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An overview of key findings from PRRI's comprehensive portrait

An overview of key findings from PRRI's comprehensive portrait

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  • Give ranges, note much of the report based on PRRI’s AVS, which had over 650 Catholics in the sample.
  • Other non-CatholicChristians = 48% support (n=516).
  • GP ranks these groups in same order with exception that Muslims are slightly higher than Hispanics (58% vs. 52% respectively). GP on Gays & Lesbians = 64%.
  • Question wording:ADOPTION: "Allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children”ENDA: "Laws that would protect gay and lesbian people against job discrimination”DADT: "Allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military"
  • Note: Less often includes a few times a month, seldom, and never categories.
  • While there are important divisions about the issue of marriage, there is less division over the issue of some kind of legal recognition for marriage. Only 3-in-10 of the most frequently attending Catholics say there should be no legal recognition of any kind for a gay couples’ relationship.This is perhaps not so surprising given the overwhelming support for social acceptance we saw in the first slide.
  • Compared to the general public and most other religious groups, Catholics are less likely to have negative moral evaluations of “homosexual behavior.” Among the general public, nearly half (49%) say that homosexual behavior is morally wrong, compared to about 1-in-10 (9%) who say it is morally acceptable. Roughly one-third (35%) say they do not consider it a moral issue. Less than 4-in-10 (39%) Catholics say homosexual behavior is morally wrong, compared to 12% who say it is morally acceptable. A plurality (41%) of Catholics say they do not consider homosexual behavior to be a moral issue (Pew Research Center, Religion & Politics Survey, 2009).

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  • 1. Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues
    Key Findings from PRRI’s Recent Report
    Release Date: March 23, 2011
  • 2. Sources of Data
    Public Religion Research Institute Surveys
    Pre-election American Values Survey, September 2010
    Post-election American Values Survey, November 2010
    Religion & Politics Tracking Survey, September, December 2010
    PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll, October 2010
    California Proposition 8 Survey, July 2010
    Full Report can be found at: http://www.publicreligion.org/research/?id=509.
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    Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • 3. Sources of Data
    Other Surveys
    National Election Pool, Exit Polls, 1982-2010.
    Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Religious Landscape Survey, 2007.
    Pew Research Center, Religion & Politics Survey, 2009.
    Pew Research Center, Post-election Survey, November 2010.
    Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Michigan Catholics Survey, 2010.
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    Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • 4. National Sources of DataMethodology & Sample Sizes
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    Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • 5. Social Acceptance of Gay and Lesbian Relationships
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    Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • 6. Catholic Perceptions of Groups Facing Discrimination in Society
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    Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • 7. Views on Selected Gay and Lesbian Issues
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    Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • 8. Views on Same-sex Marriage & Civil Unions
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    Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • 9. Worship Attendance Among Catholics
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    Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • 10. Support for Same-sex Marriage, Civil Unions by Worship Attendance
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    Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • 11. Views about Sexual Relations between Adults of the Same Gender
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    Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • 12. Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues
    Key Findings from PRRI’s Recent Report
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