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Most Catholics Approve of Married Priests

Pope Francis in an interview last week indicated that he is open to the idea of married men becoming priests in order to combat the church’s shortage of clergy, and most American Catholics approve.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 58% of Catholics in this country agree that their church should allow married men to become priests. Only 25% are opposed, but 17% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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This survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on March 12-13, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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This survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on March 12-13, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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