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ABC News Papal Visit Poll, August 1987 (ICPSR 8892)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey was conducted prior to Pope John Paul II's visit to the United States in September 1987. Respondents were asked for their opinions on Pope John Paul and on a number of moral issues including abortion, homosexuality, alternative means of conception, birth control, and the involvement of religious leaders in politics. Opinions also were sought on certain policies of the Roman Catholic Church that prohibit priests from marrying and women from becoming priests. Respondents were queried regarding their religious upbringing and current practice, and those who identified themselves as Catholics were asked additional questions relating to the Pope and religious issues. Demographic characteristic of respondents are included.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News Papal Visit Poll, August 1987. ICPSR08892-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-03. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08892.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08892.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, birth control, Catholic Church, homosexuality, morality, Pope John Paul II, public opinion, religion, religious beliefs

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987-08-17--1987-08-23

Universe:    The population of the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, aged 18 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-01-10

Version History:

  • 2007-07-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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