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Consideration of Priesthood and Religious Life Among Never-Married U.S. Catholics by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University - Washington, D.C.
In winter 2012, the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to conduct a national poll of never-married Catholics regarding their consideration of a vocation. CARA partnered with Knowledge Networks to conduct the survey in May and June 2012. The survey was completed by 1,428 respondents, resulting in a margin of sampling error of ±2.6 percentage points. Sixty-five percent of panel members invited to take the survey completed it. This report includes, where possible, comparisons to surveys conducted by CARA in previous years which asked questions about vocations to national samples of U.S. adult Catholics.
As a rule of thumb, every 1 percentage point of the total sample is approximately equivalent to 245,000 never-married Catholics age 14 or older.
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