Catholic support for gay marriage growing

That, according to a new poll. From Politico:

Among Catholics, 54 percent back same-sex marriage, while 38 percent oppose it, the Quinnipiac University poll found. That’s a jump from December, when Catholic support for same-sex marriage was 49 percent to 43 percent.

“Catholic voters are leading American voters toward support for same-sex marriage,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement.

Among all Americans, it’s a closer margin, with 47 percent supporting and 43 percent opposing. The pollsters noted that’s a dramatic reversal from their July 2008 survey, which found that 55 percent opposed same-sex marriage and 36 percent supported it. It’s also a slight rise in support since December, when Quinnipiac found 48 percent backed gay marriage and 46 percent opposed it.

Meanwhile, as the College of Cardinals prepares to select a new Pope, most American Catholics say that church leaders are out of touch with their views. Fifty-two percent of Catholics say the leaders out of touch, while 40 percent say they’re not.

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