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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?] (PRIESTS)
  TOTAL %
1) Approve STRONGLY 78 8
2) Approve SOMEWHAT 148 15.1
3) Disapprove SOMEWHAT 190 19.4
4) Disapprove STRONGLY 461 47
8) DK/No Opinion 104 10.6
TOTAL981100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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?] (HNDLSA)
  TOTAL %
1) Approve STRONGLY 87 7.3
2) Approve SOMEWHAT 149 12.4
3) Disapprove STRONGLY 691 57.7
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT 217 18.1
8) DK/No opinion 53 4.4
TOTAL1,197100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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?] (PRABUS)
  TOTAL %
1) Approve STRONGLY 55 4.4
2) Approve SOMEWHAT 162 12.8
3) Disapprove SOMEWHAT 184 14.6
4) Disapprove STRONGLY 784 62
8) DK/No opinion 79 6.3
TOTAL1,264100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think the pope has done enough to address the problem of sexual abuse of children and teenagers by priests, or should he have done more? (PRABUS3)
  TOTAL %
1) Has done enough 145 11.5
2) Should have done more 1,036 81.9
8) DK/No opinion 84 6.6
TOTAL1,265100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Catholic Church has handled the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests? (HANDLECH)
  TOTAL %
1) Approve STRONGLY 56 5.2
2) Approve SOMEWHAT 151 14.1
3) Disapprove STRONGLY 529 49.4
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT 190 17.7
8) DK/No opinion 145 13.5
TOTAL1,071100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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]? (HELPABUS)
  TOTAL %
1) Is doing enough 277 25.8
2) Is NOT doing enough 683 63.7
8) DK/No opinion 113 10.5
TOTAL1,073100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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? (CONFID)
  TOTAL %
1) Very confident 173 16.1
2) Somewhat confident 432 40.2
3) Not too confident 245 22.8
4) Not confident at all 200 18.6
8) DK/No opinion 25 2.3
TOTAL1,075100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Overall, when you think of the way the church has handled the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests, how would you say you feel about it - angry; dissatisfied but not angry; satisfied, but not pleased; or are you pleased with the way the church has handled it? (FEELINGS)
  TOTAL %
1) Angry 408 37.9
2) Dissatisfied but not angry 454 42.2
3) Satisfied, but not pleased 143 13.3
4) Pleased 35 3.2
8) DK/No opinion 37 3.4
TOTAL1,077100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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? (HNDLSA)
  TOTAL %
1) Approve STRONGLY 74 7.5
2) Approve SOMEWHAT 144 14.6
3) Disapprove STRONGLY 527 53.5
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT 195 19.8
8) DK/No opinion 45 4.6
TOTAL985100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


American bishops will be meeting in the next week to set new policies on how the Church handles the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests. Do you think this meeting will or will not produce meaningful improvements in the way the Church handles the issue? (BISHMEET)
  TOTAL %
1) Will produce improvements 585 58.9
2) Will NOT produce improvements 362 36.4
8) DK/No opinion 47 4.7
TOTAL994100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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? (HNDLSA)
  TOTAL %
1) Approve STRONGLY 94 7.9
2) Approve SOMEWHAT 118 9.9
3) Disapprove STRONGLY 685 57.4
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT 193 16.2
8) DK/No opinion 104 8.7
TOTAL1,194100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


American cardinals will be meeting with church officials at the Vatican to discuss how the church handles the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests. Do you think this meeting will or will not produce meaningful improvements in the way the church handles the issue? (VATICAN)
  TOTAL %
1) Will produce improvements 771 64.1
2) Will NOT produce improvements 361 30
8) DK/No opinion 70 5.8
TOTAL1,202100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


(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 Churchs handling of these cases of alleged sexual abuse by priests? (SEXHANDL)
  TOTAL %
1) Church leaders have mostly tried to cover up the problem. 1,913 62.4
2) Church leaders have mostly tried to deal with the problem. 800 26.1
3) Both 79 2.6
4) Neither 8 0.3
9) Dont know/Refused 268 8.7
TOTAL3,068100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think church officials are mainly trying to prevent sexual abuse of children by priests, or mainly trying to cover up the problem? (COVERUP)
  TOTAL %
1) Trying to prevent abuse 333 33.9
2) Trying to cover up problem 571 58.1
8) DK/No Opinion 78 7.9
TOTAL982100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


In the past, do you think church officials have mainly tried to prevent sexual abuse of children by priests, or mainly tried to cover up the problem? (COVERUP)
  TOTAL %
1) Tried to prevent 175 16.3
2) Tried to cover it up 792 73.6
3) Both equally 34 3.2
8) DK/No opinion 75 7
TOTAL1,076100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


And how about now, do you think church officials now are mainly trying to prevent sexual abuse of children by priests, or mainly trying to cover up the problem? (COVERNOW)
  TOTAL %
1) Trying to prevent 469 43.5
2) Trying to cover it up 497 46.1
3) Both equally 49 4.5
8) DK/No opinion 64 5.9
TOTAL1,079100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


IF CONVERT RAISED CATHOLIC: The clergy sexual-abuse scandal. Is this an important reason you are no longer (FRMREL), or not? (Q4H)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, important reason 178 23.6
2) No, not an important reason 574 76
9) Dont know/refused (Vol.) 3 0.4
TOTAL755100.0
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? The sex abuse scandal (INFABUS1)
  TOTAL %
1) A lot 51 40.2
2) Some 19 15
3) Not much 21 16.5
4) None 36 28.3
TOTAL127100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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 (INFABUS2)
  TOTAL %
1) A lot 87 60.8
2) Some 33 23.1
3) Not much 8 5.6
4) None 15 10.5
TOTAL143100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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 reputation 750 69.2
2) Has NOT hurt reputation 311 28.7
8) DK/No opinion 23 2.1
TOTAL1,084100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[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? (PERFAITH)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 36 14.5
2) No 212 85.5
TOTAL248100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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 reputation 590 58.5
2) Has NOT hurt reputation 397 39.4
8) DK/No opinion 21 2.1
TOTAL1,008100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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 dont know, tell me that. -- Reports indicating that a number of priests have abused children sexually. (PRSTABUS)
  TOTAL %
1) Strengthened 69 3.8
2) Weakened 920 50.1
3) No Effect 762 41.5
4) Dont know/Refused 87 4.7
TOTAL1,838100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[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? (FREQABUS)
  TOTAL %
1) Very often 185 17.1
2) Somewhat often 354 32.8
3) Infrequently 227 21
4) Very rarely 237 21.9
5) Never 2 0.2
8) DK/No opinion 75 6.9
TOTAL1,080100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think Catholic priests are more likely than other men to sexually abuse children, less likely, or about the same? (PRIESTSA)
  TOTAL %
1) More likely 159 14.7
2) Less likely 149 13.8
3) About the same 746 69.2
8) DK/No opinion 24 2.2
TOTAL1,078100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think that sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests is something that happens very often, somewhat often, infrequently, or very rarely? (ABUSFREQ)
  TOTAL %
1) Very often 106 10.5
2) Somewhat often 281 27.9
3) Infrequently 302 30
4) Very rarely 253 25.1
5) Never 4 0.4
8) DK/No opinion 60 6
TOTAL1,006100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think Catholic priests are more likely than other men to sexually abuse children, less likely, or about the same? (PRSTMORE)
  TOTAL %
1) More likely 114 11.3
2) Less likely 198 19.7
3) About the same 665 66.2
8) DK/No opinion 28 2.8
TOTAL1,005100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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.) (C_PBSEXA)
  TOTAL %
1) Highest priority 164 71.3
2) High but not the highest 56 24.3
3) Lower priority 8 3.5
4) No priority 1 0.4
8) DK/No opinion 1 0.4
TOTAL230100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


In your opinion, how much of a problem is the issue of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests - would you say its a major problem that demands immediate attention, a less immediate problem or not much of a problem at all? (ABUSEPR)
  TOTAL %
1) Major problem 822 75.9
2) Less immediate problem 170 15.7
3) Not much of a problem at all 64 5.9
8) DK/No opinion 27 2.5
TOTAL1,083100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Would you call this issue [of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests] a crisis for the church, or not a crisis? (ABUSECR)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 860 79.7
2) No 204 18.9
8) DK/No opinion 15 1.4
TOTAL1,079100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


In your opinion, how much of a problem is the issue of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests - would you say its a major problem that demands immediate attention, a less -immediate problem or not much of a problem at all? (ABUSPRST)
  TOTAL %
1) Major problem 589 58.6
2) Less-immediate problem 265 26.4
3) Not much of a problem at all 120 11.9
8) DK/No opinion 31 3.1
TOTAL1,005100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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? (SEXABUSE)
  TOTAL %
1) A lot 1,410 38.9
2) A little 1,658 45.7
3) Nothing at all 519 14.3
9) Dont know/Refused 40 1.1
TOTAL3,627100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


What do you think should be done in the case of a priest who has sexually abused one adolescent child once in the past, with no further accusations? Should all such priests be automatically removed from the priesthood, or should some be allowed to remain as priests after receiving psychological treatment, review and monitoring? (ABUSEONE)
  TOTAL %
1) Automatically removed from priesthood 815 82.4
2) Allowed to remain as priest after receiving treatment 155 15.7
8) DK/No opinion 19 1.9
TOTAL989100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think the church should or should not establish a single, standard procedure on handling sex-abuse charges at every diocese in the country. (CHSTPROC)
  TOTAL %
1) Should do 1,062 88.6
2) Should NOT do 86 7.2
8) DK/No opinion 51 4.3
TOTAL1,199100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think the church should or should not report to the police any accusation of sexual abuse of children by a priest? (CHREPPOL)
  TOTAL %
1) Should do 1,145 95.5
2) Should NOT do 44 3.7
8) DK/No opinion 10 0.8
TOTAL1,199100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think the church should or should not tell parishioners of any accusation of sexual abuse of children by a priest in their parish? (CHTLLPA)
  TOTAL %
1) Should do 942 78.7
2) Should NOT do 210 17.5
8) DK/No opinion 45 3.8
TOTAL1,197100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think the church should or should not suspend any priest accused of sexual abuse of children while the charge is investigated? (CHSSPPR)
  TOTAL %
1) Should do 1,051 87.5
2) Should NOT do 128 10.7
8) DK/No opinion 22 1.8
TOTAL1,201100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think the church should or should not remove from the priesthood any priest found to have sexually abused a child? (CHRMPRST)
  TOTAL %
1) Should do 1,147 95.7
2) Should NOT do 37 3.1
8) DK/No opinion 15 1.3
TOTAL1,199100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[If CHREPPOL is ‘should do], Should the church be required by law to [report to the police any accusation of sexual abuse of children by a priest], or should it be up to the church to decide? (LAWCHREP)
  TOTAL %
1) Required by law 969 84.7
2) Up to church to decide 164 14.3
8) DK/No opinion 11 1
TOTAL1,144100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[If CHTLLPA is ‘should do], Should the church be required by law to [tell parishioners of any accusation of sexual abuse of children by a priest in their parish], or should it be up to the church to decide? (LAWCHTLL)
  TOTAL %
1) Required by law 683 72.6
2) Up to church to decide 255 27.1
8) DK/No opinion 3 0.3
TOTAL941100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[If CHSSPPR is ‘should do], Should the church be required by law to [suspend any priest accused of sexual abuse of children while the charge is investigated], or should it be up to the church to decide? (LAWCHSSP)
  TOTAL %
1) Required by law 696 66.4
2) Up to church to decide 346 33
8) DK/No opinion 6 0.6
TOTAL1,048100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


[If CHRMPRST is ‘should do], Should the church be required by law to [remove from the priesthood any priest found to have sexually abused a child], or should it be up to the church to decide? (LAWCHRMP)
  TOTAL %
1) Required by law 819 71.5
2) Up to church to decide 314 27.4
8) DK/No opinion 13 1.1
TOTAL1,146100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As you may know, Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston has been accused of mishandling this issue by transferring priests accused of sexual abuse of children from parish to parish. Do you think Law should or should not resign as cardinal? (CARDLAW)
  TOTAL %
1) Should resign 961 80.3
2) Should NOT resign 178 14.9
8) DK/No opinion 58 4.8
TOTAL1,197100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think the churchs policy of not allowing priests to marry contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRNOMAR)
  TOTAL %
1) MAJOR PART of the problem 444 41.1
2) MINOR PART of the problem 374 34.6
3) Not part of the problem 226 20.9
8) DK/No opinion 36 3.3
TOTAL1,080100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think the churchs policy of not allowing women to be priests contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRNOWOM)
  TOTAL %
1) MAJOR PART of the problem 197 18.3
2) MINOR PART of the problem 400 37.1
3) Not part of the problem 448 41.5
8) DK/No opinion 34 3.2
TOTAL1,079100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think the practice of transferring priests accused of sexual abuse to another parish contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRTRANS)
  TOTAL %
1) MAJOR PART of the problem 863 79.7
2) MINOR PART of the problem 138 12.7
3) Not part of the problem 63 5.8
8) DK/No opinion 19 1.8
TOTAL1,083100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think the practice of not calling the police when a priest is accused of sexual abuse contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRNOPOL)
  TOTAL %
1) MAJOR PART of the problem 908 84
2) MINOR PART of the problem 109 10.1
3) Not part of the problem 30 2.8
8) DK/No opinion 34 3.1
TOTAL1,081100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me if you think a reluctance in the Church to dismiss priests because of a shortage of priests contributes to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, or not. (PRSHORT)
  TOTAL %
1) MAJOR PART of the problem 617 56.9
2) MINOR PART of the problem 268 24.7
3) Not part of the problem 129 11.9
8) DK/No opinion 71 6.5
TOTAL1,085100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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. (PRVATIC)
  TOTAL %
1) MAJOR PART of the problem 355 33
2) MINOR PART of the problem 403 37.4
3) Not part of the problem 213 19.8
8) DK/No opinion 106 9.8
TOTAL1,077100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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? (PRTMARRY)
  TOTAL %
1) Contributes to problem 535 53.1
2) Does NOT contribute to problem 434 43.1
8) DK/No opinion 39 3.9
TOTAL1,008100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. The first is ... . [Note: Interviewers were asked to scramble these items. For this question each item was asked first.] (OR1PRNOM)
  TOTAL %
1) The Churchs policy of not allowing priests to marry 238 23.7
2) The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse 260 25.9
3) The number of priests who are homosexuals 238 23.7
4) Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries 268 26.7
TOTAL1,004100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. The second is ... . [Note: Interviewers were asked to scramble these items. For this question each item was asked second.] (OR2PRNOP)
  TOTAL %
1) The Churchs policy of not allowing priests to marry 223 22.2
2) The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse 242 24.1
3) The number of priests who are homosexuals 283 28.2
4) Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries 256 25.5
TOTAL1,004100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. The third is ... . [Note: Interviewers were asked to scramble these items. For this question each item was asked third.] (OR3PRPRH)
  TOTAL %
1) The Churchs policy of not allowing priests to marry 277 27.6
2) The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse 240 23.9
3) The number of priests who are homosexuals 245 24.4
4) Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries 242 24.1
TOTAL1,004100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. The fourth is ... . [Note: Interviewers were asked to scramble these items. For this question each item was asked fourth]. (OR4PRSCR)
  TOTAL %
1) The Churchs policy of not allowing priests to marry 266 26.5
2) The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse 262 26.1
3) The number of priests who are homosexuals 238 23.7
4) Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries 238 23.7
TOTAL1,004100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. - The Churchs policy of not allowing priests to marry. Do you think its been a major part of the problem, or a minor part? (PRNOMAR)
  TOTAL %
1) MAJOR PART of the problem 506 50.8
2) MINOR PART of the problem 240 24.1
3) Not part of the problem 226 22.7
8) DK/No opinion 25 2.5
TOTAL997100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. - The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse. Do you think its been a major part of the problem, or a minor part? (PRNOPOL)
  TOTAL %
1) MAJOR PART of the problem 877 88.1
2) MINOR PART of the problem 73 7.3
3) Not part of the problem 27 2.7
8) DK/No opinion 19 1.9
TOTAL996100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. - The number of priests who are homosexuals. Do you think its been a major part of the problem, or a minor part? (PRPRHOMO)
  TOTAL %
1) MAJOR PART of the problem 465 46.6
2) MINOR PART of the problem 224 22.5
3) Not part of the problem 249 25
8) DK/No opinion 59 5.9
TOTAL997100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. - Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries. Do you think its been a major part of the problem, or a minor part? (PRSCREEN)
  TOTAL %
1) MAJOR PART of the problem 529 53.4
2) MINOR PART of the problem 255 25.7
3) Not part of the problem 128 12.9
8) DK/No opinion 79 8
TOTAL991100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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Approve of Response?: Does the respondent approve or disapprove of the manner in which the Catholic Church is handling the scandal?
Coverup?: Does the respondent believe that the Catholic Church has covered up the abuse of children by priests?
Damage: This question type asks the respondent if the reputation of the church has been harmed by the crisis, or if it played a factor in him/her leaving the church.
Frequency: How common is the sexual abuse of children by priests?
Importance: This question type asks the respondent the level of crisis the Church is facing.
Knowledge: This question type asks the respondent about his/her level of awareness about the Catholic sex abuse scandal.
Punishment/Reaction: This question type asks the respondent what should happen to priests found to have abused children, or to church leaders who did not manage accused priests properly.
What Caused?: This question type asks the respondent if a particular factor contributed to the sex abuse problem in the Catholic Church.

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