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American Catholic Laity Poll, 1999




D'Antonio, W., Davidson, J. D., Hoge, D. R., & Meyer, K. (2021, November 11). American Catholic Laity Poll, 1999.


This survey is a follow-up survey to the 1993 and 1987 Surveys of American Catholics. The survey included interviews with 877 self-described Catholics. Most of the items in the survey also were asked in the 1987 and 1993 surveys. By asking the same questions at different points in time, trends can by measured. D'Antonio and his associates published these survey results in the 2001 book, American Catholics: Gender, Generation, and Commitment, the third in a series to monitor trends among American Catholics. American Catholic Laity Polls are also available at the ARDA for 1987, 1993, 2005, and 2011.

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

Data File

Cases: 877
Variables: 84
Weight Variable: WTNEW, WTNEW2

"The dataset needs to be weighted. If the user is unconcerned about the total N, the WTNEW can be used as is. If the user wants to maintain the N unchanged, possibly because of significance tests, it needs to be reduced by using the formula WTNEW2 = WTNEW * 877/4610." (Dean Hoge, Catholic University). WEIGHT2 is the computed weight score.

Data Collection

April 21-May 16, 1999

Funded By

The Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion

Collection Procedures

These data were a telephone survey commissioned by Gallup and completed by CRT.

Sampling Procedures

"This survey was a telephone survey of 877 adult Catholics, 18 years of age or older, selected from households in the continental United States. The telephone sample was obtained from Survey Sampling, Inc. Each telephone exchange in the country was assigned the probability Hispanic density. The survey design included the stratification of all exchanges into three strata according to the Hispanic density and the oversampling of the stratum with the highest concentration of Hispanic households. ...

The 'most recent birthday' method was used to select a respondent within a household. The data collected for this study have been weighted to allow for the projection to the adult Catholic population living in telephone households in the continental United States. Weighting factors were applied to correct the undersampled and oversampled telephone exchanges back into their correct propositions. Additional weighting factors were applied to bring the demographics characteristics of respondents into alignment and also to adjust for the oversampling of Hispanic Catholics." (Dean Hoge, Catholic University).

Principal Investigators

William V. D'Antonio, Visiting Professor, Catholic University
James D. Davidson, Professor, Purdue University
Dean R. Hoge, Professor, Catholic University
Katherine Meyer, Professor, Ohio State University

Related Publications

D'Antonio, William V., James D. Davidson, Dean R. Hoge, and Katherine Meyer. American Catholics: Gender, Generation, and Commitment. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2001.

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