February 20, 2019 | Below are the summary of findings from our online survey through this website.  

About the Survey

  • A survey comprised of 15 questions was developed to explore how Catholics in the Diocese of Phoenix were responding to the recent Church scandal.

  • The survey was open from October 4, 2018, through the end of November 2018.

  • There were nine Likert questions, two qualitative questions, and four demographic questions.

Who Responded?

  • A total of over 1,600 respondents completed the survey in English. Thirty-five completed the survey in Spanish.

  • The summary of responses contained in this report were obtained on the morning of November 7, 2018, which at that time was 1,599 respondents and represents the analysis for the English survey only.

  • The majority of the responses were from women (58.4%) compared to men (38.9%).

  • The majority of the responses were from people aged above 41 years old and identified as white (85.1%); 13.5% were Hispanic or Latino.

  • The majority of the respondents self-identified as active Catholics (97.7%), which was defined as believing in God and attending Mass.

What Did Our Respondents Share?

  • Respondents were asked to identify how the information in the Grand Jury Report and the Viganò letter have made them feel. The answers clustered around the following:

    • Angry
    • Embarrassed
    • Confused
    • Disgusted
  • The recent developments in the Church regarding the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, Archbishop McCarrick, and the Viganò letter matter most to the following age ranges:

    • 21-30
    • 51-60
    • 61-70
  • Although the developments in the Church scandal seem to matter most to the above age ranges, those in the 21-30 age range report that this situation has not caused them to question their faith with subsequent age ranges following with slightly more questioning. An interesting pattern is that those aged 15-20 report being more neutral.

  • When looking at differences across reported ethnic background, the scandal seems to be more relevant to those who identify as White.

  • Hispanics report a higher rate of satisfaction with how the Diocese of Phoenix is responding to the current Church situation

  • The majority of the responses were from active Catholics who report the recent developments have not caused them to question their faith; however, non-active Catholics have a higher rate of questioning their faith due to the recent developments.