Pope more popular than preaching: New poll shows Catholics disagree with doctrine

by RT.com  |  published on February 10, 2014

The overwhelming majority of Catholics believe that Pope Francis is doing an excellent or good job. However, they disagree with the church’s teachings on the acute issues of contraception, abortion and divorce, a recent poll shows.

78 percent of respondents said they supported the use of artificial birth control, according to the results of the survey, released on Sunday. The poll was conducted among more than 12,000 Catholics in 12 countries, and was commissioned by the US Spanish-language network, Univision.

Endorsing contraception appears to be the issue on which the global Catholic community is most united. 65 percent of respondents worldwide believe abortion should be allowed in some, or all cases, and 58 percent oppose church teachings on divorce.

The survey has drawn a portrait of the average church doctrine supporter.

“Most similar to the Catholic Church’s position are 55 year old and above, married men and women who live in small, rural areas and who attend mass frequently,” the pollsters say.

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