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April 7, 2005

 

U-M measures changing attitudes of Roman Catholics

Data from the World Values Survey, conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR), show that the ability of the Roman Catholic hierarchy to tell people how to live their lives is declining steadily.

Among people who identify themselves as Roman Catholics, this identification often does little to predict their values and attitudes.

Percentage Saying that Divorce is Never Justifiable

U.S. Catholics and non-Catholics, from 1981 to 2000

Source: World Values Survey, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR)

 

Changing levels of disapproval of abortion in four countries

Catholic Other
U.S. 1981
50
39
U.S. 1990
37
32
U.S. 1995
42
34
U.S. 2000
37
28
Italy 81
31
11
Italy 90
25
10
Italy 99
36
14
Spain 81
53
17
Spain 90
31
15
Spain 96
36
22
Spain 00
27
12
Mexico 81
65
57
Mexico 90
39
38
Mexico 96
62
54
Mexico 00
67
66

Source: World Values Survey, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR)

 

Changing levels of disapproval of homosexuality in four countries

Catholic Other
U.S. 1981
60
67
U.S. 1990
53
54
U.S. 1995
37
48
U.S. 2000
19
35
Italy 1981
66
31
Italy 1990
45
28
Italy 1999
32
19
Spain 81
60
24
Spain 90
44
28
Spain 96
25
20
Spain 2000
13
9
Mexico 81
72
75
Mexico 90
56
48
Mexico 96
56
51
Mexico 2000
49
51
Total
48
46

Source: World Values Survey, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR)

 

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