Ordinary Catholics more liberal than church hierarchy on gay rights, abortion and embryonic stem-cell research
A new study from the Public Religion Research Institute shows that American Catholics generally are no less supportive of gay marriage or same-sex civil unions than are non-Catholics, despite the Catholic hierarchy’s opposition.
Other studies have shown that the views of rank-and-file Catholics on abortion and embryonic stem-cell research also are in line with those of non-Catholics.
In this sense, ARGUES Jamelle Bouie, it’s kind of pointless for political scientists to refer to the so-called Catholic vote. The Catholic vote, for the most part, is pretty much like the overall vote.