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ABC News Vatican Meeting - Expectations Poll, 2002




Langer, G. E. (2020, August 19). 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.

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Data File

Cases: 1207
Variables: 78
Weight Variable: WEIGHT

According to the Methodology page of the ABC News Web site, " Final data are weighted using demographic information from the Census to adjust for sampling and nonsampling deviations from population values. Respondents customarily are classified into one of 48 cells based on age, race, sex and education. Weights are assigned so the proportion in each of these 48 cells matches the actual population proportion according to the Census Bureau's most recent Current Population Survey."

Data Collection

April 18-21, 2002

Funded By

ABC News, Gary E. Langer, Director of Polling

Collection Procedures

This survey was conducted by TNS Intersearch of Horsham, PA., for ABC News. Telephone interviews were done with a random national sample of 1,207 adults.

Sampling Procedures

As described on the Methodology page of the ABC News Web site, "A sample of households in the continental United States is selected via random digit dialing (RDD) procedures, to ensure that all possible listed and unlisted phone numbers are included with equal probability of selection.

"Sampling then occurs in three stages. First, a systematic random sample of telephone exchanges is selected within each stratum, by taking every nth exchange. ... Next, telephone banks (the first two digits of the four-digit suffix) with more than one residential listing assigned in white pages directories are classified as working banks... The third stage of sampling is respondent selection within the household, accomplished by last-birthday selection. Interviewers ask to speak to the household member age 18 or over at home who's had the last birthday. ..."

Please see the Methodology webpage for a full description of the sampling procedures used in this survey.

Principal Investigators

ABC News, Gary E. Langer, Director of Polling

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