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American Catholic Laity Poll, 2011




D'Antonio, W. V., Dillon, M., & Gautier, M. L. (2020, May 12). American Catholic Laity Poll, 2011.


The American Catholic Laity Poll contains many questions on pressing issues in the Catholic Church--views of the hierarchy, political positions of the church, women's roles in the church, what it takes to be a "good Catholic," how churches can respond to the current shortage of priests, and the effects of sex abuse in the church. Other questions also concern Mass attendance, prayer, Communion, and demographic characteristics. This poll contains respondents from many different generations of Catholics, and it also includes an oversample of Hispanic Catholics. American Catholic Laity Polls are also available at the ARDA for 1987, 1993, 1999, and 2005.

The ARDA has added six additional variables to the original data set to enhance the users' experience on our site.

Data File

Cases: 1442
Variables: 174
Weight Variable: WEIGHT1 and WEIGHT2

Data Collection

April 25 - May 2, 2011

Original Survey (Instrument)


Funded By

An anonymous Catholic foundation, as well as the National Catholic Reporter, the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, the Rotondaro Family Foundation, the Rudolf Family Foundation, the Donegal Foundation, and the Luger Family Foundation

Collection Procedures

Once assigned to a survey, Knowledge Networks members receive a notification email letting them know there is a new online survey available for them to take. This email notification contains a link that sends them to the survey questionnaire. No login name or password is required. The field period depends on the client's needs and can range anywhere from a few hours to several weeks.

After three days, automatic email reminders are sent to all non-responding panel members in the sample. If email reminders do not generate a sufficient response, an automated telephone reminder call can be initiated. The usual protocol is to wait at least three to four days after the email reminder before calling. To assist panel members with their survey taking, each individual has a personalized "home page" that lists all the surveys that were assigned to that member and have yet to be completed.

Knowledge Networks also operates an ongoing modest incentive program to encourage participation and create member loyalty. Members can enter special raffles or can be entered into special sweepstakes with both cash rewards and other prizes to be won.

Sampling Procedures

Knowledge Networks selects households by using address-based sampling methods; formerly, KN relied on random-digit dialing (RDD). Once households are recruited for the panel, they are contacted by email for survey taking or panelists visit their online member page for survey taking (instead of being contacted by phone or postal mail).

For client surveys, samples are drawn at random from among active panel members. Depending on the study, eligibility criteria will be applied or in-field screening of the sample will be carried out. This study targets U.S. Catholics and also contains contains an oversample of Hispanic Catholics.

Principal Investigators

William V. D'Antonio, Catholic University of America
Michele Dillon, University of New Hampshire
Mary L. Gautier, Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University

Related Publications

D'Antonio, William V., Michele Dillon, and Mary L. Gautier. 2013. American Catholics in Transition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

National Catholic Reporter, October 28, 2011 edition.

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