New Beliefnet Poll: The Surprising Politics of Stem Cells

Despite the active and urgent opposition of their leaders, Catholics and evangelicals support research on stem cells using human embryos, according to a new


/Beliefnet poll.

Catholics support the research 54% to 35%, and only 18% said religion was a major factor in forming their views--a finding that seems to indicate a gap between church leadership and parishioners. The Catholic Church has said embryonic stem cell research is


and added, "it is always wrong to directly destroy one innocent member of the human family to help another."

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