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She Preached the WordWomen's Ordination in Modern America$
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Benjamin R. Knoll and Cammie Jo Bolin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190882365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190882365.001.0001

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A Second Look at Views on Women’s Ordination

A Second Look at Views on Women’s Ordination

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(p.89) 5 A Second Look at Views on Women’s Ordination
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She Preached the Word
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Benjamin R. Knoll and

Cammie Jo Bolin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190882365.003.0005

This chapter asks whether it is reasonable to expect that the data is revealing a fully accurate picture of the prevalence of support for female ordination in the United States. When asked by a telephone surveyor whether they are in favor of women being allowed to serve as clergy in their own congregation, respondents might feel social pressure to say “yes” when in actuality they are more hesitant. This chapter takes advantage of a survey tool called a “list experiment” (or “item-count technique”) to examine whether there is any evidence that support for female ordination is either over- or underreported in our public opinion surveys. It finds this is indeed the case: support for female clergy is likely overreported among our survey respondents, especially among women, meaning that there are fewer supporters of female ordination than our public opinion surveys would lead one to believe.

Keywords:   social desirability, list experiment, item-count technique, women’s ordination, female clergy, Gender and Religious Representation Survey

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