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Q.
Which of the following describes how the relationship between the archbishop and the priests should be?
Numbers are percentages
    Gender Attend Mass1 Age Income2 Law
resignation3
Faith
importance4
  Total Male Female W M Y <Y 18-39 40-64 65+ <40k 40-80k >80k Agree Disagree Very Some Not
The archbishop should set the course and the priests should follow his lead 29.4 36.6 22.8 33.1 25.4 34.0 17.1 30.6 29.8 26.0 35.5 28.0 28.5 28.6 34.1 25.7 35.7 24.5
The archbishop should respond to the views of the priests to set a cooperative course 51.5 46.2 56.5 47.3 51.4 49.8 66.3 51.2 52.9 48.5 41.8 52.6 58.0 53.6 40.3 52.9 45.8 60.5
The archbishop should defer to the views of the priests and provide coordination to meet their needs 15.2 13.6 16.7 15.8 18.6 14.3 11.6 16.0 13.1 19.6 18.2 16.4 11.5 15.2 16.8 15.7 17.4 9.8
Something else 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.6 1.2 1.0 1.6 1.5 0.5 1.6 0.6 2.0 0.9 1.2 0.5 1.4
Don't know 2.1 2.1 2.0 1.6 3.3 0.9 3.4 0.7 2.1 4.3 3.5 1.6 1.2 8.7 2.7 0.6 3.8
Refused 0.8 0.5 1.0 1.5 1.6 0.9 0.8 0.6 1.9



Notes

1 Survey participants were asked "How often do you attend Mass?" The answers were: Weekly (W); monthly (M); yearly (Y); and less than once a year (<Y).

2 Survey participants were asked "Into which of the following categories does your annual household income belong?" The answers were: Less than $40,000 (<40k); between $40,000 and $80,000 (40-80k); and more than $80,000 (>80k).

3 Survey participants were asked "Did you agree or disagree with Cardinal Law's decision to resign?"

4 Survey participants were asked "How important would you say the Catholic faith is to your everyday life?" The answers were: Very important (Very); somewhat important (Some); and not very important (Not).

Margin of error: +/ 5 percentage points on questions answered by all Catholics. When pollsters offered choices to the respondents, the choices were rotated so that different options were offered first to different respondents.

This poll of 400 Catholics living in the Archdiocese of Boston was conducted May 4-6, 2003, by KRC/Communications Research.


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