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Poverty, Religious Obligation

Attitudes about whether this is a religious obligation to help the poor


Below are 21 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept.

  • GCNOPOOR from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1999LEARN 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 or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic without donating time or money to help the poor? (GCNOPOOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INVOLVE from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1999LEARN MORE
    • As a Catholic, how important is each of the following to you? Would you say church involvement in activities directed towards social justice and helping the poor are very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? (INVOLVE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GCTHPOOR from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005LEARN 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 or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic…G. Without donating time or money to help the poor? (GCTHPOOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • HELPPOOR from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005LEARN MORE
    • As a Catholic, how important is each of the following to you? Would you say the following is or are very important, somewhat important, or not important at all? G. Helping the poor (HELPPOOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WORK from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of PentecostalsLEARN MORE
    • [Question asked only if respondent belongs to a particular religion.] Now I am going to read you a series of statements on some different topics. For each one, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly disagree with it, or completely disagree with it. [IF CHRISTIAN: Christians] [IF JEWISH: Jews] [IF MUSLIM: Muslims] [IF OTHER RELIGION: INSERT RELIGION][IF ELSE: Religious people] ______ have a responsibility to work for justice for the poor. (WORK) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RLPOORVC from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • Would you like religious groups to take a more active role on each of the following, or a less active role? OR Think now about mainline protestant denominations, such as Presbyterians, Methodists and Lutherans. Would you like these religious groups to take a more active role on each of the following, or a less active role? (See variable RLPREF to see which introduction the respondent received) -- giving poor people a voice in public affairs (RLPOORVC) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SERPOOR from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ATTENDED RELIGIOUS SERVICES AT LEAST A FEW TIMES A YEAR AND ARE MEMBERS OF A PLACE OF WORSHIP. During the past year, have you heard a sermon, lecture, or group discussion in your congregation that dealt with any the following? -- the governments policies toward the poor (SERPOOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EMPHPOOR from Economic Values Survey, 1992LEARN MORE
    • Would you like to see churches and synagogues emphasize each of the following a lot more, somewhat more, somewhat less, or a lot less? -- provide job training, housing, and other services for the poor (EMPHPOOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NOPOOR 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 donating time or money to help the poor. (NOPOOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • HOMELESS from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF A CHURCH OR A SYNAGOGUE: Does your congregation help sponsor any of the following? - Providing shelter for the homeless (HOMELESS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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