I certainly don’t place too much stock in Gallup polls, but this is quite interesting. According to this study, among regular church attenders, both Catholic and Protestant, almost across the board regularly attending Catholics are more likely to approve of behavior that their church deems unethical than are their Protestant counterparts.
Rod Dreher makes a rather pointed comment about the whole thing:
This is a conundrum to me, one I thought about a lot when I was a Catholic, and troubled over. Why is it that Catholics have a Pope and a Magisterium — a clear teaching authority — as well as a complex, coherent and profoundly intellectual moral theology … and yet these things, which ought to give it a tremendous advantage in maintaining the obedience of its flock, avail the Catholic Church little? It shouldn’t be that way, logically, but it is in practice.
Stats breakdown from the poll after the jump.