4.12.2007

A Majority of Catholics Support Earned Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants

Survey checks Catholic attitudes on immigration, terrorism, bishops (Long Island Catholic - 4.11.07)

Washington (CNS) — A majority of Catholics in a nationwide telephone poll said the United States should begin a program to give undocumented immigrants an opportunity to earn permanent residency.

The poll also showed that more than 80 percent of those interviewed believed world economic problems, religious intolerance, world political instability and the history of conflict in the Middle East led to terrorism.

The Contemporary Catholic Trends poll, taken every six months by LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., and the Zogby International polling firm, also showed that 70 percent either somewhat agree or strongly agree that the U.S. bishops are doing a good job leading the church. The figure is down from 71 percent in a poll taken last fall. The poll results were issued April 4.

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