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How Faith Shapes Feelings About the Coronavirus Outbreak - Religious Practice in the Time of Coronavirus




This survey was conducted by The University of Chicago Divinity School and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and with funding from NORC at the University of Chicago.

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Data File

Cases: 1002
Variables: 97
Weight Variable: FINALWT

Data Collection

April 30, 2020 - May 4, 2020

Original Survey (Instrument)

Original Survey

Funded By

NORC at the University of Chicago

Collection Procedures

Interviews for this survey were conducted between April 30 and May 4, 2020, with adults age 18 and over representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Panel members were randomly drawn from AmeriSpeak, and 1,002 completed the survey-884 via the web and 118 via telephone. Interviews were conducted in English. The final stage completion rate is 14.4 percent, the weighted household panel response rate is 24.1 percent, and the weighted household panel retention rate is 85.6 percent, for a cumulative response rate of 3.0 percent. The overall margin of sampling error is +/-4.2 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level, including the design effect. The margin of sampling error may be higher for subgroups.

Once the sample has been selected and fielded, and all the study data have been collected and made final, a poststratification process is used to adjust for any survey nonresponse as well as any noncoverage or under and oversampling resulting from the study specific sample design. Poststratification variables included age, gender, census division, race/ethnicity, and education. Weighting variables were obtained from the 2018 Current Population Survey. The weighted data reflect the U.S. population of adults age 18 and over. For more information, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sampling Procedures

Data were collected using the AmeriSpeak Omnibus, a monthly multi-client survey using NORC's probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. household population. The survey was part of a larger study that included questions about other topics not included in this dataset. During the initial recruitment phase of the panel, randomly selected U.S. households were sampled with a known, non-zero probability of selection from the NORC National Sample Frame and then contacted by U.S. mail, email, telephone, and field interviewers (face-to-face). The panel provides sample coverage of approximately 97 percent of the U.S. household population. Those excluded from the sample include people with P.O. Box only addresses, some addresses not listed in the USPS Delivery Sequence File, and some newly constructed dwellings.

Principal Investigators

The University of Chicago Divinity School
The Associated Press - NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

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