Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20287
 
SurveyUSA interviewed 1,075 Los Angeles area adults. 407 identified themselves as Catholic and were asked the questions which follow.
 
1Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month. Under the next Pope, should the Catholic church change ... a lot? A little? or not at all?
407 CatholicsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
A Lot45%48%41%44%50%37%44%48%40%44%**46%38%34%48%56%25%47%63%
A Little31%30%32%27%27%40%34%27%38%44%**23%46%45%27%24%44%28%21%
Not At All21%19%22%26%18%20%19%21%20%9%**28%13%19%21%15%25%23%14%
Not Sure3%2%5%2%5%3%3%4%3%3%**3%4%2%4%4%5%2%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Catholics100%51%49%26%36%22%16%62%38%27%2%61%10%31%53%13%22%43%28%
 
 
2Are the Church's doctrines too conservative? Too liberal? Or just right?
407 CatholicsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Too Conservative45%47%44%31%55%40%54%45%46%48%**45%39%33%55%45%32%42%65%
Too Liberal11%11%11%12%11%12%8%12%10%12%**7%27%18%8%1%11%12%10%
Just Right40%40%40%53%32%42%36%41%40%36%**44%33%46%34%48%53%43%21%
Not Sure3%2%4%4%2%6%2%3%4%4%**4%0%3%3%6%4%3%4%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Catholics100%51%49%26%36%22%16%62%38%27%2%61%10%31%53%13%22%43%28%
 
 
3Should the Church allow women to be ordained as priests? Or not?
407 CatholicsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Should50%45%54%52%44%55%54%47%54%48%**52%39%37%57%55%34%51%68%
Should Not43%49%38%44%53%33%36%49%35%48%**39%58%55%39%35%62%38%32%
Not Sure7%6%8%5%4%12%10%4%11%3%**9%3%8%4%10%4%11%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Catholics100%51%49%26%36%22%16%62%38%27%2%61%10%31%53%13%22%43%28%
 
 
4Should the Church allow priests to marry? Or not?
407 CatholicsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Should62%65%59%66%50%71%70%57%70%78%**55%60%59%62%76%65%64%62%
Should Not29%27%31%22%43%21%22%34%21%20%**33%28%31%32%12%33%28%30%
Not Sure9%8%9%12%8%9%8%9%8%2%**11%13%10%5%12%2%8%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Catholics100%51%49%26%36%22%16%62%38%27%2%61%10%31%53%13%22%43%28%
 
 
5Where should the next pope come from? From Italy? From somewhere else in Europe? From Asia? Africa? South America? Central America? Mexico? Canada? Or the United States?
407 CatholicsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Italy22%24%20%33%23%14%15%27%14%30%**19%24%28%24%6%36%14%22%
Somewhere Else In Europe13%17%9%7%10%21%20%8%20%8%**15%17%15%12%15%13%19%4%
Asia2%2%3%0%1%6%4%1%5%0%**0%22%1%4%1%3%1%3%
Africa3%3%4%3%3%4%3%3%4%4%**3%0%3%3%7%3%4%4%
South America6%8%5%9%6%7%3%7%5%11%**4%7%6%5%10%1%7%12%
Central America2%1%2%5%0%2%0%2%1%0%**2%7%2%1%0%0%0%3%
Mexico17%20%14%23%26%4%4%25%4%3%**26%4%4%24%17%7%20%22%
Canada3%2%4%4%0%4%5%2%5%4%**3%0%4%3%0%3%3%2%
United States16%14%17%4%13%25%28%9%26%22%**11%17%21%13%15%19%16%15%
Not Sure16%9%23%13%18%13%19%16%16%17%**18%1%14%13%28%15%15%13%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Catholics100%51%49%26%36%22%16%62%38%27%2%61%10%31%53%13%22%43%28%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.