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Catholic Support for Same-Sex Marriage Jumps to 54 Percent: Quinnipiac Poll

A new poll shows that more Catholic voters support same-sex marriage than ever before:

PopeAmerican voter support for same-sex marriage is inching up and now stands at 47 - 43 percent, including 54 - 38 percent among Catholic voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 48 - 46 percent statistical tie among all voters on same-sex marriage December 5 and reverses the 55 - 36 percent opposition in a July, 2008, survey by the independent Quinnipiac University.

Said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute: "Catholic voters are leading American voters toward support for same-sex marriage. Among all voters, there is almost no gender gap, but a big age gap. Voters 18 to 34 years old support same sex marriage 62 - 30 percent; voters 35 to 54 years old are divided 48 - 45 percent and voters over 55 are opposed 50 - 39 percent."

Catholics don't much like the direction the Church or the former Pope has been moving in either:

Among all adult Catholics, 52 percent say the Church is moving in the right direction, while 31 percent say it is going in the wrong direction.  Church leaders are out of touch with the views of Catholics in America today, all Catholics say 52 - 40 percent. Men say out of touch, 54 - 37 percent, while women agree by a smaller 49 - 43 percent margin.

The next pope should move the Church in new directions, 55 percent of Catholics say, while 38 percent say the pope should maintain the current direction.

American Catholics say 62 - 30 percent that the next pope should allow priests to marry and say 64 - 28 percent, including 68 - 24 percent among women, that he should relax the church ban on contraception.

Under the next pope, Catholics say 81 - 13 percent, the Church should do more to combat sexual abuse of young people by priests.

Added Brown: "Looking at all adult Catholics, different from the wider survey of all registered voters, we see a conflicted group: a slim majority say the Church is moving in the right direction while slim majorities say Church leaders are out of touch with their views and the next pope should change directions."

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  1. Doesn't really matter in the world of Catholicism what the majority of Catholics approve of or disapprove of. A small group of old men wearing dresses and living in a fantasyland in Rome make all the rules and decisions. The Catholic Church is the most undemocratic institution on earth. The only way Catholics can vote on matters of the church is with their feet.

    Posted by: Joseph | Mar 8, 2013 8:21:34 AM

  2. I agree with Joseph, catholic church hierarchy lives totally disconected of the members of their church.

    But they are caving their own grave. Spain was a big catholic country 20 years ago, and now most people remains catholic (but the number of atheist are increasing fast) but most of them doesn't follow the church in anything related to sexuality

    Posted by: jjose712 | Mar 8, 2013 8:26:12 AM

  3. Couldn't say it better than the posters above. Catholics are living in the real world, the Church is not.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 8, 2013 8:57:00 AM

  4. At this point, any person who enters a Catholic church knowingly supports the rape of children. I couldn't care less what their views on marriage equality are.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Mar 8, 2013 9:16:01 AM

  5. Considering the Catholic Church didn't admit that the Earth revolved around the sun until 1992, they're on track to accept marriage equality around 2317. Mark your calendars.

    Posted by: JT | Mar 8, 2013 9:20:51 AM

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