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ABC News Religion Poll, March 1997 (ICPSR 2179)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the Bill Clinton presidency, while primarily focusing on the presence of religion in respondents' lives. Those queried were asked to explain their religious upbringing and to compare it to their current feelings toward religion. Respondents were asked for their opinions on anti-Semitism, interracial marriage, interfaith marriage, jokes about the Pope, and the Bible's message regarding the differences between Blacks and whites. A series of questions asked respondents whether they believed in the following Christian tenets: Jesus Christ died on the cross, Jesus Christ is the son of God, Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and the existence of God. Additional topics covered whether God is a man or a woman, whether Jews were responsible for the death of Christ, and the meaning of the Bible's stories to the respondent. Demographic variables include age, education, race, sex, and religion.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS RELIGION POLL, MARCH 1997. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1997. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-12-01. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02179.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02179.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    anti-Semitism, Bible, Christianity, Clinton, Bill, intermarriage, Jews, Pope John Paul II, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, race relations, religion, religious beliefs

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet. (3) A weight variable with three implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.



Original ICPSR Release:   1998-08-18

Version History:

  • 2006-12-01 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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