Since 2001, “Le Moyne College,”:http://www.lemoyne.edu/index.asp a Jesuit school in Syracuse, has been partnering with the Zogby polling people to take the pulse of American Catholics.
Their “latest poll,”:http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1200 out today, found that Catholic support for their bishops has rebounded since the sex-abuse scandal of 2002. About 71 percent say the bishops are doing a good job (29% strongly agree, 42% somewhat agree), compared to 59 percent in the spring of 2003 (21% strongly, 39% somewhat).
A robust 83 percent are happy with Pope Benedict XVI so far (45% strongly, 39% somewhat).
And a whopping 88 percent think their pastors are doing a good job (69% strongly, 19% somewhat).
Fifty percent of Catholic respondents believe all abortion should be illegal. Forty-nine percent disagree.
But, of those who attend Mass at least weekly, 60 percent believe all abortion should be illegal.
On capital punishment…
Forty-eight percent say the death penality should be illegal; but 53 percent of those who attend Mass at least weekly say so.
Only 29 percent oppose abortion AND the death penalty.