There has long been a politically-driven "unholy alliance" between conservative Catholics and conservative Evangelicals, writes the National Catholic Reporter. But new research published this week by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) shows that the two groups might be less politically aligned than is otherwise thought. Participants were asked their thoughts on cultural issues (sexuality, abortion) and economic issues (living wage, taxes). As the results indicate, Catholics might be closer aligned with liberal values than Evangelicals.
Here are a few surprising comparisons from the survey:
- Two-thirds of Evangelicals oppose same-sex marriage compared with only 37 percent of Catholics.
- Almost 4 out of 5 Evangelicals think sex between two adults of the same gender is morally wrong, while just under half of Catholics think it's wrong.
- About twenty percent more Evangelicals than Catholics think abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.
- More Catholics (78 percent) than Evangelicals (61 percent) support raising the minimum wage to $10/hr
- Almost twice as many Catholics (62 percent to 34 percent) believe the government should guarantee health care to every citizen — even if it means increasing taxes