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ABC News Religion Poll, 1997 - Codebook

All Frequencies weighted by 33) WT1;
(The number of missing cases reported in the codebook are unweighted)

1) What was the last grade of school you completed? (EDUC)
 TOTAL%
1) Eighth grade or less627.0
2) Some high school10211.4
3) Graduated high school/technical school29633.2
4) Some college18721.0
5) Graduated college16418.4
6) Postgraduate808.9
Missing4
Total891100.0
2) In what year were you born? (YRBORN)
 NMeanStd. Deviation
Total8891,951.7117.02
3) Recoded age (AGECODE)
 TOTAL%
1) 18-3022925.8
2) 31-4425628.8
3) 45-6022625.4
4) 61+17820.0
Missing5
Total889100.0
4) On another subject, in what religion were you brought up? (RELIGION)
 TOTAL%
1) Protestant42147.3
2) Catholic26229.4
3) Another Christian religion10611.9
4) Jewish141.6
5) Or, another non-Christian religion384.2
6) None495.5
Missing5
Total890100.0
5) Are you of Hispanic origin or background? (IF 'YES', ASK:) Are you white Hispanic or black Hispanic? (IF 'NO', ASK:) Are you white, black, or some other race? (RACE)
 TOTAL%
1) White67175.8
2) Black9610.9
3) White Hispanic495.5
4) Black Hispanic60.7
5) Hispanic (no race given)202.3
6) Other race434.9
Missing8
Total885100.0
6) Respondent's age (AGE)
 NMeanStd. Deviation
Total88944.4817.01
7) Respondent's sex: (SEX)
 TOTAL%
1) Male43048.0
2) Female46652.0
Total896100.0
8) State (STATE)
 NMeanStd. Deviation
Total89625.0614.66
9) Region (REGION)
 TOTAL%
1) Northeast17619.6
2) Midwest22324.8
3) South31835.4
4) West18020.1
Total897100.0
10) ABC State (ABCST)
 NMeanStd. Deviation
Total89625.3414.54
11) ABC News Region (ABCRE)
 TOTAL%
1) Northeast, including D.C., Delaware, Maryland19621.9
2) Midwest22324.9
3) South29733.2
4) West18020.1
Total896100.0
12) State (ABC3LET)
 NMeanStd. Deviation
Total89625.3714.54
13) Julian date (JULIAN)
 TOTAL%
97083) 9708345751.0
97084) 9708443949.0
Total896100.0
14) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as president? (CLINTON)
 TOTAL%
1) Approve49462.5
2) Disapprove29637.4
Missing83
Total790100.0
15) And what religion do you consider yourself now? (RELNOW)
 TOTAL%
0) None687.6
1) Protestant40345.1
2) Catholic21824.4
3) Another Christian religion9110.2
4) Jewish161.8
5) Or, another non-Christian religion202.3
6) Something else202.2
7) Non-denominational Christian293.2
8) Believe in God but not organized religion101.1
9) Agnostic182.0
Missing3
Total893100.0
16) Basically speaking, do you consider yourself religious or unreligious? Is that very religious/unreligious or somewhat religious/unreligious? (RELIG)
 TOTAL%
1) Very religious34439.4
2) Somewhat religious37743.1
3) Somewhat unreligious9510.9
4) Very unreligious364.1
8) DK/No opinion232.6
Missing17
Total875100.0
17) Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible: (BIBLE)
 TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God to be taken literally, word for word,37543.4
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God -- not everything should be taken word for word, or38244.2
3) The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and more perceptions recorded by men.10612.3
Missing26
Total863100.0
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18) I'm going to read you a statement and please tell me whether you tend to agree or disagree with it, or if perhaps you have no opinion about the statement. There's no excuse for anti-Semitism, but much of the anti-Jewish feeling in this country today has been brought on by Jews themselves. Do you agree or disagree? (OPINANTI)
 TOTAL%
1) Agree13015.0
2) Disagree54362.8
8) DK/No opinion19222.2
Missing21
Total865100.0
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19) I'm going to read you a statement and please tell me whether you tend to agree or disagree with it, or if perhaps you have no opinion about the statement. Marriages between Christians and Jews are not a good idea. Do you agree or disagree? (OPINJEW)
 TOTAL%
1) Agree15217.5
2) Disagree60269.2
8) DK/No opinion11513.3
Missing19
Total869100.0
20) I'm going to read you a statement and please tell me whether you tend to agree or disagree with it, or if perhaps you have no opinion about the statement. Marriages between blacks and whites are not a good idea. Do you agree or disagree? (OPINWHIT)
 TOTAL%
1) Agree23927.4
2) Disagree56664.8
8) DK/No opinion697.9
Missing18
Total874100.0
21) Do you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross, or not? (CROSS)
 TOTAL%
1) Believe he died on the cross81291.3
2) Do not believe434.8
8) DK/No opinion354.0
Missing5
Total890100.0
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22) Do you believe that Jesus Christ was the son of God or not? (SONGOD)
 TOTAL%
1) Believe he was the son of God79289.2
2) Do not believe627.0
8) DK/No opinion343.9
Missing7
Total888100.0
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23) Do you believe that Jesus rose from the dead or not? (ROSEDEAD)
 TOTAL%
1) Believe Jesus rose from the dead75084.4
2) Do not believe879.7
8) DK/No opinion525.8
Missing7
Total889100.0
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24) Do you believe in God, or not? (GOD)
 TOTAL%
1) Believe in God84696.4
2) Do not Believe323.6
Missing16
Total878100.0
25) IF BELIEVE IN GOD: Do you think God is a man, a woman or what? (GODMAN)
 TOTAL%
1) Man36343.5
2) Woman91.1
3) Asexual spirit35542.5
8) DK/No opinion10712.8
Missing57
Total834100.0
26) Do you feel the Jews were responsible for Christ's death or not? (JEWS)
 TOTAL%
1) Yes17019.6
2) No55964.2
8) DK/No opinion14216.3
Missing20
Total871100.0
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27) IF FEEL THE JEWS WERE RESPONISBLE FOR CHRIST'S DEATH: Do you think God will punish the Jews for that some day or not? (JEWSGOD)
 TOTAL%
1) Yes3018.4
2) No12575.0
8) DK/No opinion116.8
Missing613
Total166100.0
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28) I'm going to mention some items and ask you to please tell me whether you think each is acceptable or not acceptable to you personally. Telling a joke about the Pope? (ACCJOKE)
 TOTAL%
1) Acceptable40946.4
2) Not acceptable42047.6
8) DK/No opinion536.1
Missing13
Total882100.0
29) I'm going to mention some items and ask you to please tell me whether you think each is acceptable or not acceptable to you personally. Having a black man play Jesus Christ in an Easter play or pageant? (ACCBLACK)
 TOTAL%
1) Acceptable75789.9
2) Not acceptable8510.2
Missing42
Total842100.0
30) I'm going to mention some items and ask you to please tell me whether you think each is acceptable or not acceptable to you personally. Having a woman play Jesus Christ in an Easter play or pageant? (ACCWOMAN)
 TOTAL%
1) Acceptable43951.7
2) Not acceptable41048.3
Missing40
Total849100.0
31) I'm going to mention some items and ask you to please tell me whether you think each is acceptable or not acceptable to you personally. Having a Jewish child play Jesus Christ in a Christmas pageant? (ACCCHILD)
 TOTAL%
1) Acceptable71882.7
2) Not acceptable8810.1
8) DK/No opinion627.2
Missing20
Total868100.0
32) Do you think the Bible says blacks are inferior to whites or do you think it does not say that? (INFERIOR)
 TOTAL%
1) Says blacks are inferior to whites182.0
2) Does not say that76586.6
8) DK/No opinion10011.3
Missing13
Total883100.0
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33) Weight 1 (WT1)
 NMeanStd. Deviation
Total7521.190.52
34) Respondent's age (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
 TOTAL%
1) 18 to 2410411.7
2) 25 to 299710.9
3) 30 to 3919622.1
4) 40 to 4918220.5
5) 50 to 6417319.5
6) 65 or older13715.4
Missing5
Total889100.0
35) What was the last grade of school you completed? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
 TOTAL%
1) Less than high school16418.4
2) Graduated high school/technical school29633.2
3) Some college18721.0
4) Graduated college16418.4
5) Postgraduate808.9
Missing4
Total891100.0
36) Are you of Hispanic origin or background? (IF 'YES', ASK:) Are you white Hispanic or black Hispanic? (IF 'NO', ASK:) Are you white, black, or some other race? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RACE)
 TOTAL%
1) White67175.8
2) Black9610.9
3) Hispanic758.5
4) Other race434.9
Missing8
Total885100.0
37) And what religion do you consider yourself now? (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RELIGION)
 TOTAL%
1) Protestant43248.3
2) Catholic21824.4
3) Other (Christian)9110.1
4) Other (non Christian)576.3
5) Atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular9610.7
Missing3
Total894100.0
38) Respondent's sex: (for use with online analysis) (I-SEX)
 TOTAL%
1) Male43048.0
2) Female46652.0
Total896100.0
39) Region (for use with online analysis) (I-REGION)
 TOTAL%
1) Northeast17619.6
2) Midwest22324.8
3) South31835.4
4) West18020.1
Total897100.0

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