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Polls listed chronologically. Data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

 
 

CBS News Poll. May 20-23, 2004. N=923 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think it is appropriate for political candidates to talk about their religious beliefs as part of their political campaigns, or do you think this is not appropriate?"

.

Appropriate Not
Appropriate
Unsure

%

%

%

ALL

50

47

3

  Catholics

49

47

4

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"Do you think it is appropriate for religious leaders to urge people to vote for or against a political candidate, or is that not appropriate?"

.

Appropriate Not
Appropriate
Unsure

%

%

%

ALL

33

63

4

  Catholics

38

61

1

.

"Do you think it is appropriate for Catholic bishops to refuse to give communion to elected officials who publicly disagree with the Church's position on issues like abortion, or is that not appropriate?"

.

Appropriate Not
Appropriate
Unsure

%

%

%

ALL

19

72

9

  Catholics

17

78

5

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"Some people say that they like the way George W. Bush talks in public about his strong religious beliefs. Others say that this bothers them somewhat. What about you? Do you like the way George W. Bush talks in public about his religious beliefs, or does this bother you somewhat?"

.

Like It Bothered
By It
Unsure

%

%

%

ALL

51

36

13

  Catholics

52

34

14


 

Gallup Poll. May 2-4, 2004. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"How often do you attend church or synagogue: at least once a week, almost every week, about once a month, seldom, or never?"

.

  At Least
Once a
Week
Almost
Every
Week
About
Once a
Month
Seldom Never
  % % % % %
5/04 28 14 14 31 12
5/03 33 13 14 27 12
12/02 31 14 18 29 7
5/02 31 11 14 28 16
3/02 34 12 13 28 12
12/01 34 11 15 28 12
6/01 30 11 12 29 18
2/01 30 12 15 29 13
8/00 35 11 15 27 11
3/00 36 11 13 30 10
12/99 36 12 16 28 8
5/99 30 14 18 28 9
6/98 32 13 19 26 9
1/98 32 12 15 30 10
1992 31 9 15 29 16

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"What is your religious preference: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, or an Orthodox religion, such as the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church?"

.

    5/04 2000 1990 1980 1970
  % % % % %
Protestant 50 52 56 61 65
Christian (non-specific) 9 5 n/a n/a n/a
Catholic 23 25 25 28 26
Jewish 2 2 2 2 3
Orthodox 1 1 1 1 -
Mormon 1 2 1 n/a n/a
Other specific 3 4 4 1 2
None 10 8 9 7 3
Undesignated 1 2 2 - -

 

ABC News PrimeTime Poll. Feb. 6-10, 2004. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"I'm going to ask about a few stories in the Bible. [See below.] Do you think that's literally true, meaning it happened that way word-for-word; or do you think it's meant as a lesson, but not to be taken literally?"

.

Literally
True
Not
Literally
True
Unsure    
% % %    

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"The story of Noah and the ark in which it rained for 40 days and nights, the entire world was flooded, and only Noah, his family and the animals on their ark survived."

60 33 7    

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"The creation story in which the world was created in six days."

61 30 8    

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"The story about Moses parting the Red Sea so the Jews could escape from Egypt."

64 28 8    

.

"On another subject, do you think all Jews today bear responsibility for the death of Jesus, or not?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
8 80 12    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 23-24, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think religion plays too large or too small a role in most people's lives today?"

.

Too
Large
Too
Small
About
Right (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
9/03 15 69 7 9  
1/01 10 68 9 13  
3/99 10 73 6 11  
6/96 14 70 4 11  

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"Do you personally believe in the existence of each of the following? . . . "

.

Believe Don't
Believe
Unsure

.

% % %

.

God 92 5 3

.

Heaven 85 10 5

.

Miracles 82 14 4

.

Angels 78 15 7

.

Hell 74 20 6

.

The Devil 71 24 5

.

UFOs 34 55 11

.

Ghosts 34 60 6

.

Astrology 29 64 7

.

Reincarnation 25 62 13

.

Witches 24 69 7

.


 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 19-21, 2003. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Please say whether you approve or disapprove of each of the following. How about [see below]?"

Approve Disapprove No
Opinion

.

% % %

.

"The use of federal funds to support social programs like day care and drug rehabilitation run by Islamic religious organizations"

41 56 3

.

.

"The use of federal funds to support social programs like day care and drug rehabilitation run by Christian religious organizations"

64 34 2

.

.

"The inscription 'In God We Trust' on U.S. coins"

90 8 2

.

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"A non-denominational prayer as part of the official program at a public school ceremony such as a graduation or a sporting event"

78 21 1

.

.

"Display of a monument to the Ten Commandments in a public school or government building"

70 29 1

.

.

"Display of a monument with a verse from the Koran, the holy book of the Islamic religion, in a public school or government building"

33 64 3

.

.

"Which comes closest to your opinion about displays of religion in public places or government buildings: it is acceptable to display only Christian symbols, it is acceptable to display Christian symbols as long as symbols of other religions are also displayed, or it is unacceptable to display any religious symbols at all?" Options rotated

%

.

Acceptable to display only Christian symbols 10

.

Acceptable to display Christian symbols, as long as others displayed, too 58

.

Unacceptable to display any religious symbols 29

.

No opinion 3

.

.

"Which comes closer to your view: government can promote the teachings of a religion without harming the rights of people who do not belong to that religion, OR, any time government promotes the teachings of a religion, it can harm the rights of people who do not belong to that religion?" Options rotated

%

.

Can promote religion without harming rights 40

.

Promoting religion can always harm rights 54

.

No opinion 6

.


 

ABC News Poll. Sept. 4-7, 2003. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you feel you do or do not have a good basic understanding of the teachings and beliefs of Islam, the Muslim religion?"
Do Do Not Unsure
% % %
9/03 33 64 3
10/02 25 73 2
1/02 31 61 8
10/01 34 65 1

.

"Would you say you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of Islam?"
Favorable Unfav-
orable
Unsure
% % %
9/03 39 38 23
10/02 42 33 26
1/02 41 24 35
10/01 47 39 13

.

"Every religion has mainstream beliefs, and also fringe elements or extremists. Thinking of mainstream Islam, do you think mainstream Islam teaches respect for the beliefs of non-Muslims, or not?" Half-sample (Form A)

Does Does
Not
Unsure
% % %
9/03 31 43 26
10/02 37 35 28
1/02 41 22 38

.

"Do you think Islam teaches respect for the beliefs of non-Muslims, or not?" Half-sample (Form B)

Does Does
Not
Unsure
% % %
9/03 25 44 30

.

"Do you think mainstream Islam encourages violence against non-Muslims, or is it a peaceful religion?" Half-sample (Form A)

Encourages
Violence
Peaceful Unsure
% % %
9/03 34 46 20
10/02 23 53 25
1/02 14 57 29

.

"Do you think Islam encourages violence against non-Muslims, or is it a peaceful religion?" Half-sample (Form B)

Encourages
Violence
Peaceful Unsure
% % %
9/03 36 45 19

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 25-26, 2003. Nationwide.

.

"Do you think federal courts have generally been supportive, neutral, or hostile toward Christian religions in their rulings?" Options rotated; Form A (N=514, MoE ± 5)

Supportive Neutral Hostile No
Opinion
% % % %
8/03 16 42 33 9

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of a federal court decision ordering an Alabama court to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from public display in its building?" Form B (N=495, MoE ± 5)

Approve Disapprove No
Opinion
% % %
8/03 19 77 4

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 12-15, 2002. N=1,209 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Overall, would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church?"
Favorable Unfav-
orable
No
Opinion

.

% % %

.

ALL adults:
12/02 40 52 8
6/02 47 45 7
3/02 55 34 11
2/02 63 27 11
Catholics:
12/02 69 30 2
6/02 70 28 2
3/02 73 24 3
2/02 88 9 4

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Catholic Church is handling the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests?"
Approve Disap-
prove
No
Opinion

.

% % %

.

ALL adults:
12/02 20 76 4
6/02 22 73 5
4/02 25 59 16

.

Catholics:
12/02 27 69 4
6/02 34 63 3
4/02 35 59 7

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 9-10, 2002. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
           

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"Do you happen to be a member of a church or synagogue?"
 
    Yes No      
    % %      
  12/02 66 34      
  3/02 64 36      
  12/01 66 34      
  2/01 65 35      
  8/00 68 32      
  3/00 68 32      
  12/99 68 32      
  5/99 71 29      
  6/98 70 30      
  1/98 67 33      
  1995 69 31      
  1990 69 31      
  1985 71 29      
  1979 68 32      
  1976 71 29      
  1965 73 27      
  1952 73 27      
  1944 75 25      
  1937 73 27      
             
"Did you, yourself, happen to attend church or synagogue in the last seven days, or not?"
 
    Yes No      
    % %      
  12/02 43 57      
  3/02 44 56      
  12/01 41 59      
  11/01 42 58      
  9/01 47 53      
  5/01 41 59      
  2/01 41 59      
  8/00 43 57      
  3/00 44 56      
  12/99 45 55      
  5/99 40 60      
  6/98 40 60      
  1/98 39 61      
  1990 40 60      
  1985 42 58      
  1979 40 60      
  1972 40 60      
  1962 46 54      
  1957 47 53      
  1950 39 61      
  1939 41 59      
             
"Would you describe yourself as 'born-again' or evangelical?"
 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
  12/02 46 48 6    
  3/02 46 50 4    
  12/01 42 49 9    
  2/01 45 49 6    
  8/00 44 50 6    
  3/00 46 47 7    
  12/99 46 48 6    
  5/99 45 47 8    
  6/98 44 48 8    
  1/98 49 43 8    
  1991 41 54 5    

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 22-24, 2002. N=240 Catholic adults nationwide. MoE ± 7.

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"As you may know, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has adopted a new policy concerning the problem of sexual abuse committed by priests. How much confidence do you have in the bishops in the United States to deal appropriately with this problem: a great deal of confidence, some, not much, or no confidence at all?"

.

Catholics
%
A great deal 18
Some 42
Not much 27
None at all 13

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 26-30, 2002. N=1,024 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
           

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"The Pledge of Allegiance says the United States is one nation 'under God.' A federal court in California has ruled that the Pledge cannot be recited in public schools because this phrase violates the constitutional separation of church and state. Do you support or oppose this court ruling?"

.

    %        
  Support 14        
  Oppose 84        
  No opinion 2        
             

"Do you think the phrase 'under God' [rotate:] should remain in the Pledge of Allegiance OR should be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance?"

.

    %        
  Should remain 89        
  Should be removed 10        
  No opinion 1        

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. June 27-28, 2002. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
           

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"As you may know, a federal appeals court ruled this week that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional and cannot be recited in schools because the phrase 'under God' violates the separation of church and state. Do you think the phrase 'under God' should or should NOT be part of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

    %        
  Should 87        
  Should not 9        
  Don't know 4        
           

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"Thinking about the issue of separation of church and state in this country today, in general, do you think the government should avoid promoting religion in any way, or not?"

    %        
  Should avoid 36        
  Should not 54        
  Don't know 10        
           

.

"When our government leaders publicly express their faith in God, on balance, do you think it's good for the country, bad for the country, or doesn't have much effect either way?"

    %        
  Good for country 60        
  Bad for country 4        
  Not much effect 33        
  Don't know 3        
           

.

"Which ONE of the following two statements comes closer to your view? It should be government policy to eliminate all references to God and religious belief in schools, government buildings and other public settings. These references should be allowed in public provided they don't mention a SPECIFIC religion."

    %      
  Eliminate all references 12      
  Don't mention specific religion 84      
  Don't know 4      
           

.

"Which ONE of the following three statements comes closer to your view? The United States is a Christian nation. The United States is a Biblical nation, defined by the

Judeo-Christian tradition. The United States is a secular nation in which religious

belief, or lack of it, isn't a defining characteristic."

    %        
  A Christian nation 29        
  A Biblical nation 16        
  A secular nation 45        
  Don't know 10        

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 26-27, 2002. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.
           

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"As you may have heard, a federal appeals court has ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion and cannot be recited in public schools because it contains the phrase 'under God.' Do you agree or disagree with the court's decision that the Pledge is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion?"

.

    ALL Democrats Republicans Independents  
    % % % %

.

  Agree 12 16 7 11

.

  Disagree 83 77 90 85

.

  Don't know 5 7 2 3

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CNN/Time Poll conducted by Harris Interactive. June 19-20, 2002. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"Here are some ways people describe their own religious beliefs. Please tell me whether each of the following describes you or does not describe you. . . ."
Describes Does Not
Describe
Unsure
% % %
Born again 34 64 2
Fundamentalist 18 74 8
Evangelical 15 80 5

.

ALL Fundamentalist Evangelical
% % %
"Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God."
To be taken literally 36 55 64
Should not be taken literally 44 37 33
Not the word of God 15 6 2
Not sure 5 2 1

.

"As you may know, the last book of the New Testament, called the Book of Revelation, contains passages which some people say predict how the world will end. Do you think the events described in the Book of Revelation will occur at some point in the future or don't you think so?"
Yes, will 59 77 83
Don't think so 33 15 13
Not sure 8 8 4

.

"Do you think that the end of the world, as predicted in the Book of Revelation, will happen in your lifetime or don't you think so?"
Yes, will 17 25 31
Don't think so 32 37 36
Not sure 10 15 16
Don't think Book of Revelation predicts end of world (vol.) 41 23 17

.

"Do you think that the terrorist attacks of September 11th were predicted by the Book of Revelation or don't you think so?"
Yes, were 23 34 38
Don't think so 64 53 51
Not sure 13 13 11

.

"As a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, do you find that you are paying more attention to how news events might relate to the end of the world or don't you find that you are paying more attention?"
Yes, paying more attention 35 37 42
Not paying more attention 62 60 55
Not sure 3 3 3

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 18-19, 2002. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"At the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops last week, the bishops voted to remove priests from the ministry who commit even one act of sexual abuse, but let them remain priests. Do you think the church's proposed new policy is tough enough or not?"

%
Tough enough 18
Not tough enough 74
Not sure 8

"How confident are you that the Catholic Church is now doing everything possible to prevent future sexual abuse of children by priests . . . ?"

ALL Catholics
% %
Very confident 12 20
Somewhat confident 28 38
Not very confident 24 18
Not at all confident 29 21
Not sure 7 3

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). June 8-10, 2002. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"Which of the following better describes what the Catholic Church is doing in its investigation of sexual abuse? The Catholic Church is trying to get all the facts and deal with the whole situation. OR, The Catholic Church is trying to cover up things to avoid more damage and get the situation behind them."
%
Get all the facts 22
Avoid more damage 68
Depends (vol.) 3
Not sure 7

.

"As you may know, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops plans to make apologies to victims of abuse, remove priests found guilty of abuse, and adopt mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse to government authorities. By taking these steps, would you say that the Catholic Church is going far enough in addressing the issue, or does the Catholic Church need to do more?"
%
Going far enough 23
Needs to do more 70
Going too far (vol.) 1
Not sure 6

.

"Do you favor or oppose an absolute policy that would banish from the Church any priests who have been proven to have committed sexual abuse of minors?"
%
Favor 91
Oppose 5
Not sure 4

.

"Do you favor or oppose a policy that would remove any Catholic bishop or cardinal if he knew that any priest had been sexually abusing young people and had moved the priest to another parish instead of reporting him to the police?"
%
Favor 89
Oppose 7
Not sure 4

 

ABC News Poll. June 7-9, 2002. N=1,004 adults nationwide (MoE ± 3), including 225 Catholics (MoE ± 6.5).

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"What do you think should be done in the case of a priest who has sexually abused one adolescent child once in the past, with no further accusations? Should all such priests be automatically removed from the priesthood, or should some be allowed to remain as priests after receiving psychological treatment, review and monitoring?"
Removed Remain No
Opinion

.

% % %

.

ALL adults 82 16 2
Catholics 81 17 1

.

"For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. . . ."
Has Has
Not
No
Opinion

.

% % %

.

"The church's policy of not allowing priests to marry"
ALL adults 75 23 3
Catholics 67 31 2

.

"The practice of not calling the police when a priest is accused of sexual abuse"
ALL adults 95 3 2
Catholics 97 3 1

.

"The number of priests who are homosexuals"
ALL adults 69 25 6
Catholics 67 29 4

.

"Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries"
ALL adults 79 13 8
Catholics 83 12 5

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 28-29, 2002. N=1,003 adults nationwide (MoE ± 3), including 256 Catholics (MoE ± 7):

.

"Next, we'd like to ask you some questions about the Catholic Church. First: Overall, do you think the Catholic Church has done a good job or a bad job in dealing with the problem of sexual abuse committed by its priests?"
Good
Job
Bad
Job
No
Opinion

.

% % %

.

ALL adults:
5/28-29/02 12 79 9  
4/29 - 5/1/02 18 73 9  
3/02 17 68 15  

.

Catholics:
5/28-29/02 20 75 5  
4/29 - 5/1/02 24 70 6  
3/02 20 72 8  

.

"If a Catholic bishop or cardinal knew that a priest had been sexually abusing young people and had moved the priest to another parish rather than report him to the police, do you think the Pope should or should not remove that bishop or cardinal as head of that diocese?"
Catholics  
Should Should
Not
No
Opinion
 
% % %  
5/28-29/02 87 9 4  
4/29 - 5/1/02 86 9 5  

.

"What should the Church do with a priest who has been found guilty of sexually abusing a young person in the past? Should the Church [rotate:] remove him from the priesthood altogether, remove him from any parish or personal contact with any of the laity but not dismiss him from the priesthood, or allow him to remain in a parish or other ministry if he apologizes and successfully goes through counseling?"
  Catholics    
  %    
Remove him altogether 77    
Remove him from contact 13    
Allow him to remain 5    
No opinion 5    

.

"What should the Church do in the future with a priest who is found guilty of sexually abusing young people? Should the Church [rotate:] remove him from the priesthood altogether, remove him from any parish or personal contact with any of the laity, but not dismiss him from the priesthood, or allow him to remain in a parish or other ministry if he apologizes and successfully goes through counseling?"
  Catholics    
  %    
Remove him altogether 82    
Remove him from contact 12    
Allow him to remain 3    
No opinion 3    

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. April 25-26, 2002. N=1,000 adults nationwide (MoE ± 3), including 261 Catholics (MoE ± 7):

.

ALL Catholics
% %
"Do you think priests who sexually abuse children and young people are a SERIOUS problem for the Catholic Church, SOMEWHAT of a problem, or NOT a problem?"
Serious problem 87 85
Somewhat of a problem 9 12
Not a problem 2 2
Don' t know 2 1

.

"Do you think the Catholic Church is too harsh, too lenient, or about right in dealing with priests who sexually abuse children and young people?"
Too harsh 2 3
Too lenient 82 81
About right 8 10
Don' t know 8 6

.

"Now thinking about the recent meeting of U.S. cardinals with the Pope John Paul II and other church officials at the Vatican: From what you've seen, heard or read since the meeting, do you think the Pope has moved Church policy in a clear direction toward dealing with the problem of sexual abuse by priests, OR that he has left the situation ambiguous by not making clear if the Church should remove priests who sexually abuse children or young people?"
Moved policy in clear direction 26 30
Left situation ambiguous 56 57
Don' t know 18 13

.

"Regardless of what the Pope has done, do you feel the meeting at the Vatican attended by the U.S. cardinals went a long way to solving the problem of sexual abuse by priests, was a good start, or didn't really go far enough?"
Went a long way 5 8
Was a good start 41 47
Didn't really go far enough 44 40
Don' t know 10 5

.

"Which ONE of the following statements about sexual abuse of children and young people by priests do you agree with more?

"Priests are more likely to sexually abuse children and young people than other groups with easy access to young people such as teachers, coaches, and youth organization leaders.

"Priests are NOT more likely to sexually abuse young people than these other groups but abuse by priests seems more shocking because they have taken a vow to abstain from sex.

"Or do you agree with NEITHER of these two statements?"

More likely to be abusers 15 9
Just seems more shocking 62 72
Neither 17 15
Don' t know 6 4

.

"If the Catholic Church were to change its policy and allow priests to marry, do you think it would reduce the problem of priests sexually abusing children and young people, OR that it wouldn't make much difference in reducing this problem?"
Would reduce the problem 47 46
Wouldn't make much difference 46 51
Don' t know 7 3

.

"Do you think the number of homosexual men in the priesthood is a major reason, a minor reason, or not a reason for the Catholic Church's current sex abuse scandal?"
Major reason 31 29
Minor reason 27 26
Not a reason 42 45

.

"If the Catholic Church were to take steps to more effectively screen out homosexuals from the priesthood, do you think it would reduce the problem of priests sexually abusing children and young people, OR that it wouldn’t make much difference in reducing this problem?"
Would reduce the problem 35 35
Wouldn't make much difference 55 59
Don' t know 10 6

.

"Do you think homosexual men are less able than heterosexual men to control their sexual impulses and live a priest's chaste life?"
Yes 23 22
No 57 61
Don' t know 20 17

 

ABC News.com Poll. March 22-26, 2000. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"At public school activities such as sporting events, do you think students should or should not be permitted to use the public address system to lead the audience in religious prayers?"
%
Should be permitted 67
Should not be 27
No opinion 6

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Harris Interactive. March 13-14, 2002. N=1,014 adults nationwide (MoE ± 3.1), including 281 Catholics.

.

ALL Catholics Non-
Catholics

.

% % %

.

"In your opinion, are the recent cases in which priests have been accused of sexually abusing children isolated cases or are they part of a pattern of abuse?"
Isolated cases 38 50 35
Part of a pattern 50 40 54
Not sure 12 10 11

.

"And based on what you have heard or read, how well would you say the leaders of the Catholic Church have handled alleged incidents of priests sexually abusing children: very well, fairly well, fairly poorly, or very poorly?"
Very well 7 9 7
Fairly well 22 27 19
Fairly poorly 24 24 23
Very poorly 40 36 42
Not sure 7 4 9

.

"If it turns out that some Catholic bishops knew that priests had been sexually abusing children and relocated them to other churches, rather than reporting them to the authorities, do you think those bishops should step down from their positions or don't you think so?"
Should step down 88 86 89
Don't think so 9 13 7
Not sure 3 1 4

 

The Los Angeles Times Poll. Aug. 11-13, 2000. N=1,227 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Generally speaking, do you think that Jews have too much influence in this country, about the right amount of influence or too little influence in this country?"
%
Too much 10
Right amount 52
Too little 10
Don't know 28

.

"Do you think that anti-Semitism in the United States is currently a very serious problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem or not a problem at all?"
%
A very serious problem 17
Somewhat of a problem 46
Not much of a problem 22
Not a problem at all 6
Don't know 9

.

"Some people feel that certain religions or ethnic groups are not compatible with their own beliefs or philosophies, while others are not bothered by these differences. How about you? In particular, if you honestly thought about it, would you say that you have at least some feelings of prejudice toward Jewish people in the United States, or do you not have those feelings?"
%
Some feelings of prejudice 6
Do not have those feelings 92
Don't know 2

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. April 13-14, 2000. N=752 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"We're interested in people's religious beliefs. Do you believe in God, or not?"
%
Yes 94
No 4
Don't know 2

.

"Do you believe that God performs miracles?"
%
Yes 84
No/Don't believe in God 12
Don't know 4

.

"Do you believe that Satan or the Devil exists?"
%
Yes 75
No 19
Don't know 6

.

"Do you believe that the miracles described in the Bible actually took place, or did not take place?"
%
Yes, actually took place 79
No, did not take place 10
Don't know 11

.

"Have you personally ever experienced or witnessed what you consider to be a miracle, or not?"
%
Have 48
Have not 49
Don't know 3

.

"Have you ever prayed to God or a saint for a miracle?"
%
Yes 67
No 30
Don't know 3

 

ABC News.com Poll. Jan. 19-23, 2000. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you think candidates for president should publicly discuss their religious beliefs, or keep their religious beliefs to themselves?"
%
Discuss 45
Keep to themselves 47
No opinion 7

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Oct. 21-22, 1999. N=755 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"Now, regarding your own religious beliefs: Do you believe that the world will end, as the Bible predicts, in a battle at Armageddon between Jesus and the Antichrist?"
ALL
Adults
ALL
Christians
Evangelical
Protestants
Other
Protestants
Catholics
% % % % %
Yes 40 45 71 28 18
No 42 39 18 54 57
Don't know 18 16 11 18 25

.

Asked of those who believe in biblical prophecy about Armageddon:
"Do you believe the Antichrist is on Earth now?"
%
Yes 47
No 31
Don't know 22

.

Asked of those who believe in biblical prophecy about Armageddon:
"Do you believe that Jesus will return to Earth in your lifetime? Do you believe Jesus might return as early as the year 2000, or not?"
%
As early as 2000 15
In lifetime, not as early as 2000 21
In lifetime, not sure when 9
Not in lifetime 55

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). June 16-19, 1999. N=2,011 adults nationwide:

.

"Let me read you two positions on school prayer. Between these positions, which do you tend to side with more? Position A: Government should allow prayer in public schools. Position B: Government should preserve a clear separation between church and state."
%
A. Should allow prayer 65
B. Should preserve clear separation 31
Not sure 4

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. June 11-13, 1999. N=1,022 adults nationwide.

.

"Thinking about gay marriages -- that is, marriages between two people of the same sex: Do you approve or disapprove of clergy members, including priests, ministers, pastors or rabbis, performing marriage ceremonies and blessing marriage unions between two people of the same sex?"
%
Approve 31
Disapprove 65
No opinion 4

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. Jan. 22-24, 1999. N=1,031 adults nationwide, including 245 Catholics.

.

"Now a question about the Pope. Do you generally have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Pope John Paul II, or have you never heard of him?"
1/99 8/93
% %
Favorable 69 64
Unfavorable 9 15
Never heard of him 3 -
No opinion 19 21

.

Asked of Catholics:
"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Pope John Paul II is handling his role as leader of the Catholic Church?"
Catholics
1/99 8/93
% %
Approve 85 73
Disapprove 10 11
No opinion 5 16

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Yankelovich Partners. Jan. 20-21, 1999. N=253 Catholic adults nationwide.

.

"Do you believe it is possible to disagree with the Pope on articles of faith and still be a good Catholic?"
Catholics
%
Yes 86
No 12
Not sure 2

.

"Which of these descriptions do you believe describe Pope John Paul and which do not describe him? [See below.]"
Catholics
Describes Does Not
Describe
Unsure
% % %
"A man of peace" 96 2 2

.

"An important leader on the world scene" 82 14 4

.

"Too conservative" 53 38 9

.

"Someone who is out of touch with Catholics in the United States" 47 45 8

.

"Someone who is out of touch with the modern world" 41 54 5

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Dec. 10-12, 1998. N=806 adults nationwide, including 674 Christians.
.
"How would you describe your personal commitment to Jesus Christ and your Christian faith? Are you a strong believer, somewhat of a believer, or a Christian mostly in name only?"
.
ALL
Christians
Evangelical
Protestants
Other
Protestants
Catholics
% % % %
Strong believer 78 93 61 71
Somewhat of a believer 15 6 28 18
Mostly in name only 4 1 7 6
Don't know 3 - 4 5
.
"How important is it to you that non-Christians convert to Christianity? Is this very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"
.
ALL
Christians
Evangelical
Protestants
Other
Protestants
Catholics
% % % %
Very important 43 72 25 17
Somewhat important 20 18 17 24
Not too important 13 4 14 26
Not at all important 18 3 34 26
Don't know 6 3 10 7
.
ALL Christians Non-
Christians
% % %
.
"Now, regardless of your own religious beliefs, we'd like your views on Jesus. Do you think Jesus Christ ever actually lived, or not?"
.
Yes 90 93 68
No 2 1 9
Don't know 8 6 23
.
"Do you believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead after dying on the Cross?"
.
Yes 79 88 32
No 7 3 28
Don't know 4 3 8
Don't believe Jesus ever lived 10 6 32
.
"The Bible says that Jesus Christ will return to Earth someday. Do you believe Jesus will return to Earth within the next one thousand years, or not?"
.
Yes 52 58 20
No 19 14 46
Don't know 29 28 34
.
"How much power and influence do you think organized Christianity has on life in this country today? Would you say a lot, some, only a little, or none?"
.
A lot 38 38 38
Some 39 41 28
Only a little 14 14 12
None 2 2 6
Don't know 7 5 16
.
"Please tell me how closely you think each of the following reflects true Christian values and the spirit of Jesus? Do you think [see below] reflects the values and spirit of Jesus very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all closely?"
.
"American society as a whole"
.
Very closely 10 11 3
Somewhat closely 49 52 34
Not too closely 24 25 16
Not at all closely 9 7 22
Don' know 8 5 25
.
"The Christian Right, who work for socially conservative political candidates and legislation"
.
Very closely 12 13 5
Somewhat closely 39 42 25
Not too closely 22 22 22
Not at all closely 13 11 22
Don' know 14 12 26
.
"In the next millennium, which one of the following do you think should be organized Christianity's top priority: spreading the faith, returning to traditional moral values, increasing tolerance, or righting social ills?"
.
ALL
Christians
Evangelical
Protestants
Other
Protestants
Catholics
% % % %
Returning to traditional values 38 36 33 47
Spreading the faith 32 47 22 19
Increasing tolerance 13 6 22 18
Righting social ills 7 5 10 8
Don' know 10 7 13 8

 

The Harris Poll. July 17-21, 1998. N=1,011 adults nationwide.

.

ALL Christians Non-
Christians
% % %
"I will read you a list of things some people believe in. Please say for each one if you believe in it or not.
Do believe in it
"God" 94 99 69
"Heaven" 89 96 57
"The resurrection of Christ" 88 96 49
"Survival of the soul after death" 84 90 60
"Miracles" 86 90 66
"The Virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary)" 83 91 47
"The devil" 73 79 40
"Hell" 73 80 40
"Astrology" 37 37 37
"Ghosts" 35 34 41
"Reincarnation (that you were once another person)" 23 22 32
.
"Would you describe yourself as a Christian or not?"
Yes 83
No 16
Don't know/Refused 1
.
Among those who said they believe in the survival of the soul after death (84%):
"When you die, where do you think you will go: heaven, hell, purgatory, or somewhere else?"
Heaven 76 79 48
Hell 2 1 6
Purgatory 4 5 2
Somewhere else 12 9 35
Don't know/Refused 6 6 9

 


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