VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

Univision asked Catholics on five continents about some of the issues most important to them and thus, to the Church too, in an eye-opening Global Survey.

DIVORCE

32 60 8

17 78 5

31 58 11

Do you agree or disagree with Catholic Church policy that says: “An individual who has divorced and remarried outside of the Catholic Church, is living in sin which prevents them from receiving Communion”?

34 65 1

12 82 6

16 79 5 46 50 4

36 60 4 27 71 2 72 18 10

78 21 1

23 73 4

%
AGREE DESAGREE NO ANSWER

MARRIAGE OF PRIESTS
Do you think that Catholic priests should be allowed to marry?

34 61 5

11 86 3

32 61 7

UNITED STATES

66 32 2

20 73 7

FRANCE SPAIN

POLAND ITALY

38 57 5 76 21 3

MEXICO
42 55 3 37 60 3

71 27 2

COLOMBIA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO BRAZIL
32 65 3 68 29 3

UGANDA

PHILIPPINES

%
NO YES NO ANSWER

ARGENTINA

WOMEN BECOMING PRIESTS
Do you think that women should be allowed to become Catholic priests?

36 59 5

14 83 3

53 38 9

UNITED STATES

63 35 2

17 78 5

FRANCE SPAIN

POLAND ITALY

35 59 6 76 21 3

MEXICO
48 47 5 44 54 2

81 17 2

COLOMBIA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO BRAZIL
34 60 6 79 18 3

UGANDA

PHILIPPINES

%
NO YES NO ANSWER

ARGENTINA

ABORTION

21 66 10 3

5 62 32 1

13 73 9 5

Do you think that abortions should be allowed in all cases, allowed in some cases for example when the life of the mother is in danger, or should it not be allowed at all?

UNITED STATES

27 68 5 0

8 64 24 4

FRANCE SPAIN

POLAND ITALY

13 68 15 4

73 25 2 0

MEXICO
38 58 3 1 18 74 7 1

COLOMBIA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO BRAZIL
20 73 6 1 56 35 5 4

UGANDA

64 30 5 1

PHILIPPINES

%
SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED AT ALL SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN SOME CASES SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN ALL CASES NO ANSWER

ARGENTINA

15 79 6

4 94 2

19 75 6

CONTRACEPTIVES
Do you support or oppose the use of contraceptives?

UNITED STATES

11 88 1

7 90 3

FRANCE SPAIN

POLAND ITALY

12 84 4 30 68 2

MEXICO
8 91 1 5 93 2

54 44 2

COLOMBIA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO BRAZIL
7 91 2 49 44 7

UGANDA

PHILIPPINES

%
OPPOSE SUPPORT NO ANSWER

ARGENTINA

40 54 6

51 43 6

78 15 7

GAY MARRIAGE
Do you support or oppose marriage between two persons of the same sex?

UNITED STATES

62 36 2

27 64 9

FRANCE SPAIN

POLAND ITALY

66 30 4 84 14 2

MEXICO
71 23 6 47 45 8

99 1 0

COLOMBIA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO BRAZIL
48 46 6 98 2 0

UGANDA

PHILIPPINES

%
OPPOSE SUPPORT NO ANSWER

ARGENTINA

GAY MARRIAGE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Do you think that the Catholic Church should perform marriages between two persons of the same sex?

67 27 6 59 35 6

86 8 6

UNITED STATES

80 18 2

48 43 9

FRANCE SPAIN

POLAND ITALY

80 16 4 92 7 1

MEXICO
77 17 6 64 29 7

99 1 0

COLOMBIA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO BRAZIL
62 32 6 99 1 0

UGANDA

PHILIPPINES

%
NO YES NO ANSWER

ARGENTINA

NO ANSWER

ARGENTINA

CONTRARY TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MING O C BE EN IESTS M WO PR 6
60

ABORTION
1 6 73

INTERMEDIATE POSITION (ONLY APPLIES TO ABORTION)

CON TRA CE 2 PTIV ES
91

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

G

MA OF RRIA PR G E I 3 EST S

E IAG RR MA 6 AY

65

46

34

20
48

N THE RIAGE I MAR H GAY OLIC CHURC H 6 CAT

DIVORC E 4

7

32

CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

%

32

73

62

23

NO ANSWER

BRAZIL

CONTRARY TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MING O C BE EN IESTS M WO PR 2
54

ABORTION
1 7 74

INTERMEDIATE POSITION (ONLY APPLIES TO ABORTION)

CON TRA CE 2 PTIV ES
93

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

G

MA OF RRIA PR G E I 3 EST S

E IAG RR MA 8 AY

60

45

44
18

CH C CHUR HOLI 7 CAT

47

DIVORC E

5

37

CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

%

29

2

71

64

27

NO ANSWER

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
MA OF RRIA PR G E I 3 EST S
29

CONTRARY TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MING O C BE EN IESTS M WO PR 3
18

ABORTION
4 5

INTERMEDIATE POSITION (ONLY APPLIES TO ABORTION)

35

CON TRA CE 7 PTIV ES
44

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

79
56
49

G

E IAG RR MA 2 AY 8

9

68

CH C CHUR HOLI 1 CAT

DIVORC E

CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

%

99

10

18 72

NO ANSWER

COLOMBIA

CONTRARY TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MING O C BE EN IESTS M WO PR 5
47

ABORTION
1 3 58

INTERMEDIATE POSITION (ONLY APPLIES TO ABORTION)

CON TRA CE 1 PTIV ES 91

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

G

MA OF RRIA PR G E I 3 EST S

E IAG RR MA 6 AY

23

55

48

38

71

CH C CHUR HOLI CAT 6

42

DIVORC E

8

CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

%

4

17

60

77

36

NO ANSWER

SPAIN

CONTRARY TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MING O C BE EN IESTS M WO PR 5
78

ABORTION
4

INTERMEDIATE POSITION (ONLY APPLIES TO ABORTION)

24

CON TRA CE 3 PTIV ES
90

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

64

G

MA OF RRIA PR G IE E 7 ST S

E IAG RR MA 9 AY

64

73

CH C CHUR HOLI CAT 9

17

8

DIVORC E

7

27

CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

%

6

20

43

82

48

12

NO ANSWER

FRANCE

CONTRARY TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MING O C BE EN IESTS M WO PR 3
83

ABORTION
1
32

INTERMEDIATE POSITION (ONLY APPLIES TO ABORTION)

CON TRA CE 2 PTIV ES 94

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MA OF RRIA PR G E I 3 EST S

62

G

E IAG RR MA 6 AY

86

43

51

CH C CHUR HOLI CAT 6

14

DIVORC E

5

4
27

CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

%

5

78

11

67

17

NO ANSWER

ITALY

CONTRARY TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MING O C BE EN IESTS M WO PR 6
59

ABORTION
4

INTERMEDIATE POSITION (ONLY APPLIES TO ABORTION)

15
68

CON TRA CE 4 PTIV ES
84

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

G

MA OF RRIA PR G E I 5 EST S

E IAG RR MA 4 AY

30

57

35
13

66

CH C CHUR HOLI CAT 4

DIVORC E

38

12

CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

%

16

5

79

80

16

NO ANSWER

MEXICO

CONTRARY TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MING O C BE EN IESTS M WO PR 2
35

ABORTION
5 68

INTERMEDIATE POSITION (ONLY APPLIES TO ABORTION)

CON TRA CE 1 PTIV ES 88

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

G

MA OF RRIA PR G E I 2 EST S

E IAG RR MA 2 AY 36

63

32

66

27

62

CH C CHUR HOLI CAT 2

11

DIVORC E

CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

%

18

1

65

80

34

NO ANSWER

PHILIPPINES

CONTRARY TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MING O C BE EN IESTS M WO PR 3
21

ABORTION
2

INTERMEDIATE POSITION (ONLY APPLIES TO ABORTION)

25

CON TRA CE 2 PTIV ES 6
8

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

73

MA OF RRIA PR G E I 3 EST S

76

G

E IAG RR MA 2 AY

14

21

84

76

30

CH C CHUR HOLI 1 CAT

DIVORC E

CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

%

4

7

92

50

46

NO ANSWER

POLAND

CONTRARY TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MING O C BE EN IESTS M WO PR 9
38

ABORTION
5 9

INTERMEDIATE POSITION (ONLY APPLIES TO ABORTION)

73

CON TRA CE 6 PTIV ES
75

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

G

MA OF RRIA PR G IE E 7 ST S

E IAG RR MA 7 AY

61

53

15
78

13

19

CH C CHUR HOLI CAT 6

DIVORC E

32

CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

%

11

8

58

86

31

NO ANSWER

UGANDA

CONTRARY TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MING O C BE EN IESTS M WO PR 2
17
81

ABORTION
1 5 30

INTERMEDIATE POSITION (ONLY APPLIES TO ABORTION)

CON TRA CE 2 PTIV ES 44

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MA OF RRIA PR G E I 2 EST S

64
54

G

E IAG RR MA 1 AY 9

9

27
71

CH C CHUR HOLI 1 CAT

DIVORC E

78

CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

%

99

21

1

NO ANSWER

UNITED STATES
MA OF RRIA PR G E I 5 EST S

CONTRARY TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

MING O C BE EN IESTS M WO PR 5
59

ABORTION
3

INTERMEDIATE POSITION (ONLY APPLIES TO ABORTION)

10
66

CON TRA CE 6 PTIV ES
79

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

G

E IAG RR MA 6 AY

54

61

36

21

CH C CHUR HOLI 6 CAT

15

40

DIVORC E

34

CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION

%

8

35

60

59

32

POPE FRANCIS
How would you rate the job that Pope Francis has been doing since POLAND he was elected Pope earlier this year – excellent, good, mediocre, or poor? ITALY
100 %

ARGENTINA UNITED STATES

BRAZIL

COLOMBIA UGANDA SPAIN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
3% 1 % 14 % % 24
3% 1% 5% 1 22 %

4% 1%

7%
3% 1% 10 %

5%

2% 3%

3%

6%
1%

1%

1% 2%
1 2% %
8%

FRANCE MEXICO

6%

1%
0% 0%

0%

23% 3%

1%

No Answer Poor Mediocre Good Excellent

4% 18 %

0%

3% 0% 15 %

PHILIPPINES 100 %

SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS

¿WHO TENDS TO BE MORE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE POSITION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?
Most similar to position are 55 married men and rural areas and frequently. the Catholic Church’s year old and above, women who live in small, who attend mass

55+ YEARS

SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS
CONTRACEPTIVES GAY MARRIAGE

0 21 22 23 24 25 19 2

1 27 28 2 3 4 26

Regarding the use of contraceptives, we find no demographic profile that indicates whether a person is in favor or against the use of contraceptives. Furthermore, it is the one subject on which most of the Catholics interviewed differ from the Church’s stated position.

The most controversial subject is gay marriage. On average, 5% more women, 18% more young people and 10% more upper and upper middle class members are in favor of gay marriage compared to their counterparts.

5

8 6 7 9 10 1

13 12

14 15 16 17 18

SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS
NIVEL SOCIOECONÓMICO
Both African countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, had the most heterogeneous responses – across subjects and demographics – and these responses were most similar to those of the Catholic Church.

AFRICAN COUNTRIES

The U.S. has the biggest differences across socioeconomic classes. 25% more people of the lower class share the Church’s opinion on divorce compared to upper and upper middle classes. The same goes for gay marriage (24%), marriage of priests (19%) and women in the priesthood (20%).

SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS
COLOMBIA

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

MEXICO

SPAIN

Generational differences are most evident in Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico and Spain. On average and respectively, 12%, 10%, 16% and 11% more people 55 years or older share the Church’s opinion than do young people.

GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCE

GEOGRAPHICAL DIFFERENCE

Geographical differences are most evident in Argentina and Mexico. On average, 15% and 11% more people living in rural areas in both countries share the Church’s opinion than do those living in big cities.

ARGENTINA

MEXICO

METHODOLOGY NOTE A comprehensive survey of 12,038 self-identified Catholics was conducted in 9 languages, across 5 continents and in 12 countries. The countries included in the study were selected after analyzing the Catholic population distribution and concentration around the world. These 12 countries represent 61% of the world’s Catholic population. The overall margin of error for the global aggregated results is 0.9% at the 95% confidence interval.

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