New poll says US Catholics prefer ‘social justice’ emphasis over pro-life cause
CWN – October 22, 2012
Most American Catholics believe that Church leaders should promote “social justice” concerns in public policy, rather than concentrating on abortion, according to a new opinion survey.
The American Values Survey, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, found that 60% of Catholics would prefer an emphasis on social justice, while only 31% would favor concentrating on the right to life. The “social justice” emphasis is favored even by Catholics who attend Mass weekly, by a bare 51% majority.
The survey is flawed in that the questions presume that protection for the right to life is not a matter of social justice. The wording of the question implies that an emphasis on social-justice issues would require a different approach regarding public issues—an implication that the US bishops would surely reject.
The survey found a significant split among Catholics regarding the 2012 presidential race, with those who attend Mass regularly far more likely to support Mitt Romney’s candidacy, while those who attend Mass infrequently favoring the re-election of President Obama.
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