PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, October 2010

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The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey investigated public views about how America's places of worship are handling the issue of homosexuality and the degree to which places of worship are influencing attitudes about gay and lesbian people. Questions evaluated the extent to which respondents' believed messages about the issue of homosexuality coming from places of worship contributed to negative views about gay and lesbian people, higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth, and higher standards of morality among youth. The survey also included a measure on the moral evaluations of same-gender sexual relations.

Data File
Cases: 1,010
Variables: 41
Weight Variable: WEIGHT
Data Collection
Date Collected: October 14-17, 2010
Original Survey (Instrument)
Public Religion Research Institute October 2010 Questionnaire
Funded By
Public Religion Research Institute
Collection Procedures
Telephone interviews were conducted in English only under the direction of Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) among a nationwide sample of 1,010 adults, 18 years of age or older in the continental United States. Interviews were conducted from October 14, 2010 to October 17, 2010. All interviews were conducted on landline telephones. The randomly sampled telephone numbers were subject to up to five different call attempts.
Sampling Procedures
The sample was derived by an unrestricted random-digit dial procedure, which minimizes serial bias and includes both listed and unlisted telephone numbers. Only one interview was conducted within an individual household. The sample was fully replicated and stratified by region to increase its representativeness.
Principal Investigators
Robert P. Jones
Daniel Cox
Related Publications
The following link contains a summary of the Public Religion Research Institute's findings of this survey:
Note on Weighted Data: The final sample was weighted to four different parameters-age, sex, geographic region and race-to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total adult population.
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