The survey results below appear in the Public Agenda report “Eager to Build Bridges: Religious and Spiritual Americans’ Desire to Connect Across Partisan Divides” which summarizes findings from a national survey of 2,219 adult Americans ages 18 and older from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii. The survey was fielded online August 24 to 26, 2022 by Ipsos in English. The sample includes 829 Democrats, 600 Republicans, 578 Independents, and 212 apolitical Americans. This research is supported in part by the Fetzer Institute. When referencing this report, please cite Public Agenda.
The sample for this study was randomly drawn from Ipsos’ online panel (see link for more info on “Access Panels and Recruitment”), partner online panel sources, and “river” sampling (see link for more info on the Ipsos “Ampario Overview” sample method) and does not rely on a population frame in the traditional sense. Ipsos uses fixed sample targets, unique to each study, in drawing a sample. After a sample has been obtained from the Ipsos panel, Ipsos calibrates respondent characteristics to be representative of the U.S. Population using standard procedures such as raking-ratio adjustments. The source of these population targets is U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey data. The sample drawn for this study reflects fixed sample targets on demographics. Posthoc weights were made to the population characteristics on gender, age, race/ethnicity, region, and education. Party ID benchmarks are from recent high quality telephone polls.
Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online non-probability polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points for all respondents. Ipsos calculates a design effect (DEFF) for each study based on the variation of the weights, following the formula of Kish (1965). This study had a credibility interval adjusted for design effect of the following (N=2,219, DEFF=1.5, adjusted Confidence Interval=+/- 4.0 percentage points).
The poll also has a credibility interval of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points for Democrats, plus or minus 4.9 percentage points for Republicans, plus or minus 5.0 percentage points for Independents, and plus or minus 8.2 percentage points for apolitical individuals.
The survey is trended with three surveys where applicable. The first one was conducted October 14-21, 2019, the second was conducted February 23-26, 2021, and the third was conducted September 20-28, 2021, all for Public Agenda by Ipsos. The October 2019 survey was based on a nationally representative probability sample of adults age 18 or older (n=1,548). The February 2021 survey was conducted based on a nationally representative probability sample of adults age 18 or older (n=1,283). The September 2021 survey was conducted based on a nationally representative probability sample of adults age 18 or older (N=2,345). Further information about the October 2019 survey can be found here. Further information about the February 2021 survey can be found here. Further information about the September 2021 survey can be found here.