think about religious matters. Please select the answer from this card that comes closest to your own personal opinion about the following statement: Under certain conditions, the pope is infallible when he speaks on matters of faith and morals. (POPESPKS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • OPINION5 from Religion and Politics Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Now Id like your views on some people and things in the news. As I read from a list, please tell me which category best describes your overall opinion of -- Pope John Paul II (OPINION5) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PPLPOPE from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Now Id like your views on some people. Would you say your overall opinion of Pope Benedict the sixteenth is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? [Asked only if FORM = 1.] (PPLPOPE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • OPPOPEBN from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2007LEARN MORE
    • Would you say your overall opinion of Pope Benedict the Sixteenth is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPPOPEBN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPEHRD from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2007LEARN MORE
    • In 2005, Pope Benedict the sixteenth became head of the Roman Catholic Church. How much have you heard about Pope Benedict…a lot, a little, or nothing at all? (POPEHRD) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPELBCN from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2007LEARN MORE
    • And how would you describe Pope Benedict the sixteenth…is he very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal or very liberal? (POPELBCN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ACCJOKE from ABC News Religion Poll, 1997LEARN MORE
    • Im going to mention some items and ask you to please tell me whether you think each is acceptable or not acceptable to you personally. Telling a joke about the Pope? (ACCJOKE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • F16POPE from State of Disunion Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Next, I will read off the names of some people in the news. As I read each name, tell me if your opinion of them is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable-or if you have never heard of them. P. Pope John Paul II (F16POPE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • THERM9 from Americas EvangelicalsLEARN MORE
    • Now, Id like to rate your feelings toward some people and organizations, with one hundred meaning a VERY WARM, FAVORABLE feeling; zero meaning a VERY COLD, UNFAVORABLE feeling; and fifty meaning not particularly warm or cold. You can use any number from zero to one hundred, the higher the number the more favorable your feelings are toward that person or organization. If you have no opinion or never heard of that person or organization, please say so. Give Pope John Paul II a rating, with 100 meaning a very warm, favorable feeling; zero meaning a very cold, unfavorable feeling; and 50 meaning not particularly warm or cold. (IF DONT KNOW:) Would you say you are unable to give an opinion of Pope John Paul II, or have you never heard of Pope John Paul II? (THERM9) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INFALLI from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1987LEARN MORE
    • The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions. -- Without believing in the infallibility of the Pope. (INFALLI) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • C_FEELPB from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: the New Pope, 2005LEARN MORE
    • How would you describe your feelings about the selection of Ratzinger (RAT-zinger) as pope: very enthusiastic, somewhat enthusiastic, not too enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_FEELPB) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • C_PBCHNG from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: the New Pope, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Do you think Pope Benedict should maintain the traditional policies of the Church, or should he change Church policies to reflect the attitudes and lifestyles of Catholics today? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBCHNG) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • C_PBHMRT from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: the New Pope, 2005LEARN MORE
    • 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 encouraging human rights?--How high a priority should encouraging human rights be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBHMRT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • C_PBPRST from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: the New Pope, 2005LEARN MORE
    • 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 making it attractive for people to serve as priests?--How high a priority should making it attractive for people to serve as priests be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBPRST) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • C_PBRELT from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: the New Pope, 2005LEARN MORE
    • 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 improving the Catholic Churchs relations with other religions?--How high a priority should improving the Catholic Churchs relations with other religions be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBRELT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • C_PBSEXA from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: the New Pope, 2005LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • C_PBTRAD from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: the New Pope, 2005LEARN MORE
    • 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. The first is preserving the churchs traditions.--How high a priority should preserving the churchs traditions be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBTRAD) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • C_PBWILL from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: the New Pope, 2005LEARN MORE
    • What do you think Pope Benedict WILL do: maintain the traditional policies of the Church, or change Church policies to reflect the attitudes and lifestyles of Catholics today? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBWILL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • C_PBWOMN from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: the New Pope, 2005LEARN MORE
    • 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 responding to the concerns of women in the church? --How high a priority should responding to the concerns of women in the church be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBWOMN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • C_PBYNG from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: the New Pope, 2005LEARN MORE
    • 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 responding to the concerns of young Catholics?--How high a priority should responding to the concerns of young Catholics be for Pope Benedict? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_PBYNG) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPE from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • Do you approve or disapprove of the way Pope John Paul the Second has handled his job as pope? [INTERVIEWER NOTE: Get answer and then ask: Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?] (POPE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPE1 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • How would you rate the job John Paul the Second has done preserving the churchs traditions - excellent, good, not so good or poor? (POPE1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPE10 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • How would you rate the job John Paul the Second has done setting a personal moral example - excellent, good, not so good or poor? (POPE10) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPE2 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • How would you rate the job John Paul the Second has done making Catholicism appealing to people today - excellent, good, not so good or poor? (POPE2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPE3 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • How would you rate the job John Paul the Second has done responding to the concerns of women in the church - excellent, good, not so good or poor? (POPE3) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPE4 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • How would you rate the job John Paul the Second has done responding to the concerns of young Catholics - excellent, good, not so good or poor? (POPE4) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPE5 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • How would you rate the job John Paul the Second has done making it attractive for people to serve as priests - excellent, good, not so good or poor? (POPE5) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPE6 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • How would you rate the job John Paul the Second has done improving the Catholic Churchs relations with other religions - excellent, good, not so good or poor? (POPE6) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPE7 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • How would you rate the job John Paul the Second has done encouraging democracy around the world - excellent, good, not so good or poor? (POPE7) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPE8 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • How would you rate the job John Paul the Second has done encouraging human rights - excellent, good, not so good or poor? (POPE8) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPE9 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • How would you rate the job John Paul the Second has done improving respect for the Roman Catholic Church - excellent, good, not so good or poor? (POPE9) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRABUS3 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INFALLIB from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007LEARN MORE
    • Please tell me how important each aspect of Catholicism is to your Catholic identity? Is it very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all? How important is . . .? An infallible Pope (INFALLIB) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • LDPOPE from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002LEARN MORE
    • [Asked of Catholics only] How satisfied are you with the leadership provided by the Pope - very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? (LDPOPE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ADPOPE from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Here are some people that have been in the news. Please tell me how much you admire each of them: greatly admire, somewhat admire, do not admire, or dont you know enough about the person to say -- Pope John Paul II. (ADPOPE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INFLPOPE from Harris 1979 ABC News Survey No.792113LEARN MORE
    • ASKED OF THOSE WHOSE SAID THEIR RELIGION WAS PROTESTANT, JEWISH, OTHER, NONE, OR NOT SURE: As far as the world outside the Catholic Church goes, compared to 15 years ago, do you feel that today the Pope has more influence and authority on non-religious matters in the world, less influence, or about the same amount of influence as he had 15 years ago? (INFLPOPE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPEGOOD from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1992LEARN MORE
    • We are asking about church issues, in your case, Catholic church issues. For each, please tell me whether you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly. -- Pope John Paul II is doing a good job leading the Church. (POPEGOOD) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QA2 from Harris 1967 Survey on Catholics View of their ChurchLEARN MORE
    • For a Catholic the principal teacher of the faith is: (QA2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INFALLIB from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1993LEARN MORE
    • The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions. -- Without believing in the infallibility of the Pope. (INFALLIB) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POPEVATN from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1993LEARN MORE
    • In the last five years, has your confidence in the Pope and the Vatican changed? Have you become more confident in them, less confident, or has there been no change? (POPEVATN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INFALLIB from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963LEARN MORE
    • Would you please think about each of the religious beliefs listed below and then indicate how certain you are that it is true. -- The Pope is infallible in matters of faith. (INFALLIB) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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