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  • 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 Church's handling of these cases of alleged sexual abuse by priests?

    1) Church leaders have mostly tried to cover up the problem.
    2) Church leaders have mostly tried to deal with the problem.
    3) Both
    4) Neither
    9) Don't know/Refused

  • 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?

    1) A lot
    2) A little
    3) Nothing at all
    9) Don't know/Refused

  • 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?]

    1) Approve STRONGLY
    2) Approve SOMEWHAT
    3) Disapprove SOMEWHAT
    4) Disapprove STRONGLY
    8) DK/No Opinion

  • 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?

    1) Yes, important reason
    2) No, not an important reason
    9) Don't know/refused (Vol.)

  • DENUNC from Brazil Religion Survey, 2007
    The media has denounced some cases of Catholic priests who are charged with sexually abusing children. In your opinion, these denunciations…

    1) They are all true
    2) The majority of them are true, but some of them are not
    3) Some of them are true, but the majority are not
    4) None of the denunciations are true
    99) Don't know

  • 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.)

    1) Highest priority
    2) High but not the highest
    3) Lower priority
    4) No priority
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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?]

    1) Approve STRONGLY
    2) Approve SOMEWHAT
    3) Disapprove STRONGLY
    4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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?

    1) Approve STRONGLY
    2) Approve SOMEWHAT
    3) Disapprove STRONGLY
    4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT
    8) DK/No opinion

  • Q33 from American Catholic Laity Poll, 2011
    Overall, how would you rate the job the Catholic bishops as a whole have done in handling accusations of sexual abuse by priests?

    -1) Refused
    1) Excellent
    2) Good
    3) Fair
    4) Poor

  • 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

    1) A lot
    2) Some
    3) Not much
    4) None

  • QJ29B from Survey of U.S. Catholics and Family Life, 2015
    [ASK IF CATHOLIC OR CATHOLIC CONNECTED (CATHCONN=1-3):] How would you rate the job the pope is doing in addressing the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church? Is he doing an excellent, good, only fair, or a poor job?

    1) Excellent
    2) Good
    3) Only fair
    4) Poor
    9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

  • 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

    1) A lot
    2) Some
    3) Not much
    4) None

  • 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?]

    1) Approve STRONGLY
    2) Approve SOMEWHAT
    3) Disapprove SOMEWHAT
    4) Disapprove STRONGLY
    8) DK/No opinion

  • QN20OE_3 from Survey of U.S. Catholics and Family Life, 2015
    [ASK IF RAISED CATHOLIC AND NOT CURRENTLY CATHOLIC BY RELIGION (QH3=2 AND RELIG=1,3-99):] You mentioned that you were raised Catholic, but do not currently identify your religion as Catholic. Just in your own words, what is the main reason that you are no longer Catholic? [CODED RESPONSES FOR QN20] third mention

    6) Other issues with beliefs/teachings/scriptural interpretation in general
    11) Don't need or like having priests/mediators to talk to God; don't like/agree with concept of confession
    12) Didn't like practices/Mass/worship services, general
    27) Because of priest sex abuse/how Church handled sex abuse/scandals
    30) Disagreement over political or social issues; politics in general
    35) Disagree with policies (e.g., women priests, priests marrying, divorce, baptism, etc.)
    43) Found religion they liked better; wanted/looking for something different/more; more comfortable/welcoming
    45) Church was unwelcoming/judgmental/exclusionary
    48) Don't help people; don't help the poor
    52) Hypocrisy/corruption/deception/lies/contradictions
    55) Don't need organized religion (in general/to be religious/to be good person)
    56) Religious institutions/practice/people, other
    95) No particular reason; just changed/things change; I am [religion]
    97) Other

  • QN20OE_2 from Survey of U.S. Catholics and Family Life, 2015
    [ASK IF RAISED CATHOLIC AND NOT CURRENTLY CATHOLIC BY RELIGION (QH3=2 AND RELIG=1,3-99):] You mentioned that you were raised Catholic, but do not currently identify your religion as Catholic. Just in your own words, what is the main reason that you are no longer Catholic? [CODED RESPONSES FOR QN20] second mention

    5) More focus on Bible/word of God/truth in current religion, not enough in old religion
    6) Other issues with beliefs/teachings/scriptural interpretation in general
    10) Worship of saints/Mary/idolatry
    11) Don't need or like having priests/mediators to talk to God; don't like/agree with concept of confession
    12) Didn't like practices/Mass/worship services, general
    15) Previous religion boring/current religion more lively/exciting
    20) Church is too traditional/outdated/out of touch/closed minded
    25) Dissatisfied with leadership/too bureaucratic
    27) Because of priest sex abuse/how Church handled sex abuse/scandals
    30) Disagreement over political or social issues; politics in general
    35) Disagree with policies (e.g., women priests, priests marrying, divorce, baptism, etc.)
    40) Previous religion too strict/restrictive/too much guilt/fear/too many rules
    43) Found religion they liked better; wanted/looking for something different/more; more comfortable/welcoming
    44) Unhappy in/with previous religion/church; didn't like it/disagreed with it; something missing/lacking
    45) Church was unwelcoming/judgmental/exclusionary
    48) Don't help people; don't help the poor
    49) Only care about money/misuse of money
    52) Hypocrisy/corruption/deception/lies/contradictions
    54) Don't like organized religion; negative view of religion
    58) Grew up/started thinking for oneself/only in childhood religion because of parents/family/went to Catholic school
    60) Stopped believing/practicing/don't believe; started questioning/lost faith/don't or no longer believe in God
    61) Religion doesn't make sense to me/is irrelevant to me/ doesn't speak to me/interest me
    63) Don't really follow it; not committed
    64) My personal preference/my own point of view/beliefs
    66) Found Jesus/learned about Jesus/was born again/learned about having or desired a personal relationship with God/Jesus
    67) Started reading/studying Bible
    69) Personal spirituality, other
    70) Because of a marriage/spouse/partner
    77) Family/relationships, other
    82) No time/scheduling conflict
    84) Never really practiced in the first place; didn't have religion
    85) Just stopped going/practicing/don't attend anymore/drifted away/not religious
    87) Because of education/science
    95) No particular reason; just changed/things change; I am [religion]
    97) Other
    98) Unclear

  • QN20OE_1 from Survey of U.S. Catholics and Family Life, 2015
    [ASK IF RAISED CATHOLIC AND NOT CURRENTLY CATHOLIC BY RELIGION (QH3=2 AND RELIG=1,3-99):] You mentioned that you were raised Catholic, but do not currently identify your religion as Catholic. Just in your own words, what is the main reason that you are no longer Catholic? [CODED RESPONSES FOR QN20] first mention

    5) More focus on Bible/word of God/truth in current religion, not enough in old religion
    6) Other issues with beliefs/teachings/scriptural interpretation in general
    10) Worship of saints/Mary/idolatry
    11) Don't need or like having priests/mediators to talk to God; don't like/agree with concept of confession
    12) Didn't like practices/Mass/worship services, general
    15) Previous religion boring/current religion more lively/exciting
    20) Church is too traditional/outdated/out of touch/closed minded
    25) Dissatisfied with leadership/too bureaucratic
    27) Because of priest sex abuse/how Church handled sex abuse/scandals
    30) Disagreement over political or social issues; politics in general
    35) Disagree with policies (e.g., women priests, priests marrying, divorce, baptism, etc.)
    40) Previous religion too strict/restrictive/too much guilt/fear/too many rules
    43) Found religion they liked better; wanted/looking for something different/more; more comfortable/welcoming
    44) Unhappy in/with previous religion/church; didn't like it/disagreed with it; something missing/lacking
    45) Church was unwelcoming/judgmental/exclusionary
    46) Bad experience
    48) Don't help people; don't help the poor
    49) Only care about money/misuse of money
    52) Hypocrisy/corruption/deception/lies/contradictions
    54) Don't like organized religion; negative view of religion
    55) Don't need organized religion (in general/to be religious/to be good person)
    56) Religious institutions/practice/people, other
    58) Grew up/started thinking for oneself/only in childhood religion because of parents/family/went to Catholic school
    60) Stopped believing/practicing/don't believe; started questioning/lost faith/don't or no longer believe in God
    61) Religion doesn't make sense to me/is irrelevant to me/ doesn't speak to me/interest me
    62) Religion is man-made; don't believe in/have faith in men
    63) Don't really follow it; not committed
    64) My personal preference/my own point of view/beliefs
    65) God called/spoke to them/touched them/experienced God/closer to God
    66) Found Jesus/learned about Jesus/was born again/learned about having or desired a personal relationship with God/Jesus
    67) Started reading/studying Bible
    69) Personal spirituality, other
    70) Because of a marriage/spouse/partner
    72) Because of family/family member
    75) I was divorced/excommunicated/couldn't get an annulment/someone in family was divorced
    77) Family/relationships, other
    79) Moved/location/convenience
    81) New circumstances, other
    82) No time/scheduling conflict
    84) Never really practiced in the first place; didn't have religion
    85) Just stopped going/practicing/don't attend anymore/drifted away/not religious
    87) Because of education/science
    88) All/many religions have some value/truth/no single religion is right
    90) Didn't really leave/change/still both/don't see it as a change
    95) No particular reason; just changed/things change; I am [religion]
    97) Other
    98) Unclear
    99) Don't know/Refused

  • 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?

    1) Yes
    2) No
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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?

    1) Approve STRONGLY
    2) Approve SOMEWHAT
    3) Disapprove STRONGLY
    4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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]?

    1) Is doing enough
    2) Is NOT doing enough
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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?

    1) More likely
    2) Less likely
    3) About the same
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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?

    1) Has hurt reputation
    2) Has NOT hurt reputation
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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?

    1) Yes
    2) No

  • OWNCOMM from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002
    Are you aware of any instances in which a Catholic priest in your own community has been accused of sexually abusing children, or not?

    1) Yes
    2) No
    8) DK/No opinion

  • RELATSA from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002
    As far as you're aware, do you have any relatives or personal friends who've been sexually abused as a child by a Catholic priest, or not?

    1) Yes
    2) No
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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?

    1) Very often
    2) Somewhat often
    3) Infrequently
    4) Very rarely
    5) Never
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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.

    1) MAJOR PART of the problem
    2) MINOR PART of the problem
    3) Not part of the problem
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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?

    1) Very confident
    2) Somewhat confident
    3) Not too confident
    4) Not confident at all
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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 it's a major problem that demands immediate attention, a less immediate problem or not much of a problem at all?

    1) Major problem
    2) Less immediate problem
    3) Not much of a problem at all
    8) DK/No opinion

  • REPMONEY from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002
    [Asked of Catholics only], Do you think your diocese should or should not publicly report the amount of money it has paid to settle lawsuits against priests accused of sexually abusing children?

    1) Yes, should publicly report
    2) No, should not publicly report
    3) Has already reported
    8) DK/No opinion

  • REPNAMES from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002
    [Asked of Catholics only], Do you think your diocese should or should not publicly release the names of priests who have been accused of sexually abusing children?

    1) Yes, should publicly release
    2) No, should not publicly release
    3) Has already released
    8) DK/No opinion

  • OWNPARSH from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002
    [Asked of Catholics only], As far as you are aware, have any priests in your own parish been accused of sexually abusing children, or not?

    1) Yes
    2) No
    3) Don't go to church/Don't have parish
    8) DK/No opinion

  • OWNCLERG from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002
    [Asked of non-Catholics only], As far as you are aware, have any clergy in your own religious congregation been accused of sexually abusing children, or not?

    1) Yes
    2) No
    3) Don't go to church, synagogue, etc./Don't have congregation
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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?

    1) Very often
    2) Somewhat often
    3) Infrequently
    4) Very rarely
    5) Never
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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?

    1) More likely
    2) Less likely
    3) About the same
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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?

    1) Has hurt reputation
    2) Has NOT hurt reputation
    8) DK/No opinion

  • BOSTPRST from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002
    There have been news reports lately about a Catholic priest in Boston who's been accused of sexually abusing children. Do you happen to have heard or read about that, or not?

    1) Have heard or read about case
    2) Have NOT heard or read about case

  • 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?

    1) Contributes to problem
    2) Does NOT contribute to problem
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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 it's a major problem that demands immediate attention, a less -immediate problem or not much of a problem at all?

    1) Major problem
    2) Less-immediate problem
    3) Not much of a problem at all
    8) DK/No opinion

  • PRSTCOMM from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002
    Are you aware of any instances in which a Catholic priest in your own community has been accused of sexually abusing children, or not?

    1) Yes
    2) No
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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?

    1) Approve STRONGLY
    2) Approve SOMEWHAT
    3) Disapprove STRONGLY
    4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT
    8) DK/No opinion

  • 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 don't know, tell me that. -- Reports indicating that a number of priests have abused children sexually.

    1) Strengthened
    2) Weakened
    3) No Effect
    4) Don't know/Refused

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  • ABC News Church Abuse, 2004:
    In this February 2004 ABC News/Washington Post poll, a random national sample of 1,028 Americans were asked to give their opinions on the child sex-abuse issues within the Catholic Church. In addition, this poll asks the respondents about their views on homosexual marriage. Demographic variables include: gender, age, race, income, religion and education.
    Funded By: ABC News /Washington Post
    Collected: 2004, Uploaded 9/22/2004
  • ABC News Church Scandal Poll, 2002:
    In this December 2002 ABC News/Washington Post poll, a random national sample of 1,209 Americans were asked to give their opinions on a variety of topics. These topics ranged from questions about President Bush's handling of domestic and international issues, to opinions about potential military action in Iraq, and finally to the Catholic Church priest sexual abuse scandal. The Catholic Church questions were designed to be follow-up questions to previous surveys on the Catholic Church. Questions related to the Catholic Church include: whether or not respondents had a favorable or unfavorable view of the Catholic Church, respondents views on sexual abuse reporting by the church, and opinions on trust in the Church to handle the sexual abuse issue. Questions on religion and church attendance were also asked. Demographic variables include gender, age, race, income, and education.
    Funded By: ABC News , Gary E. Langer, Director of Polling
    Collected: 2002, Uploaded 7/7/2003
  • ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002:
    In this April 2002 ABC News/Washington Post poll, a random national sample of 1,207 Americans was asked first about their views on the current Middle East crisis and then about the Catholic Church's handling of the issue of priests and child sexual abuse. Questions related to the Catholic Church include: Respondents' views on how the Catholic Church has handled the crisis, their views on reporting by the church about sexual abuse, their views on Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, and finally their expectations for the upcoming meeting of American cardinals at the Vatican. Demographic variables include: gender, age, race, income, and education.
    Funded By: ABC News , Gary E. Langer, Director of Polling
    Collected: 2002, Uploaded 1/27/2003
  • American Catholic Laity Poll, 2011:
    The American Catholic Laity Poll contains many questions on pressing issues in the Catholic Church--views of the hierarchy, political positions of the church, women's roles in the church, what it takes to be a "good Catholic," how churches can respond to the current shortage of priests, and the effects of sex abuse in the church. Other questions also concern Mass attendance, prayer, Communion, and demographic characteristics. This poll contains respondents from many different generations of Catholics, and it also includes an oversample of Hispanic Catholics.
    Funded By: An anonymous Catholic foundation, as well as the National Catholic Reporter , the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America , the Rotondaro Family Foundation, the Rudolf Family Foundation, the Donegal Foundation , and the Luger Family Foundation
    Collected: 2011, Uploaded 12/1/2014
  • ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002:
    In this March 2002 ABC News/Washington Post/Beliefnet survey, a random national sample of 1,086 Americans was asked about their views on the Catholic Church and how the church has handled the issue of priests and child sexual abuse. Questions for respondents included: whether they felt the Catholic Church was in crisis, their satisfaction with the leadership of the church, should priests be allowed to marry, should the church allow for women priests, the impact of the sexual abuse scandal on the reputation of the church, and their awareness of abuse in their own church or parish. Demographic variables include: gender, age, race, and education.
    Funded By: ABC News , Gary E. Langer, Director of Polling
    Collected: 2002, Uploaded 1/27/2003
  • ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002:
    In this February 2002 ABC News Poll, a random national sample of 1,008 U.S. adults was asked about their views on the Catholic Church priest and child sexual abuse scandal. Questions for respondents included: whether or not the current sexual abuse scandal was a major problem; if the Catholic Church was doing enough to deal with the crisis; the effect of the scandal on the reputation of the Church; the Father John Geoghan abuse case in Boston; and their views on sexual abuse reporting by the church. Demographic variables include: gender, age, race, income, and education.
    Funded By: ABC News , Gary E. Langer, Director of Polling
    Collected: 2002, Uploaded 5/2/2003
  • ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002:
    In this June 2002 ABC News poll, a random national sample of 1,004 Americans was asked to discuss their views on the current crisis in the Catholic Church concerning priests and child sexual abuse. This poll was conducted prior to the June bishops' meeting in Dallas. Questions included in the poll were: expectations for bishops' meeting, contributions to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, personal knowledge of sexual abuse by a priest, and overall opinions of the Catholic Church. In addition, the poll also contains questions on the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. intelligence agencies, and the 30th anniversary of the Watergate break-in. Demographic variables include: gender, age, race, and education.
    Funded By: ABC News , Gary E. Langer, Director of Polling
    Collected: 2002, Uploaded 5/2/2003
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ARDA Dictionary
  • Catholic Church Abuse Scandal:The Catholic Church abuse scandal involves widespread allegations of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy and institutional cover-ups by Catholic officials. Although accusations of clerical sexual misconduct had arisen in decades prior to 2002, investigative reporters for the Boston Globe revealed not only how prevalent it was, but how these incidents were dealt with internally within the Catholic Church. For more information on the abuse scandal, click here .
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