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News Interest Index, Religion Overflow, July 2005




This survey investigates respondents' opinions concerning a variety of issues in the news during the summer of 2005, such as the Supreme Court vacancy, the Iraq war, and Karl Rove. The survey also asks individuals their views on topics like abortion, stem cell research, and gay marriage. Several religion variables are included, such as attendance at religious services and religious affiliation.

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

Data File

Cases: 1502
Variables: 156
Weight Variable: WEIGHT

Data Collection

July 13-17, 2005

Funded By

Pew Research Center for the People and The Press

Collection Procedures

Telephone survey conducted under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates International.

Sampling Procedures

The survey is of a nationwide sample of 1,502 adults, 18 years of age or older, from July 13-17, 2005. For results based on the total sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling is plus or minus 3 percentage points. For results based on Form 1 (N=751) or Form 2 (N=751) only, the error attributable to sampling is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Principal Investigators

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Related Publications

"Plurality Favors Centrist Court Nominee: Republicans Uncertain on Rove Resignation." July 19, 2005. Report by The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

See other reports based on this data in the Pew archive:

Survey Experiment

In May 2005, we began household selection experiment which we will do indefinitely on all subsequent surveys. We administered our regular household selection parameters (youngest male/oldest female) to half of the sample (sample splits did not correspond to "Form 1" or "Form 2" in survey). The other half of the sample received a youngest male/youngest female selection request. The variable to analyze the difference in household selection technique is called EXPERI1.

This experiment is being run to see if we can increase the proportion of younger people included in our surveys. Analysis of our recent polling has shown that the proportion of young women in our surveys has been declining. We want to see whether a youngest male/youngest female selection helps to correct the problem.

Christian Affiliation

Respondents who answered some specific Christian denomination in the initial religious preference question (such as Baptist, Methodist, etc) were coded as "Something else" and were not asked Q.74 whether they can be described as Pentecostal/Charismatic or Spirit-filled/Liberal or Progressive Christians). These respondents were eventually backcoded to be in the "Christian" category.

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