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Survey Finds Sex Abuse Is Catholic Church’s Biggest Problem

George Doyle/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As the cardinal electors contemplate the merits of their peer group, from which one will likely be named pope, U.S. Catholics said sex abuse is the biggest problem facing the church, according to a new survey.

The survey, from the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, found that 34 percent of U.S. Catholics believe sexual abuse is the most pressing problem. However 17 percent of those surveyed said they didn’t know the most important problem or they declined to offer an opinion.

No other answers elicited more than 10 percent of a response.

Credibility was named as the biggest problem by 9 percent of respondents, while an outdated church and a loss of followers garnered 7 percent each.

Social issues, such as homosexuality and abortion, each got 2 percent of the vote.

The survey also found that 27 percent of U.S. Catholics believe the church helps society most through charity, while 11 percent said it provides a moral compass.

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Poll: Americans Have Mixed Views on Tax Cuts, Support for START, Gays in the Military

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With the public giving subpar approval ratings to President Obama and continuing to express negative views of Congress and the political parties, it goes its own way on many of the remaining issues before the lame-duck Congress.
In a survey conducted before Obama and congressional leaders agreed to temporarily extend all Bush-era tax cuts, most Americans (80 percent) favor preserving at least some of the tax cuts. However, just 33 percent of Americans say they favor keeping all of the expiring tax cuts.  Another 47 percent favor keeping just the tax cuts for income below $250,000, while just 11 percent want to end all of the tax cuts.

As for political parties, only about one in five Democrats (18 percent) favor keeping all of the tax cuts, compared with 33 percent of independents and 53 percent of Republicans.

On another major pending issue before Congress, most Americans, who have heard at least a little about the START treaty, favor its ratification by the Senate, according to the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.  Fifty-four percent favor ratification of the arms control treaty, while 24 percent are opposed.  Democrats and independents favor the treaty's ratification by wide margins, while Republicans are split on the issue.
The Pew Survey also showed that the public favors allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military by greater than two to one (59 percent to 23 percent).  These views are little changed from last month, before the Pentagon released its major study on the impact of repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

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