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Catholics, View of

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. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 5 types:

General AttitudeInfluencePractices and BeliefsTrust and ComfortVoting

General AttitudeHow does the respondent feel about Catholics in general?

  • CLCATH from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CATHTEMP from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • Temperature toward Catholics 0=Cold;100=Hot (CATHTEMP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CATHCHUR from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Overall, would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (CATHCHUR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FAVCATH from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VIEWCATH from Harris 1979 ABC News Survey No.792113LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CATHOPIN from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002LEARN MORE
    • Overall, would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (CATHOPIN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • OPINCATH from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Overall, would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (OPINCATH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CATHOPIN from ABC News Church Scandal Poll, 2002LEARN MORE
    • On another subject...overall, would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (CATHOPIN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CATHTHRM from American National Election Studies, 2002LEARN MORE
    • THERMOMETER RATING: CATHOLICS [887=Dont recognize; 888=Dont know where to rate; 889=Refused; 999=NA] (CATHTHRM) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RCC_THRM from American National Election Studies, 2002LEARN MORE
    • THERMOMETER RATING: THE CATHOLIC CHURCH [887=Dont recognize; 888=Dont know where to rate; 889=Refused; 999=NA] (RCC_THRM) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FAVCATH from Mid-November Survey, 2001LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GRPCATH from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Thinking about specific religious groups, what is your overall opinion of: Catholics? (GRPCATH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CATHCHRC from ABC News Church Abuse, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Overall would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (CATHCHRC) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CATOPN from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • (CATHOLIC OVERSAMPLE) On another subject, overall would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (CATOPN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • C_OPINCC from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: the New Pope, 2005LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CATHTEMP from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NOTTHINK from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Catholics really are not permitted to think for themselves. (NOTTHINK) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CATHTHRM from American National Election Studies, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Feeling Thermometer: Catholics (CATHTHRM) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CCHRCTHR from American National Election Studies, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Feeling Thermometer: the Catholic Church (CCHRCTHR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • OPCATHS from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2007LEARN MORE
    • Is your overall opinion of Catholics very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPCATHS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • OPRELGR1 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2003LEARN MORE
    • Now thinking about some specific religious groups... Is your overall opinion of Catholics very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (OPRELGR1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • OPCATHOL from Campaign 2000 Typology SurveyLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VCF0204 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004LEARN MORE
    • Catholics -- feeling thermometer (VCF0204) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELCATH from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN14_C from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American ReligionLEARN MORE
    • Is your overall opinion of Catholics very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (QN14_C) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • V085064C from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008LEARN MORE
    • How would you rate: Catholics? (V085064C) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FTCATHS from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 50E6. Catholics? (FTCATHS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CATH_A from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

InfluenceDoes the respondent think Catholics have too much influence?

  • CATH INFL from American National Election Studies, 2000LEARN MORE
    • What about CATHOLICS? (Would you say they have too much influence, just about the right amount of influence, or too little influence?) (CATH INFL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INFCATH from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELPWR1 from Williamsburg Charter Survey On Religion and Public Life, 1987LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELPWR2 from Williamsburg Charter Survey On Religion and Public Life, 1987LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELPWR3 from Williamsburg Charter Survey On Religion and Public Life, 1987LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INFCTHLC from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • HURTREP from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Has the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests hurt the overall reputation of the Catholic Church in your eyes, or not? (HURTREP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PWRCATH from Harris 1979 ABC News Survey No.792113LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PWRCTHL from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

Practices and BeliefsThis question type asks the respondent's opinion about Catholics practices and beliefs.

  • ANTICATH from Harris 1969 New York City Racial and Religious Survey, No. 1925, JewishLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CTHLMPOS from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IDOLS from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • The statues and images in Catholic churches are idols. (IDOLS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ROSARIES from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Catholic rosaries and holy medals are superstitious. (ROSARIES) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

Trust and ComfortThis question type asks the respondent how comfortable he/she is with Catholics or how much the respondent trusts Catholics.

  • NEICATH from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ROMANCAT from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q50O from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Q50 How much would you say that you trust the following people or groups ..o. Catholics (Q50O) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

VotingWould the respondent vote for a Catholic candidate?

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