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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 obeying the Church hierarchys teaching on birth control? (GCYESBC)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 3,275 71
2) No 1,184 25.7
3) Dont know 132 2.9
4) Refused 20 0.4
TOTAL4,611100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Q12f. By your best guess, how would your current place of worship feel about each of the following behaviors? Use of contraception (CONTRA)
  TOTAL %
1) Forbids 209 17.4
2) Strongly discourages 130 10.8
3) Somewhat discourages 105 8.7
4) Encourages 167 13.9
5) Isnt concerned 324 27
8) Dont know 267 22.2
TOTAL1,202100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


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…B. Without obeying the Church hierarchys teaching on birth control? (GCTHBC)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 659 75.3
2) No 211 24.1
3) Dont know 5 0.6
TOTAL875100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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 obeying the Churchs teaching regarding birth control. (BRTHOBEY)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 959 66.2
2) No 394 27.2
3) Not sure /Refused 95 6.6
TOTAL1,448100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


To be a good Catholic, do you have to . . .? Obey the Churchs teaching on birth control (GDCTH_9)
  TOTAL %
-3) -3 0 0
-2) Dont know/Undecided 4 1
-1) Refused 0 0
1) Yes 106 26.8
2) No 286 72.2
TOTAL396100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Most of us probably feel that failure to live up to the Lords commandments will have an adverse effect on our standing in His eyes, but that weakness in some commandments might be more serious than weakness in others. By circling the appropriate numbers below, please indicate how serious you believe each of the following to be -- Using artificial birth control measures (BRTHCTRL)
  TOTAL %
1) Very serious 150 16.8
2) Fairly serious 130 14.6
3) Not very serious 256 28.7
4) Scarcely matters at all 271 30.4
5) Cant decide 85 9.5
TOTAL892100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Regional samples of Mormons in Salt Lake City, UT and San Francisco, CA
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Do you feel that a priests word is morally binding; that it is a moral obligation to do what he says or isnt it, when he talks about birth control laws? (Q12E3)
  TOTAL %
1) Morally binding 623 63.5
2) Not morally binding 266 27.1
3) Not sure 92 9.4
TOTAL981100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


As you know, the Church has under discussion possible changes in the rules about birth control. Do you think some kind of change should be made or not? (Q22A)
  TOTAL %
1) Favor change 719 72.7
2) Oppose change 161 16.3
3) Not sure 109 11
TOTAL989100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


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 obeying the Churchs teaching regarding birth control. (BRTHOBEY)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 1,344 73.1
2) No 442 24
3) Not sure/Refused 53 2.9
TOTAL1,839100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Now looking at the following list of items, would you please indicate whether you think it will definitely prevent salvation, possibly prevent salvation, or probably has no influence on salvation. -- Practicing artificial birth control (BTHCNTRL)
  TOTAL %
1) Definitely prevent salvation 164 6.2
2) May possibly prevent salvation 387 14.7
3) Probably has no influence on salvation 2,074 79
TOTAL2,625100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Most of us probably feel that failure to live up to the Lords commandments will have an adverse effect on our standing in His eyes, but that weakness in some commandments might be more serious than weakness in others. By circling the appropriate numbers below, please indicate how serious you believe each of the following to be -- Using artificial birth control measures (BRTHCTRL)
  TOTAL %
1) Very serious 36 13
2) Fairly serious 27 9.8
3) Not very serious 54 19.6
4) Scarcely matters at all 123 44.6
5) Cant decide 36 13
TOTAL276100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


For/Against: What about allowing advertisements for birth control to be shown on television? (87) (TVADS)
  TOTAL %
-1) RF/DK 20 4
0) Against 0 0
1) For 483 96
TOTAL503100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


ASKED OF THOSE WHOSE SAID THEIR RELIGION WAS PROTESTANT, JEWISH, OTHER, NONE, OR NOT SURE: Do you feel strongly opposed to the Catholic Churchs opposition to birth control, only somewhat opposed, or not opposed at all? (BRTHCNTL)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly opposed 339 32.2
2) Only somewhat opposed 243 23.1
3) Not opposed at all 398 37.8
4) Not sure 73 6.9
TOTAL1,053100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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. -- The Church should permit couples to make their own decisions about forms of birth control. (BRTHCTRL)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly Agree 1,104 68.1
2) Somewhat Agree 312 19.2
3) Somewhat Disagree 63 3.9
4) Strongly Disagree 100 6.2
5) Dont know/Refused 43 2.7
TOTAL1,622100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you favor or oppose the Catholic church allowing the use of birth control pills? (Q22J)
  TOTAL %
1) Favor 621 63.4
2) Oppose 226 23.1
3) Not sure 133 13.6
TOTAL980100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


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 interfere with the rights of others to practice birth control if they wish. (CTHBTHCT)
  TOTAL %
1) True 827 31
2) Tends to be true 758 28.5
3) Tends to be false 498 18.7
4) False 581 21.8
TOTAL2,664100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Agree/Disagree: A woman over the age of 18 should be able to buy emergency contraception over the counter. (Meaning, the morning-after-pill, taken to prevent a possible pregnancy.) (07) (PILLOKAY)
  TOTAL %
-1) RF/DK 40 7.2
0) Disagree 0 0
1) Agree 515 92.8
TOTAL555100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


I am going to read you some situations where a woman might consider having an abortion. For each situation, I want you to tell me whether you, personally, feel an abortion would be acceptable or unacceptable. J. If a couple is using abortion as a repeated means of birth control - is it acceptable or not during the first 3 months? (WBIRCON1)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable 215 9.9
2) Unacceptable 65 3
3) Dont know 1,894 87.1
TOTAL2,174100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Other
Mode: In-Person


Here is some legislation on abortion that is being considered in some states. Please indicate whether you mostly favor or mostly oppose the following proposals: c. not allowing abortions in cases where they are being used as a method of birth control. (LBIRCONT)
  TOTAL %
1) Mostly favor 1,508 69.4
3) Mostly oppose 104 4.8
5) Dont know 562 25.9
TOTAL2,174100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Other
Mode: In-Person


I am going to read you several reasons that people have given for limiting legal access to abortion. For each of these reasons I want you to tell me whether it is very convincing, fairly convincing, not very convincing, or not at all convincing, as a reason for limiting access to abortion. J. It is wrong to use abortion as a form of birth control or sex selection. (RBIRTCON)
  TOTAL %
1) Very convincing 1,378 65.2
2) Fairly convincing 406 19.2
3) Not very convincing 178 8.4
4) Not at all convincing 153 7.2
TOTAL2,115100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Other
Mode: In-Person


(CATHOLIC OVERSAMPLE) For each item I name, please tell me if you personally find it morally acceptable or morally unacceptable.- Birth control using the birth-control pill or condoms (MORAL1)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable 1,170 94.1
2) Unacceptable 62 5
8) DK/No opinion 11 0.9
TOTAL1,243100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


The pill is a morally acceptable form of birth control. (PILL)
  TOTAL %
0) Refused 0 0
1) Strongly agree 1,269 49.7
2) Moderately agree 694 27.2
3) Slightly agree 174 6.8
4) Neither agree nor disagree 33 1.3
5) Slightly disagree 40 1.6
6) Moderately disagree 97 3.8
7) Strongly disagree 167 6.5
99) Dont know 80 3.1
TOTAL2,554100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you personally favor or oppose the use of artificial birth control devices? (Q22F)
  TOTAL %
1) Favor 404 41.1
2) Oppose 445 45.3
3) Not sure 134 13.6
TOTAL983100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


Do you see a difference between the use or artificial devices and the new birth control pills? (Q22H)
  TOTAL %
1) See difference 320 32.6
2) See no difference 410 41.7
3) Not sure 253 25.7
TOTAL983100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


It is argued that birth control pills are based on the same principle as the rhythm method - of allowing natural processes to work, while artificial methods are destroying life. Does this argument make sense to you or not? (Q22U)
  TOTAL %
1) Make sense 217 24.8
2) Doesnt make sense 429 49
3) Not sure 230 26.3
TOTAL876100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


How do you feel about each of the following? -- Artificial birth control (IFLBRTHC)
  TOTAL %
1) Approve 1,977 73.9
2) Disapprove 396 14.8
3) Dont really care 137 5.1
4) I really dont know 167 6.2
TOTAL2,677100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


In your opinion, are birth control pills and other modern forms of contraception good or bad? (BC)
  TOTAL %
1) Definitely bad 20 6.5
2) I think it is bad. 19 6.2
3) Unsure 31 10.1
4) I think it is good. 90 29.2
5) Definitely good 146 47.4
9) No response 2 0.6
TOTAL308100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


IF CONVERT RAISED CATHOLIC: You were unhappy about the Churchs teachings about birth control. Is this an important reason you are no longer (FRMREL), or not? (Q4S)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, important reason 285 37.7
2) No, not an important reason 458 60.7
9) Dont know/refused (Vol.) 12 1.6
TOTAL755100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


IF Q4S=1, ASK: And would you say that the Church was too strict and conservative about birth control, or the church was too relaxed and liberal about birth control? (Q5S)
  TOTAL %
1) Too strict and conservative about birth control 273 95.8
2) Too relaxed and liberal about birth control 8 2.8
3) Neither/both equally/other (Vol.) 2 0.7
9) Dont know/refused (Vol.) 2 0.7
TOTAL285100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How much of an influence were the following factors in your decision to leave the Catholic Church? Birth control teaching (INFBRTH1)
  TOTAL %
1) A lot 35 27.6
2) Some 27 21.3
3) Not much 19 15
4) None 46 36.2
TOTAL127100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


How much influence over decisions to leave the church does . . . have? Birth control teaching (INFBRTH2)
  TOTAL %
1) A lot 21 14.7
2) Some 39 27.3
3) Not much 24 16.8
4) None 59 41.3
TOTAL143100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


For/Against: What about having birth control counseling and supplies available to teenagers in the public schools? (88, 98, 00, 02) (NOBIRTH2)
  TOTAL %
-1) RF/DK 74 3.8
0) Disagree 0 0
1) Agree 1,866 96.2
TOTAL1,940100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Should sex education classes in the public schools (ROTATE:) Emphasize abstinence only; or: Include information about contraception? (05) (SEXEDUC2)
  TOTAL %
-1) RF/DK 78 12
1) Abstinence only 131 20.1
2) Information about contraception 443 67.9
TOTAL652100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Now, I am going to read you a list of some programs and proposals that are being discussed in this country today. For each one, please tell me whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose it. -- Allowing public schools to provide students with information on birth control methods (BCONTROL)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly favor 1,555 37.2
2) Favor 1,636 39.1
3) Oppose 523 12.5
4) Strongly oppose 370 8.9
5) Dont know 95 2.3
TOTAL4,179100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Require the teaching of safe sex practices, such as the use of condoms, in sex education courses in public schools--do you support or oppose? (AIDSSXED)
  TOTAL %
1) Support 641 84
2) Oppose 91 11.9
8) No opinion 22 2.9
9) No answer 9 1.2
TOTAL763100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you favor or oppose allowing public schools to provide students with information on birth control methods? (VIEWBRTH)
  TOTAL %
1) Favor 2,105 78.1
2) Oppose 489 18.1
9) Dont know/Refused 101 3.7
TOTAL2,695100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you strongly agree, agree, or strongly disagree that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers between the ages of fourteen and sixteen if their parents do not approve? (PILLOK)
  TOTAL %
0) Inapplicable 0 0
1) Strongly agree 360 21.8
2) Agree 526 31.9
3) Disagree 365 22.1
4) Strongly disagree 366 22.2
8) Dont know 29 1.8
9) No answer 5 0.3
TOTAL1,651100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers between the ages of fourteen and sixteen if their parents do not approve? (PILLOKY)
  TOTAL %
0) Inapplicable 0 0
1) Strongly agree 146 21.4
2) Agree 216 31.7
3) Disagree 166 24.4
4) Strongly disagree 140 20.6
8) Dont know 12 1.8
9) No answer 1 0.1
TOTAL681100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 if their parents do not approve? (PILLOK)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 274 30.2
2) Agree 238 26.2
3) Disagree 175 19.3
4) Strongly disagree 201 22.1
8) Dont know 19 2.1
9) No answer 1 0.1
TOTAL908100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 if their parents do not approve? (PILLOK)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 220 24.3
2) Agree 273 30.1
3) Disagree 211 23.3
4) Strongly disagree 181 20
8) Dont know 21 2.3
TOTAL906100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 if their parents do not approve? (PILLOK)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 502 25.2
2) Agree 568 28.5
3) Disagree 477 23.9
4) Strongly disagree 409 20.5
8) Dont know 33 1.7
9) No answer 3 0.2
TOTAL1,992100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Agree/Disagree: Birth control advice and supplies should be available to all young people whatever their age. (85) (NOBIRTH1)
  TOTAL %
-1) RF/DK 16 4.6
0) Disagree 0 0
1) Agree 329 95.4
TOTAL345100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 if their parents do not approve? (PILLOK)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 525 28
2) Agree 560 29.8
3) Disagree 362 19.3
4) Strongly disagree 379 20.2
8) Dont know 45 2.4
9) No answer 6 0.3
TOTAL1,877100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 if their parents do not approve? (PILLOK)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 251 27
2) Agree 286 30.8
3) Disagree 210 22.6
4) Strongly disagree 144 15.5
8) Dont know 36 3.9
9) No answer 1 0.1
TOTAL928100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 if their parents do not approve? (PILLOK)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 564 28.8
2) Agree 587 29.9
3) Disagree 396 20.2
4) Strongly disagree 352 18
8) Dont know 57 2.9
9) No answer 4 0.2
TOTAL1,960100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 if their parents do not approve? (PILLOK)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 266 26.9
2) Agree 287 29
3) Disagree 220 22.3
4) Strongly disagree 169 17.1
8) Dont know 45 4.6
9) No answer 1 0.1
TOTAL988100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 if their parents do not approve? (PILLOK)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 277 27.1
2) Agree 343 33.5
3) Disagree 202 19.7
4) Strongly disagree 174 17
8) Dont know 27 2.6
9) No answer 1 0.1
TOTAL1,024100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Now I want you to consider a series of opinions on a variety of issues. Please consider the following statements and tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with each statement. E. Methods of birth control should be available to teenagers even if their parents do not approve. (SI5BRTHC)
  TOTAL %
1) Completely agree 339 18.6
2) Mostly agree 675 37.1
3) Mostly disagree 369 20.3
4) Completely disagree 335 18.4
5) Dont know 101 5.6
TOTAL1,819100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 if their parents do not approve? (PILLOK)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 488 26.1
2) Agree 552 29.5
3) Disagree 380 20.3
4) Strongly disagree 381 20.4
8) Dont know 67 3.6
9) No answer 3 0.2
TOTAL1,871100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Now I want you to consider a series of opinions on a variety of issues. Please tell me whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with each statement. G. Methods of birth control should be available to teenagers even if their parents do not approve. (ABCAVAIL)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 417 19.8
2) Agree 934 44.4
3) Disagree 479 22.8
4) Strongly disagree 275 13.1
TOTAL2,105100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Other
Mode: In-Person


Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 if their parents do not approve? (PILLOK)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 519 26.3
2) Agree 583 29.5
3) Disagree 415 21
4) Strongly disagree 400 20.2
8) Dont know 50 2.5
9) No answer 10 0.5
TOTAL1,977100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers between the ages of fourteen and sixteen if their parents do not approve? (PILLOK)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 279 25.8
2) Agree 325 30.1
3) Disagree 242 22.4
4) Strongly disagree 191 17.7
8) Dont know 36 3.3
9) No answer 7 0.6
TOTAL1,080100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you believe birth control information and methods should be made readily available to teen-agers? (BIRTHCON)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 339 81.7
2) No 52 12.5
3) Not sure 24 5.8
TOTAL415100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Next I would like your opinion on several issues that involve the moral authority in the Catholic Church. In each case I would like to know who you think should have the final say about what is right or wrong. Is it the church leaders such as the pope and bishops, individuals taking church teaching into account and deciding for themselves, or both individuals and leaders working together? How about a Catholic practicing contraceptive birth control? (BIRTHCNT)
  TOTAL %
1) Church leaders 505 11
2) Individuals 2,823 61.3
3) Both 1,086 23.6
4) Neither 102 2.2
5) Dont know 87 1.9
TOTAL4,603100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Next, I would like your opinion on several issues that involve the moral authority in the Catholic Church. In each case I would like to know who you think should have the final say about what is right or wrong. Is it the Church leaders such as the pope and bishops, individuals taking Church teachings into account and deciding for themselves, or both individuals and leaders working together? B. A Catholic practicing contraceptive birth control (ORALBC)
  TOTAL %
1) Church leaders 109 12.5
2) Individuals 530 60.6
3) Both 233 26.6
4) Neither 3 0.3
TOTAL875100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Next, I would like your opinion on several issues that involve moral authority in the Catholic Church. In each case I would like to know who you think should have the final say about what is right or wrong. The choices are: the church leaders, that is, the pope and bishops; individuals taking church teachings into account and deciding for themselves; or both individuals and leaders working together. -- A Catholic practicing contraceptive birth control. (BRTHCNRL)
  TOTAL %
1) Church leaders 180 12.4
2) Individuals 899 62
3) Both 332 22.9
4) Dont know /Refused 38 2.6
TOTAL1,449100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


For each of the following areas of church life, please tell me if you think the Catholic laity should have the right to participate, or should not have the right to participate. -- Making church policy about birth control. (CRTHCLPL)
  TOTAL %
1) Should 761 52.5
2) Should not 577 39.8
3) Not Sure /Refused 111 7.7
TOTAL1,449100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Should pharmacists who personally oppose birth control for religious reasons be able to refuse to sell birth control pills to women who have a prescription for them, or shouldnt pharmacists be able to refuse to sell birth control pills? (REFPILL)
  TOTAL %
1) Should be able to refuse to sell birth control pills 328 16.4
2) Should not be able to refuse to sell birth control pills 1,609 80.3
9) Dont know/Refused 66 3.3
TOTAL2,003100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Next, I would like your opinion on several issues that involve moral authority in the Catholic Church. In each case, I would like to know who you think should have the final say about what is right or wrong. The choices are: the church leaders, that is, the pope and bishops; individuals taking church teaching into account and deciding for themselves; or both individuals and church leaders working together. -- A Catholic practicing contraceptive birth control. (BRTHCNRL)
  TOTAL %
1) Church leaders (Pope and Bishops) 248 13.5
2) Individuals working together 1,054 57.3
3) Both 484 26.3
4) Dont know/Refused 52 2.8
TOTAL1,838100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


For each of the following areas of church life, please tell me if you think the Catholic laity should have the right to participate, or should not have the right to participate. -- Making church policy about birth control. (BRTHCLPL)
  TOTAL %
1) Should 1,139 62
2) Should not 637 34.7
3) Not Sure/Refused 62 3.4
TOTAL1,838100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
Against Religion?: Does birth control conflict with the respondent's religious views?
Allow Ads: Should birth control ads be allowed on television?
Catholic Church: This question type asks the respondent their opinion regarding Catholic Church teaching/policies on birth control?
General Attitude: How does respondent feel about birth control, or specific forms of birth control?
Left Church?: Did the respondent leave a group because of its teachings on birth control?
Schools: Does the respondent favor allowing public schools to provide students with birth control or information on birth control methods?
Teens?: Should teens be allowed to have birth control without their parents consent?
Who Decides?: Who should decide policy on birth control?

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