Americans’ age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member’s sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion, a new poll shows.
The survey released Monday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that among all Americans who identify with a specific religion, about 8 in 10 say their faith should allow women and divorced people to be clergy members and just over half say the same about gay men.
Here are some of the poll’s findings:
ON ACCEPTING GAY MEN AS CLERGY MEMBERS
— 44% of Americans ages 60 or over who affiliate with a religion think their faith should allow