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Does the respondent have a negative\positive, warm\cold, favorable\unfavorable view of Catholics? Do they favor\oppose allowing Catholics to take part in social institutions?

Below are 48 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey.

ANTICATH from Harris 1969 New York City Racial and Religious Survey, No. 1925, Jewish

Now I want to ask you about different groups in the city. For each tell me if you think there really is a lot of anti-Semitic feeling in that group, some but not a lot, or almost none. - Catholics (ANTICATH)
TOTAL%
1) A lot467.4
2) Some not a lot21534.5
3) Almost none18830.1
4) Not sure17528.0
TOTAL624100.0


Q50O from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q50 How much would you say that you trust the following people or groups ..o. Catholics (Q50O)
TOTAL%
1) A lot30418.4
2) Some1,15470.0
3) Only a little1549.3
4) Not at all372.2
TOTAL1649100.0


VCF0204 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

Catholics -- feeling thermometer (VCF0204)
TOTAL%
0) 02281.1
1) 160.0
2) 220.0
3) 330.0
4) 410.0
5) 5100.0
6) 620.0
7) 710.0
8) 840.0
9) 910.0
10) 10560.3
15) 151430.7
19) 1910.0
20) 20430.2
24) 2410.0
25) 25390.2
30) 302711.3
35) 35210.1
40) 405522.7
42) 4220.0
43) 4310.0
45) 45310.1
49) 4950.0
50) 505,73427.7
51) 5130.0
52) 5220.0
55) 55410.2
57) 5710.0
59) 5910.0
60) 601,8348.9
62) 6210.0
63) 6310.0
65) 65830.4
66) 6610.0
68) 6820.0
70) 702,48612.0
73) 7310.0
75) 753921.9
78) 7820.0
80) 805302.6
85) 852,19910.6
88) 8810.0
90) 903091.5
92) 9240.0
93) 9330.0
95) 95610.3
97) 97-100 degrees2,28111.0
98) Dont know7733.7
99) NA; no Post IW2,51412.2
TOTAL20684100.0


CATHTEMP from General Social Survey, 2004

Temperature toward Catholics 0=Cold;100=Hot Id like to get your feelings toward groups that are in the news these days. I will use something we call the feeling thermometer, and here is how it works. Ill read the name of a groups and Id like you to rate that group using the feeling thermometer. Ratings between 50 degrees and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warm toward the group. Ratings between 0 degrees and 50 degrees mean that you dont feel favorable toward the group and that you dont care too much for that group. How would you rate Catholics? (998 = Dont know/999=No answer) (CATHTEMP)
TOTAL%
TOTAL0100.0


IDOLS from General Social Survey, 2004

The statues and images in Catholic churches are idols. (IDOLS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree16812.6
2) Agree32424.2
3) Neither agree nor disagree44833.5
4) Disagree23517.6
5) Strongly disagree1158.6
8) Dont know302.2
9) No answer171.3
TOTAL1337100.0


ROSARIES from General Social Survey, 2004

Catholic rosaries and holy medals are superstitious. (ROSARIES)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree937.0
2) Agree20815.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree43632.6
4) Disagree38328.6
5) Strongly disagree16612.4
8) Dont know332.5
9) No answer181.3
TOTAL1337100.0


NOTTHINK from General Social Survey, 2004

Catholics really are not permitted to think for themselves. (NOTTHINK)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree554.1
2) Agree18213.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree42832.0
4) Disagree42832.0
5) Strongly disagree18714.0
8) Dont know392.9
9) No answer181.3
TOTAL1337100.0


CATHTHRM from American National Election Studies, 2004

Feeling Thermometer: Catholics (CATHTHRM)
TOTAL%
TOTAL0100.0


CATH INFL from American National Election Studies, 2000

What about CATHOLICS? (Would you say they have too much influence, just about the right amount of influence, or too little influence?) (CATH INFL)
TOTAL%
0) NA; INAP25113.9
1) TOO MUCH INFLUENCE25013.8
2) JUST ABOUT THE RIGHT AMOUNT1,05058.1
3) TOO LITTLE INFLUENCE1437.9
8) DK975.4
9) REFUSED150.8
TOTAL1806100.0


CCHRCTHR from American National Election Studies, 2004

Feeling Thermometer: the Catholic Church (CCHRCTHR)
TOTAL%
TOTAL0100.0


INFCTHLC from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000

Now Im going to mention certain religious groups and organizations. Please tell me whether you would like to see them have more influence in shaping public opinion on important social issues, or less influence. -- Roman Catholics (INFCTHLC)
TOTAL%
1) More1,99035.5
2) Less2,47844.2
3) (VOL) Stay the same4367.8
4) (VOL) Dont know/refused69912.5
TOTAL5603100.0


GRPCATH from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

Thinking about specific religious groups, what is your overall opinion of: Catholics? (GRPCATH)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable70419.4
2) Mostly favorable1,98754.8
3) Mostly unfavorable3299.1
4) Very unfavorable1303.6
5) Never heard of70.2
8) Cant rate39310.8
9) Refused772.1
TOTAL3,627100.0


PRESCATH from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2007

Would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who is Catholic, or wouldnt this matter to you? (PRESCATH)
TOTAL%
1) More likely to support38012.5
2) Less likely to support2277.4
3) Wouldnt matter/No difference2,40778.9
9) Dont Know/Refused381.2
TOTAL3,052100.0


OPRELGR1 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2003

Now thinking about some specific religious groups... Is your overall opinion of Catholics very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPRELGR1)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable41920.9
2) Mostly favorable1,00650.2
3) Mostly unfavorable22311.1
4) Very unfavorable1125.6
5) Never heard of20.1
9) Cant rate24012.0
TOTAL2002100.0


RELCATH from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005

Now thinking about some specific religious groups… Is your overall opinion of Catholics very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? [Asked only if FORM = 1.] (RELCATH)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable51923.5
2) Mostly favorable1,09149.4
3) Mostly unfavorable23110.5
4) Very unfavorable873.9
8) Cant rate22010.0
9) Refused592.7
Missing2,200 
TOTAL2,207100.0


V085064C from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

How would you rate: Catholics? (V085064C)
TOTAL%
-9) Refused130.6
-8) Dont know (dont know where to rate)411.8
-6) Thermometer: dont know who this is20.1
-2) No Post-election IW2219.5
0) 0120.5
15) 15170.7
30) 30190.8
40) 40622.7
45) 4510.0
50) 5056024.1
52) 5210.0
55) 5520.1
60) 6023710.2
65) 6540.2
68) 6810.0
70) 7034714.9
75) 75180.8
80) 80150.6
85) 8538616.6
90) 9090.4
95) 9520.1
100) 10035315.2
TOTAL2323100.0


OPCATHS from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2007

Is your overall opinion of Catholics very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPCATHS)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable64321.1
2) Mostly favorable1,67054.7
3) Mostly unfavorable31110.2
4) Very unfavorable1384.5
5) Never heard of30.1
8) Cant rate2407.9
9) Dont Know/Refused481.6
TOTAL3,053100.0


CATHTEMP from General Social Survey, 1988

Temperature toward Catholics 0=Cold;100=Hot (CATHTEMP)
TOTAL%
TOTAL0100.0


CATHTHRM from American National Election Studies, 2002

THERMOMETER RATING: CATHOLICS [887=Dont recognize; 888=Dont know where to rate; 889=Refused; 999=NA] (CATHTHRM)
TOTAL%
TOTAL0100.0


RCC_THRM from American National Election Studies, 2002

THERMOMETER RATING: THE CATHOLIC CHURCH [887=Dont recognize; 888=Dont know where to rate; 889=Refused; 999=NA] (RCC_THRM)
TOTAL%
TOTAL0100.0


CATHCHRC from ABC News Church Abuse, 2004

Overall would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (CATHCHRC)
TOTAL%
1) Favorable51953.7
2) Unfavorable31832.9
8) DK/No Opinion13013.4
Missing34 
TOTAL967100.0


FAVCATH from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

Now Id like your views on some specific religious groups. Is your overall opinion of Catholics very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (FAVCATH)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable89319.1
2) Mostly favorable2,57555.0
3) Mostly unfavorable47710.2
4) Very unfavorable1503.2
5) Never heard of190.4
8) Cant rate4539.7
9) Refused1152.5
TOTAL4,682100.0


QN14_C from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

Is your overall opinion of Catholics very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (QN14_C)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable1,63840.8
2) Mostly favorable1,13428.2
3) Mostly unfavorable3568.9
4) Very unfavorable3568.9
5) Never heard of120.3
6) Cant rate2947.3
8) Dont know1694.2
9) Refused571.4
TOTAL4016100.0


CATH_A from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

Now thinking about some specific religious groups... Is your overall opinion of Catholics very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (Q141A) [NOTE: CATH_A through BUDDH_A were read together as a block, but were read in random order within the block (except that ATHEIS_A was always read last).] (CATH_A)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable1,71519.4
2) Mostly favorable4,23548.0
3) Mostly unfavorable8049.1
4) Very unfavorable3534.0
5) Never heard of (VOL.)110.1
8) Cant rate (VOL.)1,14012.9
9) Refused (VOL.)5726.5
Missing8,829 
TOTAL8,830100.0


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

On another subject, overall would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (Note: asked of Catholics only.) (C_OPINCC)
TOTAL%
1) Favorable59556.0
2) Unfavorable38736.4
8) DK/No opinion817.6
Missing19 
TOTAL1,063100.0


CATHOPIN from ABC News Church Scandal Poll, 2002

On another subject...overall, would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (CATHOPIN)
TOTAL%
1) Favorable47240.4
2) Unfavorable60551.8
8) DK/No opinion907.7
Missing40 
TOTAL1,167100.0


FTCATHS from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006

50E6. Catholics? (FTCATHS)
TOTAL%
0) 01972.0
1) 1140.1
2) 260.1
3) 380.1
4) 450.1
5) 5270.3
6) 600.0
7) 710.0
8) 840.0
9) 940.0
10) 10540.6
11) 1110.0
12) 1260.1
15) 15100.1
16) 1620.0
20) 20570.6
22) 2210.0
25) 25740.8
30) 30931.0
33) 3310.0
35) 35140.1
37) 3710.0
40) 401281.3
44) 4400.0
45) 45180.2
48) 4820.0
49) 4930.0
50) 503,64037.4
51) 5130.0
52) 5200.0
55) 55180.2
57) 5720.0
58) 5800.0
60) 602792.9
62) 6210.0
65) 65590.6
67) 6720.0
68) 6810.0
70) 703673.8
71) 7110.0
72) 7230.0
75) 758148.4
76) 7670.1
77) 7750.1
78) 7820.0
79) 7910.0
80) 807197.4
81) 8130.0
83) 8360.1
84) 8430.0
85) 851101.1
86) 8620.0
87) 8730.0
88) 8810.0
89) 8930.0
90) 905325.5
91) 9100.0
92) 9200.0
93) 9300.0
94) 9420.0
95) 95830.9
96) 9630.0
97) 9740.0
98) 98210.2
99) 99240.2
100) 1002,11621.7
888) Dont know920.9
999) Refused820.8
TOTAL9,745100.0


CATOPN from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003

(CATHOLIC OVERSAMPLE) On another subject, overall would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (CATOPN)
TOTAL%
1) Favorable60248.1
2) Unfavorable54743.7
8) DK/No opinion1028.2
Missing30 
TOTAL1,251100.0


VIEWCATH from Harris 1979 ABC News Survey No.792113

ASKED OF THOSE WHOSE SAID THEIR RELIGION WAS PROTESTANT, JEWISH, OTHER, NONE, OR NOT SURE: Compared to 15 years ago, as far as you personally are concerned, do you feel more positive about Catholics, more negative, or have you not changed your views much at all? (VIEWCATH)
TOTAL%
1) More positive12712.0
2) More negative565.3
3) Not changed views much83278.9
4) Not sure393.7
TOTAL1054100.0


NEICATH from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996

I am going to name various groups of people. Please tell me whether or not you would like to have these groups as neighbors, if it wouldnt make any difference to you, or if you would prefer not to have them as neighbors. -- Catholics. (NEICATH)
TOTAL%
1) Would like12719.5
2) Make no difference50377.1
3) Prefer not182.8
4) Dont know/No answer40.6
TOTAL652100.0


CATHCHUR from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

Overall, would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (CATHCHUR)
TOTAL%
1) Favorable57154.6
2) Unfavorable35534.0
8) DK/No opinion11911.4
Missing41 
TOTAL1,045100.0


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


PWRCATH from Harris 1979 ABC News Survey No.792113

ASKED OF THOSE WHOSE SAID THEIR RELIGION WAS PROTESTANT, JEWISH, OTHER, NONE, OR NOT SURE: Do you feel the Catholic Church has too much power and wealth here in the U.S., too little, or about the right amount of power and wealth, considering the number of Catholics in the U.S.? (PWRCATH)
TOTAL%
1) Too much power and wealth 25824.5
2) Too little power and wealth 252.4
3) About the right amount of power and wealth 58055.0
4) Not sure19218.2
TOTAL1055100.0


PRESCATH from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996

If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for President would you vote for the following if that person happened to be the following -- Catholic. (PRESCATH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes58389.6
2) No355.4
3) Dont know/No answer335.1
TOTAL651100.0


CLCATH from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996

Here are some groups and organizations that have been in the news. Please tell me how close you feel to each of them: very close, close, neutral, far, very far, or dont know enough about the group or organization to say. -- Catholics. (CLCATH)
TOTAL%
1) Very close8312.7
2) Close21633.2
3) Neutral24938.2
4) Far426.5
5) Very far121.8
6) Dont know477.2
7) Refused20.3
TOTAL651100.0


INFCATH from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996

Do you feel that the following groups have too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence in our society? -- The Catholic Church. (INFCATH)
TOTAL%
1) Too much influence15323.5
2) Too little influence35754.9
3) Right amount of influence8613.2
4) Dont know/No answer548.3
TOTAL650100.0


OPCATHOL from Campaign 2000 Typology Survey

Now Id like your opinion of some religious groups. Would you say your overall opinion of Catholics is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPCATHOL)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable82228.7
2) Mostly favorable1,39548.8
3) Mostly unfavorable1806.3
4) Very unfavorable1013.5
5) Never heard of30.1
8) Cant rate2237.8
9) Refused1374.8
Missing5,622 
TOTAL2,861100.0


OPINCATH from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002

Overall, would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (OPINCATH)
TOTAL%
1) Favorable63263.7
2) Unfavorable25926.1
8) DK/No opinion10110.2
TOTAL992100.0


CATHOPIN from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

Overall, would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (CATHOPIN)
TOTAL%
1) Favorable46247.4
2) Unfavorable44145.2
8) DK/No opinion727.4
Missing30 
TOTAL975100.0


FAVCATH from Mid-November Survey, 2001

For the following group or organization, please indicate which category best describes your overall opinion of that group or organization. Would you say your overall opinion of Catholics is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (FAVCATH)
TOTAL%
1) Very favorable80428.9
2) Mostly favorable1,35448.7
3) Mostly unfavorable1385.0
4) Very unfavorable782.8
5) Never heard of60.2
8) Cant rate32011.5
9) Refused782.8
TOTAL2,778100.0


RELPWR3 from Williamsburg Charter Survey On Religion and Public Life, 1987

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE WHO THINK THERE ARE RELIGIOUS GROUPS IN AMERICA WHO HAVE TOO MUCH POWER AND INFLUENCE: Which religious groups have too much power and influence? Third mention (RELPWR3)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable3,30898.4
5) Catholics10.0
7) Fundamentalists20.1
8) Jews110.3
9) Moonies10.0
10) Moral Majority110.3
11) Mormons70.2
13) TV preachers50.1
30) Jewish Anti-Defamation League10.0
32) Muslims/Moslems10.0
33) Whites20.1
35) Right to Life10.0
40) Jehovah Witnesses10.0
41) Bakkers-PTL20.1
43) Ku Klux Klan20.1
46) Pat Robertson10.0
47) Scientology20.1
48) Protestants10.0
66) Lutheran20.1
98) Dont Know10.0
TOTAL3363100.0


RELPWR2 from Williamsburg Charter Survey On Religion and Public Life, 1987

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE WHO THINK THERE ARE RELIGIOUS GROUPS IN AMERICA WHO HAVE TOO MUCH POWER AND INFLUENCE: Which religious groups have too much power and influence? Second mention (RELPWR2)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable3,09592.0
3) Baptists20.1
4) Born-again Christians10.0
5) Catholics421.2
6) Cults and sects60.2
7) Fundamentalists140.4
8) Jews561.7
9) Moonies110.3
10) Moral Majority381.1
11) Mormons200.6
12) Secular humanists10.0
13) TV preachers210.6
14) Other10.0
29) PACs10.0
31) Religious Right10.0
38) Southern Baptists10.0
40) Jehovahs Witnesses70.2
41) Bakkers-PTL100.3
42) Satanic worshipers10.0
43) Ku Klux Klan10.0
44) Christians10.0
45) Seventh-day Adventists10.0
46) Pat Robertson10.0
48) Protestants80.2
49) Bible Speaks10.0
61) Pentecostals40.1
62) Evangelists20.1
63) Hare Krishnas20.1
65) Oral Roberts10.0
69) Church of God10.0
70) Liberals10.0
71) TV religions20.1
72) All religions30.1
75) National Council of Churches20.1
86) Unification Church10.0
98) Dont Know20.1
TOTAL3363100.0


RELPWR1 from Williamsburg Charter Survey On Religion and Public Life, 1987

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE WHO THINK THERE ARE RELIGIOUS GROUPS IN AMERICA WHO HAVE TOO MUCH POWER AND INFLUENCE: Which religious groups have too much power and influence? First mention (RELPWR1)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable2,39971.3
1) General or vague220.7
2) Atheists40.1
3) Baptists651.9
4) Born-again Christians371.1
5) Catholics33510.0
6) Cults and sects180.5
7) Fundamentalists361.1
8) Jews511.5
9) Moonies140.4
10) Moral Majority1374.1
11) Mormons371.1
12) Secular humanists30.1
13) TV preachers561.7
28) Zionists10.0
32) Muslims50.1
34) Billy Graham10.0
38) Southern Baptists10.0
39) Mennonites10.0
40) Jehovahs Witnesses80.2
41) Bakkers-PTL130.4
42) Satanic worshipers20.1
43) Ku Klux Klan40.1
44) Christians40.1
45) Seventh-day Adventists10.0
46) Pat Robertson20.1
47) Scientology10.0
48) Protestants30.1
60) New Age movement10.0
61) Pentecostals60.2
62) Evangelists80.2
63) Hare Krishnas50.1
65) Oral Roberts10.0
67) Episcopalians10.0
68) Mafia10.0
71) TV religions10.0
72) All religions40.1
73) Terrorists-survivalist10.0
74) National Black Caucus10.0
76) Wealthy10.0
77) Homosexuals10.0
78) Greeks20.1
85) Jim Jones10.0
97) Rather not say30.1
98) Dont Know641.9
TOTAL3363100.0


PRESCATH from Williamsburg Charter Survey On Religion and Public Life, 1987

If a presidential candidate belongs to a political party you like and has many views you like, would you be willing to vote for such a person if the person is Catholic? (PRESCATH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes2,14986.0
2) No2138.5
8) Dont know1385.5
TOTAL2500100.0


PWRCTHL from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

Many people say some groups have too much power in this country and some have not enough, but they often disagree on which groups have too much or too little. For each of the following groups of people in America, please decide whether you think they have too much power, too little, or about the right amount of power in our nations affairs. -- Catholics (PWRCTHL)
TOTAL%
1) Too much power1,11445.8
2) Too little power1225.0
3) Just the right amount of power1,19549.2
TOTAL2431100.0


CTHLMPOS from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

One of the ways to help reduce tensions between groups is to get out into the open things about one group that bother people in the other group. Here is a list of things that Protestants have said about Catholics and Catholics have said about Protestants. For each statement, would you please indicate how you feel: Do you feel it is true, tends to be true, tends to be false, or is false? -- Catholics try to impose their religious practices on others. (CTHLMPOS)
TOTAL%
1) True47317.5
2) Tends to be true76028.1
3) Tends to be false74527.5
4) False73127.0
TOTAL2709100.0


ROMANCAT from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

We would like you to imagine, for a moment, that for some reason you could no longer continue to attend a church of your present denomination. Below is a list of other denominations that it would be possible for you to attend. We would like you to consider each and decide for yourself how comfortable and at home you think you would feel in each. -- Roman Catholic Church (ROMANCAT)
TOTAL%
1) Very comfortable32813.5
2) Comfortable2409.9
3) A little uncomfortable42817.6
4) Uncomfortable1,28853.0
5) Dont know enough about this denomination to say1456.0
TOTAL2429100.0


VOTECTH from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1999

If your party nominated someone for president who was generally well qualified and happened to be Catholic, would you vote for the candidate? (VOTECTH)
TOTAL%
1) Would vote for candidate78692.8
2) Would not vote for candidate161.9
3) Depends [Volunteered]242.8
4) Dont know/Cant say/No answer212.5
TOTAL847100.0




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