Poll: Majority of Catholics Want Abortion Illegal, Churchgoers More Likely

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 1, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 1
, 2006

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll conducted jointly by Le Moyne College and Zogby International finds that a majority of Catholics want abortion to be illegal. The poll also finds that active churchgoing Catholics are more likely to support prohibiting abortions than those who are more nominal and never attend church.

When asked if “all abortions should be illegal” 50 percent of Catholic adults in the U.S. agreed while 49 percent disagreed. About 1 percent of respondents were undecided in the poll.

But, the divide regarding abortion is between those who attend church services every week or more and those who attend less than weekly.

Among those who never attend Mass only 30% believe all abortions should be illegal, the survey found while 60 percent of those who attend mass weekly or more believe all abortions should be illegal.

The poll also found that Catholics continue to be pleased with the new Pope, who has taken especially strong stances against abortion, embryonic stem cell research and euthanasia.

Most respondents (83%) agreed (45% strongly, 39% somewhat) that Benedict XVI is doing a good job leading the Catholic Church.

Previously polls have shown that Catholic Americans take a pro-life position on abortion.

An April 2005 Gallup survey found a strong majority of Catholics believe the Catholic Church should retain its view against abortion.
Approximately 59 percent of those polled favor the church’s pro-life stance while just 37 percent of respondents opposed it. Catholics who attend church on a weekly basis were more likely to back the church’s pro-life position, by a 69 to 29 percent margin.

Zogby International conducted interviews of 1,505 Catholics chosen nationwide from a Zogby compiled database of Roman Catholics self identified from previous polls.

All calls were made from Zogby International headquarters in Utica, New York, from 10/5/06 thru 10/10/06. The margin of error is +/- 2.6 percentage points.