Proud to be Catholic? A groundbreaking America survey asks women about their lives in the church

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NEW YORK – America Media (the publishers behind America, the American Jesuits’ publication), and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), in partnership with survey firm GfK, have published a major survey into American Catholic women.

America calls the survey, “the most comprehensive survey of American Catholic women ever conducted.” Fully titled “Catholic Women in the United States: Beliefs, Practices, Experiences, and Attitudes,” the survey was conducted by CARA’s Mark Gray and Mary Gautier between August 3 and August 24, 2017. A total of 1,508 self-identified Catholic women participated in the study in either English or Spanish. CARA estimates the margin of error for the study at plus
or minus 2.5%, and further believes that at the time of the survey there were
28.8 million Catholic female adults in the United States.

[Note: The NFPC has worked extensively with CARA, including most recently on our 2017 National Diocesan Survey]

The study broadly examined Catholic women on issues such as women deacons, personal belief, and political leanings. While the responses of the women surveyed in this sample population are not definitive, the overall study fills a noticeable gap in the understanding of modern American Catholic life.

Some of the findings of the survey include:

  • 31% of Catholic women attend Mass every week or almost every week, while 26% attend rarely or never
  • 52% of Catholic women identifying as Democrats viewed helping the poor as “very much” important to being a Catholic, compared to 34% of Republican Catholic women
  • The more frequently respondents attended Mass, the more likely they are to say their priests did a good job of including women in parish life
  • 82% said they had never considered leaving the Catholic faith, and 68% strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that they were proud to be Catholic

For more information in America, click here.

For the full study via CARA, click here.