May 31, 2012 - New Yorkers Back Cardinal, But Say Church Too Involved, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Catholics Follow Church On Some, But Not All, Issues

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With a large Democratic-Republican split, New York State voters approve 38 - 25 percent, including 63 - 19 percent among Catholics, of the way New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan is leading Catholics in the state, according to a Quinnipiac University poll release today. Another 37 percent of all voters, including 18 percent of Catholics, are undecided.

Approval for Cardinal Dolan is 59 - 11 percent among Republicans and 38 - 25 percent among independent voters, while Democrats disapprove by a narrow 33 - 27 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Men approve 41 - 24 percent while women approve 36 - 26 percent. Protestants approve 33 - 23 percent while Jews are divided with 21 percent approving and 26 percent disapproving.

Catholic Church leaders are "too involved" in politics, 43 percent of New York State voters say, while 11 percent say "not involved enough" and 32 percent say Church involvement is "about right." Among Catholics, 43 percent say "about right," with 33 percent saying "too involved" and 17 percent saying "not involved enough."

Voters disapprove 55 - 38 percent of lawsuits by Catholic institutions challenging the Obama Administration on the birth control insurance issue. Catholics approve of the Church lawsuits 51 - 45 percent.

In the presidential matchup, President Barack Obama leads Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican challenger, 56 - 31 percent in New York State. Catholic voters split 44 - 44 percent, while the president leads 55 - 31 percent among Protestants and 72 - 24 percent among Jews.

"How times have changed. Once upon a time, Democrats and Catholics were one and the same. Now Democratic voters think the Catholic Church is too involved in New York politics and they give New York's assertive new cardinal low marks," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Overall, Timothy Cardinal Dolan has modest job-approval numbers," Carroll added.

New York State voters approve 58 - 39 percent of the job President Obama is doing. Catholics disapprove 51 - 46 percent. Approval is 59 - 38 percent among Protestants and 70 - 27 percent among Jews.

These voters are nuanced in their opinions of insurance coverage of birth control:
  • Voters say 77 - 19 percent, including 69 - 27 percent among Catholics, that insurance plans should cover birth control as preventive care for women;
  • Voters say 58 - 39 percent that the federal government should require private employers to offer free birth control as part of their health insurance benefit. Catholics are divided, with 48 percent in support and 50 percent opposed;
  • Voters oppose 50 - 45 percent having the federal government require religious-affiliated employers to offer free birth control. Catholics are opposed 60 - 36 percent;
  • Artificial birth control is not wrong, New York State voters say 83 - 10 percent, including 79 - 14 percent among Catholics.
Voters support same-sex marriage 54 - 37 percent. Among Catholics, 48 percent support same-sex marriage while 44 percent are opposed.

New York State voters approve 52 - 39 percent of Obama's handling of same-sex marriage, but Catholics disapprove 50 - 42 percent.

"Should health insurance cover contraception? Overwhelmingly, New Yorkers, including Catholics, say yes. Should government require such coverage? The numbers are still positive, but they shrink," Carroll said. "Should religious institutions be required to provide that insurance? Narrowly, New Yorkers say no. On this one, Catholics back Church leaders.

"New Yorkers don't like those Catholic lawsuits against the Obama Administration's insurance mandate, with Democrats leading the opposition and Catholics narrowly backing the Church. Is birth control okay? Of course, New Yorkers say. The numbers aren't even close."

From May 22 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,504 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Obama                56%    14%    89%    43%    52%    59%    46%    90%    73%
Romney               31     76      6     33     35     28     41      2     12
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      1      4      3      2      2      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      1      6      4      2      2      2      3
DK/NA                 8      7      4     13      6     10      8      6      9
 
                     WHITE...............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                58%    38%    38%    36%    46%    47%    14%    40%    45%
Romney               31     48     48     51     43     39     66     47     44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      3      2      3      3      2      4      2      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      1      1      3      2      3      1      1
DK/NA                 7      9     10      9      6     10     12      9      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YEARS.....
                     Yes    No     <30K  30-50  50-100 >100    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                62%    52%    61%    57%    53%    55%    67%    53%    52%
Romney               28     33     21     33     35     37     21     32     36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      3      4      1      1      2      1      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      3      3      2      1      5      3      2
DK/NA                 7      9     11      5      9      5      7      9      8
 
                     Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Obama                55%    44%    72%
Romney               31     44     24
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      4      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2
DK/NA                10      7      3
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote? (2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     May 31  Apr 05  Feb 15  Dec 21
                     2012    2012    2012    2011
                             
Obama                56      56      52      53
Romney               31      33      35      35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2       2       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       3       4       2
DK/NA                 8       7       7       7 
 
 
2. Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            57%    16%    86%    52%    53%    61%    48%    90%    72%
Unfavorable          37     77     10     42     41     33     46      4     20
Hvn't hrd enough      3      4      3      2      2      4      3      4      6
REFUSED               3      2      1      4      3      2      2      1      2
 
                     WHITE...............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Favorable            62%    39%    41%    38%    45%    51%    23%    44%    44%
Unfavorable          35     54     52     56     49     43     72     51     51
Hvn't hrd enough      1      4      4      3      2      4      4      3      2
REFUSED               2      3      3      2      3      2      1      2      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YEARS.....
                     Yes    No     <30K  30-50  50-100 >100    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            65%    53%    62%    61%    56%    57%    64%    56%    55%
Unfavorable          32     40     30     37     36     42     29     38     40
Hvn't hrd enough      1      5      5      1      5      1      5      3      2
REFUSED               2      3      3      2      3      -      2      3      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                            FAVORABLE.....
                                                            High    Low
                     May 31  Jan 18  Dec 24 Jun 11  Apr 18  Dec 24  Feb 14
                     2012    2009    2008   2008    2008    2008    2007
                             
Favorable            57      71      74     55      50      74      44
Unfavorable          37      11      12     28      31      12       9
Hvn't hrd enough      3      16      11     14      18      11      46
REFUSED               3       2       2      3       1       2       1 
 
 
3. Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            29%    65%    10%    31%    34%    25%    36%     7%    15%
Unfavorable          47     12     67     43     45     49     42     55     54
Hvn't hrd enough     21     21     20     24     20     23     19     34     26
REFUSED               3      2      3      2      2      4      2      3      4
 
                     WHITE...............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Favorable            31%    39%    41%    44%    38%    34%    48%    42%    39%
Unfavorable          53     35     37     31     42     43     23     36     40
Hvn't hrd enough     14     23     19     22     18     21     25     19     19
REFUSED               2      3      3      2      2      3      3      3      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YEARS.....
                     Yes    No     <30K  30-50  50-100 >100    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            29%    29%    17%    31%    34%    36%    19%    28%    35%
Unfavorable          54     42     48     43     47     51     43     49     47
Hvn't hrd enough     15     25     31     23     17     12     36     22     15
REFUSED               2      3      4      3      3      2      2      1      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     May 31  Oct 3   Jun 20  Apr 5   Feb 14
                     2012    2007    2007    2007    2007
                             
Favorable            29      22      17      14      13
Unfavorable          47      28      22      16      14
Hvn't hrd enough     21      48      60      69      72
REFUSED               3       2       2       1       1 
 
 
4. Compared to past presidential elections, how would you describe your level of enthusiasm about voting in this year's presidential election; are you more enthusiastic than usual, less enthusiastic, or about the same as usual?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
More                 27%    35%    25%    22%    29%    25%    26%    35%    21%
Less                 24     23     18     31     22     25     27     15     15
About the same       48     41     56     46     48     49     46     50     62
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     WHITE...............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
More                 28%    25%    23%    29%    30%    23%    27%    27%    34%
Less                 22     30     26     26     25     29     28     27     22
About the same       49     43     50     44     44     48     43     45     42
DK/NA                 -      2      1      1      1      1      2      2      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YEARS.....
                     Yes    No     <30K  30-50  50-100 >100    18-34  35-54  55+
 
More                 28%    26%    24%    27%    29%    29%    20%    25%    32%
Less                 21     25     27     24     21     23     21     24     25
About the same       51     47     49     48     49     47     59     49     42
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      2      1
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              58%    19%    89%    47%    53%    63%    48%    94%    76%
Disapprove           39     80     10     47     44     34     49      5     18
DK/NA                 3      2      1      6      3      3      3      1      6
 
                     WHITE...............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              60%    39%    44%    38%    44%    51%    22%    43%    44%
Disapprove           37     57     54     60     52     46     75     54     53
DK/NA                 3      3      2      3      4      3      3      3      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YEARS.....
                     Yes    No     <30K  30-50  50-100 >100    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              64%    54%    64%    59%    58%    55%    69%    55%    55%
Disapprove           34     42     30     40     41     43     30     41     42
DK/NA                 3      3      6      1      1      2      1      4      3
 
                     Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              59%    46%    70%
Disapprove           38     51     27
DK/NA                 3      3      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 31  Apr 05  Feb 15  Dec 21  Oct 26  Feb 19  Aug 12
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2009    2011
                             
Approve              58      56      50      50      50      72      45
Disapprove           39      38      46      45      45      17      49
DK/NA                 3       6       5       5       5      10       6
 
 
16. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Very satisfied        6%     4%    10%     3%     5%     7%     5%    11%    11%
Smwht satisfied      46     30     60     42     46     47     42     60     55
Smwht dissatisfied   28     37     21     32     29     28     31     21     21
Very dissatisfied    18     27      9     21     19     17     21      7     13
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very satisfied        4%    10%     5%
Smwht satisfied      41     52     47
Smwht dissatisfied   30     25     29
Very dissatisfied    24     11     19
DK/NA                 -      2      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     May 31  Feb 15  Dec 20  Oct 26  Sep 20  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    1998    2010
                             
Very satisfied        6       3       3       4       2      13       1
Smwht satisfied      46      39      39      30      34      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   28      33      35      34      33      20      33
Very dissatisfied    18      25      23      31      31       7      47
DK/NA                 1       -       1       1       -       1       1
 
 
17. Currently, Democrats control the New York State Assembly and Republicans control the New York State Senate. After the election in November, would you prefer that the Democrats control both houses of the legislature, the Republicans control both houses of the legislature, or would you prefer that control is split as it is today?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Democrats            38%     2%    69%    24%    35%    41%    32%    60%    47%
Republicans          20     56      1     18     24     16     26      1      5
Split                37     39     27     51     37     37     37     37     45
DK/NA                 5      3      3      8      4      6      5      2      4
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Democrats            28%    50%    34%
Republicans          23     11     28
Split                43     34     34
DK/NA                 5      5      5
 
TREND: Currently, Democrats control the New York State Assembly and Republicans control the New York State Senate. After the election in November, would you prefer that the Democrats control both houses of the legislature, the Republicans control both houses of the legislature, or would you prefer that control is split as it is today?
                     May 31  Feb 15
                     2012    2012
 
Democrats            38      31
Republicans          20      21 
Split                37      41 
DK/NA                 5       6 
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan is leading Catholics in New York State?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              38%    59%    27%    38%    41%    36%    40%    35%    41%
Disapprove           25     11     33     25     24     26     24     28     26
DK/NA                37     30     40     37     35     38     36     37     34
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Approve              33%    63%    21%    30%    65%    55%    32%
Disapprove           23     19     26     19     20     15     30
DK/NA                43     18     53     51     16     30     39
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              30%    43%    30%    40%    41%    35%    42%    37%    41%
Disapprove           30     22     29     26     24     21     22     31     27
DK/NA                40     35     41     34     35     43     36     32     32
 
 
20. Do you think Catholic Church leaders are too involved in politics, not involved enough in politics, or is their involvement in politics about right?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Too involved         43%    22%    57%    41%    42%    44%    43%    54%    37%
Not involved enough  11     16      8     11     12     10     10      9     18
About right          32     51     20     37     36     29     34     30     32
DK/NA                13     12     15     11     10     17     13      7     13
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Too involved         42%    33%    54%    39%    33%    29%    50%
Not involved enough  10     17      6     10     14     17      9
About right          32     43     13     33     46     39     29
DK/NA                16      7     26     17      6     15     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Too involved         49%    40%    46%    43%    44%    37%    44%    49%    47%
Not involved enough   8     13     12     11     11     16     10      9      9
About right          30     33     33     33     31     27     33     33     34
DK/NA                13     14      9     13     15     20     13      9     10
 
 
24. In general, do you support or oppose same-sex marriage?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              54%    32%    69%    52%    51%    57%    57%    45%    50%
Oppose               37     60     24     37     41     34     35     41     42
DK/NA                 9      8      7     11      9      9      8     14      9
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Support              45%    48%    85%    46%    48%    34%    63%
Oppose               45     44     11     47     42     57     28
DK/NA                10      8      3      7      9      9      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Support              68%    46%    68%    57%    46%    48%    47%    53%    68%
Oppose               24     45     24     36     44     43     46     40     24
DK/NA                 8     10      8      7     10     10      7      7      8
 
 
25. Do you think same-sex couples should be allowed legally to marry, should be allowed legally to form civil unions but not marry, or should not be allowed to obtain legal recognition of their relationships?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Marry                51%    29%    66%    49%    50%    53%    53%    40%    53%
Civil unions         32     50     21     31     32     31     34     34     24
No recognition       12     16      8     13     14     10      9     16     19
DK/NA                 6      5      5      6      5      6      4     10      5
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Marry                39%    43%    82%    40%    42%    30%    61%
Civil unions         37     42     12     43     45     41     28
No recognition       15     12      5     12     10     22      7
DK/NA                 9      3      1      5      4      8      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Marry                62%    45%    67%    54%    42%    50%    44%    50%    63%
Civil unions         26     35     22     30     38     22     38     38     30
No recognition        7     14      8     12     13     21     11      9      4
DK/NA                 4      6      3      4      7      7      7      3      3
 
TREND: Do you think same-sex couples should be allowed legally to marry, should be allowed legally to form civil unions but not marry, or should not be allowed to obtain legal recognition of their relationships?
                     May 31  Jun 23  May 14  Apr 07  Jun 12  Dec 12  Jun 19
                     2012    2009    2009    2009    2008    2007    2007
                             
Marry                51      46      40      41      42      40      35
Civil unions         32      27      29      33      31      29      35
No recognition       12      20      23      19      21      23      22
DK/NA                 6       7       7       7       6       8       8
 
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the issue of same-sex marriage?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              52%    23%    71%    48%    48%    56%    51%    58%    54%
Disapprove           39     69     20     44     44     34     41     33     36
DK/NA                 9      8      9      8      8     10      9      9     10
 
                     WHITE...............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              63%    42%    42%    40%    46%    55%    15%    46%    46%
Disapprove           32     47     47     51     46     36     73     45     45
DK/NA                 5     12     11      9      8     10     12      9      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YEARS.....
                     Yes    No     <30K  30-50  50-100 >100    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              62%    46%    50%    54%    52%    58%    64%    52%    48%
Disapprove           32     43     39     38     42     39     30     41     42
DK/NA                 5     11     12      8      6      3      6      7     10
 
                     Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              49%    42%    73%
Disapprove           42     50     23
DK/NA                 9      9      4
 
 
27. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the issue of same-sex marriage?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              42%    25%    57%    37%    44%    40%    42%    41%    43%
Disapprove           29     49     15     33     32     25     30     25     26
DK/NA                29     26     28     30     23     34     28     34     32
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Approve              37%    35%    68%    32%    35%    25%    49%
Disapprove           33     37     14     37     38     44     22
DK/NA                30     28     18     31     27     31     28
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              53%    36%    46%    45%    41%    32%    39%    44%    57%
Disapprove           20     33     19     28     34     32     32     30     22
DK/NA                27     31     35     27     26     36     29     26     21
 
 
36. Do you think that health insurance plans should cover birth control as preventive care for women or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  77%    59%    92%    73%    71%    82%    73%    88%    88%
No                   19     37      6     23     24     15     23     10      9
DK/NA                 3      4      2      4      4      3      3      3      3
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Yes                  77%    69%    88%    70%    65%    63%    84%
No                   20     27     11     25     32     31     14
DK/NA                 3      4      1      4      3      5      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  82%    75%    86%    81%    70%    79%    78%    78%    78%
No                   16     21     12     17     26     17     19     21     20
DK/NA                 2      4      2      3      4      4      3      2      2
 
 
37. Do you think the federal government should require private employers to offer free birth control coverage as part of their health insurance benefit plans or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  58%    32%    76%    54%    49%    65%    51%    83%    75%
No                   39     66     19     43     47     32     46     15     19
DK/NA                 3      1      5      3      4      3      3      2      6
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Yes                  55%    48%    70%    44%    41%    42%    65%
No                   41     50     27     51     57     54     33
DK/NA                 4      2      4      4      2      4      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  62%    55%    70%    60%    50%    62%    57%    61%    56%
No                   36     41     28     38     45     35     41     37     43
DK/NA                 2      4      2      2      5      4      1      2      1
 
 
38. Do you think the federal government should require religiously affiliated employers to offer free birth control coverage as part of their health insurance benefit plans or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  45%    24%    63%    38%    38%    51%    40%    61%    68%
No                   50     73     30     58     58     42     56     33     24
DK/NA                 5      2      7      4      4      7      4      6      7
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Yes                  43%    36%    64%    34%    29%    31%    51%
No                   52     60     32     62     68     63     44
DK/NA                 5      4      4      4      3      6      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  50%    42%    56%    45%    41%    51%    39%    48%    44%
No                   46     52     40     52     53     42     54     49     55
DK/NA                 4      6      4      4      7      7      8      3      1
 
 
39. As you may know, Catholic dioceses, schools, and social service agencies have filed lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's rule that their employees receive coverage for contraception in their health insurance policies. Do you approve or disapprove of these lawsuits?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              38%    60%    23%    42%    46%    31%    42%    29%    30%
Disapprove           55     37     69     51     48     62     53     59     62
DK/NA                 7      3      8      7      6      7      5     12      8
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Approve              37%    51%    27%    43%    56%    47%    35%
Disapprove           54     45     69     52     41     45     60
DK/NA                 9      4      4      5      3      8      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              33%    41%    31%    39%    41%    31%    39%    40%    43%
Disapprove           62     51     64     54     52     60     55     55     53
DK/NA                 6      7      5      7      7      9      5      5      4
 
 
40. Do you think it is wrong or not wrong to use artificial birth control methods, also known as contraceptives?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes, wrong           10%    13%     9%    12%    11%    10%     8%    16%    17%
No, not wrong        83     78     87     83     84     83     86     79     81
DK/NA                 6      9      4      5      6      6      6      5      2
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Yes, wrong           10%    14%     7%     6%    12%    16%     8%
No, not wrong        84     79     90     90     79     74     88
DK/NA                 6      8      3      4      8     10      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes, wrong            7%    13%    12%     9%    11%    15%    11%     8%     7%
No, not wrong        89     80     85     87     81     79     81     87     92
DK/NA                 4      7      3      4      8      6      8      4      2
 
41. Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Legal all cases      30%    17%    37%    26%    29%    30%    26%    37%    35%
Legal most cases     37     27     41     40     39     35     39     36     36
Illegal most cases   19     39     10     19     20     18     22     14     12
Illegal all cases    10     13      8      9      7     12      8      9     16
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      5      5      5      4      1
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Legal all cases      22%    22%    58%    17%    20%    14%    36%
Legal most cases     38     35     28     44     35     28     42
Illegal most cases   23     24     10     26     27     32     13
Illegal all cases    10     15      1      7     14     20      5
DK/NA                 7      5      3      6      5      6      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Legal all cases      36%    26%    35%    34%    23%    24%    27%    33%    34%
Legal most cases     39     36     39     34     39     34     41     38     42
Illegal most cases   15     21     19     18     19     18     19     22     17
Illegal all cases     7     11      6      9     13     15      9      6      6
DK/NA                 3      6      1      5      6      9      4      2      2
 
TREND: Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                     May 31  Jun 22  Feb 9   Mar 18
                     2012    2006    2005    2003
                             
Legal all cases      30      28      25      32
Legal most cases     37      41      37      34
Illegal most cases   19      18      20      16
Illegal all cases    10       7      11      13
DK/NA                 5       7       8       5 
 

Demographic Summary