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Gay-rights supporters funded poll on Catholic attitudes toward same-sex unions

Catholic World News - March 24, 2011

Thomas Peters gives us reason to question the results of a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), which purported to show that Catholics were more likely than other Americans favor to legal recognition of same-sex unions.

That poll, Peters notes, was co-sponsored by the pro-gay Arcus Foundation--which, as Peters had earlier reported, has contributed over $6.5 million in the past 5 years to religious organizations favorably disposed toward gay rights. The other co-sponsor was the Haas Foundation, which had earlier subsidies an effort by PRRI to "help develop religious education strategies supporting gay equality."

The PRRI survey was flawed because it did not adequately distinguish between active practicing Catholics--those who attend Mass at least weekly--and those who only attend Mass occasionally. Moreover the poll blurred the distinction between legal recognition of same-sex marriage and other measures such as registration of civil unions.

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  • Posted by: cincinnatus - Mar. 24, 2011 7:10 PM ET USA

    This latest revelation should teach you to check things more carefully BEFORE you include them in your daily news briefing. The same goes for your earlier breathlessly positive postings about the Traditional Anglican Communion.

  • Posted by: opraem - Mar. 24, 2011 6:16 PM ET USA

    like all polls, the results are determined by: 1/ the wording of the question(s), 2/ the demographic of those who were asked the question(s) and 3/ who's paying the bill. a polling company is like any other business in trying to keep its paying customers happy.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 24, 2011 4:38 PM ET USA

    The use of bogus polls has, it seems to me, become much more common recently. The Harris Poll, a fawning pet of the Democratic party is no longer inoperation apparently. Replaced by CNN CBS MSNBC etc. etc.

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