ABC News Religion Poll, March 1997

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
anti-Semitism; Bible; Christianity; Clinton, Bill; intermarriage; Jews; Pope John Paul II; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; race relations; religion; religious beliefs
  • Abstract

    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.
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    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2179 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02179.v1
  • Bishop, George. Americans' belief in God. Public Opinion Quarterly.63, (3), 421 -1999.
    • ID: 10.1086/297728 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15