U.S. Catholics weigh in on global warming, Pope Francis in Pew survey

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June 17, 2015

Trucks and cars make their way along the Columbia River in Oregon Feb. 21. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) See POPE-CREATION June 17, 2015.

Trucks and cars make their way along the Columbia River in Oregon Feb. 21. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a new Pew Research Center survey conducted prior to the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical focusing on the environment, U.S. Catholics were asked their views both on global warming and the pope himself.

Out of the overall U.S. population, 68 percent said they believe the earth is warming, with 71 percent of U.S. Catholics sharing that belief, according to results released June 16, two days before the release of the pope’s encyclical on the environment, titled “Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home.”

Global warming is an issue that is highly politicized in the United States, and the Pew survey showed that Catholics in the country are not exempt from that polarization, with respondents sharply divided along party lines on the issue.

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