Monday, September 21, 2009

Confession Poll Results

A couple weeks ago I posted a blog asking people when the last time they went to confession along with a poll. Something amazing happened--my survey was picked up on a website called New Advent. I was blessed and got something like 900 hits that first day and hundreds for the following few days. It was exactly what any blogger craves---people looking at his blog.
Unfortunately, it also skewed my results. The people who would go to New Advent are more than likely to be your hard core catholics. New Advent is sort of like The Drudge Report for catholic blogs and news sites. They have a constant listing of intriguing catholic sites updated several times a day. If you want to know what's going on in the catholic world or to read some great catholic sites--this is the place!! So the results weren't exactly what I pictured. The results are good for confession but probably not the most accurate.
So without further ado---here is the result of the quiz:
Out of 351 votes cast
  1. Less than two weeks: 125 or 35%
  2. 2 weeks to a month: 93 or 26%
  3. 1 to 3 months: 56 or 15%
  4. 3 to 6 months: 33 or 9%
  5. 6 months to 1 year: 14 or 3%
  6. More than 1 year: 28 or 7%
  7. Not since my first reconciliation: 3 or 0%
  8. Not Catholic: 5 or 1%

In a week or so, I may repost the survey to see what types of results I get so stay tuned!


  1. Wow, those results are considerably better than I know they would be if you looked only at our parish. Yes, perhaps skewed by the New Advent site readers, or perhaps my fellow parishioners and I should do a little more discernment.

  2. Thanks Jamie for a wonderful blog. I'll be looking forward to reading more here in the future.
    Ruth H
    Baton Rouge, LA

  3. RE: skewed results by New Advent readers.

    For my part, I am guilty as charged.

    PS I was brought back to this results post by, you guessed it, New Advent.

  4. Heh, heh, heh----I'm not complaining. I'm just glad to have you here. :-)

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  6. Oh dear, even I can't do that -- getting enough stats of 900+ people visiting my blog! *wink*

    All joking aside, you are right in that does seem statistically inaccurate. Indeed, haven't you heard of that polling campaign at WDTPRS (Fr. Z's website, if you've heard of it) where they were trying to skew the polls so that it would show that the true Catholic teaching is against women's ordination? I think that getting such inaccurate/skewed results might be going against the principles of the Truth in this case, whether in this one or at WDTPRS.