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Washington Post Catholic Church Poll, June 2002 (ICPSR 3560)

Principal Investigator(s): The Washington Post


This special topic poll, conducted June 16-17, 2002, was designed to ascertain the feelings and opinions of respondents about the Catholic Church and the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests. Respondents were asked whether they were satisfied with the leadership of the Catholic Church, whether they approved of the way the Catholic Church handled the sexual abuse of children by priests, and whether they approved of the policy, endorsed by the United States Catholic bishops, that does not require priests who have sexually abused children to be automatically removed from the priesthood. Further questions asked respondents whether bishops who did not report allegations of sexual abuse by priests to public authorities should resign from their positions, and if they refused to resign, whether church authorities should remove them from their positions, whether church officials in the past and present were trying to prevent sexual abuse or trying to cover up the problem, and whether the Catholic Church could be trusted to handle this issue properly in the future. In addition, respondents were queried about whether they approved of the way President George W. Bush was handling his job. Background information includes age, education, ethnicity, religious affiliation, specifically whether the respondent was Catholic, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


The Washington Post. Washington Post Catholic Church Poll, June 2002. ICPSR03560-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03560.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03560.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Bush, George W., Catholic Church, Catholic priests, child abuse, moral responsibility, presidential performance, public opinion, religion, religious denominations, sexual abuse, social issues

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2002-06

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002-06-16--2002-06-17

Unit of Observation:    individuals

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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Sample:    Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2005-07-06



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